https://www.duolingo.com/sewratten

Punishment not reward

This punishment system that shuts you out once you have made very few mistakes ( especially when the system penalises you for the smallest mistakes ‘he instead of she’ and in some cases the RIGHT answer) is knocking my confidence. I think my knowledge is reducing with the lack of units I am able to achieve . This time last year I think I had 109 days unbroken, completing upto 12 units per day. This year, leading up to my yearly trip to the wonderful Italy, I am struggling for motivation as I keep getting stopped. Shouldn’t we be allowed to learn from our mistakes not punished.

June 28, 2018

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Muss403695

I agree with you totally. Ditch the ios app and just login to the website. You can make mistakes to your hearts content without any loss.

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LorettaPresley

Is this on the IOS app? I'm not having this issue on the android app or the website. I have the hearts only when skipping levels. I'm sorry it's knocking down your confidence--I get it. I make a ton of mistakes on newer units sometimes, and it's completely normal and part of the process.

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/v.ivanov

The iOS app has „health“ system, very different from what they have for PC or Android.

June 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jeffery66

I also dislike the health feature. Making mistakes is part of learning. Shutting down the app after a few mistakes is not conducive to learning.

June 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MarthaOw

Not sure what you're calling the health system, but you can make plenty of mistakes while doing exercises, but NO, if you're testing out, you can only make four and then you have to start again.. a good incentive to pay attention to the details!

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I question "he instead of she" as a small mistake with a language as gendered as Italian.

That said, I do think the health system is terrible. I've never had it except in temporary accounts (like when I was a tester for the Korean course) and it seems to be about monetisation, not about learning.

June 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AntonioLoor7

I agree, it's not the best system as it is right now. Would recommend the switch to the website though.

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/p8c
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have a lingot sewratten! apparently duo is connected to pearson and pearson is known worldwide as the enemy of education. further, it is apparent that duo doesn't have any educators on their staff otherwise the would not be committing such contrary 'learning' strategies. these are akin to educational waterboarding.

July 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LisaCordasco

It can be fustrating to be shut out of practicing. You can log onto the website from an iphone or ipad to meet your daily goals.

However, I still mix the iOS app into my regular learning. In small doses, I think the health system is a good idea. It forces me to slow down, be careful and focus. I often practice answering as fast as possible; the idea being, the faster I can respond, the better I know the language. However, it's also easy to fly through answers, and gloss over my mistakes. The health system helps keep that in check, I use it like a pop quiz.

July 4, 2018
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