https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarbaraMorris

Minor spelling mistakes are not being flagged

I just noticed that when I spell a word wrong, but not wrong enough for it to be an error, Duolingo doesn't show the correction any more. When I'm not sure of the spelling, I always look down at the "You are correct" area to see if I made any small mistakes, and I have been assuming that I was correct when it didn't show anything. So now I have incorrectly "learned" the spelling for a few words.

I hope I'm just a victim of some A/B test, and that once the test is over, DL will start flagging minor spelling errors again.

If it's not possible any more to indicate spelling errors when our answer is correct, then I'd rather it be marked as an error rather than be allowed to think it was completely correct. At least, in the cases where I'm typing in the target language.

Update, 2018-04-09: I'm getting the warnings now. So I guess it was either a bug or an A/B test. Either way, I'm glad I'm not getting away with spelling things wrong any more.

April 8, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LasCicatrices

I'm having a similar problem. In Swedish, someone could write "Jag atr ett apelsin" ('I eat an orange', misspelled and wrong(?) article) and get it correct. It won't even tell me it's somewhat wrong and show me the correct answer/spelling. Nope, it simply says it was "correct". I feel like Duo should at least inform you when you misspell a word.

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

Duo has always reported minor errors as typos as far back as I can remember. It hasn’t marked the sentence as wrong but does give a warning that you need to be careful similar to when you missed an accent over a letter.

Have they stopped giving this warning? It could be an A/B test of course.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dcarl1

A number of people have reported this recently. Seems abysmal for a learning site,

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strandfloh

I no longer get this warning, too, at least not in the target language where it's even more important to be corrected. If I didn't know better, I'd have now learned that it's "yuex" (not "yeux") in French :-/.

I hope this is not an A/B-Test. I do not want to learn anything wrong!

I do get the warnings in my base language.

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabe81
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The problem gets even bigger, when you use some third party plugin - like in my case Duolingo Tree Enhancer script.

Now not only Duolingo accepts my typos and minor errors (ie accents) as correct and doesn't correct me, but also TTS from the plugin reads the sentence with typos and minor errors. What can be quite hilarious at times, but it does effect my learning a lot, especially with pronounciation.

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CierraChristine

I've noticed this a few days ago. I am learning French, a language with a generous helping of accented letters. It is imperative that I am being corrected if I skip an accent or get one wrong.

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrFranceX

Update: 2019-April-5 No warnings for mistakes. Looks they regressed and removed a very important feature.

April 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannesSvardal

I have the same problem as of April 2019. Duolingo stopped marking minor spelling mistakes, but accepts them without commen.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexDiaconescu

If the misspelled word makes sense than it counts as an error.

If there are two typos than there is ahigher chance the sentence is marked as wrong (accents included)

If the question is new there is a higher chance some correct options are not considered. Thus a higher error reporting rate until alloptions are reported back and fixed.

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarbaraMorris

That explains what counts as an error. But it doesn't explain why they're no longer giving any indication that there are typos in our answer.

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexDiaconescu

I still get the typos. Check with the Basics skill that when you type im instead of i'm you get the typo

April 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BarbaraMorris

@Strandfloh said that they were getting it flagged when they made typos in the base language. Our issue was that it was the target language, Swedish in my case, that wasn't getting typos flagged. So when I put "männen" instead of "mannen", it just said it was correct, without saying there was a typo. I don't need to be told that "im" is wrong, but I do need to be told that "männen" is wrong.

Anyway, today, it seems to be flagging typos in the target language too. (See my update for my original post at the top.)

April 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wippii

I've noticed the same thing. It's been happening since I got the crown update a few days ago. Some typos are registered, but others are not.

For example today I "got away" with several typos that were of the "forgot one letter" kind, yet Duo did catch several "ę instead of i" mistakes. Yesterday I made the same mistake (ż instead of z) multiple times, but it was only caught maybe 75 % of the time.

April 10, 2018
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