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https://www.duolingo.com/nonono640727

Too much English?

I've been doing the Dutch-English courses and, while my English seems to have improved, there's barely any difference when it comes to my ability to speak Dutch. Any given lesson has me translate 5 or more sentences into English for every time a "write this in Dutch" comes up. I get that understanding is important but it's not drastically more important than speaking. I just...don't understand the reason for this gap in exercises. I've also tried the "Learn English from Dutch" course and that seems to also have more English then Dutch(though less so that the course that purports to teach Dutch).

4 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissPiggy005

Do you have the new update? it's much better it's got levels on every subject so you will understeand it better

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eenstudente

Do these levels also apply to Duolingo desktop? It is true what nonono640727's has said. I am constantly asked to translate from Dutch to English, but seldom from English to Dutch.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nonono640727

I do have it but it doesn't change the way the course is structured. As in, it lacks balance. The English from Dutch version seems to ask me to translate into Dutch more often but I also have the feeling that it accepts "weird" Dutch in the answers as long as you sort of have it right.

I'm quite fluent in both English and German and my Dutch vocabulary is decent so translating from written Dutch is not an issue. Constructing correct sentences IN Dutch, on the other hand, is proving to be rather difficult(especially since I instinctively try to follow German grammar rules) yet the course rarely gives me a chance to practice. Which is a problem. It'd be fine if there was a 50-50 split but it's overwhelmingly skewed towards, apparently, understanding Dutch and not speaking it.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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At higher crown levels, there will be more of a focus on writing in your target language. Or so we're being told.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nonono640727

rolls up sleeves Let's see.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelaRi17

I was hoping for that but I am under the expression that the difficulty does not increase that much when I reach higher levels. I think translating from dutch to english should not appear any more after reaching level 2 or at least 3 in a skill. I still saw it after I had reached level 4.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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I used to think similarly (for me, probably more about level 4; level 2 seems really early). However, it is important to still hear the language sometimes, and more advanced structures can come up in these levels, so it seems far better to show them in Dutch before asking that people come up with them on their own. I'm thinking maybe about 3/4 into Dutch, 1/4 into English is somewhere around the top of the range. I'm sure Duolingo will run experiments to find out about that.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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For the Dutch tree this is working like a charm for me. I'd given up on the "forward" tree before for lack of translation into Dutch (even as compared to other trees, where there already wasn't much translation into the target language), but with crowns I'm back, and it's great!

3 months ago