Sadly, most of the effort goes into typing sentences in English.
It would have been great if most of the effort to learn German was about, well.. learning German but it seems to be mostly about typing words in English.
This is completely pointless and inefficient use of time. So I spend about two seconds to figure out the translation into English and then a far longer period of time typing it in, in English. Not German.
A shame, really, Duolingo has such a great potential.
Why not have several options to choose from, with a click of a mouse?
Not to mention, that learning is achieved with "recall with a certain level of difficulty". There should be more English to German than German to English.
I think they should give us the chance to opt for three kinds of exercises... only English to German, only German to English... with a third option being a current mix of both like it is currently. This way everyone would be happy and practice what the needed the most.
I also think we should type a bit more in German but, because it's harder than the other way round, I believe they don't want some people to get discouraged and leave. It's a fine balance...
It used to be dual translation. Forcing people to do the reverse is stupid, and just makes the user spend more time on Duolingo, when they should be moving onto native material.
Yeah, let's go learn English again. They only removed it when they started dumbing down the site, because people couldn't handle the difficulty in learning a langauge. Look at how crappy the mobile version is.
Seems like with every update they reduce the percentage of translation into the new language. Currently, I get one or two sentences to be translated into a foreign language in a set of 20. It's ridiculous.... Doing the reverse tree is much more difficult than just translating sentences into the other direction.
Start the "reverse tree" the course "English for German speakers"
Duolingo uses a very good teaching method for beginners and for people, who want to brush up their school knowledge.
In the course "German for English speakers" you are learning the grammar and the pronunciation. You will mostly translate from German to English and the user interface is in English.
In the "reverse tree", the course "English for German speakers", you will mostly translate from English to German. The user interface is in German. And you can start to read (and write) in the German discussion forums (set the microphone and sound to OFF in Duolingo's settings)
In the "laddering trees" you can do "Foreign language 2" from "Foreign language 1" and reverse (if available in Duolingo).
These are my favourite courses.
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but you can also think the sentence in the target language and repeat it before you go typing in English. Btw, I think that this repetitive and translating into your own language is how most people work in real life education. It helps your brain create the association.
It'd be cool if you could modify the frequency of certain types of exercises. I personally find the German to Enlgish useful at this stage in my learning. What they're saying is, "Do you know what this German sentence means?" which is just as important as "Can you say this English sentence in German?"