Change of Format
I don't like this change or new format at all. I am forced back to redo simpler tasks that I have done before or feel it is unecessary to do. And there is far to much simple translation with tedious clicking on words. I may stop using Duolingo if this new system continues.
You don't have to do simple tasks. You just need one crown in each row of skills to move ahead, and everything else is totally up to you.
This is the approach that I have found so far: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26919711
As for the "clicking on words": At the bottom of the page within an exercise, you can switch from the wordbank to keyboard, so that you can type.
I hope this helps you. :-)