For Duolingo: Don't Capitalise the First Letter of the Correct Word Until Selected
Obviously, I'm doing Italian (from English). I would like to suggest to make one kind of exercise a tiny bit harder! I'm referring to the kind where we're given a sentence in English and presented a list of Italian words to select from so as to form a correct translation. The list of Italian words always contains, at least, one word which is capitalised -- which is a (rather) clear indication of its position in the translated sentence. E.g. the list of Italian words to use in translation of the English sentence 'She drinks' will contain 'Beve'. I propose to hold off on the capitalisation until I've actually selected a word and it's moved to the 'response field'. (I can still find the correct word by selecting them one by one, but I personally am not in this to cheat the system.)
BTW: Got my Crowns today! I love them!
True, even though that has been a nice hint this whole time it does defeat the point.
Great idea. In many languages the word order is relevant and having the first word provided is a clear hint which word to start with.
I so agree with you regarding capitalisation. It makes the answer a dead giveaway.I love the crowns, too. I feel like I'm a minority, but I am not afraid of hard work to learn a language.
I find that this is a good feature early on when you are first learning a skill - it allows you a better chance to get the sentence correct on the first try, which improves your learning because you practice the sentence correctly from the start.
However, I agree that this makes it too easy once you return to a lesson. I have noticed that on the desktop version (I use Chrome) you can choose at the bottom to turn off the magnetic-poetry mode (text boxes) in favor of free typing (keyboard). This works to make the lesson more challenging.
I think the best way might be to combine them: at crown level 1 & 2, have the first letter capitalized. Then take it away after a certain level of achievement.
I understand what you are talking about, however I do not think it matters because the exercises at duolingo are not exams. Getting the wrong answer or getting some help is okay. What is important is whether the person doing the exercises learns, understands what the words mean, and makes the connection between the words they are learning and the words in native language. If you know the answer, it does not matter if the first word is capitalised or not.
Well, you can raise the bar by choosing keyboard input. (I did all my Duo Italian that way, and no use of hover-hints either.) On the other hand, it is a behavioural learning technique to choose ready-made words. There are certainly ways to advance without actually learning. But motivation and prompting are upsides to the Wordbank input. As an absolute beginner with Czech I found it invaluable, but now I use it as little as possible. I always have 3rd party dictionaries, and available open Tips windows for reference.
I agree with you here. I am an absolute beginner in Czech and I sure appreciate the capital letter prompts.
Has anybody noticed if this occurs at higher skill levels? It seems like the kind of thing they now have a much more straightforward way to incorporate. It's long been a common suggestion, and the issue has been that it detracts from usage metrics. But, as of recently they seem to have found a way around that issue ;)
AGREE! It's such a crutch. It makes it all so much easier. But I'm not here for easy. I'm here to learn. I never paid attention to health much until I did a bit of Russian. I used that crutch all the time there. I have a Russian deli nearby. I was completely tongue-tied when I went in there. I was glad to get thru the lessons but it didn't do me any good.
I agree. Sure indication of the first word in the sentence. Let's make it a true test of knowledge.