New feature - humiliation
Making mistakes and seeing what you did wrong is the essence of learning. Adding loss of health as a punishment for making mistakes sent the value of Duolingo to zero. I would gladly pay a subscription fee, but won't stand for being spanked for trying.
I actually kind of like it. I've seen lots of people here on Duolingo rush through the course and get to the end without really having learned much of anything. The key to learning a language is repetition, and lots of it. You can't just remember "niño means boy" - niño has to BE a young male person, in your mind and in your concept of the world around you. That doesn't happen with a couple of passes through a lesson, and maybe not even with a dozen repetitions.
If you're getting answers wrong, then you need to stop and repeat and review. It's not a punishment. It's reality. When you review lessons, your health goes up. When your health is high, you can move forward again.
I think it's brilliant. They may not have the algorithm correct yet, but it's a creative approach similar to the skill bars on the website, and I think it might actually be better. Try to think of it as a personal tutor guiding you in the right way, rather than a punishment. After all, Duo does want us to succeed.
I think the idea is alright, but I don't like how Duolingo is trying to monetize the system. After you run out of hearts, you can pay money to get them back (real money). I think that goes against your whole reasoning for why it was added in the first place and really takes away from Duolingo's reputation of offering free, quality education. In other words, Duolingo is just looking for a way to make money, not trying to help us succeed.
Duolingo is using the wrong word. It should be called "Knowledge" instead of "Health"
Sometimes a skill is very difficult, e.g in
. German: Strong, weak and mixed inflection
. Dutch: Er vs. (T)here
In such a case it is better to finish that skill by "peeking" (hovering over a word with the cursor to see its translation), and to continue with the next skills.
In my opinion I would be a bad teacher, if I should block my pupils in their learning process, because of such a type of weak skill
(fortunately I do not teach languages).
Is it possible to begin the skill again straight away, or is there a waiting period before you can proceed? I thought I recalled someone mentioning that you had to wait a while before you could continue to practice...
You have five health bars. After every mistake you lose one. If you lose them all during a lesson then you can either pay gems to fill up, or you can quit and lose progress in that lesson. If you quit, you do have the option to practice, for free, to gain +1 health bar for each practice session. Health only counts on new lessons - not on completed lessons. And I think each bar refills after an hour or two.
Thanks for the explanation- I'm so grateful I don't have to put up with that, but was curious on the details. Appreciate it...
When you practice after losing the health - does it practice the things on which you failed, so that you can then try again to pass the lesson?
No, it is more of a general practice. I think it probably has you practice weak areas from all over your tree, though I keep mine gold so I can't be sure. I find it is much easier to start a new lesson on the computer since health is only present on my app. That way I get to make mistakes and learn rather than stress about how much health I have left. (Also, on the computer I can read the lesson notes - so I know what I should be learning.) If I lose health on the app and practice on the computer, it does not replace lost health on my app. I can only replace health on my app by practicing, waiting, or using gems.
Is this feature the one with the 3 hearts? This was a feature 2 years ago, but it disappeared. I was so happy about it. Because I felt very frustrated when I just made a small typo, I lost a heart. And after 3 times I had to start over again. So I really don't hope these hearts are coming back?!
Maybe it depends on the language then? Because I saw them 2 or 3 years ago when I did Spannish. But since I do Swedish, it started with the hearts, but after 1 or 2 month the hearts dissapered for me. Now I have to practise more phrases when I make a mistake. (Without mistakes there are 17 phrases, every mistake let's you make 1 extra phrase.)
Now I don't have hearts, it was 2 years ago I think that they existed. I didn't like them much, but maybe they are being brought back :(
Hey I just feel I've lost my progress with this feature. Why should I return to the very basic? It seems pointless because I've always studied the old and new lessons, so all of them were gold. Can I return to the old version, or is there a way to make the exercises match my level again?