What in the world is that a picture of?
Since the launching of the new Spanish tree this last weekend, I've been making my way through the plethora of new Purple/Level 0 lessons, all of which utilize images as part of their lessons.
I've begun to screenshot some of the bizarre and hilarious photos that have cropped up which ultimately confuse rather than assist.
Which of these is the schools? Or which of these is the patches? Most people in the US aren't going to understand private school patches.
Let's forget the fact that the keychain bobbles make the KEY aspect of the first image nearly indistinguishable, and the second key image is technically earrings... - la llave (singular, the key) -> two keys are showing. - las llaves (plural, the keys)-> one key is showing.
Try to ignore the [singular] demonic looking cat for los gatos (the cats), and focus on the coffee beans which are supposed to somehow represent a coffee shop.
Where on earth are they getting these images??
In Vietnamese, there were some idk pictures.
"a bee" -- flower garden
"umbrella" -- rain, that droplets of rain you watch from the window of your family's car, pretending that was a droplet race.
Where am I supposed to find the bee there (ong)? It is like finding a needle in a haystack from a distance.
And, here, in the French tree.
~ Which of these is "the glass"? -->"el vaso" had a picture of rock crystals. Could it have been fake crystals made from glass? but even then isn't vaso for a drinking glass, not just glass in general?
Every now and then I get random images. Like it would be a picture of 3 politicians i assume signing a document, the word i think was constitution.
I just guess and hope i dont get that image again.
While practicing my basics 1 in German awhile back when the trees got changed to crowns, I had to find ''the boy''. In two of the pictures were boys. I was going fast since I already knew all of it and just clicked the first one I saw. I got it wrong. I was annoyed when I realized it was because the one I clicked on was ''the child''. I reported it to duolingo and, since then, I am happy to report, it has never come up the same!! :)
I wonder if Duo is experimenting with AI in the same way they're doing translation, or transliteration? Many of the sentences were clearly not constructed by a bilingual human being. Duo's original idea was to translate the web, or integrate translation with language learning.
I wonder if these images are static, or chosen randomly from a bank of tagged images. Clearly the glass isn't a drinking glass, and the salt, pepper and sugar picture contains salt, but salt isn't the focus.
It's also apparent that many of the sentences in the new purple groups haven't been checked, and that part of the process is us, the users, flagging "my answer is correct" and other errors until Duo finally gets it right.
I'm just inclined to believe that some of this is auto-generated content, rather than static content chosen by a human.