https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

English for German tree much shorter than German for English

The German for English tree has 125 levels, but it's reverse tree, English for German, has just 75. How come it has so much less content? Can't Duo just use the same material, but swap the questions for the answers?

October 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/idkhbtfm

Then it would be pointless to do the reverse tree, because it would be the same content. Also, I'm assuming the DE->EN tree has English names instead of German ones, and it would be pointless to teach certain words like 'Weihnachtsmarkt' in that tree because in most (if not all!) English-speaking countries there is no such thing.

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

Can't Duo just use the same material, but swap the questions for the answers?

No, that is not possible.
One of the reasons:
The "German grammar for English speakers" is much more difficult than the "English grammar for German speakers" .

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicRuler1414

They are probably made by different people

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mwbrand1

I am finding the reverse tree pretty difficult, but very helpful. It starts off fairly easy, but increasingly becomes more difficult. The reverse tree has more English to German translations, which really helps with grammar and the memorization of noun gender. Weiter so!

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cwpotter

I don't know why....

October 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nancypurple32

German grammar is much more complicated than English grammar - they have three noun genders, for example, and formal and informal pronouns and verb conjugations. English also doesn't have adjective endings, or two-way prepositions. So it certainly makes sense, given the German grammar complexities, that the German tree for English speakers would be quite a bit longer than the reverse tree.

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

Now I've actually made a lot of progress on the reverse tree, I've noticed that there actually is a fair bit of exact overlap

October 29, 2017
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