Perfect Example of Why the "Health" System is Extremely Ineffective
Foolishly and naively, I am hoping for someone from Duolingo to respond to this thread, but I'll settle for a good response from anyone who believes in the "health" system. I'm perfectly willing to change my mind if I hear a good argument.
Yesterday I got to the "Idioms" section of Spanish. This is difficult, as it's about long sentences that work together and not word pairs, matching pictures, or translating very short phrases. Because I wasn't just looking at each underlined word and typing in the English, but rather actually trying to learn each idiom in total, I made five mistakes pretty quickly and lost my health.
Duolingo stopped my lesson immediately. I had time, so I went to the practice section through the health meter, and did five practice sessions. NOT A SINGLE WORD of those five practice sessions related to anything in the idioms section or any of the mistakes I had made.
How is this helpful? How is this going to help me learn Spanish? What effect is this system meant to have other than to increase anxiety and get me to buy gems? I already pay $9.99 a month for the premium version, so am I not doing enough for the monetization of Duolingo? Can we at least not pretend that this is about anything but money?
Someone--from Duolingo, ideally, though I'm not holding my breath--please explain to me how I'm wrong and what benefits to my learning Spanish this experience is meant to have.
yes, I definitely agree with you. For school we do french, and every few days we do duolingo. However, we are often lets with no, or little health. That means all I can do is bots or strengthen, but i dont want to strenghtn, because i dont need revuew. if dont want to waste my class time doing reviews! Please, duolingo, get rid of halth
Yeah, it does suck! And even more so when someone is virtually at the end of a lesson, only to be shut out. Furthermore, the user leaves discouraged. For example, I am retired and sit at Starbucks ever morning JUST completing review lessons. Because of the foolish consequences, I will not attempt a new lesson until I'm in front of my computer. Again, that makes no logical sense. Holly, there are TEN MILLION users at least. So on the low end, charge $5.00 per year and that is 50 million dollars gross income. However, Luis has represented operating costs of $60,000 per day. Okay, I'll account for that overhead. That equates to 2.2 million in overhead. Thus subtract the overhead from the gross. The results are obvious! Someone is not being forthcoming.
When a phrase doesn't mean the same as the words alone, or its meaning can't be inferred from the words or from previously taught grammar rules, then contributors should add that meaning as a phrase hint, and you are alowed to report it, although it's true that many courses are quite abandoned becouse they already reached beta.
I don't think the idioms section is part of the main course. That could be why they don't turn up in practice. I must say I don't have the same health system (on Android and not updated), but my fluency sits at 1% all the time. I just ignore it, the lessons still work :)
I will probably be buying the subscription. I like the idea that duolingo allows so many people to use it for free. I don't see anything looking like a cash grab in what they do, quite the opposite, in fact.
BTW, the experience of using the Premium version vs. not is basically identical, but I pay it because I appreciate and benefit from Duolingo. Just don't expect to see fewer ads, to be allowed to make mistakes and keep learning, or anything else you may be used to from learning apps.
I have to disagree with you, the shortcuts are for those who already know the words. Those who do not know those words, use the normal setup. For I see why you want the shortcut to be easier, it makes it to fast and your learning won't be as effective. If you disagree with my statement, then thats fine. I hope to see you again.
No short cuts are being promoted so you have little or no grasp of a reward system. The concept, now don't get lost, is to reward people for successful attempts. The reward enhances motivation and, therefore, promotes learning through a reward system. Why would anyone embark on a new section, when their chances are virtually impossible to complete it without fully depleting health? By the way, that is a rhetorical question.
Dear reader, I'm also very pleased with the DuoLingo way of learning a language, but could you please give me some guidance to get rid of the health feature which is blocking my goal to learn as much Spanish as I want, same as my husband who's using an older version, still gets the updates but not the health feature which is really annoying to have enabled. He als ostil has the Lingots versus the gems? And it works brilliantly. Can you please help me get a version that will allow me to practise as much as I want without being timed out all the time? please make is possible to choose or get rid of it in the android version altogether? How can you update your account to be in either the A or B catagory if that is what's driving it altogether? please help?