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https://www.duolingo.com/brooke876681

I hate this new upgrade! So discouraging.

I know people have complained about already, but I figured it wouldn't hurt for Duolingo to see another angry user. The whole 'health' upgrade is ridiculous. This is a STUDY app! And to study, you have to fumble along the way to learn things. As a teacher myself, I have to say this is a horrible way to learn. Not being able to go on after 5 errors or pay money (or wait for hours) to continue is the antithesis of what good study habits are. Do I tell my students to throw in the towel after getting errors wrong? Of course not! That's ludicrous. I tell them to keep trying until they get the hang of it. Duolingo, I plead to you. If you have any integrity as an education app, you should do your research and know that this new upgrade will only discourage learners. If you need to make money, then charge a small fee for downloading it, but don't change the format. People will just get frustrated and and give up. Good studying habits require repetition and renforcement of concepts. Please change this new format. -Disgrunted Teacher-

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/catinula
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The heart and health point system has nothing to do with preventing people from burning out, and everything to do with a shameless money grab. I gained a heart on my iPhone app today and I would like to point out a couple of things. First off, the lessons are not foolproof enough to prevent you from losing health due to bugs or problems with the lessons. On multiple occasions I have chosen a correct multiple choice answer and had it counted as wrong (in some cases ALL answers counted wrong). I can list other problems with lessons if people want.

Secondly, the lessons spring language elements on users that the app doesn't teach, almost always resulting in a few errors. My easy example for this is Inflection of adjectives in Dutch, a simple matter that you can learn in a few paragraphs of reading in a grammar guide, but not before the app springs a question on you like "Ik heb een (blauw/blauwe) boek." (I have a blue book). And the learner is left thinking "What, how am I supposed to know that?". Surprise! Give us $3.99 and we will ignore your error.

Finally, as I mentioned I use an iPhone and I have huge fumbly thumbs. I am sure others have noticed that the "Done" button on the iPhone is perilously close to the backspace button. Correct that spelling mistake? Nope, you just submitted "The elephant is eati" ...ng a pink banana =(.

I can understand the practice aspect of the health point system, but the cost is too high and you don't get the option to use it when you run out of health points in a lesson (you ARE given the option of paying). I liked Duolingo because I could pick it up when I had 5 minutes to spare and get something done. The new system throws a huge wrench in that.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Budgielingual84

Yes, I lost health today in Spanish for not being able to translate a sentence in simple future (e.g., ayudará), but thus far I've only learned informal future (va a ayudar). Such a gross money grab. It puts such a bad taste in my mouth.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DonFiore
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Maybe you have already tried this and it's a genuine bug but often when people complain about ALL multiple choices being wrong, they haven't realised the exercise asks you to mark ALL correct answers, whether it's 1, 2 or all 3.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/catinula
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I anticipated this response, That's not what happened. I appreciate your answer but after closing and reloading the app, the question came up again and the correct response was accepted. There ARE problems with the language instruction and Duolingo IS attempting to profit off of them.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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It's constructed by amateurs and was clearly designed for adults using it alone (I was here long before they started to try to rebrand and push it at schools and there was no expectation of using it for children). I'm baffled that people have adopted it in the classroom, because at the point at which it becomes appropriate I would have thought it was below the level. This confuses me. Maybe the classroom practitioners can explain?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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In my experience as a former classroom learner, any kind of interactive individualized practice would have helped. My old (American public magnet school) program required taking either Spanish or French from 6th grade to 12th grade, and one year after graduation, only a handful of the 100 of us in my graduating class retained enough skills to speak any level of the target language. A classroom with one teacher and 30 students meeting for 40 minutes a day is not a formula for learning a language. This site gives teachers a way to see that students are actually practicing on their own time and progressing in some way, which is why some teachers have adopted it in classrooms.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RosalindCelia

@Katzenperson If we're talking about the teachers, they can't tell the students how to access the site. Some students don't have regular access to a laptop or desktop, but a lot of them have access to a phone or tablet, since those are often cheaper. There are also many students who shuffle between houses (shared custody) or in some other way have unstable living arrangements that make consistent access on a less portable device unlikely. That teachers can even assume that almost all of their students have internet access in many schools is due to the proliferation of phones.

I also agree with skyflakes on this: adoption of duolingo for schools is probably due to class sizes and wanting students to get more immediate feedback on their homework. It certainly isn't for the gamification. I wonder what teachers do when their students report that they couldn't continue a lesson, or worse yet, that they paid to be allowed to continue? That's got to be a major disruption.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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@katzenperson I don't see why they couldn't. I mean, maybe it's a matter of convenience, but if people are spending so much time on the site to post on the discussion, I don't see why they can't use the web version when the app doesn't suit them.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katzenperson
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Couldn't they just drop the mobile version and use the web (or stabile) version?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brooke876681

This post wasn't specifically about students using the app in the classroom. My frustration was geared towards the upgrade impending learning in general.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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You have some points.

I don't know much about teaching kids. I've only worked in the classroom with folks 17+ in age. As for the website, it was originally advertised for folks aged 13+.

Perhaps I should amend my comment to simply, it is important not to have unrealistic expectations for Duolingo. It is an innovator company. So, it will keep testing ideas.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.will.i.am.son

At this point, I am prepared to delete the app and find a new way to learn. I am also a teacher and I would never teach like this. I WOULD be willing to pay up to $9.99 to get the app for life, but I want and need to use it when I want, how I want. I'm not willing to wait 24 hours or pay to learn.

In addition, my friend has the free version and she has stated that if my app continues to stop working because of the "health" thing, she will probably delete hers also. She finds it offensive.

duoLingo, you need to correct this situation.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria108599

The health "upgrade" is TOTALLY frustrating - I don't want to use Duolingo anymore!!! When practicing, I was so scared to lose health, that I couldn't concentrate on learning!!!! I use to do 3 parts of 1 skill every day. Today I managed to do 1 and 2 questions of the next one before I lost my Heath!!!! DUOLINGO: Of course you do mistakes when you learn!!! And now you punish us for that??? It's too bad!!! And then after, I could "claim my reward" for having practiced, and 3 chests appeared among which I could chose 1. I actually felt stomach pain because I was desperate to get more gems, so I could continue practicing!!! And how lucky I was??? My chest contained TEN gems!!! TEN!!! And one needs 350 to regain "health". Geeeze!!! This is the "worst upgrade" EVER!!! Does anyone have suggestions for other language apps??? I will begin to look for another one NOW!!! Goodbye Duolingo. I used to love you, but you have lost your magic!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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I had actually intended on making a post about this at some point; I seriously hope this feature bombs the A/B test and they realize it's crippling users' ability to learn. It takes enough energy to get the motivation to study every day, it would be ridiculous to have a program that stops letting you study when you do have the motivation.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xuxuli
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I use to use the mobile app, but now I've switched completely over to the desktop / web browser version due to the all the above mentioned flaws in this system of learning. I'm fairly happy with the desktop version, but I'm definitely on the verge of deleting the app altogether.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katzenperson
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I am really surprised that the rate of abandonment of the mobile version for the stabile (desktop/laptop) version is not close to 100%!!!

I would never, never, never use this site if all these "upgrades" became part of the stabile version.

The "health" thing sound like a horrible idea. If you make mistakes, you need MORE practice, not less. I never would have learnt to play the piano if my mother had made me stop practicing for 24 hours after 5 mistakes!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zerr_
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How would it not bomb?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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I hope this new system fails. It just sounds terrible for laddering and my learning method in general. I rely a lot on trial and error to learn. I came across grammar I have never ever had before in for example the Spanish for Russian speakers course and the only reason I understand it now is because I made so many mistakes that I simply do not know better than what is correct now. Allow me to make my ton of mistakes!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mediac
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The system will fall. The only question is will it be reverted before majority of users leave?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
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I never heard about that 5 error limit, Really?! WTF thats stupid!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

That's an A/B test. I thought they removed it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
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Whats that?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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See here.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bill147479
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I don't have the gems version of DL, but I hear about it on the forums. I absolutely hate it. Just get an earlier version of DL that doesn't support gems and/or ads. I agree that DL is really overmonetised right now. It's now more for making money, not education. DL has lost its soul. Maybe they could charge 99 cents for a download, or they could add a donate button to their apps.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria108599

I agree about the donation button or 99 cents. How do one get an earlier version?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bill147479
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You can save .ipa files on iTunes and then sync it onto your iDevice. If you have Android, you can grab an earlier version from this website: https://duolingo.en.uptodown.com/android/old. Make sure that you scan it with a virus scanner.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria108599

Thank you, I will try that (iPhone)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THE_FLYING_CAT

I also hate the update

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryAnn529254

I have been doing Duolingo for the past 402 days through the app on my IPad which as of yesterday changed to that health update. I am too old for this change! I logged into the website and noticed I still had my lingots and not gems. So, I have been doing my lessons there under the old system. It's a little different, but I'm getting use to it. My Italian Fluency also went up 4% in two days on the website. I have no idea why. So for now, arrivederci to the app!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SemperDoctrina

Their reasoning with that version might be to encourage people who don't need to learn quickly to keep practicing each day. Sometimes people learning from Duolingo get a burst of motivation but then burn themselves out from spending a lot of concentrated time on it. Then they will often stop learning for a long time or quit altogether.

I don't have that version, but I agree with you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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I agree with you guys and I agree that this is probably the reasoning for it. When I first started here I used to try to breeze through the lessons but I wasn't retaining much and it was difficult to keep up when the skills needed to be strengthened again. They're probably trying to stop people from doing that. I've been on a solid 6 month streak on the site and just downloaded the app yesterday and I don't have the hearts, so it is probably an A/B test and I doubt it'll stick.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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Hearts was an old game mechanic (although you still see it testing out etc). The new health system, that they are A/B testing, features a heart graphic, but is not 'hearts' as such.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobJoeBuilder

The health system is making it really hard for me to get through the Japanese alpha test at a decent pace. Without it I could have nearly completed the whole tree by now but it is going to take me another 10 days at least with this delay. I can't believe the Duo execs expect us to pay them, when we alpha testers are in fact doing work for them. Ridiculous. I won't ever start another new tree, or volunteer as an alpha tester again, if this system is made permanent. Fortunately I completed the Turkish tree so I will have continued access to that regardless of what happens.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zekecoma

They already ruined the mobile app by dumbing it down with fridge magnets and matching. Now they do this? Then overcharge you for removing ads for $9.99? $9.99 for a poorly written app that's too damn easy that it takes no effort to complete. Pfft.

If you make the desktop as awful as the mobile. You're going to lose way more people.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandaDavi615137

I love learning languages and know 6 other than my own ( at a variety of levels ranging from fluent down to just knowing the alphabet of another ... Russian), but not this way. I installed the app to see what it is like and just don't like the method at all. Also it is not convenient to randomly use the microphone and you get penalised for not doing. I will learn in my own way. I prefer to thoroughly learn pronunciation and some grammar first, not parrot fashion stuff where you don't know the rules regarding construction of a sentence, gender and various other things. With some languages that have unique characters and combinations of letters you cannot even start without knowing pronunciation and some grammar first. For example Polish. Tried Polish and saw it was hopeless to attempt in this way. Then German for the sake of comparison ( as I already knew some), as it is at least possible to read words even in your own way, so you remember the spelling, without necessarily pronouncing it correctly. Then I came across the inconvenience of being randomly asked to use the microphone. Oh well .. I will make my own learning plan. like I did years ago when there were only books and records / tapes. I will google the grammar and everything else I want to know, and use Youtube for pronunciation. Sigh. I think I saw a comment saying this is used in schools ... omg ....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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You can turn off the microphone questions by just turning off the microphone in settings.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandaDavi615137

Thanks .. I found this out a bit after I posted my comment, but only just saw your reply.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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It's not used in schools as primary instruction. Duolingo has a guide for it to be used as a supplementary tool as an occasional class activity, homework, and extra credit.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandaDavi615137

Thanks .. it seems fine just for practice.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DianeCurro

Yes, no doubt the recent abrupt change in the form of an automatic update to my son's duolingo ipad app has totally discouraged him from using a previously fun and effective learning tool. I am strongly in favor of Duolingo removing this 'heart health' update from the system and putting all users back on the former setup which had students earning lingots which could be used as currency for additional lessons, strengthening skill bars at will, and being allowed mistakes and given chances to try again and continue to make progress. I agree with everything brooke876681 wrote and feel that her professional educator's point of view has hit the nail on the head - this is a terrible approach. The change has all but ruined it for my homeschooled son, who was on a roll and loving the language before this came out of nowhere and stopped him in his tracks; it is indeed like a roadblock to learning and motivation, etc. Please consider this feedback and make the necessary adjustments. Thank you.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryAnn529254

I stopped using the app on my IPad due to the heart/health thing about a week ago. I have a 422 day streak and am almost done with the Italian Tree. I now use the Doulingo website for my lessons and it is still on the old system with lingots. The website is far superior to the app. The microphone works much better, it gives elaborate descriptions for the parts of speech and my fluency has gone from 28% to 49% in just one week. I am so sorry I didn't start using the website to begin with.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jan-ErikJ
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Which app? Android or iOS?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aria487
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iOS only, and not all of the users. That means it's an A/B test.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria108599

I certainly don't hope this will last long!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Actually, I should think that you do neither of those things and make a teaching point of the error. This is a concept that has passed Duo by.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Armout-

On pc/Mac you do not have to wait any time, and you can get unlimited wrong. But I get how it would be frustrating since if all your students were to use computers you would probably have to rotate turns.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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If you're talking about using it for a class, that's not how it's done. Duolingo has a guide on how to use it in a classroom and it's meant to be a supplementary tool, not a teaching tool. The guide suggests assigning lessons for homework practice and extra credit, and for occasional class activities.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brooke876681

Not sure what the normal turnaround is to regain health, but I wasn't able to get my hearts back again until 24 hours later. What??

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Still, I suppose it's good for giggles in the classroom - I have just been asked 'Did you sleep together with him?' by the German course.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CPJ3

This is exactly why I prefer using a book and CD package like the old Living Language Ultimate series along with Anki (or other SRS). It just works - nobody changes stuff in the middle of my learning and this "health" problem doesn't come up. You also only pay for it once and it's good FOREVER. There are tons of sites on the internet we you can get additional materials to use as supplements.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
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:0 You have the hearts? Do you know if that's across the board?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brooke876681

I just updated the newer version and I got the heart format. If it was removed then it must not be current in the app section.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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There is a new health system that is being A/B tested. It features a heart graphic to represent health..

This is not what people mean when they talk about hearts, which was a 'three lives and you're out' type system. You can still see this when testing out.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
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I was reading through all these other posts about this upgrade and they all came form 2yrs ago and none from recent. i wonder what has happened

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

The original version of Duolingo (Version 1.0.1) had hearts in lessons.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dzhocef
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I liked those ones though, it was more pressure to get an answer right, but not too extreme.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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If it doesn't work/isn't effective and you leave, as someone who has been here a long time and doesn't get paid to say it, come back after a while to see if it's changed rather than writing it off forever.

Folks should have realistic expectations of Duolingo: Duolingo is an innovator, so, that is what it does and will continue to do. It is all about trying LOTS of new things and seeing what works and what doesn't. To do that, Duolingo runs a bazillion tests, collects data from if/how people interact with the new features. It takes time for Duolingo to run the tests and crunch the data to decide whether or not to keep something on as a feature (until something performs even better and replaces it).

If the data says the feature has not helped the majority of learners, the feature will get scrapped. If it helps the majority of learners but you've permanently scrapped Duolingo instead of just taking a break to opt out of the test, it's a loss for your students. If you've permanently scrapped it and convinced your friends and coworkers that Duolingo is permanently terrible, it's a loss for your network and beyond. Duolingo isn't in a static state. It's an innovator.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Numbers based 'data' about education analysed by a bunch of IT people is not going to give you fact, though, it's going to give you false correlations. I have pointed this out before. Program is full of errors. It fails to accept correct answer or insists on erroneous answer. User gives correct answer and tries multiple possible answers in an attempt to get at what the text in the target language really means. Program rejects them all because it wants a sentence that is simply impossible in the language in which it is constructed. Someone in Pittsburgh concludes that the user is doing less well because of some silly nonsense involving cartoon owls rather than addressing the holes in the 'course' that is a holey as a pair of fishnets.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AernJardos
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If it does not accept the correct answer you should click the flag and 'report a problem.' Choose the 'my answer should be accepted' option and submit the error report. That tosses it to the course contributors to let them know there is an issue. Without that they cannot tell anything is wrong.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Yes, that's the theory. But some of them get fixed and others do not. And some have clearly been reported years ago and are still not fixed. And the danger is that in the same way that people believe what they see in print, a site on this scale with this many users can easily gain a degree of credibility that it does not deserve. And once you put it in the classroom as a teaching tool, pupils will believe it. If they are trying to push it at schools, they have a responsibility to get it right - though I think teachers should have the wit to check the thing out thoroughly before they ask their students to attempt it, and that means doing the tree. There's no 'map of the book' or curriculum concordance here.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/catinula
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Surely DL has a team of credentialed education researchers directing their program and not just a bunch of IT people "winging it".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/whukriede
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lol.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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come back after a while to see if it's changed rather than writing it off forever

Sorry to say but you can't expect people to do that.

Duolingo is an innovator

*was

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/starboystellan

Will it really be removed?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katzenperson
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Dear Disgruntled Teacher:

Would it be possible for your students to migrate to the stabile (desktop/laptop) version of Duolingo? So far, none of the über-monetized upgrades have been applied to the stabile site.

I do not know the socioeconomic situation of your students, but if they have regular access to a personal computer (rather than to a mobile device), then they could still access the site for free. You can even build classrooms in the stabile site, and forget all about the mobile site!

Just a thought.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skyflakes95
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I don't think the disgruntled teacher OP and the other teachers on this post use this for their students, they're just expressing their frustration about the method of teaching on the app based on their knowledge of education in general. That's valid criticism because Duolingo used to make the claim that it's "the best way to learn a language."

However, the criticism of classroom use in the replies on this thread appears to not be from anyone who actually uses it in the classroom. That criticism has much less merit because Duolingo has a guide for classroom use and it's clearly not meant to be used for instruction because their suggestions are that DL should be used for extra practice, like homework and extra credit.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brooke876681

Yes, it's criticism about Duolingo's update hindering effective learning strategies in general.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Well, at least once in a while it'll let you get a health bar back by letting you choose to watch a video ad!

(and given how much I dislike this system, yes, this actually does qualify as an improvement in my book)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicoleSmas

I also am disgruntled and flabbergasted. Even with the 'In app purchase' upgrade the adds still come up after every game you play and read 'This add keeps learning free'. Its an obvious disrespect to the customer of this once very helpful community app. It is obvious that a shift in mission statement has been made. I once believed your company was about free education, helping other people learn other languages, and bringing the world together. Now, with the capitalist focused new 'gem' packages, I can see your new mission statement is 'Money money money money.... money" . Your stock holders are routing for us to make mistakes. You cannot make more than four mistakes without having to either wait an obscene amount of time or to conveniently buy some more gems!! Your company makes money when I fail. It tells me that if I want to try again I have to 'pay the piper'. The adds were enough, you were making enough money off the adds in the app alone. This is a greedy change. Shame on you Duolingo, we thought you were different.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kmpres
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the health system on the iphone is crap and I hate it. It never appeared on my iphone until the crown system a few days ago !!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

Wasn't the Health feature removed?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brooke876681

I just downloaded the new version and I have it

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

A/B test.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Just wanted to let folks know that, since a search didn't reveal a discussion created solely for the purpose of asking Duolingo to release Alpha/Beta courses from the Health feature, I created one.

I haven't used the feature, so If I've gotten the details wrong, please leave me a comment so I can edit it https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22361747

Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadetreader
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The health meter is a terrible idea. Learning requires trial and error. Forcing users to stop doing lessons after making only a few mistakes, then forcing them to wait many hours before they can return to the app, is a counterproductive mess. Maintaining my streak now prevents me from completing nearly as many lessons as I want to, as I find Duolingo easier to use on my iPhone than in a browser. I hope this feature is removed in the next update!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jceti1

I would also like to voice my disappointment at the "health" upgrade. Instead of pleading for it to be changed and appealing to the educational benefits that Duolingo should be encouraging at the expense of "money grabbing", I am considering going across to BABBLE. From what I can gather you pay the one up fee. So Duolingo might get the message once their membership decreases. - Disappointed Participant

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David385859

What are they thinking? My poor wife can't get past a few questions each day before being made to stop. How is she ever going to learn this way. She was learning so much before. She made many mistakes and it took her a long while to finish each section but in the end she was learning a lot. Now she is learning very little and is becoming discouraged. Now she is threatening to stop using the app. So we both wanted to learn Greek but this is going to stop all of that. Please change this!!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lucia534815

I completely agree! What's weird is I did the Japanese tree completely and it has nothing like that, then I try the Spanish tree and I was IMMEDIATELY discouraged from learning, they literally make it impossible to learn with any kind of frequency isn't that against their whole philosophy anyway?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brenda999
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If students can not study because they keep making mistakes then "practice" revises sentences they have already completed and gives 1 health bar which enables students to revisit particular topics or try new ones. Love the new format.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carlos921283

I don’t like it, either. I make quite a few typos on my phone, so I use up the “Health” pretty quickly now that there seems to be less “wiggle room” for same. I lst my 2000-plus ingots in the switch-over. I have lost health several times already for “incorrect answers” that are later “now accepted.” And a lot of those were really much more accurate than Duo’s! I agree with someone else’s observation that Duo cones up with a lot of translations that are NOT proper English. There are more problems, but this is enough for now.

Very discouraging, and the health thing defies logic.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carlos921283

It’s supposed to give you back health points after a period of time. I went empty this morning and am still waiting ...... Sucks!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carlos921283

I can’t adequately express how disgusted I am with this new Health addition. I’ve been put on hold so many times this week because of typos that I’m considering dropping the whole program.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_emmxnuel__

Right i want to keep going but i have to pay or wait l, i thought this was an educational app not a game smh this discourages me back to google translae for me ig

4 months ago