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Option to disable drag-and-drop on App

I don't know about anyone else, but I for one notice I learn much faster and more concretely when I have to type a sentence in English or in the language I am learning, as opposed to the drag-and-drop questions on the app (where you drag words from a word bank at the bottom). I am often able to correctly guess the sentences this way without fully understanding what the sentence says, and I think that's a problem.

I understand that these are user friendly and help beginners and those who want a less-intense workout than I do, so I'm not saying they should go away. I noticed that the web version doesn't have these drag-and-drop questions and frankly I like it that way. I'm able to learn things more long term without them.

So, I propose having some sort of option in the app settings alongside "listening" and "speaking" for "drag-and-drop"; disabling these questions would make it harder (and there could be a disclaimer for that), but I and many others would probably prefer it that way, as it is more challenging for your brain to remember a word from thin air than pick between a couple of options.

1 year ago

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psionpete
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Why not just use the website version. AFAIK you can still use that on the mobile devices.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jaxarr

But thats not possible on some of the languages in the incubator, such as japanese. You have to use iOS for that atm so you would have to wait

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TehFunkyBunch

I checked out the web site on the phone and to my surprise, they have everything formatted and well laid-out, almost just like the app. Thank you for the suggestion, I may just go with that. The only catch is my internet browser apps (I use firefox) are incredibly slow compared to apps built specifically for a function on the phone (ex. soundcloud, google docs, email, facebook, etc.) I'm not sure if this is something specific to my phone or not, but using a browser is still a lot slower than an app for me. Thanks for the idea, I never thought of that

1 year ago

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100% agreed. Your suggestion would really improve the versatility--and for at least some the value--of Duo on a handheld device. But my guess is that Duo won't implement your change anytime soon, judging by all the other good suggestions that have already not been taken up.

1 year ago