New french tree soon
I'm excited for this: https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/fr/en/status
But I'm also wondering how it will affect existing users. Will our skills be shuffled around the tree, will we have to start from scratch?
Here's what it says on the link the OP gave: "In addition to fixing plenty of errors in the course structure, we have created more new skills: Animals 2, Food 2, Weather 1, Pronominal Verbs, Weather 2, Body Parts, and the aforementioned Countries. There have also been a lot of new vocabulary added in the existing skills."
If it's anything like the new Spanish tree, of which I'm a beta tester, you will not have to start from scratch. However, it will take rather a while -- months -- until you build up your word strength for the new material to a point where you don't have to keep practicing it over and over.
I'm shocked and I absolutely hate it. And not just that, I'm devastated and it ruined my motivation entirely. It is so stupid to impose things like that and not to give options. It also seems that I cannot see or choose e.g. which infinitives or adverbs I am about to practice. It is an enormous setback.
I appreciate the efforts to improve/expand the tree and try to improve the user interface. BUT, I'm really unhappy about having the new tree forced on me in the middle of the course, especially while trying to prepare for a trip. I thought I could deal with the new tree - but then the crowns appeared. I really, really don't like the crown interface. With the old interface I could see my progress at a quick glance. Now it's way too complex and ugly. I feel totally demoralized and have lost all motivation to use Duolingo. Can I please, Please, PLEASE revert to the old interface, at least temporarily?
Why not give users a chance to choose, perhaps within a several month time frame, when they want to accept a dramatic change when they're in the middle of the course? Imposing an AB test or new interface is fine for users just starting a new language, but not so fine when one is already in the middle of a challenging project.
Unfortunately no. During the A/B testing phase, certain users are randomly selected to test the new tree. If the tree does better in terms of retention (and other metrics) than the old tree during the testing period, the new tree becomes available to everyone. If not, then it is back to the drawing board...
Hi Sitesurf, I'm going to take a stab at answering: I think this is about whether you are referring to one set of things, or multiple sets of things. For example, in the Roman army men were grouped into centuries, or hundreds - this is plural because we are referring to more than one group of one hundred men. Another way of looking at this is whether the 'hundred' is breakable into parts.
There is a more technical answer here (not mine): https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/57812
Is the rule different in French?
Many thanks for the explanation and link.
For a change, French is a bit simpler:
"cent" is pluralized when multiplied by an exact number: cent, deux cents, trois cent cinquante.
"mille" is invariable: mille, deux mille
"millions" and "milliards" are countable nouns: un million, deux milliards, trois millions/milliards, quatre millions/milliards cent cinquante mille.