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Is it helpful for a user who is fluent in a language to "learn" it when it's in the beta phase?

I wanted to know if this would mess up metrics or something of the sort.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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It's very helpful if you report problems in it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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May I say, I love that you have asked this! Here, have a lingot :-)

(I am always slightly concerned that anything I do could mess up the data, but then I remind myself that I am one in a few millions and it will average out.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL
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They've said before that the most important beta metrics are how many errors are being found relative to the number of people using a course. Since a fluent speaker should be better at finding errors, you'd probably be a huge help :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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It is a great time to report and help the other learners

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Wow! FrankySka and krispycracker, you are nice, considerate people. A lingot for each of you. I (native English speaker) have been going through English for Russian Speakers for about 3 months, and the thought that my participation might skew the metrics (if only so slightly) never even occurred to me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shady_arc
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Don't worry, it is actually very helpful in beta. Besides, there are VERY few amongst our 200K + learners who are fluent in English or both. While, in fact, the feedback is most helpful from those who can be sure which translation is pretty accurate and which is a stretch to say the least — you'll have a hard time to tell one from the other if you don't speak the language already.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Thank you for the reassurance, Shady_arc. I was not concerned about skewing the statistics, actually. That krispycracker and FrankSka where so very considerate, while I was not, was what really impressed me--the idea never crossed my mind once, actually.

It's great that you and the others on the Russian-English team are developing these courses for us. Thanks!

[corrected some punctuation that was more bizarre than usual]

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ekeachiraya

bonjour

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GriffLA

It's very helpful, especially if you report problems or frequently check the comments and are able to add something helpful.

For example I did the entire "English for Spanish speakers" tree in order to help report problems and help clarify things for people in the comments. I found so many comment threads where there were 20, 30, 40 or more responses of people who were confused or asking for help and no one had responded, so when I was able I would try to answer questions to clarify things for people.

4 years ago