Duolingo Plus is a complete ripoff - beware!
I should never have agreed to get Duolingo Plus for a year. Yes, it is ad free - but: Now there are regular requests for more money to get 'Health' whenever I make 3 mistakes in the course of an evening's lessons.
So if I want to continue practicing and trace my mistakes, I have to pay additional fees to continue, or I must wait a day to study again. F**k ing ridiculous.
With free Duolingo, this never happened. I had no idea the Duolingo team were such rip-off artists!
Unfortunately health is a feature - it's not removed by Plus. AFAIK you only get an ad-free experience and the ability to download lessons offline on mobile. If you hate the feature, just use the browser site instead - it's what I do, the app's basically unusable with the hearts IMO.
I use Duolingo at odd times...Waiting for the airplane, before going to bed, etc. So this feature is REALLY irritating. I am an adult, and I decide myself if I should or can continue studying something at any given moment. Having an app control this for me is absurd beyond belief....
The only time I've ever had health and gems was when I was beta testing Korean. It's really weird. I haven't come across anyone else who's managed to basically completely avoid it.
Granted, I've mostly been working on completed trees, but I have also been dabbling in others, certainly have done plenty of new lessons in various languages. I'm still on lingots and don't have the health feature ¯_(ツ)_/¯ I don't have a clue if I'm part of an a/b test or what.
You'll be glad to know I do regularly use the app for ease and convenience when it's appropriate, so if I am part of a test, my engagement will be in good shape!
Are you saying that only PLUS members are subjected to the A/B testing, or that it was just coincidence that Rushwarp was selected for A/B testing at the same time he became a PLUS member? Hopefully a moderator will clarify this.
I was considering becoming a PLUS member, but now I have concerns that Duolingo will not function correctly if I do.
I got plus with the Christmas discount, largely because I want to support Duolingo's work and I could afford it at that price.
I have never had health/gems (except while beta testing Korean), and still don't - nothing has changed for me on the app or the website except the ability to download lessons and the lack of adverts.
It would undoubtedly be infuriating to be put into the health half of an a/b test just after having paid for plus, but yeah, it was almost certainly a coincidence. If purchasing plus also meant getting health, there would be a looooot of posts about it.
Am a plus member now for 40 somewhat days following the chinese course and up until now reading this, I never heard of the “health” feature! Believe me, I do make plenty of mistakes as a Dutchman learning Chinese via English on my iPhone as well as, iPad and iMac! Never had to pay additional fees to continu anything, ever! I don’t have any complaints about DuoLingo Plus, my subscription is for a 6 months period! I do hope your problems get solved maybe even without the cursing!
1) Throw away your IOS device - IOS = DuoLingo's lovely "test A/B platform" and better use the web app (no health/gems there; typing!!!)
2) test the Android app.
Personally I never have seen health on Android (I sometimes used it on an emulator; I also run and manage "Clubs", so I am well aware what this app provides).
However it might be that the staff has launched a few BETA tests for some user accounts on Android as well (some rare complains were on 2-3 threads).
Maybe worth a try....
You IMHO can't learn (or even effectively review without typing and RECALLING) a language by tapping.