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Suggestion: Can Duolingo develop specialized branches?

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Having specialized "branches" in addition to the main "trunk" would be fantastic. I'm think about topics like travel (extremely relevant to most learners), sports, business, law, science.

There could easily be a series of lessons in each of these branches that users could jump into if they have a specific need. That way they could more quickly learn the parts of the language relevant to their needs. Learning is much more effective when motivated.

My personal example, I anticipate traveling to France in a few months, so would like to learn a lot of travel-specific terminology first (do you speak..., airport, train, taxi, how do you get..., etc.). However, most of it is buried lower on the "trunk" while I am learning dress, skirt, horse, whale, etc. I would love to jump on a travel branch and would take more quickly to many of those words.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

We have some fun new bonus skills in the works. Longer term it's possible you'll see something more extensive. Appreciate the suggestion!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
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Are there plans to actually extend the trees for the various languages? Bonus skills are a cute novelty, but I'm much more interested in seeing some serious enhancements to the trees.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Manhattan95

I second that! I'd definitely purchase some new bonus skills, but this branch system sounds a lot more interesting in my opinion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zwaska
zwaska
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Looking forward to it. Glad if I have helped.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Your discussion reminds me of the other people asking for a ''travel'' bonus skill. I think a bonus skill might be a little better than a branch. If they incorporated the branch idea, then they would have to re-organize the tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zwaska
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I'm looking for something much larger than a bonus skill and to get past the ~ 2000 words in the basic "tree" or "trunk" as I would call it.

As it is the "tree" isn't really a tree - it is a delimbed trunk. Very linear. Instead, a tree should have branches into areas that could have 100s of words and particular usage in addition to and borrowing from the "trunk" that teaches all the grammar and most popular words.

A bonus skill could only give a few dozen words at most - not enough for some topics people will want to learn.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ComradeFrancis
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I think the term "tree" is a holdover from an earlier version of the site, when the flow between lessons had many branches and conversions, more closely resembling a tree or a road map.

"Branches" or some other form of additional modules structure would be welcome, I'm sure. My only point of disagreement with you is that I think they should be placed after the completion of the basic "trunk". The reason for this is that, if the branches are to contain the "particular usage" of "100s of words", it would probably be better that the user has already mastered all of the basic grammatical concepts of the target language: that would allow the branches to contain a much greater amount of complex (but exceedingly useful) constructions in their sentence banks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zwaska
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Thanks for the history.

The problem with waiting for the end of the trunk is that it is very far off. Only a small fraction of users get that far.

Many basic concepts can be taught with very little grammar. They can even be taught anecdotally like the idiom bonus skill. You could cap progress on a branch until a certain level was achieved on the trunk.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lafemmecreatrix

Just wanted to tell you that I love your idea, and to gift a Lingot.

So far, I've made a lot of notes, and used supplemental materials for things I need to learn more quickly, for conversational / listening comprehension purposes. It's really making a huge difference in my morale and overall comprehension / retention. A feature which incorporates your suggestion would likely do the same for many Duo members.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zwaska
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Thanks for the lingot!

One of my favorite things about Duolingo is that it does most of the book-keeping for you and serves up the next lessons on a silver platter, with negligible prep work required. That is extremely effective in breaking down the barriers to learning. I will continue on the trunk regardless, but would really love to have branches organized in a similar way - otherwise I may never get to them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lafemmecreatrix

Agreed - my written notes get very tedious sometimes! While I'm learning more of what I want to learn, it also takes more time to do. I'm not learning at the pace I'm capable of and which I know a Duolingo-style offering on the same topics would turbocharge! I'm sure branches are coming, down the line, and I look forward to it!

4 years ago