why don't we try to help the ones with less knowledge than us and not to show how clever we are.
I think I know what you mean, but some people have lived in such a sheltered environment that they can't fathom what it's like for a person to have so little knowledge. I'm sure they don't mean to come off as rude.
Why has someone downvoted you ? I agree - there are some people who seem to delight in being patronising, but on the whole, most DL users seem glad to help when questions are asked. Perhaps you've just had a bad experience ?
no I haven't got any bad experience, but what I see, is for example ----I'm confuse with el and la, this person will be a very, very, very beginner, there for we could helper by saying, el is masculine and la is feminine, but for some knowledge people, have to go to the definite articles and indefinite articles and so on , for us, as experts we don't need to show of, we have to make it easy for others , I don't want to take my students out of this very contagious programme, I have encourage them to Michael Tomas, and Rosetta stone, so no problem on that, but lets do it with our best humility, and not our pried, that's all
I am not sure what your native language is but please allow me to help your english...
No, I haven't had any bad experiences, but from what I see, for example ---- "I am confused with el and la" This person will be a beginner, therefore we could help by saying "el is masculine and la is feminine", but for some knowledgable people, to have to go to the definite and indefinite articles, and so on , for us, as experts, we don't need to show off, we have to make it easy for others. I don't want to take my students out of this very contagious program, I have encouraged them to use Michael Tomas, or Rosetta Stone - I have no problem with that, but let's do it with humility, and not our pride, that's all.
Hope you don't mind the clean-up
"we could helper by saying, el is masculine and la is feminine, but for some knowledge people, have to go to the definite articles and indefinite articles and so on"
I don't know who was rude or what caused you to post this, but I would say that when talking about "el" and "la" it's important to know that they are definite articles, and that "un" and "una" are indefinite articles. Saying "The boy" and "the girl" is different from saying "a boy" and "a girl". I'd consider input like that VERY helpful, and not at all showing off. It makes everything very clear and easy.
Let me put it this way: if you don't talk about definite vs. indefinite articles, and just say that "el" is masculine and "la" is feminine, then what is going to keep a learner from getting REALLY confused and wondering what is the difference between el/un and la/una?
I agree with you, Irtward.
Additional information can be very helpful- even necessary.
and I do agree with all of you, with all the comments about helping, and as well, if we can, put some examples of where and why, and the reason, but some experts, they go to the advance level to explain to the very beginner's , and that's not helping, yes I do agree with you too irtward, that we should know that the flower come from a seed, and the seed is very important, but some times is better to give a simple explanation, and after that, then, go to the roots and make sure they get it, and some of us, some times try to show how clever we are, that's all, I'm getting old, I have being teaching for a long time, and this is only an observation I have seeing very often in this programme, some times simplifying is better than go to deep to the subject, thanks to every one for the respond
Please don't assume that it is pride or showing off that makes people give answers that have too much information. Most of us are not professional teachers, so we don't always know exactly how much information to give.
Assuming that someone is showing off, or being patronizing, is risky, since it's sometimes difficult to detect emotions from writing. I think it's safer to assume that everyone here has good intentions.
@ barbaraMorris, I think for the way you are expressing your self, you are a learner who try to help as any body else, but some times even people with lots of knowledge, maybe with very good intentions like you, by trying to help, they go so deep in the subject that they can confuse the student, that is teaching to teach you have to be a teacher, every body try to help, but it is very different to know how to put a plaster, or how to deal with a epileptic attack , and some times even with very good intensions, if you are not a teacher you don't know how to teach, that's all, by just putting a sentence that's not teaching , the teaching is to know why and what for, then is when you can learn, the point I'm making is people give advise over the top, not with bad intentions but many times useless information, and the worse, trying to show off, I'm sorry I'm not trying to offend any body , I'm only trying to protect my students, not from duolingo, only for wrong advice without malice or acknowledge.