https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Feature Suggestion: "Random Skill" Button

For those of us who want to keep multiple languages going simultaneously, I think it would be neat to have a randomizing feature that operates similarly to the 'strengthen skills' button. The main difference would be that 'strengthen skills' is limited to the current learning language, whereas the 'random skill' would surprise you with any skill from any language that you've worked on that needs to be strengthened. You should be able to edit the list of languages that the 'random skill' button pulls from as well, so if you tested a course but have no real interest in learning it you can leave it off, or if you want to you can keep your current learning language separate from the others.

For example: I'm working on Korean, so the 'random skill' button would not give me any new skills, just past ones needing to be strengthened, plus skills from courses I've finished (Esperanto, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish) that need to be strengthened, but I would not get any from any course I haven't yet worked on.

I think it would be a great way for learners of multiple courses to be able to keep up their skills and stay on their toes, and I for one would find it to be very fun!

EDIT: Of course, being an avid cellphone user, I would like this to be on both website and app if at all possible!

November 8, 2017

65 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

This idea could be really fun! I also like that you thought of a way to set which languages to include and exclude. I would be interested in getting random skills from Japanese and Spanish. Good to flex my brain muscles between languages :D

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

ありがとう!

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Usagiboy7, what would it take to have this be considered by the designers/programmers?

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

It helps if an idea is astronomically successful in the community. However, there are a ton of other nuances that are a beyond my knowledge.

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

What are the odds of this getting a sticky? I’m very excited by the positive response it has gotten!

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

0% sorry. There is a ton of pressure for us not to create new stickies without removing old stickies. And, I would be flooded with requests to sticky people's suggestions. :(

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

LOL no sweat. I kinda figured but then again I also figured it was worth a shot. ;) Thanks for such a quick reply though!

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellensheehy10

Even though I don't do multiple skills, if there was a "random skill" button, I might consider doing that (learning multiple languages)! It seems a great way to learn, and I agree that "it would be a great way for learners of multiple courses to be able to keep up their skills and stay on their toes" Like I said, I would consider adding skills if their was a button like that! Great idea. Thanks for posting it.

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Gracias! =^.^=

November 8, 2017

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

Nice idea. Guys, if you give JOAT2B enough feedback, this may get enough support to be noticed by moderators and it might be part of a new update.

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Gracias! I sure hope so! I can never decide which one(s) I want to strengthen after I've worked on my target language and this would render the indecisiveness moot. And it would be fun! (and drive my husband crazy lol)

November 8, 2017

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

I am working on Deutsch right now, but Russian, French, and Spanish are on my list so Upvote

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Danke!

November 12, 2017

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

This is a really neat idea and I think it would be a fun way to kinda switch things up for learners.

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

감사합니다!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Props for an actually unique suggestion!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Obrigada!

November 12, 2017

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

This would be an excellent option! Ideal for when you have a quick 5 minutes (read: toilet time).

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

LOL exactly! Dankon!

November 14, 2017

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

Sounds like a great idea! Would be really useful. I'm currently working on German, Dutch and Spanish and don't always have time to do a set in all 3, this way i could just do 2 sets but still work on all 3 languages.

November 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Danke!

November 11, 2017

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

Love his ideas.

November 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Xiexie!

November 12, 2017

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

good idea hun

November 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

iGracias!

November 12, 2017

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

I hope to have enough languages someday to be interested in a feature like this.

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

You could use it with three! :D

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/haomaru87

i like this ifea a lot. Please implement it!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

ありがとう!

November 12, 2017

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

What a smart idea! I hope this gets implemented.

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Dankon!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrokenBottle87

I'd totally love this!!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/N0eAt

I would love a "random skill" button!! Not only would this help to strengthen our skills in different languages, it would also help to switch more easily from a language to another!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

I’m glad you like it!

November 14, 2017

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

I think this is a really good idea; I am only on one language at the moment but I can see this as something that would benefit me once I move on to a second language.

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Hopefully they will make it happen so you can try it out! :)

November 14, 2017

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

Sounds like an interesting idea :) Not sure how easy it will be to implement though... Still, could be a cool feature...

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you for your support. :)

November 14, 2017

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

This idea is awesome and would be really happy if a feature like this would come.

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you!

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bewolf10

Yes please! Yes yes!

November 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Glad you like! :D

November 14, 2017

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

I think it would be awesome! It would train your mind to be prepared to process a random language with little notice, which sometimes can happen in real life.

November 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

I’m glad you like it!

November 14, 2017

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

Randomizing is an excellent suggestion. Thanks for this.

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you!

November 14, 2017

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

That's a great, simple idea

November 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

I’m glad you like it!

November 14, 2017

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

I think this would be a great! It would surely help me become consistent in learning Spanish and Japanese at the same time and other languages I might be interested in. Go for it! You have my Upvote!

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Speaking of Japanese and Spanish, I am so crossing my fingers that we will get a ES/JP course in the future. That would make it so much easier to practice them at the same time.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you for your support! :)

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patricj4

Great idea. Would be well up for this.

November 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Xiexie!

November 17, 2017

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

I like this idea! (You've thought it out really well, too.)

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Merci beacoup! :D

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JJT60K

Great idea!!

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Thank you!

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Libian2

Great idea!

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Gracias!

November 8, 2017

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

Upvoted!

November 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Muito obrigada!

November 9, 2017

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

Totally agreed. I like to mix up the lessons among the different languages to keep things more interesting. Upvoted!

November 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOAT2B

Merci!

November 10, 2017

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

I agree.

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