https://www.duolingo.com/th23x

Level of difficulty varies greatly between mobile app and website

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Since some time I notice that the lessons are very different from the level of difficulty between doing the same one on a mobile (in the app) and in the internet (webbrowser).

While in the browser it requires very often a translation of one sentence - without any hints, on the mobile its most often "only" pic the right pairs of words, click together the shown sentence, ...

I understand its more "userfriendly" like that in the app eg to just click on it, but for for the learning effect it's not optimal from my point of view!?

Lately even forcing my self to do the lessons in the browser on the mobile to get a better learning experience...

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones
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This is a well-known issue and has been so for quite a long time now. People have just accepted it and thus it is talked about less. I personally always use the browser version, regardless of the device I practice on. It's just that much superior. And honestly, as long as the browser version doesn't get simplified like the app has, I don't see this as an issue. You have to go out of your way to download the app to use the inferior version, when the browser version is available much conveniently through multiple platforms.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Horako224

That's why app is only usefull for keeping the streak going.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
hughcparker
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Yup, the website is more difficult, and a more effective teaching tool.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenBookmye

While I agree the web questions are harder there are typically 17 or 18 in an app and 10 on the same web lesson, so you get more repetition. Also when you are actually reading a book chin another language you can often translate words from context, you aren't using rote memory. You should use whichever you prefer I think the important thing is you keep using whatever it is

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaphinga
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I prefer the web version as long as the language uses a Latin alphabet. With languages like Russian or Greek, though, it is so nice to be able to use the keyboard for the target language. Even though I can switch keyboards on my computer, the keyboards aren't labeled and I can't always remember which key is which --- especially when working with multiple non-latin alphabets.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I find it useful to bounce back and forth between the two, particularly when reviewing languages which are farther from English (i.e., Hungarian) The pick the right word in the right order seems to help me get it, where typing the translation can be really difficult. They reinforce different parts of my brain. There are times when easier is better for learning.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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W/ health they've sort of killed the app off for me, but you can immediately make it more useful by just choosing not to look at the word bank at the bottom of the screen until you've done your own translation. Granted, this doesn't do much about the word matching exercises, but I suppose you can amp up the difficulty there by actually making yourself translate things rather than just searching until you see something that rings a bell.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield
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I agree. This is frustrating. A temporary fix for this is just to use Duolingo on your phone's web browser. It scales nicely and has all the features of the PC version.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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You must have a bigger phone screen than me!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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But the app gives bonus XP, need to say more? :P

"Did you really switch from web to mobile only because of XP bonuses?". Yup rofl.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandeGarcon

Let's bring back this discussion! Why is it that we earn 5-7 XP less on PC than on the mobile version for the same exercises?

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
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I don't think anything's changed, so I don't think we're going to gain any new information from discussing it again.

2 weeks ago
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