For the devs: Can we please get rid of the health system?
I'm an English teacher in China, and one of the things that has kept my students from using more English and improving is the fear of failure.
This health system has that fear embedded in the app. It's dumb. Language should be learned from a series of trials and errors, like how one learns when they were a kid. I used to whole heartedly recommend this app to my students, but now I'm searching for other options.
It is bad, I know. For some reasons, only iOS uses it (except for Korean, Hungarian and Japanese for some reason...). Also, the health takes so long to regenerate.
Switch to Duolingo's web version (www.duolingo.com) on your phone, because it .......
does not have the punishing "Health" system and gems
(I hope this is still so in the new Duolingo layout (crown levels))
will work in the Chrome or Firefox browser on your phone or tablet, if you have rather good Wifi or LTE/4G with an Internet bundle.
uses a good teaching method:
you can select "typing each word" instead of "clicking on predefined words"
often has grammar "Tips and notes"
in Duolingo's new layout (crown levels): tap the lightbulb next to the "Start button". Picture: https://i.imgur.com/wWY1Fpf.png
I used to have the health system but I don't any more. Duolingo frequently runs tests on reward systems to see which ones fare better.
When I had the health system, all I had to do to regain health was re-do some already completed lessons. Is that not an option for your students?
I actually liked the health system, because it encouraged me to review. If I was missing a lot of questions, then I either needed to review some basics again and refresh that knowledge, or I was being careless and I needed to slow down and pay attention. A lot of folks complained about it, but it worked for me. But then I like to review a lot.
Anyway, have them re-do some earlier lessons and see if that doesn't let them get their health back so they can move forward.
The thing is, if you make enough mistakes IN THE LESSON, you have to go back and review 5 times over. You shouldn't be penalized for making mistakes. that's SUCH a bad idea, I'm sorry. Making mistakes is how we learn. In academics and in life for goodness sakes!