Timed Practice Too Short
Now that I am at Level 16, the phrases are longer to read and to type (especially when you have to constantly stop to add accents). I am finding the timed practice for each lesson ridiculously short. I have keyboarding skills and I still cannot type the longer phrases in the time allowed. This makes the Timed Practice useless for me as I am usually stopped after 3 or 4 long sentences - what gives? .. J
I use a computer to access Duolingo, and one thing that really helped me with timed practices for both Spanish and French was to modify my computer settings to add Spanish and French keyboards. It takes a little while to get used to finding the diacritical marks on the keyboard, but once you do it really helps because you can type your normal speed without using the mouse. If you have keyboarding skills, this will be especially useful for you.
You can try using the ENG INTL keyboard layout on Windows. It is better than using the French layout, because the French layout (AZERTY) changes the locations of letters. With ENG INTL, your layout remains QWERTY, and it is very easy to add accents. For example:
- To produce é, type the apostrophe followed by e.
- To produce è, type the grave accent (to the left of "1" on the keyboard) followed by e.
- To produce ê, type ^ (Shift + 6) followed by e..
- To produce ë, type " (double quotes - Shift + apostrophe) followed by e.
- To produce ç, type apostrophe followed by c.
... and so on.
If you already know how to touch type, you will be able to grasp this instantly.