Chinese Course Rant

I have been demotivated to learn Chinese using Duolingo on the second day! 1. No speaking practice. Literally any other courses I have participated in have speaking practices. German has. Dutch has. Not Chinese though. 2. Endless glyph recognition without telling us what their meaning are. I have a habit of copying glyph and writing how they are pronounced and what is its meaning. This just makes my habit useless. 3.WHERE IS THE TURTLE??? Sometimes sentences are so fast I can't even listen to it, and I don't have the chance to slow it down to practice both my listening and speaking...

May 30, 2018


let's address each of these.

1) just because it doesn't force you to doesn't mean you can't. Personally, I speak out every single thing duolingo says. Play it again to see if it is accurate.

2) The point (mostly) of duolingo is to engage the audience with sentence use, not memorization of words. another thing about chinese is that there are sometimes many wildly different definitions of one word depending on context.

3) I have the turtle, maybe post again under troubleshooting? I'm using browser version, may be different on mobile

(sorry for low-quality grammar and answer, has no time)

May 30, 2018

As a Chinese, I don't really like the course structure. It basically bombards a lot of information to you at one go, and the answers are fairly rigid (even though multiple answers are available). It would be great if the course structure could be altered (even if by just a bit), though it's already finalized so I doubt any further changes would be made.

May 30, 2018

Speechling has a website and they also have a phone app for intense speaking practice. (Repeat Everything) English, French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), German, and Russian I only used the free services.

May 31, 2018

I don't really like the course, either. They stick a Chinese sentence at you and expect you to translate it into English- with English grammar. And don't get me started on why the keyboard is there on English-Chinese translation. It's not my favourite course and I feel they can improve it a lot. (sorry for my rant :P)

June 3, 2018
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