An annoying thing about Duolingo...
So one thing that I've been noticing lately is that everybody keeps posting discussions asking for lingots. This honestly gets me so annoyed because yes, while it's nice to earn them, I just don't find it necessary at all. Especially considering the fact that you hardly even need them. I mean, other then quizzes, outifts, and powerups, they don't have any other use. The whole point of Duolingo is to help people learn new languages. That's literally what we're all here for. Stuff like this takes the whole purpose of that away. I genuinely want to see questions and discussions that I can contribute to, whether they're having trouble with learning the language, want a pen pal, or are having technical difficulties. So please, I don't wanna see anymore subject lines titled, "Give me lingots?" It's stupid if anything. But anyways thanks for listening to my rant but I had to say something about it.
Yes, people on the discussion do our best to downvote posts like those so they drop out of view. And another use for Lingots is to buy extra lessons for some languages. They cost 30 Lingots each, and there are like 3 for Spanish. Not sure about other languages.
"There are like three for Spanish"? What is the word "like" for in that sentence? I keep seeing that, and am sure it's not correct English. It's neither American nor British English. Is this what used to be called "valley girl American English"?
Yeah. It's not proper English, in Britain or in the US. It basically means "about." It's also used when you're in the process of thinking, so when someone asks you to come up with an example of something, you may go:
"I don't know, maybe like, like, like... oh, I know! [insert something here]"
It's by no means needed in English, but it's not "valley girl American English" either.
Was this supposed to be rude or am I just reading this wrong because that's how I speak as well.
I definitely agree with your opinion about people who ask for lingots, but you know what I usually do, nothing, it's basically true that it can be annoying to see those people who just want lingots, but what can we do? if they're just here to get lingots instead of learning languages, it's not your fault, just let them do whatever they want to do, but as I told you, I agree with your opinion.
That's what I'm also really getting arrogant on, every time I open up discussions to go help someone I see GIVE LINGOTS, PLEASE GIVE LINGOTS, I NEED LINGOTS, it makes me also really disappointed to see that people are not paying attention to the learning a language point but to be better than others I guess at something that isn't really important. I hope this will change someday
But it is young children who demand lingots. They discover the world, and Duolingo so, they are acting like young children. They confuse Duolingo and lingots with Halloween and candies. They are going to increase, patience. Some of them will become eminent professors, is not right ?
The thing is, once you get to more lessons farther on, there are less and less of them because they realize learning a language is not as easy as they thought, so they give up. So yeah, in later lessons there are not as many spammers and lignot-beggers, which is good.
Lingots will be transformed into gems soon and used to restore "health" lost when you make mistakes, I think there will be even more begging posts, unless the gems will be untradable.
See, the thing I really dislike about DL is that punishment for making mistakes. It's terrible practise to punish a learner in any way for making a mistake. Easier and much more effective to tell the learner what their score is and let them continue learning. Let them take responsibility for that learning,and decide which lessons they need to revise.
I hope they don't do that, my opinion is that the PC version is great. I don't understand why they're changing anything, and I think if they are going to spend time and money to fix things they should fix the errors in sentences. And yeah, like you said, there will be even more lignot-begers if they do that.
See, the thing I really dislike about DL is that punishment for making mistakes. It's terrible practise to punish a learner in any way for making a mistake. Easier and much more effective to explain the error, tell the learner what their score is at the endof that session, and let them continue learning. Let them take responsibility for that learning, and decide which lessons they need to revise.
The software penalises learners for mistaks at any stage. I've noticed this particularly, because when I'm tired, my hand-eye coordination deteriorates, so I struggle with typing. I'm bilinguak and have been for 35 years. Still, one lousy typo, and I can "lose" or fail alesson and get thrown back to a point where it takes much longer to finish that lesson. That's not encouraging at all.
No i disagree, Duo is not being mean it is just say to you that it is WRONG but hey, that is how you learn. It is not evil to make mistakes but it is not the way you speak the language. If everyone just spoke the language how they liked it would be chaos and they can't just blame the fact that they were tired. If you fail a lesson its not a big deal, its just that you made a mistake, you'll get 100% next time! :D
Oddly enough most of the "errors" I've been picke up on have actually been Duolingo's errors, not mine. As in, the language used by Dl isn't correct in the first place. I've had this discussion with others, and it seems there are several teachers and/or experienced language users checking the course out, and finding errors in the content taught to learners.
Exactly!! I mean, if they're gonna spend time and money to update things they should fix the errors.
Whether or not its true, the word "no" has to come into play at some point in the learning scale. In this case, the "no" is "lesson failed." I think its great. Makes you pay more attention. I learned fluent spanish, not through Duolingo, by living in a foreign country and having people laugh at my spanish and tell me i talk like crap. Now, after being beaten down a bit, I see that to take a little hurt to your pride baby aint gonna kill ya. What doesnt kill ya makes your language game stronger
I haven't seen such posts, but then, I only look at discussions about language when I'm contributing from a lesson, so I probably wouldn't. Perhaps some people view the acquisition of lingots as a form of "likes"...? No idea.
I haven't seen any of those posts, but I have to agree that it seems stupid. It isn't only the young people my friend's parents ask for lingots all the time.
Yup - I understand and support what you say. Even I have a lot of lingots and in the start it was all about saving them and getting more and then you realize you have too much of it. But I always thought of earning them morally. Those who post such stuff maybe beginners and must be told it is wrong. It would be shameful to see veterans of the community posting such things. The authorities must do something about it.
We simply need to improve the shop for this to continue.