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https://www.duolingo.com/MadamKira

Options for Dyslexic people?

Hello,

I've been clinically diagnosed with Dyslexia, since 8th grade.

The areas, that I'm most affected in, are directional orientation (left vs Right, I have to look at my hands.), eye fatigue, blurred text, mixed up letters, and spelling.

The latter gets really annoying, when I come to the question's where I have to type out a response, as I can reread the same text, indefinitely and not notice, the spelling mistakes.

Spelling, is the reason, that I've avoided learning additional languages. In High school, it brought my grade in Spanish, down to 27%, and I ended up dropping the class, in favor of saving my GPA. :(

Would it be possible, to add a option, to replace all typed questions with Select the word questions?

Thank you,

-Kira

PS: Please let me know if there is a better place, for me to post this.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Pruechelan

Accessibility on Duolingo needs to be improved for sure, with my own disabilities (HoH, Autistic, and some others) I find a number of things, most of which could be helped if there were more options for different type of learners. Perhaps a sticky forum with suggestions for accessibility would be in order?

Sorry if this is derailing I don't mean it to be.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dlhgl
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It is a great idea to have a sticky forum for this! This would help to get an overview over problems due to disabilities (which could then be a basis for improvements) and also make it easier to find solutions / workarounds for some of the problems.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateVinee
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This isn't what you're asking for, but I thought I'd post it in case it's helpful to you or somebody else looking at this thread.

Someone created a browser extension called Duolexia: "A Chrome extension providing monotype font to aid people suffering form dyslexia on Duolingo." http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Browser_Extensions

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I didn't realize that was on there. Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateVinee
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You're welcome!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannahviolinist
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Have you tried using the app version of duo? It uses half Select Word options and half typing. I have found that it is easier to figure out a sentence and learn from my mistakes whenever it gives you words to choose from than to have to type the same sentence several times because you miss one word. Typing the sentence forces you to just parrot off the sentence it drills into you instead of letting you learn by trial and error. I agree they should add the select word feature to the desktop version.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MadamKira

I am using the iOS app version, and its occasionally giving me ones, that I have to type out and it's frustrating, when I miss key or when autocorrect kicks in and changes the word, and I don't see it.

If it wasn't for the red squiggly lines, I'd never know, that I spelled something wrong. Kind of like, how I just googled "spelled", because I typed it spelt then speld, and it still had the squiggly line. I tend to spell things they way they sound to me... :/

Bonus, the phonetic spelling of spelled is spɛ́ld.

App Example: http://imgur.com/a/LPMEt

It really lowers my confidence, when I get one where I have to type it out and I fail. :(

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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There is no such option in or the web version or the app version on any of the devices to only input pre-created words.

In the web version almost everything is character after character typing.

In the app version there is thus sometimes pre-created word input.

You could maybe try to file for such a feature request

maybe at

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Wishing good luck further with it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cswrawr
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Have you tried voice input for those questions? It would be quite challenging for the ones you have to translate into Spanish but for the questions translating into English, it might help.

1 year ago

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