https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasDaaa13

Show "Tips and Notes" on mobile + Capitalised words spoil some answers

I have been using Duolingo for some time on my android phone, but recently I decided to do a few lessons on the PC. To my surprise I see there's a section called "Tips and Notes" on every lesson, full of useful information! I did not realise this exists, it would have been a huge help for doing the lessons. Why is it not in the mobile app? Now I have to use my phone's browser to read the "tips and notes" section, before I do the lesson on the app...

Also, I've noticed that in the lessons where you select words to form a sentence, the answer is often spoiled by one word being capitalised (so it naturally goes to the beginning). Here is my suggestion: have all words in lower case, and automatically capitalise whichever word you select first.

September 28, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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They have done tests where they take away the capital letter. It reduces usage, i.e. Duolingo's stock-in-trade, so for all intents and purposes it won't be happening. The app is more useful if you attempt the translation yourself before looking at the tiles anyway.

The Tips & Notes are supposed to be coming to the apps, albeit in abridged versions, but things that are supposed to be happening can take a very good while indeed in these parts.

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/kblixthagholm

So people want to have the first word spoiled instead of actually trying to learn? Strange. I also try to do the translation before looking at the tiles.

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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People can value the sensation of progress more than actual progress ;) If it actually keeps them coming back, they may well over time achieve more than they would have otherwise. I very much suspect that over the average usage duration of a new Duolingo user the far and away biggest driver of how much they learn is how long they keep coming back (i.e. I do not expect that average duration is very high at all).

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/kblixthagholm

True. I've been at it for almost 230 days straight now (but DuoLingo's server problems killed my progress a couple of days ago), and the feeling of progress very much motivates you to keep going. And also to set a reasonable goal that you are able to maintain - I have 20XP/day and it's often just small enough that I do it, but sometimes I do a lot more.

September 28, 2017
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