Why is the Hungarian course so HARD?
Hungarian is a difficult language to start with. But seriously some of the activities are overly hard. It looks like the people putting the course together just want to catch people out to prove that they know better. For example there are often two answers in phrase translations but they are often long, complex with many subordinate clauses and only minor variations. All designed to prove that you are not up to scratch. I'm not sure it should be so hard less than a third the way through a tree. Also there is no help on the mobile version so it almost forces you back onto a desktop which kind of defeats the purpose of having a mobile version.
My point was it is already difficult. Why make the exercises even more difficult? The exercises in some cases are much much more complex than those in Italian, German or French and more deliberately tricky
the course was dead in the water for years. it's a miracle they even finished it. i've heard the same complaints but figure i'll power through just to be done with it and have some exposure with the language.
You are guaranteed to learn a tremendous amount about flying kindergarten teachers.
don't forget the famous egyptian engineers
(and I swear to god, if I ever meet a Hungarian kindergarten teacher I'm going to be really tempted to punch her/him right in the nose).
A big part of it is the fact that the Hungarian course is still in beta. Because of this, it has a very limited number of accepted translations. Another thing is that Hungarian has a very flexible word order so when translating from English to Hungarian, there are several correct possibilities but in many cases only a limited number of those translations are accepted in the course.
All the other comments resonate with me; however, I would still recommend it to anyone who wants to get stuck into the language.
The percentage of language skills learned are provided by the other courses. This is a nice form of feedback and a good way to gauge progress. Any plans to include this useful information?
It is tough, but after trying other material like two book sets and a paid online course, this Duolingo beta course is the only one I feel like following every day. I don't know why.
Yes, I find it addictive. I like the instant feedback. I study Hungarian 4 weeks a year but sharing a teacher and having only occassional feedback makes it difficult. And it makes you pay aattention to the details (left to my own devices I come up with vague translations).