It is really hard to change from a course to its reverse course now.
I do not understand why this cannot be easier. I have done my tree learning Spanish as an English speaker, and am now doing the reverse. You seem to have to go through about four different pages to switch from one to the other. It would be nice if this were easier.
They should just put ALL trees "language x from language y" in the scroll thingy like really really basic common sense demands...
Either that or have one scroll tab for each base language, but that would get cluttered The other choice would be to have your scroll thingy, the default being the base language you have the most xp from (use the most) and a little arrow you could click to the right of it to change base languages.
It was always hard in my opinion. I would really like to do the French for Arabic speakers tree. I tried it once and really liked it. However, the process of accessing the tree and then reaccessing my English based trees GIVES ME TOO MUCH OF A HEADACHE. So even though I of course technically could use it, I don't use it and miss out on a great resource!
http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Userscripts theres a user script for it here but im not sure if it works with the new website
https://github.com/zeta12ti/DuolingoCourseSwitcher This one works.
I found it on the reddit, but it doesn't seem to be in the wiki yet.
Below the pictures is a short installation guide. You need a browser extension, which one depends on your browser. They are all doing the same thing, but are being called differently.
Then you can load the userscript by clicking the link in instructions (or open the DuolingoCourseSwitcher.user.js in RAW mode).
Another shortcut would be a bookmark to the pages of the specific courses so you can skip a couple steps (like this for spanish https://www.duolingo.com/course/es/en/Learn-Spanish-Online), but of course this only works if you synchronize your bookmarks between computers or save the links somewhere else like an email draft.
In what way did it become more difficult? I have the new site as of today and after checking, I think it is the same number of steps: Add a new course, change from-language, choose to-language, confirm to-language. Either way I totally agree that an official shortcut made by duolingo would be nice. Until then let's be thankful that there are nice userscripts.
Before when you clicked the flag to the upper left of your current tree, it brought you to the comprehensive drop-down (otherwise available from Settings) with courses from all base languages (easily navigable by typing the first letter of the relevant string). That menu has been reduced to only courses from the current base language. To change base languages, it now simply sends you on the circuitous route you have described.
I suspect we may be referring to different flags ;) Notice I'm referring to the flag at the upper left (as you look at it) of the current tree. If one of the first things you noticed is that that is a link, then I can assure you you are a much more astute internet surfer than most!