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

How do people feel about the new motivational feature of the app?

Because - probably not surprisingly, given my feelings about Memrise - I really dislike it. It actually startles me to have this owl pop up, and feedback like "You've answered five questions in a row correctly - congratulations" feels unnecessary and frankly somewhat condescending. (I am not a toddler, thank you.)

But how about others - do you find it helpful?

October 7, 2017

15 Comments


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

If it helps some people, great, but personally I'd like the option to turn it off.


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

My preference would be to have just numbers on the strength bar. They tell me both how many errors I made and how many I get right in a row WITHOUT the stupid owl popping up.


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

Yes, I find something concrete like numbers on the strength bar much more helpful than random encouragement thrown in. Duolingo is cute, but I really don't need him cheerleading me mid lesson, if anything I find it a little offputting.


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

Yeah i miss the numbers from the strength bar on the online exercises. they give you a clear read of your ability in the set of questions.


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

The Android version of the app has an option for turning this off. I think they just assume iOS users would never want to turn off something like this... :P


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

How does one do this? I find it silly. I just hope Duolingo doesn't ever add background music.


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

I just went through my settings - there is nothing there. Then again, this ra-ra-ra owl is new (and I haven't seen it in any French lessons), so maybe a turn-off option is still in the works. Here's hoping.


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

The app you're talking about is the iOS one, right? I have no idea what the settings page looks like on iOS, but here's what it looks like in the Android app:

I think those settings are what it's set to by default. I just installed the app to take this screenshot and then deleted it off my phone again. ^^


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

Indeed, in Android it's under Settings > General > Motivational Messages.


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

At first, for me, it was kind of annoying - but a couple of times when I was making mistakes over and over, it popped up reminding me that getting answers wrong was still helping me learn... and it did help. A little. At least stopped me just giving up for the day... :)


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

Personally I ignore it but it is there to motivate people and I am sure some will be motivated by it. It does me no harm so why worry.


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

Same here, I find it annoying and somewhat condescending. Therefore I always turn it off ASAP when i switch to a new device.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria123Vargaz

I haven't seen it yet, thank goodness, and I hope I never do.


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

I have to agree. The first time I saw it I was just going over a few things and I also found it really condescending lol.

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