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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisbeth440207

English v American

I think Tinycards is useful but find it annoying when it doesn't accept things like e.g. Sweet - it wants Candy. Grey it wants Gray. I know it is an american course but lots of english people participate.

August 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

It's not English versus American, it's British English versus American English.

I haven't used Tinycards very much, but on Duolingo, British variants are accepted, and if they're not you should report them so they can be added.

That said, Duolingo is an American company and the user base for American English is much bigger, so we are not their highest priority. Learning to use American variants is not that big a deal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisbeth440207

Thank you for correcting me! It is actually what I meant and I do understand the distinction. I know it is not a big deal, it is just in my opinion, I feel they should accept either spelling. Thank you for taking the time to respond.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

Once more I'll explain all courses on Duo accept alternative British English. If you come across a sentence where it is not accepted just post it on the Discussion forum for that language and it will be edited to accept the British English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

As I say, I can't speak for Tinycards - I don't know what the situation is over there - but here on Duolingo, if a British spelling/alternate isn't accepted, then if you report it, it is generally added. I haven't used Tinycards very much at all, but I imagine the same policy would apply there if there is the facility to add alternates. If they don't have that facility, then you're just going to have to grin and bear it.

I prefer it when British English alternates are accepted myself, but given the wide varieties of English worldwide, where does one stop? Duolingo is an American company, and it's best to assume that American standard English is what is expectedly. It can be frustrating, but we can't expect them to cater to Britons "just because."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

All courses include British and American usage.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliasPitts

I also think it is annoying that the words are so different and American (I'm British) but at least there are more important problems in the world than that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliasPitts

Thanks for the lingot!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisbeth440207

Yes absolutely - small things eh


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenjaminPi280225

I agree! I really don't like all the american spellings and words. They use fries instead of chips, that's what annoys me most. I've always thought they should make an English version of duolingo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

Yes, well as has been stated Duo uses Amer. Eng. basically and includes those Brit. Eng expressions that are different. You'll still find "fries".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisbeth440207

Now that's an idea!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jennycoy1

Duolingo is an American company plus the audience for American English is much larger.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisbeth440207

Thanks jennycoy a good point. However I still think they should accept either spelling

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