All Lessons Suddenly Changed to Typing in Chinese!
I finished the Chinese tree with lots of 3s and 2s in level and was working to change the remaining level 1 into level 2. Today suddenly nearly all the exercises are translating English into Chinese with no hints and only a Chinese keyboard! I'm not that far along. This is way to hard for me. I was only to the point where I could translate Chinese sentences into English or English into Chinese by choosing the correct character and order. I even got a few skills up to 5 and 4. Now all is translating and writing Chinese from scratch. When did this happen, and is there no "intermediate steps"? I was still working on learning to recognize and remember characters.
My whole tree is on level 2 except toward the very bottom. At the bottom they are level 1. Those sentences are too complicated to do it all only from memory. I just don't remember all the characters and can't produce them out of nothing, but I was able to recognize and read them and choose them. Anybody else experience this?
Until it says “No, you should have used は instead of が “ or some other ‘mistake’ which isn’t really a mistake. Japanese is actually quite a flexible language and there can be so many correct translations of the same sentence, but if they haven’t entered all the possibilities into the system, Duolingo won’t know that it is actually correct. This is what is frustrating me about not having the word bank to help.
Same here. I’m totally lost now as I don’t know what Chinese keyboard to use on my iPad . Don’t know which Chinese keyboard to choose so I can’t find chinese characters to match the correct answer. No option but to quit and that’s The end of my learning Chinese, at least with Duo- gutted!
Woah, hey there, calm down. It’s probably just a glitch that they’re going to fix. It’s not the end of the world and no reason to give up learning. I can help you figure out what Chinese keyboard to use, and if that still doesn’t help, just check back in a few days and they may have fixed the problem. I heard that after a recent update the words on the word bank may have been too small to read so they may have disabled that feature to fix it.
BTW, on iOS the keyboard I would install would be Chinese (Simplified) - Pinyin - QWERTY. That’s the one where you can type in English letters (Pinyin) and then it will give you a bar above the keyboard to choose the correct 汉字 (Chinese character)
The keyboard on my iPhone was Chinese-stroke; there was no way to type pinyin. I decided to try it because I thought it would force me to learn to recognize the characters out of the context of the lessons I learned them in. The first sentence I had to enter was 不客气. I could not find 客 on the keyboard on my phone--I probably spent ten minutes trying every way to bring up more characters. Before I deleted the keyboard I had to bail out of about four Duolingo lessons because I couldn't find the characters. Maybe I just need to learn how to use the character keyboard before trying to use it with Duolingo.
Why would you put yourself through that torture of using a keyboard that uses strokes? I doubt that even Chinese people would use such a keyboard these days (though I could be wrong).
If you want to type in pinyin and have the keyboard convert it to hanzi characters, go in to your Settings, click on 'General', then scroll down and find 'Keyboard', then click 'Keyboards', then 'Add New Keyboard...', choose 'Chinese (Simplified)' and then click 'Pinyin - QWERTY' (or make sure there is a tick next to it) and finally click 'Done' up the top of the screen.
I can get it on my iPhone and iPad, so unless you have a really old iOS version where possibly it didn't support pinyin (though I can't imagine that would be the case anyway), you should be able to install the pinyin keyboard.
It was a big surprise to me too. Yesterday I discovered you can still do it the old way on your iPad with the Duo webpage. It still has the word bank. There are 3 Chinese keyboards available on my iPad. One I don't know what it is, the other you can write characters with your finger, but the best one is the one where you write pinyin words and it writes the characters. Still very difficult for me because the first time through, I did the entire Chinese tree quickly and don't have all these characters in my head yet!
Pinyin is for people who cannot remember the structure of the character of a word with the same sound, thus typing the pinyin of the word you will have a plethora of characters and you can find the one you wanted to used in context. However, if you want to be able to learn Chinese completely I suggest you to you the one where you need to write the words as that will make them stay in your memory and you will not only be able to understand Chinese verbally, but also able to read it (or even write it when you have mastered Chinese). Which, in my opinion, is quite useful if you want pay a visit to China someday. -hope this helps the confusion :)
I agree. I was sad to see that the typing in Chinese lessons were gone. While I could do typing on my computer, it gets really annoying to have to constantly switch the input between English and Pinyin. (It's particularly bad in some lessons when they seem to switch which keyboard you need every single sentence.)
The app version using the keyboard was great because it automatically chose the appropriate keyboard for the question.
Certain keyboard settings help to alleviate the annoyance of switching. For example, on Windows, the 'Chinese (Simplified, PRC) - Microsoft Pinyin New Experience Input Style' keyboard allows for either the Shift or Ctrl key to be set as a toggle between entering Chinese as pinyin and regular English input.
That happened to me too on my phone. I had installed a Chinese keyboard (under settings-general-keyboard) and Duolingo detected it and wouldn't give me a selection of characters to choose from --I had to find them on the keyboard. It was way too hard for me too. I deleted the Chinese keyboard and rebooted my phone and now Duolingo is giving me a selection of characters again.
It's still a problem on iOS. I'm taking my Chinese study to the desktop app in a browser on my iPad until it's fixed. I hope it gets fixed, since having to look things up in dictionaries--whether other apps or paper--takes me a long way from the convenient joy of language-learning that makes Duolingo so good.
I have been using word bank on the Japanese course on my iOS devices for a few days now since I last updated the App in the App Store. They fixed the problem. I just tried the Chinese course on my iPhone and iPad to double check and both also had only word bank questions. No 'Type this sentence in Chinese' questions, but there were one or two 'Type this sentence in English' which it had before all these updates anyway.
Go to the App Store, click on Updates down the bottom. Find Duolingo in the list (it should have been updated within the 4 days or so) and check that your version is 5.2.21. If you have the correct version and you are still having the problem, maybe there is a different issue eg maybe you are at a higher skill level. I don't think this is a Duolingo issue as it seems to be working for the majority of people since update 5.2.21.
[edit: Sorry, I didn't see Mary's post above about removing the language keyboards. At least the problem is fixed now on your iPhone. Check the version number of the App on your iPad though]
I went up to lesson 24th and I realized I was wasting my time because I became very good at guessing the English and memorizing English answers! My Chinese was zero! So I went back, now with the Crown system, and started to repeat the lessons from the very beginning... repeating and repeating again and again and now I am in FAMILY 2 with all the skills before in golden, Crowned. Now I am starting to listen and understand the Chinese sentences... some times I close my eyes listen to the sentence I have not seen and try to understand what is saying... I think I can say now that I am starting to get somewhere! :)
I am so sad that the chinese keyboard feature is now gone and we're back to word banks. I was actually using the keyboard exercises as speaking exercises - I would use the little dictation microphone next to the space bar and say the sentence in chinese. I felt it was a great gauge of my pronunciation. Now that it's gone again, I feel like there was a whole speaking element to the app that's gone and it's no longer as fun and engaging. Please bring this back as an option in settings for the iOS app!