Feedback to Duolingo team
First of all I would like to thank you for all this awesomeness, Duo's been a part of my life for a long time and is one of the few hobbies I share with my mother. I say that because I am going to mostly point out things that need improvement (imho) and I don't want it to sound too negative. Duo is easily the best app for language learning.
Many people use more than one source language (i.e. English to Spanish and Spanish to English), and while Duo allows that, it doesn't handle it very well. It can't be accessed on Android mobile app and on the desktop version it doesn't show up on the profile and causes minor problems from time to time.
Give us an option to require diacritic (in target language only?) because it is crucial in languages like Vietnamese, but important in many more (German, Spanish, Portuguese, ...).
Let us (most likely in the Words tab) select words we already know by heart (I am sick of practicing die Frau - the woman after finishing the German tree) and the words that we still struggle with.
Let us take a marked test from the whole language - for Lingots maybe?
Please introduce some kind of achievement system - similar to the Android one but more complex. Also I would like to give thumbs up for the 100 XP challenge in the mobile app I hope you are going to work on this idea and bring it to the desktop version as well.
I would like to see a live chat (in a given language) for people studying it which are currently online.
Although it never happened to me, I've heard of many people losing their streak due to a bug. Please take a look into that - streak is a huge motivator for many people. Screenshots exist to support this claim.
I have the feeling Duo would get far more popularity and better results if it was more social. I am not going to expand on this too much because I know you introduced clubs and you are most likely going to move them in some form to the website, I just want to support the idea.
In some languages pronunciation varies a lot across different regions (Portuguese). I would love to have an option to play multiple voice tracks (by real people). Tons of them already exist on dedicated websites and are free to use by everyone, I just think it would make sense to have them directly integrated here on Duolingo.
Please show us more of the stats you keep about us. Also, I would love to read an article about global stats - how many people finish a tree once they start a language, how that differs across both mobile apps...
Let us customize the website a little (could be as little as different themes) for Lingots.
Please give more privileges to teachers - for example let them view their students' trees, send them a message...
Please, keep doing the excellent work. Thank you, Duo Team.
"Many people use more than one source language (i.e. English to Spanish and Spanish to English), and while Duo allows that, it doesn't handle it very well. It can't be accessed on Android mobile app and on the desktop version it doesn't show up on the profile and causes minor problems from time to time."
I don't know about Android, but all my language trees/courses show up in my profile on the desktop version. Nor have I had any minor problems in this respect. What issues have you had on the website?
Maybe I've explained myself poorly, sorry about that. I study both German from English and German from Spanish, however only one of those courses shows up at my profile. I can learn German from Spanish on the website but not in the app. I hope I made it more clear - and the example I provided is completely wrong I agree.
You CAN do this, but it's ugly. You have to change the primary language, which means it only shows those you are currently working from. That is, if you are normally an English speaker, when you have it set to English to French, it also shows say English to Welsh and any other languages you are working from. However, I also am working on French to German, to try to get my French past the "Ou est la salle de bain." level.
This is actually why I came to this forum, to ask for a 'flat' option where it simply shows all the languages you are working on, even if they're not in the same base.
I use the course switcher on the web and it shows all base languages. My understanding was that Duolingo had already solved the course switching problem. Is that not the case?
As far as the profile, it does show only the languages from your current base language. As it's so easy to switch to another base language. you can then see the information for the languages being learned from that language.
However, I have no idea what it's like on Android phones. I rarely check my profile on my phone as I prefer the website on my laptop. Perhaps it's different.
Can you maybe add any - bullet lists or 1), 2) / a)...b) counting to further improve formatting of your text? Did you e.g know that there also is a "---------" line separator available to separate different topic blocks? ;)
Don't get me wrong: You have tried hard with formatting with new lines ("." followed by two blanks) and paragraphs...but the text can still be further improved to make it easier readable.
I don't get e.g what text block starts a new point or what simply tries to explain the previous point.
It is quite early here...so I will re-read the whole text next days...I promise.
"Let us (most likely in the Words tab) select words we already know by heart (I am sick of practicing die Frau - the woman after finishing the German tree) and the words that we still struggle with." --- I could not agree more. I am (re)learning French and wish I did not have to tap the pairs where the word is essentially the same between French and English eg. elephant/elephant, lion/lion, banane/banana, balcon/balcony, and many others.
There is a third party website that lets you view some stats about yourself called duome this is the link --> https://www.duome.eu/ To get to your page you just type in the link then your username for example https://www.duome.eu/Username123. When you are on your page you can also view more stats by clicking on the progress section.
I have been competing in your leagues on a smartphone which shows 10x per round. People pass me too fast to even input the answers. These hackers are dominating games designed, I think, by you for the serious learner for “fun” in learning, as you advertise. But, check it out, the top ten on Pearl League have 16,000+ to 39,000+ points. Impossible scores, if played fairly. You should stop the hacking or eliminate the games.
I use Duolingo on my iPad mini, it happens to be more convenient than using my iPhone 11. But I tried it on my iPhone and was amazed at how much easier it was to use. Almost every mistake I make on Duolingo is not a brain error, but a physical error because the buttons on the iPad mini version are so small they don’t always activate up when I touch them and then I answer with words accidentally missing. The buttons on the iPhone are larger and easier than the iPad version. This doesn’t make sense. The iPad version needs a major update to make it easier to see and use.