https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

What changes would you like to see?

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Hi everybody, I’m Luis, CEO of Duolingo. We’re working on a number of exciting new features and projects, but as we start planning for 2019, I’m wondering what new things or changes you’d like to see. I can’t promise we will be able to do them but I’d like to hear your thoughts.

7/28/2018, 11:58:01 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/goosefield
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I would love for all courses to have access to grammar tags. It would be very beneficial to all learners to be able to hover over a word and see its gender, case, plurality, etc. right in the hints.

I'd also love to see the bonus skill system fixed. The current system messes up the flow of the tree, since bonus skills can be purchased at pretty much any time, so I'd love for course developers to have the ability to set when/where learners should be able to access their courses' bonus skills.

It would be great if we had the ability to collapse comments in the forums. In larger threads, like this one, it would be much easier to read responses at the bottom if there were a way to collapse the replies to a comment/collapse the comment itself (like Reddit).

7/28/2018, 3:31:25 PM

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Oh boy, for Russian this would be a godsend

7/28/2018, 3:34:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LuizValadez
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Yes! Yes! Yes!

7/29/2018, 1:09:59 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/panagiotis_ts
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I'd like to see longer trees, more challenging sentences in advanced levels and ancient languages on duolingo.

  • One needs a vocabulary of at least 2,500 words in order to effectively communicate in a language. Only the older trees seem to teach such a wide vocabulary. Shorter trees should be expanded until they reach that threshold.
  • The concept of crown levels is great, but its application is rather unsatisfactory. I can't talk about other trees, but in the Japanese one, the same sentences are repeated in the higher levels of a skill. More challenging sentences need to be added by the contributors.
  • Latin and ancient Greek shouldn't be absent from such a great language learning platform. These languages are in high demand and the development of such trees would help a lot of people.

Having said that, duolingo is the greatest platform for learning foreign languages. You have done an excellent job. :-)

7/28/2018, 1:21:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mayowaonabanjo
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I think the repeated sentences help to perfect a skill so it shouldn't be totally removed. But I do want more challenging sentences at least from crown level 4.

7/28/2018, 7:46:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LuizValadez
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Yes Latin and Greek!

7/29/2018, 1:08:59 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathanbost
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We do have Greek here (you must know that, as you're learning it), and I don't see how ancient Greek should be that high up on the priority list of languages, although I do agree, we need Latin as well. I'd definitely be a part of a Latin course if we ever get one.

7/28/2018, 2:07:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/panagiotis_ts
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The Greek course on duolingo actually teaches modern Greek, which is very different from ancient Greek, as it was spoken in classical Athens.

Ancient Greek is the language in which important writers of the antiquity, like Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides and Sophocles, wrote their works. Being able to understand these works in their original form is crucial to understand classical Greece. :-)

7/28/2018, 2:59:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathanbost
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Well yes, I know, I did make that distinction, and I think it'd be a good addition sometime, but I wouldn't think it'd be as high a priority as some other languages.

7/28/2018, 3:03:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ObitoSigma
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Attic Greek is incredibly useful. With Attic Greek alone, one could read the sources of Plato, Aristotle, and Euripides. And it is very easy to learn Homeric Greek from there. I would consider the second highest priority ancient language.

7/28/2018, 3:23:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathanbost
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. . . Attic Greek? Is that some kind of ancient Greek, spoken in Attica, maybe?

7/29/2018, 6:04:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/anitramwaju
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The number of words one needs to know to communicate is very different for different languages.

7/29/2018, 1:14:20 AM

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Interesting point anitramwaju - What would you say are approximately the lowest numbers for a particular language; and the highest minimum useful (approx.!), and for which more complex languages?
It does seem that on Duo you can finish a language tree with fewer words than many pre-school children have, so I agree with Panagiotists that we could do with extended vocabs. I'd like to see more varied words in the repetitive structure exercises e.g. more of "the man gave the pig an apple" followed by "the girl gave the dog a bone" etc instead of the exact first sentence reappearing several times.
I'm not sure that Duo is the right place to learn Latin or Ancient Greek though - at least not unless its vocabulary changes from "good for chats" to "good for scholarship"!

8/1/2018, 1:19:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/coto.i
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Please bring the CONJUGATION TABLES back inside the lessons.

This comes from somebody who was far from liking the rote learning of such tables during school - on the contrary. But here on Duo they were gold. Having the convenient one-click access to them in any given phrase hugely improved the long-term retention. Thank you!

LATER EDIT:

A native DARK THEME for us night owls would be much appreciated!

Of course, there are third party solutions (scripts, styles), but they have the disadvantage of breaking when updates are made to the site.

7/28/2018, 2:29:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
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Agreed! They were incredibly helpful!

7/28/2018, 6:58:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/GRB60

Yep I would like this too - it is tedious but very helpful

7/28/2018, 10:56:28 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/badhack

That's interesting, for me it was like a cheat table and my learning slowed way down. At first I was annoyed they removed the feature but I'm glad because I finally learned to conjugate verbs in Spanish by hammering through mistake after mistake until it sunk in.

7/29/2018, 2:23:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
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Almost any aspect of Duolingo could be used for good or evil :) No need to use it to cheat instead of study.

7/29/2018, 4:48:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/coto.i
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We could check the tables before answering the question (is this what you call cheating?), after answering (to see other persons/tenses of the verb), or we could ignore the feature (it didn't stay in the way).

It was very helpful to be able to see in no time the other persons and tenses, especially those that appear less often in the exercises (the conditional, the subjunctive, etc.).

7/29/2018, 4:14:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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Hi Luís, I have a few suggestions :

Better forums. Ideally with a separate announcements forum so we can subscribe only to that one if we wish.

Multiple voices would also be good.

More things to do with lingots.

A once a year holiday shield to maintain the streak for up to 2 weeks.

More transparency on incubator choices. You probably have very good reasons for your choices, but with no communication it can be frustrating when a conlang for a movie or TV show appears and there's still no latin or Scottish Gaelic.

Make the difficulty level the same on mobile and desktop. I won't work on polish when away from home as I know I can win the game in Android but I learn next to nothing. But on desktop it works better. I know I could use the desktop site in the browser, but that's not very practical.

Pop up optional on screen keyboards, to allow typing in a script different to your keyboard's script.

More, many more, bonus sets of lessons like the Christmas and flirting ones.

And finally, what I find to be the biggest weakness of Duolingo, we never learn what would traditionally be the first lessons in a classroom : Hello, my name is, I am x years old, I come from x, I like X etc. My suggestion here would be to have a form to fill in with all the Xs that would only ever be pulled through to the exercises. Or for anyone paranoid about data, have a dozen characters with prepopulated details and their data could flash up whenever the exercise was one of those questions.

7/28/2018, 12:59:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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I've just thought of another one - frequently requested in the forums - a friend-matching system, linking you with someone taking the reverse tree at a similar level so you can help each-other. There would need to be heavy filtering of what could be said, no real world data exchanged and a very prominent "report abuse" button, but it should be workable.

7/28/2018, 2:18:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph733121
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There might have to be some sort of messaging feature implemented first.

7/28/2018, 3:58:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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The forums need a way to hide one comment and all its responses, so you don't have to scroll so far.
Secondly, the notifications for replies should be re-introduced

7/29/2018, 7:43:37 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathanbost
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Of all the posts, I like yours the best. I agree with all of these! However, on more advanced courses, there are multiple voices. (Spanish from English has three, although the second female voice doesn't pop up a lot, and English from Spanish has two, at least.)

Those "first lessons in a classroom" are spread out through different skills; I've learned all that stuff from most of the basics and a few skills up.

7/28/2018, 2:04:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MacIomhair
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There's no sign of multiple voices in Italian and when I actually went to a classroom to learn Italian after about half the Duolingo tree, I found I was pretty advanced in everything (compared to the others in my beginners class) except in the "Hello, my name is" stuff - it may be better in other trees, but there's no sign of it in Italian or Polish.

7/28/2018, 2:10:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jonathanbost
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The other voices were added later, so maybe Italian will get more. I don't know about that classroom stuff for your trees, but I certainly got it in Spanish.

7/28/2018, 2:38:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hanspersson
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I would much prefer having the streak be a streak, and the streak freeze be removed entirely in its different versions.

7/28/2018, 8:37:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mayowaonabanjo
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I think a streak freeze comes in handy when you're travelling through different timezones and you're on flights with no in-flight wifi. Or if you need to work somewhere remote with no signal for a few days.

But I also think a streak freeze should cost more than a few lingots. That way it's only used when you absolutely have to.

7/28/2018, 8:54:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor
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Plus, bugs and connectivity issues. I haven't used up a streak freeze because I really didn't practice in 1.5 years (and that day I had a high fever and misremembered whether I'd done DL), but I've used up a few streak freezes because of travel, timezone bugs or some kind of connection problem. Unless I can be sure those don't happen, I'd rather have a streak freeze.

7/28/2018, 10:57:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rudgedw
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The streak freeze should cost more each time you use it

7/29/2018, 10:21:30 AM

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No! That would punish long-term members.

7/29/2018, 5:32:27 PM

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Agreed. As long as most of my lost days are due to timezone shenanigans and connectivity issues, the streak freezes should stay cheap.

7/29/2018, 5:39:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/art47538

I would like to see the total number of days a person has studied, not just the streak.

7/29/2018, 5:09:40 PM

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Why do you care about other people's streaks?Shouldn't streaks be a motivator for our own use? BTW, you can see the number of days studied without streak freeze on duome.eu.

7/30/2018, 7:49:23 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Scutigera

We can "study" a language without actually doing the exercises. I have spent many days reading through sentence discussions, not just for a few minutes but hours, sometimes using an entire day. How would we track that, plus offsite studying?

7/31/2018, 8:39:07 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Langmut
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The most important thing is what your brain "tracks", i.e. what you learn. The courses as such don't have much to teach me any more. I learn most from reading the discussions between natives on the reverse tree. Maybe I make only 10 XP on a given day but spend hours interacting with natives.

7/31/2018, 12:18:35 PM

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There are also many people throughout the world who have unstable internet, and such a move would penalize them. The point of the streak is to make learning a habit. If you miss a day or two every now and then, it's not really a big deal because it's not detrimental to your learning. (In fact, your brain needs a break every now and then!) Is the streak any less valid for people who do lessons just before and just after midnight? It is measured the same, even though they might effectively do lessons every other day. Habit is the goal.

The streak is not necessarily a statement of "I've earned this because I've for sure definitely done it every single day", so much as it is "This is how long I've been consistently practicing." :)

7/30/2018, 2:32:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/caelumcaeruleum

I've been tracking my streak with the Habitica app and haven't missed a day according to it, but I've used two streak freezes, presumably because I did lessons before bed (still before midnight). I live a few time zones away from where I lived when I signed up.

I'd prefer to keep freezes until app sync/connectivity issues and time zone complications aren't problems anymore. Maybe they could even implement tracking for offline users who sync up when they get internet again and restore their streaks for lessons done offline.

Keeping the streak up is very motivating. And if I just don't do a lesson and let the freeze get used, I'll know and I won't feel the same sense of accomplishment.

7/29/2018, 12:08:28 AM

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I am not interested in other people's streaks, just my own. Since I do not have connectivity issues, I have challenged myself to never purchase weekend or one day streak freezes. I think it solves my problem, of wanting to truly know how long my streak is, without keeping others from using the feature.

7/31/2018, 2:47:26 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/paulguk
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I agree 100%.

7/29/2018, 10:33:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cymas86

Please separate the Duolingo Classroms from the main Duolingo platform and bring back the community features that were removed due to its introduction. Duolingo is in a rather unique position due to its popularity to foster cross-cultural language learning communities that everyone would benefit from, but adults being limited because of content "for the children" is a huge, huge disservice to serious language learners. What is a language if not a way to connect with other people? And yet as users of this platform, we have virtually no way of making those connections.

Following on this, given that courses are already done entirely by volunteers I think it would be really beneficial to have an integrated space for community content by users. Rather than translating and running into the copyright issues from the old immersion system, users can post their own original content for others to edit/comment on. Everyone benefits. Of course, the feature would need some privacy settings, much like Tinycards decks currently do with their public, private, or share with link settings. Written or audio content options.

Speaking of Tinycards, I would love to see it more integrated with the Duolingo platform. Please make updating the decks a required part of course updates. I really appreciate the new Portuguese tree, but am now frustrated that the new vocab and skills are not present in the official decks so I can't review the new material outside of the lessons.

Also, are there currently any plans for Podcasts in other languages?

7/28/2018, 2:17:34 PM

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Hi Luis! Contributor and moderator for various courses with red, white, and blue flags here. My wish list (apart from more Incubator love, which is always a good thing ;) :

  1. The ability for moderators/contributors to create a kind of wiki at the top of each sentence discussion (SD) with answers to the common questions, visible on all devices even if the discussion itself isn't.
  2. The return of the "Don't report in SDs!" message at the top of each SD.
  3. A mention of the forum in the title of the email notifications of comments.
  4. The return of the ability to see hints on SDs, as they display in the lesson (not always the same as how they display in the Incubator).
  5. When moderators warn a user, show them the warning in the notification bell as well as sending an email.
  6. Skill level tests being better at becoming harder at higher levels. In my experience there are often multiple exercises in the test which seem to be from previous levels (I've met image exercises in tests for level 5, for example) and they don't seem to use the sentences with higher failure rates.
  7. Something like a placement test for individual skills, where the first time you take that skill you have an option to go lesson by lesson, test out of level 1, or take a test kind of like the tree placement test which puts you at the appropriate level.
  8. Better onboarding for new users. One idea is a short click-through slideshow showing how the courses work, where the Tips & Notes are, how to test out of skill levels, etc.
  9. Single column Tips & Notes again. Pleeeeaaaase? begging

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The most important of those to me are 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8, I can explain why if you'd like to know. :) Thank you!

edited to add 8 because I realised I accidentally forgot to add it!

edited again to add 9 because another suggestion reminded me of it

7/28/2018, 2:52:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Langmut
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What's "SD"? What's "T&N"?

(I suggest you update that in your post.)

7/29/2018, 8:03:02 AM

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Sorry, yes, SD is short for "sentence discussion" (that's the discussion page attached to each sentence that you can open from the lesson), and T&N means "Tips & Notes". I use those abbreviations so often I forget not everyone knows them, thanks for reminding me! :)

7/29/2018, 8:18:51 AM

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SD = sentence discussion, I figured.
T&N = Tips and Notes.

7/29/2018, 8:06:55 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick_Gass
  • An option to practice strictly vocabulary
  • More unlockable custom lessons
  • Advanced challenge mode for listening comprehension where there are no words displayed to assist you
7/28/2018, 12:40:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi
  • Vocabulary practice: you mean Tinycards?
  • Listening comprehension: isn't that default when using keyboard input?
7/29/2018, 5:26:02 PM

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yes yes yes! these are great!

7/29/2018, 6:41:28 AM

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Yes. Vocabulary. Perhaps making sure that Tinycards has an up-to-date deck the corresponds with the skill tree?

I'm learning Esperanto. I see Esperanto decks on Tinycards, but none are 1:1 with what I'm learning on Duolingo.

8/15/2018, 4:08:00 PM

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I'd like to have the notifications back when someone answers you on the forums.

And the ability to delete the last language from one base language if you have more than one would be great too.

7/28/2018, 12:59:51 PM

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notifications back

this

7/28/2018, 7:22:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/tu_madre_vic

The activity feed. PLEASE. Our profiles are essentially useless right now. We have "friends" but we can't interact with them, which is really disappointing.

7/28/2018, 4:36:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Langmut
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YES!

7/29/2018, 8:34:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Demo318
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Yup. Profiles are currently a waste of internet.

8/15/2018, 4:08:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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Since you have heavily focused on improving how we learn for the past year and a half, maybe we could see more focus on new languages and the incubator in general in 2019. Some potential new courses include:

  • the languages that get requested literally every week, especially Finnish and Latin
  • EN for Farsi (or vice versa if not included in the previous point)
  • IT for DE, PT for IT and PT for DE to complete the web of original languages
  • RU for FR and RU for DE
  • Basque and Quechua for ES
  • maybe EN or FR for an African language, I just don’t know what would be the best language to start with
7/28/2018, 2:04:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

I would prefer the Basque course to be in English

7/28/2018, 6:01:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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Probably most people on the English forum would prefer Basque for English. I just think the Catalan route is much more likely and makes sense considering where most of the people truly benefiting from it reside.

7/28/2018, 7:57:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

Are you implying beings in Spain or Latin America are gonna be the ones learning Basque even though the majority of Basque texts are meant for English speakers due to a large majority wanting to learn them. You also have to take into consideration most people learn Basque to revive it, therefore an English platform = more revivers. YOU MUST ALSO take into consideration non Basque peoples in the Basque area see Basque as too hard and unneccesarry, and probably wouldn't learn it. There is this sayingish thing that goes somewhat like 'Basque is so hard the devil spent 10 years there learning the language and only learnt 8 words, when he left he only knew 2.' You must also take into consideration that those who live in the Basque country already have tons of ways to learn the language, however people outside, aka English L1 and L2 speaks, don't

Edit: Since this forum is huge and I doubt anyone is really scrolling through, if I am downvoted and don't get a reply from you, I assume that means I won.

7/29/2018, 1:11:39 AM

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I wouldn't be surprised if the downvote is for your initial reply. I'll put the entire quote here so people can judge for themselves:

Nah

Now, let's get to your edited post.

the majority of Basque texts are meant for English speakers due to a large majority wanting to learn them.

Surely the majority of Basque texts are meant for Basque speakers, so I assume you meant learning material. I have no idea if that's true or what you are referring to when you say "a large majority". Of whom exactly? Any kind of citation would be appreciated.

most people learn Basque to revive it, therefore an English platform = more revivers. YOU MUST ALSO take into consideration non Basque peoples in the Basque area see Basque as too hard and unneccesarry

That doesn't make sense to me. First of all, the difficulty is the same for both groups (supposedly easier for Spanish speakers since Basque has been influenced by Spanish proximity). But more importantly, are you suggesting that people who interact with Basque speakers daily see it as unnecessary but people who hardly ever encounter them don't?

That's also why a course for Spanish speakers would be more useful at reviving Basque, you can't revive a language by studying it alone at home. How many English speakers do you think will teach the language to their children, and how many of those children do you think will continue to use it when everyone around them speaks English? Of course there is a way around that last problem, move to Basque Country. How many people do you think will do that? Teaching it to people who already live in the Basque Country (and mostly speak Spanish) avoids all those problems and is thus more likely to succeed at revival.

those who live in the Basque country already have tons of ways to learn the language, however people outside, aka English L1 and L2 speaks, don't

Isn't this contradictory with your first point? "The majority of texts are meant for English speakers", remember? But whether you were right the first or the second time, I imagine the same applies for Catalan, and Duo did decide it was more reasonable to start with a Catalan for Spanish course. And because of that alone, I believe Spanish is more likely.

7/29/2018, 2:31:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

Alright

  1. The comment regarding most Basque sources was meant for Resources which one can find on the computer. Most Basque textbooks will be in English implying the teach of English speakers

  2. And those who are Spainards are also gonna teach their kids? Plus it's not like Basque is spoken on the streets like that, it is mostly in the home.

  3. When I said that people in Spain have a ton of ways to learn Basque I meant that there are real life classes and potential friends they could make if they chose to learn Basque, which Spainards rarely do, and I know this since I've asked my Basque friends about this and how they feel.

The same does not apply to Catalan in my opinion since the languages are more similar and you typically find those who already know Spanish, learn Catalan. Basque is different. I will also say Catalan is more freely spoken, however I can not say that confidently since I never looked into it. However, I feel Catalan could have done justice in English, I do think in does help more Spanish speakers.

8/1/2018, 5:36:43 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

Disregarding what you have to say because the whole thing was you wanted it in Spanish, not that you thought it was ‘more likely’

7/29/2018, 4:51:15 PM

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Except you were the one saying what you "want", not me. To make it easier for you, I'll put the direct quotes here:

Post 1: "some potential new courses include", not what I want, just courses I know people have requested a lot, have teams ready or I thought made sense if Duo wants to expand to new areas.
Post 2: I just think the Catalan route is much more likely and makes sense
Post 3: And because of that alone, I believe Spanish is more likely

7/29/2018, 5:07:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

When in a forum about what your opinions of Duolingo are, why would you speak like that? Implying you would prefer a Spanish course, honestly this isn't the first time you've been redundant.

8/1/2018, 5:41:23 AM

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Georgian for English speakers

7/28/2018, 5:28:24 PM

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Aflfmf :-)

7/28/2018, 7:14:35 PM

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Statistics on course progress: 2mil active users, 500k people passed checkpoint 1, 200k people passed checkpoint 2, 100k people passed checkpoint 3, 40k people completed the course.

7/28/2018, 2:53:52 PM

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Yes. I wonder about this. Also to get some feedback on where you stand within the pack.

8/15/2018, 4:09:42 PM

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More coordination across programs please. Example, when a tree is updated, its corresponding official deck in Tiny cards, (when applicable) is also updated.

Also, currently if you bring a skill to level 5 and that skill is updated when a tree is updated, you aren't able to complete the new content within that skill. One solution could be those skills drop to level 4 (with the test out feature, one could test out to level 5 easily). This happens only to skills that are at level 5 when updates are implemented.

Thanks for asking!

7/28/2018, 12:12:33 PM

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From my experience, when a tree is updated, the skills that have no new content stay the same, the totally new skills start at level 0, and the skills that have changed are brought down a couple levels, so I think the latter part of your post is already implemented.

7/28/2018, 1:56:45 PM

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Hi, this is how it works for all skills except for ones at Level 5. :)

7/28/2018, 2:56:58 PM

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Oh really? I hadn't noticed that. Then I definitely agree with you; it needs to be changed!

7/28/2018, 3:02:33 PM

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It's implemented with all skills that weren't maxed out, but skills that were at level 5 before the change are now corrupted and the new content is unreachable. It shows up on the duome site as a golden level 5 skill with a red dot next to it. I have 4 of those in Spanish from English and according to my profile, I've completed 504 out of 520 lessons but I have a completely maxed out tree. There's no access to the lessons once the skill is maxed out, only a whole skill practice. The only way to get the missing lessons as it is now is to delete the course and start over.

7/28/2018, 3:03:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

A little red outline around your weakest skill so you can focus on reviewing these.

That way you have spaced learning and a bit of guidance in what to practice.

But also no reason for hoards of people to use duome

7/28/2018, 1:43:05 PM

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This is a great idea, maybe marking the top 10% weakest skills. And changing the "practice" option so instead of really easy questions, it focuses on these weaker points.

7/29/2018, 7:57:15 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

Yeah, I was trying to keep it simple, one red circle for your weakest skill. Saying you had 10 red circles and you do 3 a day, how do you know if the red circle was done recently or has been skipped for weeks or overlooked.

One red circle imo means you can chase it around the tree and can’t skip any.

7/29/2018, 10:32:29 PM

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Tighter integration between Tinycards and Duolingo (as other posts have mentioned); some specific desired features that come up often in discussions are:

  • Tinycards decks that match the trees currently in use on Duolingo
  • Synchronized progress such that I can go to Tinycards and practice words that I have had trouble with in Duolingo;
  • (this might be addressed by the previous bullet) some way to address the major stumbling block to using Tinycards for anyone who is not just starting a language: how to get past all words I know but be able to practice the ones I don't even though they are mixed into the same set of decks
  • a way to collaborate on decks: there are many Tinycards contributors working on the same topics; if they could work together on the same decks or sets of decks it would improve the quality of decks and reduce the workload on contributors
  • a way for contributors to receive specific feedback from users; at the moment it is not possible to let a contributor know what is wrong with a card when there is a problem, only that there is a problem
  • it might be nice to have a Tinycards forum

As a final thought, I believe there would be a large pool of volunteers (I realize wrangling volunteers is an enormous and thankless task) who would be willing to help build and maintain decks to correspond with the Duolingo trees

7/28/2018, 1:51:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/wtimkey8

Definite +1 to testing out in tinycards, or syncronization with the your Duolingo tree. I also would really like to see speed recall games in Tinycards. Memrise has some that are legitimately fun to play. With Duolingo's push to game-ify language learning I think it could be an excellent way to make vocab review fun!

7/30/2018, 1:52:40 AM

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Best suggestions so far! Upvote so this get more atention!

7/28/2018, 7:09:51 PM

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And improving tinycards so that it can match memrise please

11/11/2018, 3:16:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

Summary attempt. I am bound to have missed a lot.

Exercises and tests
- Only practice vocabulary (=Tinycards?)
- Learn Difficult/challenging words individually
- Alternative translations or always show best translation
- Grammar and chat bots
- Make skill level tests harder on the higher levels
- Placement test for individual skills
- Listening comprehension without word display (=use keyboard input?)
- Synchronize tinycards with actual progress on trees (to practice difficult words)
- Everyday situations dialogues/stories/conversations
- (introduction, meeting someone, daily activities, hobbies, shopping, ...)
- Construct a custom course from manually flagged sentences
- Count practice exercises towards crown level progression
- More translations toward target language at higher levels
- Bring back language test feature
- Listening exercises from videos
- More focus on grammar
- More context around sentences
- More intermediate & advanced content
- Random quizzes
- phrase(s) of the day

Learning controls and aids
- Better onboarding for new users (tutorial/slideshow)
- Reset single skills (learn anew, decide when to reach a new level)
- Enable/disable exercise types (listening, translating from, translating to, ..)
- Repeat individual lesson in a skill
- Tips and Notes in the apps
- Bring back single column Tips & Notes
- Skill decay / strengthening need indicator / spaced repetition system
- Word decay
- Sentence decay
- Red outline around weakest skill
- Conjugation tables
- Grammar notes not visible enough
- Word lists per lesson
- Option for strict checks on accents & capitals

Motivation & gamification
- More stuff to buy / more to do with lingots
- Holiday shield - protect streak 2wks, once per year
- Many more bonus lessons (e.g. a tourist lesson)
- Course progress statistics (active users, # passed checkpoint 1,2,3...)
- Bring back the trumpets and confetti for leveling up
- Bring back fluency meter
- XP competitions on the web
- Increase maximum level or make it harder to reach level 25

Communication & Language usage
- Public wall / Activity stream
- Private messages
- Only with opt/out, opt-in or block
- only when both parties follow eachother
- Clubs for desktop
- Bring back immersion
- Friend matching (pairing with someone taking the reverse tree
- Live chat rooms
- Maybe limit access to a certain minimum proficiency level

External material / additional tools
- Suggested reading lists at the end of each checkpoint
- Suggested songs, shows or movies at the end of each checkpoint
- FAQ per language at or before each checkpoint
- Direct users to institutions for language certification
- Tools to support reading and listening after finishing a tree

Forum
- Introduction to guidelines when making an account
- Additional tabs for different ordering (besides popular/new/followed)
- Sort posts chronologically, ascending & descending
- Hide (fold/collapse?) sub-trees
- Bring back hidden comments (for heavily downvoted stuff)
- Notifications for direct replies
- Add forum title in email notifications
- Also show moderator warnings in notification bell (aside from email)
- Return from post scrolls back to top instead of original location
- Improve search function
- Match most recent or best match instead of most popular
- Support quotation marks
- Boolean operators
- Indicate updated threads (since last view)
- Go to first new post of thread
- Find all posts from a certain user
- List native language
- Don't require scrolling to show all posts
- Show owls next to username of those having completed a tree
- Notification when you get a lingot and who gave it
- Popup country name when hovering over a flag
- Some way to address the agressive downvoting (remove downvotes?)
- Better markdown parser - Add a comment preview (to verify markdown code)
- Add hints to indicate upvote/downvote purposes (contribution/rule violation vs agree/disagree)

Accessibility
- Use colours with good contrast
- Add option to disable animations & visual effects (Duolingo & Tinycards)

Communication team/community
- Announcements sub-forum
- More transparency on the incubator choices
- Staff announcements in other languages
- Help section translated to other languages
- Notify users before making big changes like switching a language tree
- Better way to volunteer
- Be more communicative, inclusive and open with your contributors.

Platforms
- Make difficulty level the same on mobile and desktop
- Popup on-screen keyboard / web IME
- Split Classrooms from the main Duolingo platform
(so Duolingo can (re-)introduce less children-friendly features)
- Integrate Tinycards more with Duolingo
- Require course updates to also update decks
- Skills at level 5 don't receive tree updates
- Furigana on Kanji
- Crowd translated courses from English
- Fix the very incorrect computer generated suggested answers.
- Benefits for plus subscribers
- Better computer voices

Teaching features
- Reserved post for moderators/contributors at the top of sentence discussions
- "Don't report in Sentence Discussions!" message on top of each Sentence Discussion
- Collaborate on Tinycards decks
- Allow contributors to receive specific feedback from users when something is wrong with a card
- Tinycards forum
- Allow users to edit a local copy of a tinycard deck
- Make it easier to handle reports (e.g. reporter score, remove duplicates, ...)

New languages
- Finnish
- Latin
- Ancient Greek
- Scottish Gaelic
- EN for Farsi
- IT for DE PT, PT for DE
- RU for FR and RU for DE
- Basque and Quechua for ES/EN
- EN or FR for an African language (which?)
- Georgian for English speakers
- Bengali, Serbian, Estonian
- Croatian
- Bulgarian
- Kazakh
- Thai for English speakers
- More laddering courses
- Spanish from Spain (bonus lessons?)

More of existing content
- Stories for more/all languages
- All
- Japanese
- Norwegian
- Italian
- Russian
- Words tab for all languages
- Longer trees & more challenging advanced levels
- Grammar tags in all courses
- More courses with multiple voices
- Audio and speaking exercises for Chinese, Japanese, Polish, ...

7/29/2018, 7:03:54 PM

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About the new languages, my list would be:

For English speakers - Maori, Tahitian, Scottish Gaelic, Navajo, Cherokee, Lakota, Cree, Persian, Latin, Finnish, Croatian (plllleeaaase), Icelandic, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Yoruba.

For Spanish speakers - Quechua, Nahuatl, Mapuche, Galician, Basque (PLEASE), Aranese Occitan, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Ukrainian, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Romanian.

For French speakers - Breton, Corsican, Occitan, Basque, Tahitian, Cree, Catalan, Esperanto, Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Polish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese.

For Portuguese speakers - Tupi (Nheengatu), Mirandese, Guarani (Kaiowá), Veneto (Talian), Yoruba, Esperanto, Russian, Czech, Ukrainian, Polish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese.

7/29/2018, 9:55:58 PM

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For Portuguese speakers - Norwegian, yes. please, this. x100 times!

7/31/2018, 5:32:44 PM

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Wow that took some effort.

I was just about to add "Notification when you get a lingot and who gave it" but there it is in your summary! Have a lingot from me!

An advantage of this is that you can see when people like your posts in the Discussions.

7/30/2018, 9:51:01 AM

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Wow, thanks so much for doing this! That must have taken a while. As I can't find the comment about this particular thing, I suppose I'll just reply here . . . third under "Learning controls and aids" is "Enable/disable exercise types (listening, translating from, translating to, ..)." I've thought about this before, but this could be sort of used like cheating; if you disable all the harder ones and only allow matching pictures with words, it'd be easier, but not effective. . . .

7/29/2018, 11:18:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

Arghhhh

I am adding the request for a better markdown parser :(

7/29/2018, 7:16:41 PM

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I gotta be honest, when I first saw the original post with Luis asking the question, I felt like I do when Christmastime is near and people are asking me what I want, lol. I kinda just go "Umm... uhh... I don't care, it's the thought that counts..." It's the same with the post, I couldn't think of anything, but this summed up everything perfectly, thank you! :)

7/31/2018, 7:33:13 PM

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Awesome!

Super yes to these especially:

  • List native language
  • Find all posts from a certain user
  • Furigana on Kanji
  • Audio and speaking exercises for Japanese
  • Only practice vocabulary (=Tinycards?)
  • Better onboarding for new users (tutorial/slideshow)
  • Notification when you get a lingot and who gave it

Thanks la_ricfoi! One of those lingots is from me. :)

8/5/2018, 4:09:00 PM

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First of all, thank you for offering this space - already excellent as it is, but still possible to improve of course. And of course, thank you for asking our advices.

Here are the first ones I think of.

  1. New languages of course, and my first-wish-list includes Latin, Ancient Greek, Finnish, Bengali, Serbian and Estonian.

  2. Improvement of the courses lacking audio or speaking exercises (Chinese, Japanese, Polish, for instance).

  3. More stories and in more languages would be excellent. But what about creating a sort of collection of Everyday situations dialogues (typical examples to start with: "introduce yourself", "meeting someone", "activities of the day", "hobbies" and so on...); it could give useful vocabulary, more natural, and idiomatic sentences (including the kind of set expressions you rarely find in the current courses such as "well..." "you see..." "Hey!" and so on...) and a touch of cultural, local flavor (an English course character would live in the USA, play baseball, visit Yellowstone... whereas a French course character would live in France, play soccer, take a stroll in Paris and eat "croissants").

  4. The possibility to choose the kind of revision exercise you want to do (just translating from or to the learned language / just speaking exercises...).

Thank you for reading.

7/28/2018, 2:15:16 PM

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I agree with 4. and I think it might be possible to add a feature to mark sentences that you want to practice again. Then you could do a custom practice session with marked sentences and the kind of exercises you want (e.g. translating into the target language).

7/29/2018, 7:54:27 AM

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I would like to be able to see the mother tongue of all the users. Sometimes it would be helpful to discuss problems with people who speak your own language. This also implies that I want to have the possibility to chat with other users.

7/28/2018, 1:09:42 PM

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This is a very useful and underrated suggestion.

That info could be very easily collected as one of the sign-up questions and existing users could get a prompt to fill that in now. It could be useful for Duolingo to have that as demographic info, but it would also be good to know on the forum. Sometimes people ask questions that would be best answered by native speakers or at least people who have been fully immersed in the language. Having one or two badges with short abbreviations for native language next to the username can give helpful users that little bit of credibility when they're responding to discussions.

7/29/2018, 7:00:41 PM

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I agree. This is really important information that helps us assess the information we receive by posts in threads.

It is very confusing to see someone who seems to be at level 3 in a language confidently give advice on that language (and this is possible if that person is doing the reverse tree).

(As an interim solution, I've indicated my NL in my profile, and when I participate in discussions about languages that are not German, I normally state in my post that I'm not a native speaker of that language. But it would be much better if this information was easily visible for everyone.)

7/29/2018, 7:06:48 PM

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Finnish.

Seriously, it's becoming a bit of a joke how you guys seem to be dead set on NOT providing support for a Finnish tree, despite the countless requests for it and the endless upvotes it has gotten on polls asking about which new languages should be added.

There are plenty willing and able Finns who have stated over and over that they will gladly take up the task of creating the tree. I mean, they've already come up with the entire bloody course structure in preparation for when you finally (if ever) give it the go-ahead.

I dislike writing in this kind of tone, because I appreciate Duolingo and the work you guys have done for the most part, but it's very disappointing seeing EVERYONE who has asked be flat-out ignored.

5 million+ people are native speakers of Finnish. NO ONE is a native speaker of either Klingon or High Valyrian, yet both of those have been supported and widely promoted. It just defies logic.

So basically, either give us a definite "no it won't be added" (for whatever reason you guys pull out of you-know-where), or give us at least an indication that it might be coming in the near future.

RANT OVER

With that out of the way, I think a great idea would be to add some sort of live chat rooms for languages, where learners of a language and course contributors can chat about anything (appropriate) in whatever language it is, ask questions and just practise writing (typing, same thing) and reading the language.

For those who immediately think of the horrific nature of most global chat rooms (as I did), I think that access to the chat rooms should only be allowed past a certain level, for example - to minimise the number of people just going on for the sake of being a nuisance. Of course the course contributors can be given abilities to remove people who are not following the rules even if they are the required level.

What does everyone else think?

7/28/2018, 3:53:16 PM

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Yes I too would support your call for Finnish - I remember the original aim of Luis to support people who want to learn each others' languages but have few other resources to do so; Finnish is a living language, spoken by people in their everyday lives, so is worthy of a place in Duolingo. For the same reason, I would also put more African languages ahead of say Latin, much as I would find Latin interesting. And I think your idea of a language chat room is worth Duo's consideration too!

8/1/2018, 8:17:54 PM

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I wholly and entirely agree.

c:

7/31/2018, 8:58:09 PM

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The Japanese course is getting a lot of attention and the active learners are growing by the day so I'll start with the Japanese course.

1) Allowing people to directly write using scripts when you have to type in Japanese so it is accesible and easier to both people that don't have an IME and people who have it but must switch back to English everytime (I used to write in English by writing the first letter in uppercase but I didn't find it that confortable). And also an option to switch from hiragana to katakana. It should work the same way as the IME that shows the kanjis that match the set of hiragana characters that you typed.

https://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/hiragana.htm https://gate2home.com/Japanese-Keyboard
https://www.branah.com/japanese
But I must say that the one that I like the most Japanese IME made by Google.

2) I would like to see furigana over the kanjis (and also other scripting languages) so we don't have to hover on each words to find out whether the hiragana transcription of the kanji (or the kanji of a word written in hiragana) is present or not.

3) Since the japanese language doesn't have spaces it would be useful if the app played more with colors to help people distinguish the different sections of the sentence to make it more intuitive.

4) It would be a good idea to approach the grammar in a different way, I think people barely look at the grammar notes and in the mobile version they are not even present. When people are in doubt they just look at the discussion. I think it would be a good idea to add grammar notes along with the translation or some other approach to get people interested in learning the grammar.

5) I would also like that labs were included inside the tree in some sort of way.

6) Have an option to practice the sentences you had more trouble with.

7) When you go on the section Words you can also have the option to practice sentences that use that word.

8) Implementing a new platform to create new courses that uses English as the standard language and have people to translate sentences and words in their own languages, also, there is an admin that accepts or denies the request or even ban people from sending requests. I know all the courses will look the same but people would have more languages to learn at least and maybe later on the course could be improved. Once a language standardized tree is translated using this method all the courses translated using this method will also be available for the speakers of this language. It would be like an alternative tree to learn all the languages available and since it's open to the audience every alternative tree would get to the hatching phase really quickly.

7/28/2018, 1:12:46 PM

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I agree with all except (3). I would find it very distracting. Kanji would solve all ambiguity and confusions in the lessons.

If only there was a way to have an option between using all kanji (for advanced learners) or the limited kanji (for beginners).

7/28/2018, 3:16:58 PM

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6) Maybe you could mark sentences that you want to be asked again soon and then do a practice session with only marked sentences!

7/29/2018, 7:51:39 AM

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That's a great idea! Thank you. :-)

7/29/2018, 7:55:25 AM

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Particularly 2) - furigana over the kanjis. There's another app that does this nicely - can turn it on or off depending on how confident you are. Unfortunately using that other app doesn't contribute to my Duo streak ;)

7/29/2018, 12:55:30 PM

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N°8 ohhh yes !!! Well If I understood correctly actually (french native here) . You mean : the same tree translated in every languages so all combinations native language/learned language would be possible and done very quickly ? If it's what you mean , I totally support that ! I don't understand why it's so complicated to make a new tree ? If there are many technical problems please explain . Right now you always need a new competent team of volunteers to create a tree from zero, it's seems complicated, long and hard to do ..

7/28/2018, 7:38:16 PM

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I don't think that would work since some things that are very easy in one language so you would learn it first, might be very complicated in another language so you would learn it only much later.

7/28/2018, 9:57:30 PM

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Absolutely! There are also whole topics that are important in one language, but not relevant at all in another language.

7/28/2018, 10:04:08 PM

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But it's still better than nothing.. It's an alternative tree before the actual tree. The users will know that they are not actual courses but are provided as an alternative. Some courses will never be released anyway...

7/28/2018, 10:56:20 PM

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Exactly , a simpler tree , neutral without cultural references, it would be better than nothing , right ?

I've seen several people asking for a dutch and japanese tree from french ....apparently it's very unlikely to happen.

7/29/2018, 11:51:21 AM

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Not sure how much I agree with (1).

People who don't have a Japanese IME should get one. It seems an awful idea for a person to learn any language without getting the ability to type it. I don't know of any device that doesn't have a free Japanese IME available.

I take the point about having to manually switch between Japanese input and English input for each sentence being a little tedious. But, if you use Firefox as your web browser for Duolingo, you can just get the following userstyle I made for the Japanese course:

https://userstyles.org/styles/159509/duolingo-auto-ime-on-off

This userstyle automatically toggles between Japanese input and English input for you, based on which question type appears! I've been using this for a long time. Can't live without it anymore. ^^

7/29/2018, 3:47:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

The standard Japanese IME in windows just inputs English characters whenever you start a sentence with a capital letter. Not sure what you need the toggle on/off for.

7/29/2018, 3:54:02 PM

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Oh yeah. XD

It's been something like six years since I switched from romaji keyboard input to kana keyboard input. I kind of forgot what you've said is possible when sticking with the standard romaji input method. I've just tested your suggestion in all four Japanese IME's I have installed in Windows 10 (Microsoft Japanese IME, Google Japanese Input, ATOK, Japanist) and it works in all of them. Only if I switch back to romaji input mode though.

In kana input mode however, the shift key is used as a modifier in combination with some of the kana keys to output alternative kana on that key. So your suggested method doesn't work for the weird people like me who type using kana keyboard layout. ^^;

For example: The Z key on a Qwerty keyboard normally outputs the full-size つ kana. To make the small-size っ you press Shift+Z.

That's the JIS kana layout you see printed on many keyboards in Japan. I used this kana input layout for about four years.

Now though, for the last couple of years I've been using Nicola kana layout. This layout doesn't use the Shift key. It has two thumb-modifier keys instead. Therefore, I can make it so that when pressing Shift+Z on Nicola kana layout, it outputs an upper-case Z... and this indeed does toggle to outputting English characters after it, like you'd expect...

However, unlike what happens in romaji input mode, with Nicola kana input mode it doesn't return to Japanese input after you've finished typing the English sentence. It's the same in all four IME's I mentioned, unfortunately. :(

So, due to my irregular situation, I had completely forgotten sensible people who stick to romaji input method might have no need for this automatic IME on/off toggler. ^^;

Even after saying all this, I personally use captials at the start and full-stops at the end of all sentences I type in Duo (including in Timed Practice...). However, if, rather than a sentence, it's just a single word or phrase, then I write my answer in lower-case (unless it's a name or w/e, of course).

Example "sentence": みどりいろ

I want to still be able to answer the above with "green", not "Green". I'm not sure if this is possible using your suggested method?

7/29/2018, 5:39:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

I'm not sure either.

You sound like mog86uk from sfa.

7/29/2018, 6:02:07 PM

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Not sure what gave you that impression. :D

7/29/2018, 6:08:17 PM

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I would like to see the forum have a lot more functions than it does currently.

  • Indicator on the forum as to which threads have been updated since your last visit, or a button to show new/updated threads only
  • Go to first new post in a thread
  • Notifications (besides email) when someone responds to you
  • The ability to click on someone's profile and find all their forum posts from there
  • I'd like it if native language could be listed on our forum posts
  • The need to scroll down the page to make further posts show up is really annoying, and I wish it would just show all posts

Furthermore, the ability to message other users.

Also, stories in more languages. Personally I'm particularly hoping for Italian, but the whole Stories section is pretty slim pickings. The concept is brilliant, though!

7/28/2018, 4:20:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

can you give me a really good reason why you'd want to look up all the posts by a particular user. I can't think of one

7/30/2018, 3:14:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

Some users and/or course contributors answer questions with really detailed information about grammar, phonology, morphology or even semantics.

At times it makes you wonder what other great snippets of information are hidden in comments.

7/30/2018, 3:18:40 PM

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On other message boards I am/have been on, I tend to look for more posts from users whose posts I find myself consistently enjoying, whether it's because they're knowledgeable, entertaining, or both.

It would be the same here. I'd love to follow knowledgeable native speakers of the languages I study. That's not to say I'd necessarily be interested in every single post they write, but I would then be able scroll through them and read the ones that look interesting - posts I might not otherwise have found.

7/30/2018, 7:00:40 PM

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A parent could be interested in what their kids are up to.

7/30/2018, 5:19:20 PM

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You can find all posts from an user by searching its name.

You can get email notifcations of new posts in a thread. This way you are directed to new posts.

7/28/2018, 7:53:24 PM

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Searching for a user's name will only find a match if that user's name is mentioned within a post. It doesn't work to look up a user's posts.

7/29/2018, 1:55:29 AM

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Thanks! What about searching in google site:duolingo.com user?

7/29/2018, 8:01:39 AM

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The recent changes to the forum have introduced a problem with this. When a user (or a search engine's crawler) requests a page, only the initial few posts are returned. Additional posts are only loaded as the user scrolls down the page. This results in Google only indexing the initial few posts, so unless what you're searching for occurs early within the page, it won't show up in search results.

7/29/2018, 5:11:51 PM

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I just tried it, and I see that you're right. Thanks for the info! In that case, I stand by my wish above.

7/29/2018, 2:39:18 AM

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Ok, cool, I didn't think to run a search by username. I'll try that next time.

As for notifications, I don't check my email that often and would prefer to see the notification in the forum when I check it so I could be taken right to the relevant post/thread.

7/28/2018, 11:24:32 PM

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I think there should be one addition to forum experience. Under your followed tab there should be an indicator what is new.

7/28/2018, 11:57:56 PM

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I'd like the "follower" feature to mean something. People follow other people because, presumably, they had something interesting or useful to say in the discussion. This leads one to believe that the person might say other interesting or useful things. Regarding forum discussions, a one-click feature to view a particular poster's recent posts would be helpful. Better yet, the ability to send a message to a user to ask a specific question would be helpful.

Regarding searching the forum pages: Boolean operators don't seem to work. Quotation marks don't seem to have any effect either. For example, if I type "esperar una nueva trabajo" I get hits with the words esperar, una, nueva, and trabajo, but not the string. If it doesn't exist, it should say "Not found" or something like that.

Regarding language courses, the exercises are repetitive. Yes, repetition is useful, but to a limited extent. I have noticed that I get the same sentence over and over in subsequent exercises within the same module. No doubt, if I type "El baloncesto es mi deporte favorito" about a hundred times I get really good at it. Does the software have the ability to recognize that if I typed it correctly the first 99 times, I may be ready to move on to a different sentence within the context of leisure/sports activities?

Moderators in French are very responsive and rapid. Almost every time I report that "my answer should be accepted" I get an email within 24 hours telling me that my answer is now accepted. This is not the case in Spanish. I've seen, in the discussion pages, that some oversights and omissions were recognized four or five years ago and still not addressed. Somebody needs to wake those guys up.

7/28/2018, 2:41:34 PM

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It seems to me that the search feature tries to find the words in a string, and puts those at the top of the list, but if it doesn't, then it finds the post with the most of those words separated.

7/29/2018, 11:28:02 PM

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un nuevo trabajo

7/28/2018, 7:07:42 PM

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that's why it's "not found" ;)

7/28/2018, 8:16:24 PM

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as we start planning for 2019, I’m wondering what new things or changes you’d like to see.

Given your interview with Entrepreneur last year, in particular your answer to question 14 there, are you asking our opinions on new or changed features to be able to remove those very additions/changes from your 2019 plans?

7/28/2018, 1:31:06 PM

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I wonder how not listening to your users fits with something he said just two weeks before that interview:

Deciding which language platform to build comes from user requests and the company received a large number of appeals for Zulu from outside of South Africa, said von Ahn. Users also asked for Afrikaans he added, which may come next.

7/30/2018, 12:01:08 PM

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I'm not saying this is the case with you, but I believe a lot of people are misinterpreting his response. Here is the question and his response, with some emphasis on key phrases that I've added.

  1. What's the worst piece of advice you ever got?

I don’t know if it's bad universally, or if it was just bad for me. When you’re building a product, typical advice is listen to what your users are saying. I have found that is terrible advice for Duolingo. The spirit of the advice is good, but a lot of times, there is a problem that arises. If the feedback channels are such that that only a few users get to talk to you, you are only hearing the loudest ones, not all of them, and that is where it breaks down.

We have a forum on our website where people can talk about language, but they often ask about features. I have found that listening to people in the forums is a terrible idea. For example, we redesigned the website a few years ago,and people in the forum were saying how terrible it was. Hundreds of posts about how this was the worst decision we had ever made. All the while we were looking at the metrics for the new website, and they were significantly better.

If you are just listening to the people who reach out to you, than that is a biased sample of people who are a loud minority. Of course that is not always the case, but unless you know what you are doing, you should watch out for that bias.

7/30/2018, 2:49:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

....and the next question to Luis is: 'So, do you really believe that you know what you are doing??' Sure the 'metrics' look good, because maybe they are configured now to show you the kind of results you always wanted to see. But what about the user experience? Are users actually learning more? The jury is still out on that.

7/30/2018, 3:06:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

Another design guideline somewhat related to this: "listen to the problems of your users, but not to their solutions".

7/30/2018, 2:56:01 PM

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Owls should be displayed next to the username. There needs to be more recognition on Duo for finishing a tree.

Owls are more meaningful than levels as somebody can achieve a high level by repeating only a few basic lessons over and over. Some even use a cheating method to get the XP.

7/28/2018, 5:23:40 PM

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It would be nice to be able to practice random weak sentences and not just the first weak skill. Another solution would be to add more sentences to short skills to be able to really practice with the crown levels and not only remember the few ones by heart. I'm thinking of the subjunctives skills in romance languages but it's probably the same in many other skills. Also I find the crown system great but it's hard to know exactly where to head first and it would be nice to have Duolingo helping out.

7/28/2018, 1:38:47 PM

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+1

7/28/2018, 7:20:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Dima_Grek

I would like to see Stories become available in Russian.

7/28/2018, 12:31:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/xxOmnibotxx5000

Yes. Also in Italian. We have no stories in Italian but I'm excited to try them out. Having more stories and for more languages is something a lot of people have been eager to see. Bots too, as Italian doesn't have the Bots feature either.

7/29/2018, 1:03:19 AM

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I think it would be really helpful if you added the notes section to the app. It used to be there I don't know why you decided to remove it but I'd really appreciate it if you could please add it back.

7/28/2018, 12:53:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SchonBaume

Hi Luis, I think it would be great if you could bring back the practice section. I mean the one which you could individually review a lesson in a Skill. Bring it back and make many people happy again. Thanks.

7/28/2018, 1:31:58 PM

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Accessibility improvements:

  • use colors with good contrast. For example the green text on green background within the lessons is difficult to read for people with poor eyesight.
  • add an option to switch off all animations / visual effects within Duolingo and Tinycards
  • notify users in advance before making bigger changes like switching to a new language tree.
7/28/2018, 3:14:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StarlitTardis

Thank you! I have sensory processing disorder, and some of the visual aspects of the site are actually uncomfortable or even painful for me. Such as the way the text boxes and the things after each lesson (the update to how many xp you've got that day, telling you that you've finished a level, etc) whizz across the screen. I wish they'd just switch from one thing to the next instantly, rather than having the motion across the screen.

Your last point, about notifying people of changes in advance, would also help me a lot. Thank you so much for addressing accessibility - it's something that so often gets forgotten / ignored.

7/29/2018, 2:58:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StarlitTardis

I've also seen posts by dyslexic people, asking for the option to use the word bank on all non-spoken questions, instead of having to type, because they often spell things incorrectly and get marked wrong because of that.

7/29/2018, 8:51:57 PM

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Also, please choose a font where accents and diacritical marks are easier to see, especially on the iPhone. For example, it is very difficult to distinguish between an é and an è.

7/30/2018, 2:56:31 AM

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  1. We need something to spend lingots on. We are amassing them and amassing for no practical use.
  2. English sentences must be checked by educated natives. Many people complain that the solutions are weird and/or ungrammatical. I think the same would be true for other languages. No slang nor dialect should be allowed.
  3. Every lesson should be accompanied by list of words and expressions used.
  4. When new words are introduced they should have some grammatical information with them, such as gender in German or class agreement in Swahili, or basic verb forms in English.
  5. I think there should be more writing in learned language at the high levels. So far there are too many exercises which test recognising foreign words (reading) and too less exercises which allow to write a sentence in learned language.
7/28/2018, 5:58:07 PM

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I disagree with 3. Dialects especially should be allowed, they just should not be the preferred translation.

7/28/2018, 11:09:05 PM

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Staff announcements in other languages in addition to English.

(I think the business jargon term for this right now is "eating your own dog food.")

7/28/2018, 12:23:02 PM

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And the "Help" section translated to other languages in addition to English.

7/29/2018, 5:05:49 PM

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I find myself wishing I could give this 100 upvotes.

7/29/2018, 5:08:40 PM

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You could give it that many lingots. :-)

7/29/2018, 7:17:02 PM

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Or I could try and have my fingers drop off from clicking the button so many times. ;)

7/29/2018, 7:22:39 PM

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And get the translations done by those users who want immersion back?

7/29/2018, 7:28:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MammaMariaNatale

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7/31/2018, 8:37:28 PM

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Bonjour Luis

Thank you for making language learning available and very importantly affordable (free), the opportunity to learn English and other languages can be life changing.

If I could request one thing it would be the ability to select the word(s) one wished to review from the words tab and Duolingo then supplies a selection of sentences with those words being used in the strengthen exercise.

7/28/2018, 12:45:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/KeegsMcCallum

I would like to see the option to learn a form of Spanish that is useful in Spain, with Spanish pronunciations and vocabulary, and the inclusion of vosotros. Mexican Spanish is not universal

7/28/2018, 12:59:12 PM

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I would like an option to be more strict, eg to mark missing/wrong accents and upper/lower case as wrong instead of allowing it.

7/28/2018, 1:11:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Denise777488

Not all keyboards have accents. It is also difficult if doing a lesson on my phone to see which accent is being used. I am always grateful not to lose health when I get an accent wrong, and I note it for next time. I think it would discourage beginners if they lost health due to either of these errors.

7/28/2018, 1:22:06 PM

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I meant like a switch or a setting where I could decide whether I wanted it to be strict or not, ideally per language even (since some languages I want to learn 'properly' whereas in others I'm not so bothered, I just want to be able to get by...). By default it could be as it is now.

7/28/2018, 1:32:05 PM

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On the website, I always have a set of buttons with all the accents. You don't need a keyboard. And on my phone, I can hold down any letter and get all the options for accents. Is that not universal? I know it is for iPhones and Androids.

If you can't see the accents on your phone, you need to increase your font size or something.

It probably also discourages beginners if they don't for instance agree their adjectives with their nouns in French, but that's a key part of the language so it is correctly counted as an error. As should accents be.

7/28/2018, 4:40:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Denise777488

Betsys I find your remarks condescending and discriminative, given the mental benefits of learning a second language I sure I’m not the only more mature student using Duolingo. Unfortunately, as we age both our hearing and our sight deteriorates, even the wearing of glasses does not restore the vision I had at twenty. A phone is light to hold and has the benefits of access, especially when travelling, however its screen size is limited. Its font is normally adequate for my needs (including book reading) and Duolingo itself has no adjustment. The accents are tiny black marks compared to its letter and the difference between left slant, right slant and even ‘arrowhead’ are not always discernible. Then, when I retype a word I recently read I will get error due to accent identification.

7/29/2018, 11:49:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/caelumcaeruleum

It's cumbersome to switch between a mouse and keyboard to type in languages with a lot of diacritics or foreign characters.

Depending on the installed keyboard on Android, it may or may not be easy to access other characters.

I'd rather see a method to accent the characters without mouse clicks, something like the system that Esperanto uses where you type cx for ĉ.

7/29/2018, 12:14:47 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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Thank you for all the responses! Just a quick comment to say we've written them all down and will be considering them along with our other priorities for next year.

In the meantime, however, I wanted to share two pieces of good news:

  1. If you notice, we just brought back the alternative translations we used to have a few months!

  2. A better version of Tips and Notes is coming to the apps in the next few weeks/months (it's already there for Spanish in iOS!).

8/1/2018, 6:12:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dlhgl
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If you notice, we just brought back the alternative translations we used to have a few months!

I will celebrate this by doing some more lessons today :-)
Thanks for bringing the alternative translations back!

8/1/2018, 6:20:33 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel589120

Thanks Luis (for everything), you're a great guy!

8/1/2018, 7:46:13 PM

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Thanks for Duolingo!

8/2/2018, 1:17:50 AM

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I'd like to see the 'practise' button actually count towards the XPs and course levels etc, ie it would be nice to basically answer random questions across all unlocked levels and have them count, rather than just doing 15 of the same in a row, or having to manually click on various levels to do that.

7/28/2018, 1:37:03 PM

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The above would be great, possibly along with a percent showing how the portion of words/concepts which are up to date in the spaced repetition scheme. So I can then decide, "Oh, I'm up to date on 90% of what I've learned so far, I think I'll do a new lesson to add some more material." I think this would help with feeling lost in new lessons because we could get an idea how much of what we've been taught so far, that we have actually retained.

Each new lesson could possibly have a "practiced dependencies" indicator which would help us see if we're ready to move on.

7/29/2018, 11:46:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveMoss65

Thank you for developing DuoLingo. It is a very handy education resource. As a parent of two children (and some nieces and nephews) who don't get second languages in the modern public school system until high school (and then only 2 years), it is greatly appreciated. It opens up the wider world.

My suggestions-

  1. Add Latin and Ancient Greek. Public school kids in the USA don't usually get access to this, while the better private and charter schools do. It would be of great assistance to many families in supplementing their children's education.

  2. Suggested reading lists at the end of each checkpoint. It would give families a list of appropriate books to buy so they can practice and expand on the vocabulary and grammar learned to that point.

  3. Suggested songs, shows or movies to watch at the end of each checkpoint. This would allow users to get familiar with native speakers use of the language appropriate to their level. This could range from kid shows to adult dramas.

  4. Allow the editing of Tiny Cards. They are a good resource but there are some problems with the translations here and there. Allowing a deck to be personalized would not tax your volunteers as it is the individual user making changes to his or her personal deck.

  5. A commonly asked questions FAQ for each language presented at or before each checkpoint.

  6. An optional "tourist" tree, open to anyone, for those who want to learn words for short trips to a country.

  7. Partnering with travel companies to offer affordable 1-4 week trips to foreign countries for purposes of language immersion. In addition to being an educational vacation, it could help DuoLingo earn some revenue.

  8. Directing users to the appropriate authorities or institutions to evaluate and test each user's ability in a particular language at the end of each course. It might be a good way to independently verify the effectiveness of the program. If effective, it would be great advertising for this great program. If there are problems, it will allow for the identification and correction of those shortcomings.

  9. Stock the DuoLingo store with items that can be purchased for cash. These can range from educational (dictionaries, workbooks, flashcards) to commercial (hats, t-shirts, etc.). This would allow users to purchase quality educational products while at the same time produce some income for DuoLingo (and help keep the core product free). This may be achievable by simply linking to appropriate Amazon products so you don't have to stock and ship goods.

7/28/2018, 5:21:08 PM

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I really like the idea of number 6.

7/28/2018, 11:12:00 PM

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#6 is an awesome idea. To begin with perhaps just a shortcut of the existing tree. I.e. flag words/phrases commonly used on a trip and let someone do it as a crash course before heading out on vacation. Later add specific sentences frequently used on vacation i.e. vacation skill(s). This is the best idea by far that I have seen in this thread. Gave lingot...

7/29/2018, 12:54:36 AM

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There are a lot of good ideas here. Another big thumbs up here for #6, an optional "tourist" tree.

7/29/2018, 11:17:10 PM

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I'd really love it if you were to bring back the "language test" feature. It used to cost like 25 lingots and measured your mastery using all the skills from the tree. As far as I know at the moment you can only do this with one skill at a time (the level up feature)

Bringing back the "fluency meter" would also be nice. Though it's probably not very accurate, it gave a nice sense of progress and motivation.

7/28/2018, 2:28:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2
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I know that so many people are crying out for Italian stories..

7/28/2018, 12:04:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/xxOmnibotxx5000

Yes. Italian stories per favore! I'm more than eager to try them, and so are many people in the Italian discussions.

7/29/2018, 1:07:42 AM

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Non riesco a capire come mai questa lingua piaccia così tanto.

7/28/2018, 12:52:15 PM

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Please:

  • Bring back the immersion.

  • Make some Vietnamese stories.

Thanks.

7/28/2018, 1:23:51 PM

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Thank you for asking and listening :-)

  • First: I miss the activity stream. I used to read the questions of my friends or new users and answered some on the sentence discussions. We discussed problems on the stream when the sentence discussion wasn't the right place. I learned from following contributors.
    Maybe let users pay with lingots for posts on the stream to discourage spam.
  • Increase color contrast according to web standards.
  • Word lists per lesson (like before the crown update)
  • the ability to repeat single lessons on level 0
  • Latin in the incubator
7/28/2018, 8:16:13 PM

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For me, The changes that I would like to see are:

  1. the ability to go back and do previous crown levels, or once you get to crown level 5 unlock all the crown levels so we can choose which ones we want to do.
  2. Test out difficult words or sentences from a range of different skills.
  3. Some way of telling us which skills need more practise, I am not keen on bringing decaying back completely because as you go up crown levels the amount of lessons in a skill mainly increases and if skills were to decay then it would take too many lessons to get it back up again.

Maybe a decay bar in each skill, that would tell you if your ovell words in a certain skill was weakening.

  1. Some way to communicate with each other.
7/28/2018, 4:41:01 PM

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Hire professionals to create / curate the courses. Why should the tech designers and web staff be paid but the language course creators work for free.

7/28/2018, 12:57:56 PM

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I'm pretty sure that's just not feasible. Duolingo has a hard enough time as it is getting enough money, and if they hire professionals to do that, Duolingo would no longer be free.

Also, you know those horrible sentences leaking into the more major courses? Those are from professionals; the special Pearson course's sentences leaked through that the volunteers (who did a better job than paid professionals) weren't allowed to change.

7/28/2018, 2:10:33 PM

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Those Pearson farts don't count as professionals as far as what I am saying. I am talking about linguists/teachers, not textbook manufacturers promoting their crappy industry. What I'm saying is that if the web developers/app developers/HR/etc. are paid but the linguists are not, then the language aspect is less valued than those other things. And it shows. But the whole point of Duolingo is supposed to be to promote language learning. I think that they should do more ads and use the revenue to pay linguists, which would make DuoLingo much better for the learners, who would therefore be happy to see the ads to use Duo for free or pay for an ad-free experience. To be clear I mean banner ads and the kinds they already have, not making you stop practicing and watch a video before doing a lesson.

7/28/2018, 6:46:47 PM

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I'm pretty sure the Scottish government could help fund a Gaelic course.

[Edit] - And probably a Scots course too.

[Edit 2] - See https://www.stornowaygazette.co.uk/news/call-for-gaelic-to-be-included-on-duolingo-1-4723294

7/28/2018, 1:02:39 PM

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This is a very interesting point. I bet many governments who want to preserve their country's language would be happy to contribute $$ to add/improve their language. They may even help with providing volunteers tied to school work. It could be a project (for credit) for English class to contribute to duolingo.

7/29/2018, 12:27:32 AM

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Maybe not a goverment, but cultural or scientific associations might. In general, goverments are not very interested in people actually bettering themselves.

7/29/2018, 1:17:56 PM

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My "old" government definitely does. They support our language school in Canada. If Duolingo put a link on their site for governments and how they can support duolingo, they may be surprised by the results. Language sections of foreign universities might even help indirectly by providing server space. Some features have been taken away due to heavy server load it caused.

7/29/2018, 8:03:44 PM

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Sadly I cannot relate, though it is good to hear there are still civilized governments in the world. We are stuck with the idiots that, almost a year after it hit are at best bumbling and at worst criminally neglecting the recovery after hurricane María and were actively closing down schools even before the hurricane. Such a government is certainly not a partner when it comes to any type of education.

7/30/2018, 12:41:13 AM

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Hello! Website ideas:

I'd personally would like to see more things that you could buy with lingots. As I know that is a thing that keeps me VERY motivated.

I'd also like to see all the new words that you'll be learning in that specific lesson. Like the tab "words" but invidually for each lesson, so you could go to the specific one to practice extra or just see what you will be learning.

A fun new way to practice speaking the language would be having some kind of chat function. And to make it more secure you could either have so that both people have to follow each other to have a chat and/or have so that people under 18 won't be able to chat with those above.

I don't know about all languages but some of them I've heard the audio is fairly bad. You could potentially get some people together who are natives to record the sentences, for more efficiency with both listening and speaking.

To have a choice wether or not you wanna practice speech/grammar/glossary/listening while doing practice.

App ideas (IOS):

For the app I'd like to see the health being removed. As when I used it I quit multiple times just because that I ran out of health. (Would've quit Duolingo if it wasn't for the site).

I'd like the tips and notes for the language to also be in the app.

//Elin

7/28/2018, 2:50:10 PM

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There used to be a new word list for each lesson. I would love to see this feature return.

7/29/2018, 1:27:09 AM

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Hi, thanks for being here to ask questions about how you can improve Duolingo (which is already great, by the way)! Well . . . what happened to immersion? I watched your TED Talk recently, and you said that Duolingo would help teach people by translating the web, and also would be able to use that translated web to help fund it. So . . . what happened?

Sorry, that wasn't a suggestion for you; I'll try to stick to the topic. As some others have said, I'd like the alternative correct solutions that you get when you're wrong. Also, due to your new thing with Pearson (I don't know what to call it) some very iffy sentences have leaked into some of my courses, because it seems you shared the same database. According to Sitesurf, the databases are now separate, but can you get rid of those sentences, and can you let the course contributors at least edit or remove them, because they're absolutely atrocious? (I find it funny that volunteers create dramatically superior sentences than paid people from a textbook company.)

Also, what happened to the "hidden comments" thing for comments that were downvoted considerably? I kind of liked that because if a comment had something really offensive I wouldn't have to see it and all . . . although maybe it could be a little more downvotes than three.

Additionally, I think it'd be nice to have a little of the fanfare back that accompanied getting a golden owl and leveling up; nowadays I don't notice I've leveled up until a while later, and by then it doesn't really make me quite as happy.

7/28/2018, 1:54:00 PM

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+1 for the hidden comments and I agree that it should be more than -3 (although for some I wish I could make them go away immediately).

Also for the order of the comments not only the votes of the "root" comment should count. Sometimes someone writes something rather stupid and gets quite a lot of downvotes but then one of the replies is super helpful and gets many more upvotes. These helpful replies should be found further up in the discussion and not be buried at the bottom.

7/29/2018, 12:25:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

Threads should include a comment threshold slider. I.e. the minimum score to be visible.

7/29/2018, 6:12:35 PM

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Re: Immersion https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/20364950

From Luis’ post in the comments:

The decision to remove immersion was not an easy one, but unfortunately we just don’t have the resources to continue maintaining a system used 0.05% of our users.

7/30/2018, 1:15:42 PM

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Lesson Repeating Thanks for asking! Duolingo is great but I very much miss the ability to do a lesson as many times as I wanted without spiraling up the crowns. This was so key to retaining the material.

Return of the conjugations would be wonderful as well.

Thanks, Luis.

7/28/2018, 7:05:19 PM

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Hello Luis! I really thank you for everything here. Here are somethings that I wished Duolingo had a long time ago:

  • A chat room for all languages, and I can find friends and we can chat in every language that we like (clubs are filtered in my country).

  • Some XP competitions to make more challenge in the website (like some tests in different levels that awards Xp or Lingots to the winners.

  • A great XP shop that has things like personalization of the website (changing its theme), or more power ups! somewhere to spend our numerous lingots! You know when you have a lot of lingot, they're not worthy anymore :(

  • Learning listening through videos! Like Memrise, according to the native speaker's video we have to answer some questions.

  • Stories in all languages.

  • Being able to send our voice or video in discussion in order to ask native speakers to help us through voices or videos.

  • Chat bots on web version.

I know that they're a lot or I look like a greedy person, but I think these things will make a very very cool website. Please Luis at least do one of them :(

7/28/2018, 7:20:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/caseyryan13

I made a post the other day that got fairly popular (110+ upvotes and 140 lingots awarded) about how the ability to reset individual skills instead of just the entire tree would be really helpful, especially when a tree is updated and new words are added to already completed levels.

Here is the post: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28146413

Also, I think it would be good to be able to test out of multiple levels at once instead of one at a time. If someone comes in with a basic knowledge of a language they may be able to test out of all five levels at once. That would be helpful.

7/28/2018, 7:31:47 PM

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I missed your popular post or you would have had 111 upvotes. Allowing individual lesson repeats would also remove the unhappy situation of wanting earlier review without having to start the entire tree again.

7/29/2018, 4:56:55 PM

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For German students it would be amazing to have the gender of the word everytime we click on it for specification during an exercise. I learn the word alright, but when I have to use it in real life I need to look it up in order to know if it is der, die or das.

7/28/2018, 9:45:07 PM

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I think in German, the nouns should always be presented with their definite article in the nominative case.

7/28/2018, 9:59:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JimOser

People are posting multiple ideas per comment. So if the comment has a like, it is impossible to know, which idea or ideas, the liker like.

Please one idea per comment or after you get 500 new ideas, please list all 500 ideas and let us vote for our top 10 favorites.

Note: I can't even follow my own suggestion. There are 2 ideas in this post.

1) Post one idea per post. 2) In the future, let us vote on our top favorite 10 ideas.

7/28/2018, 3:42:38 PM

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Yes. Luis should update his post!

7/28/2018, 8:01:44 PM

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I would like to see a smart Duolingo. That takes in mind your needs and desires in language learning.

I would like to be less boring as it is now.

I would like to see a system of motivation more efficient and effective than this crown system.

I would like to see a more social Duolingo, social learning is very important!

I would like to see the language teams revive. Some trees are not old actually here.

I would like to see Duolingo Stories and podcasts include more languages and fully connected with the grading system.

I would like to see new products as Duolingo videos, like those that already exist in YouTube channels about languages.

I would like to see literary texts, grammar books etc edited by Duolingo.

Thanks in advance, Luis! Keep on the good work!

7/28/2018, 11:06:45 PM

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Yes! I would absolutely love a better DuoLingo than the Crowns! The last system was great until Crowns came along and now I can't hang on to DuoLingo that much anymore. I just a better DL.

9/30/2018, 11:33:22 PM

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  1. skill decay...very helpful to have.
  2. fix the problem Duolingo is having with sound, or lack of it. I continue to struggle through with absolutely no sound at all, which wasn't a problem at all before the changeover...and, I'm not the only one.
7/28/2018, 3:21:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Bring back the streams

a chance to translate with others

bring back the community

a reason to return

a reason to learn

streams were great to encourage progress i language

bring back the stream

bring back the immersion

bring back the friendlieness

bring back the talent that deserted for the competition

children will learn will you on the schools

but the adults treasure the joint process

bring the children on into adults with reasons

such as streaming, activity, immersion etc

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http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/01/links-to-the-immersion.html

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7/28/2018, 5:58:38 PM

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hows it going jack? nice to see you around, i agree with all your points.

7/29/2018, 5:56:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

Don't roll out any new material until it's finished, checked and tested. Don't leave it to the users to correct the learning materials for you - they are learners

7/29/2018, 11:17:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor
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I disagree with that. Courses come out in beta first and are usually marked as such. Maybe make it more obvious that a course is in beta for those users who dislike working with incomplete material. But I'm happy to help beta test a course while also learning.

7/29/2018, 4:30:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

I understand that users can apply for beta-testing and are selected by DL and therefore the general material that most people use has been beta-tested. No?

But I like your idea about labelling beta material

7/30/2018, 1:48:08 PM

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No, people apply for alpha-testing when the course is still in the incubator. At that point, only those selected alpha-testers have access to the course, not the majority of DL users. Once a course has graduated from the incubator, everybody can access it, but it is marked as a being in beta, so that people who don't want to take such courses are warned.

Labelling beta material isn't my idea, it's already done. If you check the Klingon course for example, you will see that there's a small yellow banner at the top that reads "In beta".

Edit: I'm thinking your complaint is probably about the Spanish course - that was an update, so it's not considered in beta. Maybe it should be. (If that was not what you were about, please forgive me for jumping to conclusions).

7/30/2018, 3:41:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Gryphowl
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Stories in Dutch and maybe some others would be amazing, and also a communication feature for lessons! https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28117223

7/28/2018, 12:21:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mcasella

I love the duolingo stories, but I think the best parts about them are the pictures with the accompanying sentences. Makes me think something along the lines of a comic book would be really helpful!

7/28/2018, 12:29:28 PM

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Some improvments DuoLingo users would much appreciate are, improvment of syncronization between the desktop and mobile platforms, more items availible the lingot shop and adding the 'Discussion' forum to the mobile varient of DuoLingo.

7/28/2018, 12:41:42 PM

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Something to spend our lingots on! Those of us who have been here a while amass hundreds with nothing to spend them on.

I would love to be able to take extended (>20 sentences) language exams that covered a little bit of every skill, or with the ability to choose easy, medium, or advanced exams that cover basic or higher level sentences, respectively. If the exams cost lingots, all the better! Maybe you could even let us choose the desired exam length (20 sentences, 50 sentences, etc) or have the "easy" be shorter, something like that. I envision them being like the current "test out" function but longer and more varied. The "strengthen skill" quizzes don't currently cost lingots and don't cover varied skills in one go, since it just chooses your current weakest skill area to test you, so I think extended exams would be unique enough to justify existing alongside the other current exam-like features.

Edit: I would also appreciate more "Tip and Notes" although I know that is specific to each language team, not Duolingo as a whole. The English->German tree is in pretty good shape, but the English->Spanish tree is a bit sad at the moment.

Thank you for asking and thank you for reading!

7/28/2018, 4:36:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryAnne993219

Hello, Luis, pleased to hear from you. What a surprise! I see you are learning languages, too. I am very pleased with Duolingo. You and your staff have done a great job. Here are a two suggestions off the top of my head. I am still in shock that you posted.

  1. Improve the quality of the female voice in French.
  2. Allow me to see a usage graph for different durations, not just the past few days.
  3. Put gender in the pull down menu from the sentences.
7/28/2018, 4:38:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1
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Let members be able to contact each other on their profiles again. Please update the forum so it will be easier to see older posts (and improve the search engine) so not the same questions are asked all the time (it's possible to see requests for Latin 2-3 times a week). Make it look like a classic forum design. These things would improve DL easily (especially when the first one was implemented once).

7/28/2018, 5:01:36 PM

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At the end of the tree, there could be monolingual exercises. When I study Spanish I don't want to use English much.

7/28/2018, 9:30:54 PM

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But this only works at higher crown levels. The first crown level is meant for the introduction of new material. And this works only in the direction language learned --> source language. You may have mastered many skills until reaching the end of the tree, but if the last skill of the tree simply involves new vocabulary or a new tense, the other direction wouldn't work.

For higher crown levels, I agree.

7/28/2018, 9:34:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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Monolingual exercises are different from anything Duolingo offers. I would like to be able to translate into my target language only instead.

7/29/2018, 8:07:28 AM

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This is true. Actually, I read "monolingual" as "into the target language" ... Sorry, I seem to have misread.

7/29/2018, 8:10:03 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/.bunniment.

Some people are complaining about no skill decay, and some people love no skill decay. I believe I might have a solution.

Checkpoints as a whole lose strength, so each "Checkpoint Passed" wouldn't be gray when it's completed, it would be gold. Over time, it would lose it's color, going to orange, red, green, blue, and finally, purple. To get from one level to the next, you would have to answer as many questions as you can correctly in 5 minutes, all from that checkpoint, and for every 5 questions you get correct in a row, 30 more seconds are added, so you have more time to answer more questions. Every correct question will e 2% of information to get to the next level, so you might be able to skip over a level if you're actually strong enough. Each correct question gives 1 XP, like in Timed Practice.

I dunno, just a thought that probably has a lot of holes in it, but I think you guys could make it work.

7/28/2018, 2:21:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/nemosj
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I'd like to be able to focus more on Grammar rather than Vocabulary

7/28/2018, 2:54:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sonia762367

I wholeheartedly support that. You can't learn and understand a language fully if you just memorize words and basic sentences. You need to understand the structure in order to communicate well.

7/28/2018, 5:32:29 PM

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The idea behind teaching methods like Duo's is that you learn the grammar by thoughtfully, consciously analyzing the sentences presented to you in order to understand the grammatical rules. Memorizing sentences defeats this purpose. It's important to remember that Duo isn't some sort of phrase book (thus the nonsensical sentences we see sometimes). It's teaching by example and relying on the learner's intuition.

Whether this is the best way to teach a language is a matter for debate, but it is the path that Duo's devs have taken from the start.

7/29/2018, 2:02:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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That's true, but there should be more lessons about tenses and other complicated grammatical features of a language. I find exercises pointless where you get new words but the simplest grammar.

I don't see how sonia's comment implies that she doesn't want to learn grammar the duolingo way. It's just that there are often few lessons that actually focus on different grammatical structures.

7/29/2018, 8:13:18 AM

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I was referring to her comment about memorizing words and sentences. That may or may not have been her intent, but I thought it was worth mentioning because in my time here, I've seen many people mention memorizing sentences, when they should be focused on analyzing how the sentences are assembled, how and where words are used, etc.

7/29/2018, 12:08:45 PM

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Maybe make possible for other languages get their Stories

That would be a nice start.

Enhance the algorithm, instead of repeating something for 100 times, add more content, and I know there is more content, at least for norwegian tree, but "you" still did not add it.

7/28/2018, 1:56:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Madeline004

Stories for beginners! I mean, I'm not advanced enough to read the lab stories yet, but I really need practice like that.

7/28/2018, 2:04:48 PM

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I think that stories are great and I hope that you continue to grow them. However, I think they are super important for people learning languages that use unique scripts like Japanese and Korean. I would love to see some more love for the Asian languages in general. Asian language stories, better sounding voices, proper kanji readings. Japanese, at least, needs another look over. There's a bunch of issues and missing features that other languages have, which is a shame.

Moreover, while I think that existing content should get a new coat of paint first, I think it would be great to add Latin. When I first got here, I was surprised not to see it in the list of languages. It's a language that stems out into so many Western languages and learning it would create deeper understandings in both newly learned languages and, perhaps, a language you've spoken your entire life.

As much as a stretch as this is, I think taking an endangered language initiative would bee so cool of you guys. Again, more attention is needed to some of your languages you already have, but wouldn't it be so cool if you guys did a Navajo course? With interest and with it being easily accessible, I bet you guys could do a lot of good for endangered languages.

I wish that the desktop and the app could do the same things, bring them closer together. Clubs on desktop would be great and I would also like to be able to look at the discussions on my phone.

Lingots are a cool feature that you guys could do more with. I love that there are cool extra lessons you can buy with them but, sadly, none for Japanese. That for more languages would be awesome and new features for lingots would be neato.

Lastly, I think Duolingo really needs more in the way of explanation. Let me click on a word and see how it's conjugated in different ways, click on a grammar point and have a small description of why it's the way that it is. Give me more kanji in Japanese and more ways to learn it and pick it apart :p

7/28/2018, 4:16:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cruzah

The ability to choose which set of skills you get tested on when using the practice option.

7/28/2018, 9:03:45 PM

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That should allow you to test yourself on multiple tenses at once. An alternative would be an option to mark sentences for one time or indefinitely and then practice only marked sentences.

7/29/2018, 8:21:26 AM

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This is something that I've pondered on in the past few weeks, too: It would be nice to have more targeted "practice". Perhaps a "shadow tree" that would include all your skills and crowns that you have acquired so far, with individual skill levels to be selected? Something like that -- so that you could choose either "general practice", and then be surprised by the suggestions of the system or "targeted practice", and then find your current status of the tree, with the possibility to choose.

7/28/2018, 9:09:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sara-..-

1- There should be levels higher than 25

2- Add another tree skill and new lessons ( after the learner finish the first tree )

3- It would be so great if system of the app be like this one

4-The ability to search on someones account ( how can i find my friends ? )

5- The ability to chat with people would be very helpful for many reasons!

6- and finally add new things for the shop because there is nothing useful to do with the lingots!!

7/28/2018, 11:29:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/RussianWombat

As is available in some other language programs, namely Mango, the ability to learn the phrase, but also understand its literal translation in addition to its meaning would be a nice addition. It would also be useful if it were better understood the uses of different words. For instance, in the Czech course, both Ahoj and Dobry Den translate as 'hello'. It is not made clear that one is a formal greeting and the other informal, which I believe would be helpful if specified.

7/29/2018, 2:20:04 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Xefjord

I don't use Duolingo as much anymore, but there is still some features that I am interested in seeing, first and foremost being more uses for Lingots. You developed the "Lingot" mechanic to gamify learning, but it doesn't feel like much of a game at all because there is no real reward for collecting lingots other than buying cheats (Streak freezes, etc). Make minigames, cosmetics, etc that you can buy with lingots and go all the way with that concept.

In regards to actual course content, a lot of people were deeply dissatisfied with the Asian language courses (Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) and this is why the competitor Lingodeer has grown to be so popular. What is most important here is developing serious methods to help users learn the alphabets of non-latin-letter languages and having grammar explanations for all courses. But especially grammar is important for the Asian languages. And make these grammar notes accessible from the app as well.

I made a detailed review of Lingodeer vs Duolingo when Lingodeer first came out, but it got downvoted to oblivion because users don't like recognizing competition, but i made the post in hopes that Duolingo could improve and overcome this situation, the post can be found here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/24541702

7/29/2018, 2:23:47 AM

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Thanks for everything you do. Duolingo has greatly enhanced my life. But there are a few minor changes that would improve the experience of what is already available.

Please make it so you can zoom in to read on a small screen. Not all of us have young eyes and some accents are simply indistinguishable without this. I don't mind making mistakes but having to guess because the text is illegible is frustrating.

In a similar vein please taylor the timed practice to a persons normal typing speed and to the length of the sentences and take account of needing to switch keyboards. It has never been possible for me to use timed practice because I have arthritis and simply can't type as fast as necessary except on the shortest of sentences.

Improve your voice recognition software. I would love to be able to do speaking exercises where the traffic didn't have a better chance of getting a question right than I do.

I am not going to waste time asking you to fix the kindle app as it has clearly been abandoned but it would be great if you could fix the display issues there are with Silk, the kindle browser. The question overlaps the progress display and long sentences don't always fit.

And replace the activity stream. It was wonderful, we really need something to replace the social function it provided. I feel so much more isolated than I did when we had it. You always want people to stay motivated, well that is the best way of all to let the community motivate each other.

And Finnish. You know we want it!! Make us happy, let a team start working on it.

7/29/2018, 7:22:54 AM

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Thank you so much for posting here!

I'd like to see, probably in order of importance:

  • Focus on core functionality, and focus on on doing things well, rather than adding more courses, more languages, etc.
  • Better communication with users, including things like responding to bug reports when they get fixed, following-up on bug reports to troubleshoot them, etc.
  • Better follow-through on newly launched courses...things like getting audio for Swahili, full audio for Vietnamese, Hebrew. Bug fixes for all new courses and site-wide issues. Getting courses like Chinese, Japanese, Korean up to the level of quality of the core courses.
  • Getting the spaced repetition algorithm working better again (I thought it worked well about a year ago and I think it's basically broken and unusable now.)
  • Reduction of use of A/B testing and gradual rollouts. I think it's fine to use these to an extent but I'd rather they be used sparingly. It's not pleasant to feel like a guinea pig, or to continually run into "Really? I don't see that feature when I use the site!" when trying to post about things in the forums.
  • Focus on the web app, including continuing it being mobile-responsive. I would prefer if Duolingo phased out the android and iOS apps because I think it takes resources away from maintaining the core product. I personally think using the website in a mobile browser works WAAAY better than the apps as-is and this makes me wonder why you waste so many resources developing and maintaining the apps.
7/29/2018, 6:24:59 PM

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One of the best comments here! Luis should definitely explain why Android and iOS need separate apps instead of all platforms using web version.

7/29/2018, 6:34:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/linguistanerd

Hey! I'd like to see Italian stories, that'd be awesome. Also, a thread the other day mentioned having a report option on threads. Thanks.

  • Frankie. :)
7/28/2018, 12:08:15 PM

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Grammar tips on the app.

7/28/2018, 2:44:33 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Doug480988

Make the maximum level higher than 25 please :)

7/28/2018, 3:15:03 PM

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Yes why not 100 hundred levels. I've only been doing it for 10 months or so but am level 23 already just from the one language. There are so many people at level 25 now it must reduce motivation not seeing your levels increase. I am far from fluent and will keep on learning but I'd like to carry on gaining levels after I reach 25. The gaps between levels could increase but not too much bigger than 24 to 25 because it can take ages between levels.

After all what will the reminder email say when I get to level 25 in September? "Today's goal reach level ?????".

7/29/2018, 12:32:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Doug480988

Exactly, i've been using duo for 1 and a half months and im level 20

8/11/2018, 10:20:09 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/KawaiiKiwi21

I've seen Latin requested a lot, and I also would like to be notified when I get a Lingot - or, if it was on a comment, told who gave me the Lingot and what comment it was put on.

7/28/2018, 3:19:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Said985765
  1. The Forum section on the app (Android).
  2. Speaking exercises for the Russian tree (at least on the app).
  3. More things to buy in the store.
  4. A Latin, Farsi, Croatian and Finnish tree.
7/28/2018, 3:31:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dogomolo
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You can access forums on your mobile by going duolingo.com/discussion

7/28/2018, 7:45:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/_Calyspo_

Also, for some people who need it, please make a section for slang. You can add it into the shop.

7/28/2018, 4:40:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannah573871

Hey Luis, I would like to see:

  • More items in the lingot store (general quizzes, games, more outfits, bonus skills in more languages)
  • Clubs on desktop PLEASE!!!
  • Stories in other languages (particularly Swedish!)
  • Latin on Duolingo
  • Bots in more languages (and on desktop)
  • Tips and Notes in the app
  • More benefits for Plus Subscribers

Thank you and I hope these help you in finding out what the Duolingo community wants

7/28/2018, 7:56:30 PM

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I'd like to see the following:

  • I'd like more type in the language you are learning. I workaround it by doing reverse courses and now laddering. However, it would be nice to get a higher proportion of write in the language you are learning in the regular trees (in my case, Spanish for English speakers).

  • There are five levels, but the level of difficulty doesn't seem to increase. More difficult sentences and more sentences in the target language would keep me interested for longer.

  • For each skill, a list of the words to be learned in that skill and some indication of the grammar covered. I know you personally dislike grammar, BUT none of us are babies anymore. Adults (and older children) are going to have questions if the grammar differs greatly from their own language. The process of learning is different than when we were small children. I know that your dream is to teach us a language without teaching grammar, but at the very least... I'd like to know what's going to be taught in a particular skill. Then, I can consult other resources for the details.

  • I'd like better computer voices. For now, I have the sound turned off because 1) the pronunciation is often quite bad in both English and Spanish. 2) I don't need a lot of help with pronunciation in either language. 3) Sometimes they even say a word than what is written. However, I will probably turn in back on for French but it concerns me that I can't trust the audio.

7/28/2018, 9:33:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sensorium24

Hey Luis

I think mobile version would be better without health system and I am hopelessly waiting for Persian

7/28/2018, 10:24:44 PM

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How about sound for Swahili?

7/29/2018, 12:16:26 AM

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Yes! And a fix for the Guarani audio problem.

7/30/2018, 10:06:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/m-smith

Agreed. An incubator news update last year said all the Swahili sound files had been passed to Duo staff to be added but nothing ever happened.

If a course is allowed out of Beta without sound there should be a clear explanation as to why.

7/31/2018, 10:29:57 PM

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Hello and thanks for posting this discussion!

I would like to have interactive pronunciation tools if possible. While I can press a button and it will speak the sentence, I am thinking of something more focused. I just started learning Dutch and it has sounds I'm completely unfamiliar with. Going to youtube to watch a video on pronunciation doesn't offer the repetition I need. It goes through 29 or so letters and I am not going to remember #1 once we've made it to 29. I wish I could articulate this idea better.

Also, It would be great if I could revisit individual lessons I've already completed.

And, I wanted to say, thank you very much for adding email confirmation! I know it has now been around for a while. But, I am still super happy about it. It has made a big difference for me. :)

7/29/2018, 4:43:24 AM

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The ability to repeat lessons is the thing I miss most sone the crowns update. I used to re-do lessons as a form of practice since the actual practice button never gave me the sentences/topics I actually needed to review.

7/29/2018, 11:05:34 AM

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What about giving moderators power to delete posts or make them invisible if necessary?

8/2/2018, 1:16:41 AM

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Moderators already have the power to delete posts if they violate DL's guidelines.

8/2/2018, 2:33:15 AM

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Feature request

Make the global PRACTICE (re-strengthen) button:

  • more intelligent: mix content from several skills randomly (I heard there are two new bugs for high L5 skills and 100% strength trees, so it may not be advisable at the moment to reach the highest level!)

  • and customizable: I want to focus on mixed content from 26+ grammar / verb tense skills!

and allow a user to work from the BOTTOM to the top.

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27091995/FEATURE-REQUEST-Generic-practice-Strenghten-skills-needs-added-bottom-to-top-setting-per-tree

This would be good for:

  • recently learned skills with 4h + 12h + 1-6day required spaced repetition (SR) review intervals

  • not so often practiced skills as you do not reach the 2nd half or last 1/3 of your tree with re-strengthen exercises that easily:
    Words decay from previous skills all the time from 100% back to 75/50/25% which you have to re-strengthen first, so you actually would need to invest a lot of daily / weekly XPs to make that happen and go for a 100% strength tree.

12/12/2018, 8:53:02 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/TedSandila
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Maybe an option in /Practice/ to mix content from several skills, but I would hate to lose the ability to use practice to focus on a skill that is causing me grief. Now that we can't go back to repeat lessons, having a skill focused practice capability is critical.

12/15/2018, 4:03:25 PM

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@TedSandila

but I would hate to lose the ability to use practice to focus on a skill that is causing me grief

This is thankfully more simple.

Do not start a global PRACTICE, but instead of use the single "skill practice" exercise.

having a skill focused practice capability is critical.

Exactly this. I agree with you.

This is IMHO very important for spaced repetition (SR) to practice and re-strengthen a skill 4h + 12h or 1-6 days later, after you have recently learned it.

I do not understand why the developers in the US HQ have taken it away from their "crown overlay UI web frontend" for skills lower than L5 crown level.

But you can choose and re-strengthen a single skill here: http://www.duome.eu/USERNAME/progress

It will even work for your L1-L3/L4 skills that are not on the highest crown L5 level!

Viele Grüße / Muitas saudações / beaucoup de salutations

12/15/2018, 9:12:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Acidalia253

I'd love to see Croatian added, many platforms don't offer it as it's not as widely spoken as some languages so there's less support available for learning it

7/28/2018, 12:52:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Denise777488

I enjoy learning with Duolingo, but really I would like to see a basic 'holiday' section where I could hear and repeat the phrases I may need for a holiday.

7/28/2018, 12:53:07 PM

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That's not something Duo can control. The French staff moderators are the ones that add the content to each course.

7/28/2018, 3:11:46 PM

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Denise, curious about what types of phrases you're interested.

7/29/2018, 5:19:22 PM

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More languages, of course.

More word lists, for all of the languages we have. I had to start my own for Swahili and Hebrew, and I expect to do so for Hindi.

Correctly working word lists, with all words in the lessons, updating correctly, and linked to the correct lessons.

More than one word to practice in the Hindi alphabet lessons. I have translated one/ek dozens of times so far, often several times in succession.

A better way to volunteer. I have taught English in the Peace Corps in South Korea, recruited translators and localizers for One Laptop Per Child, edited textbooks and software manuals, done QA, done software and database development, and been a high level tech writer in Silicon Valley. I have not been able to get anybody's attention about projects I might work on for you.

Microwave-style lessons, such as the Peace Corps and Foreign Service use. We would get a sentence or two, and have to make prescribed changes. We would start by substituting words, then changing numbers and tenses, then combining sentences in various ways. We could also do set replies to stock sentences as dialogues.

More tools to support reading and listening after we finish a tree.

Book, music, and video clubs. I have read all of Harry Potter in Spanish, and I have started in on the more than a hundred Zarzuelas available on YouTube, along with all of their librettos on TodaZarzuela. Then there are Italian, French, German, English, Russian, and other language operas and operettas.

Any chance of Classical languages: Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Classical and Koine Greek, Classical Latin; Classical and Buddhist Chinese, Hindu and Buddhist Sanskrit? Yes, I know I'm reaching, and it would depend on finding enough experts and students both.

Those are things I have been wanting. No doubt I will think of more as I move on further into other trees.

7/28/2018, 1:15:22 PM

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I am a native Romanian speaker and I have a decent level of English (B1 or B2) and I am not accepted as a volunteer... I have experience with HTML 5, CSS 3, JavaScript and C++ and I have a lot of free time. I do not want to do major changes to the courses, just to fix those sentences that the community (including me) reported a lot and are obviously wrong. They should be a little bit more permissive with new volunteers.

7/28/2018, 2:14:50 PM

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Just make the lesson notes available within the apps, it's all I ask :)

(Also the computer generated voices used in several courses are awful. I know it's a lot of work to record a human voice for each sentence, but it would be so useful for listening and practising pronunciation.)

7/28/2018, 1:29:42 PM

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You can use duome.eu, see comment by jzsuzsi https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27983083

7/28/2018, 7:34:35 PM

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They're already available on the mobile website, but it's not great having to switch back and forth

7/28/2018, 7:44:42 PM

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On Android you can switch apps back and forth by pressing the square button twice.

7/28/2018, 8:24:20 PM

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Most users use the apps rather than the website and hence many/most are not aware that the notes exist. Up until a few days ago I had no idea that they were available on the mobile website; that was a chance discovery.

7/29/2018, 2:07:13 PM

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Every so often when I am doing my Spanish lessons a thing pops up where duolingo tests my understanding of Spanish so DL can know how well they are doing. So I take the test and at the end I am told not to worry if I missed some of the answers but I am never told which I have missed. I would like to know. I would like to see these tests more often as they are a little different than the usual two word sentences in the normal lessons. I am sure these two word sentences serve some purpose but they are tiresome.

7/28/2018, 1:35:49 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JimOser

I agree with nashrambler. Those are real tests of your knowledge of Spanish. In most of the other Duolingo tests, one can not simply guess about what is the right answer, knowing that the solution has one noun, and you are given two noun choices.

The tests test your overall knowledge of Spanish, not just what skills you have gone through on Duolingo.

The tests are much better and more difficult then the level skipping tests. However, these tests can reveal much that you know or don't know in 15 minutes or less.

It would be nice to access these tests, perhaps once a month, to see how much progress in learning Spanish is being done.

As mentioned above, these tests are especially nice, because it measures all your Spanish skills, not just the skills, you may have gotten by doing a particular Duolingo excercise.

These tests are more like a high school or college Spanish final, where not all the students are going to ace the test.

I would guess that there are some people, who proudly proclaim that they have a golden Spanish tree, will not get all the questions right.

There will also be some people, who will do very well on the test, who have spent very little time on Duolingo, and have learned Spanish elsewhere.

7/28/2018, 3:37:19 PM

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I have never seen this

7/28/2018, 5:31:54 PM

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They show up from time to time on the Android app. I don't know if they're a feature in the iOS app or not.

7/29/2018, 2:04:42 AM

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As EseEmeEre indicates, I use an Android app. Also I don't know if they show up before you finish the tree, (reach level 25), although EseEmeEre who is at level 21 knows about them.

8/3/2018, 1:55:59 AM

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I think it would be really awesome if we had the ability to message other users directly, which would allow people to practice in the language that they're learning with others much more easily. Also I think that there need to be some more courses considered, especially Latin and Finnish as I see them suggested almost every day.

7/28/2018, 1:35:52 PM

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7/28/2018, 7:38:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Dhawal.Vaghela
  1. An easier way to type accent marks. E.g some websites allow ctrl+letter to become an accented letter in the typing box.

  2. Better arrangement of skills in trees. I get very confused as to what skill is where. Maybe skill groups can be created, or they could be arranged in a different way on the tree page?

  3. A small 'Practice' button in the top bar, or somewhere accessible. (https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/25008373)

7/28/2018, 3:00:21 PM

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I would like to try bots on Android, years after lauching the feature for iOS we do not have them on Android yet. Also the new characteres I would like to know this one is already out of plans for Android too.... I'm not not sure if these feature is on the "to do" list of features to Android.

7/28/2018, 3:19:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/trh_langs

Fanfare for reaching a new level.

7/28/2018, 4:13:42 PM

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Thanks for asking Lewis,

  1. More context for sentences. Many many wrong answers and discussions revolve around different imaginary scenarios. Please start to introduce context. There are many ways to do this. There could be a short contextual paragraph in notes and tips that fits each section. Simple illustrations (there is a lot of empty real-estate on each page).

  2. Fix the very incorrect computer generated suggested answers.

  3. Better integration between the apps and web experience.
  4. The ability to communicate with “friends”
  5. The gender of the computer voice should match the sentence.
  6. Increase levels, start adding more intermediate & advanced content.
  7. Allow for more contributors for sentence creation and content improvement. There’s a backlog of highly qualified potential contributors and a backlog of sentences that need fixing and possible course improvement, and an obvious bottleneck there.
  8. Be more communicative, inclusive and open with your contributors. Consider some compensation for them. They are the backbone of all this, volunteering whie others are paid.
7/28/2018, 5:36:29 PM

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+1 for #4 and #8!

7/29/2018, 3:21:17 PM

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For the Android app:

  1. Some kind of visual representation of Strength for each skill, so that we don't have to go back and forth from the Duolingo app to Duome.eu in the browser in order to determine what skill to improve next.

  2. It would be nice for the alternative translations to return.

  3. Ability to switch from word blocks to direct typing for all of the Asian languages. This function is available in the web version.

  4. For the Japanese course in particular, a toggle to the "Kanjified" version of sentences; It is the only language presently taught here with sentences not written in the same way the natives would write them. The Japanese course should be more like the Chinese, which does have the sentences written in characters instead of Pinyin. Perhaps a new system that includes Furigana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furigana) would be ideal (Lingodeer uses this).

  5. Related to point 4, a longer, more polished Japanese tree. And, perhaps Stories is the right medium to teach the difference between formal/informal language which is hard to do in the main App with just one sentence or phrase to translate.

  6. Ability to read Lesson notes, just like in the web app.

As for Duolingo in general, I would like some more languages in the Incubator, like Georgian, some variety of Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, and Thai for English speakers, as well as more laddering courses (like Dutch for French speakers and its reverse, which would be quite popular in bilingual Belgium and its schools, or Romanian for Hungarian speakers, which would be useful in Romanian schools)

I want to thank you for improving communication by asking us, and for the ability to test out crown levels which has greatly motivated me to spend more time studying on Duolingo.

7/28/2018, 5:40:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

I think the blocks are on the web so you don’t have to keep guessing where the keys are. Plus actually having to type it helps you remember the word, especially with the foreign spelling of Asian languages.

7/28/2018, 5:45:56 PM

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Conversations

7/28/2018, 6:29:20 PM

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How?

7/28/2018, 8:14:49 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/petite-lambda
  • Better placement tests, please! Don't just unlock X skills, set these skills to appropriate colors.
  • Option to specify your native language (maybe with a test to confirm it). Display the native language of users.
  • Disallow exact repetition of the same sentence when testing out of a skill. I just had to translate eik/one six times in a row (!) to test out of a skill. This is not useful.
7/28/2018, 10:39:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/australsk

I have noticed the majority of sentences tend to be translation exercises from my target language (Norwegian) into English. This is fine at lower levels but not so much as I advance.

My opinion is that many people would tend to think of what they want to say in their native language and then attempt to say it in the target language. So, it would be helpful that as a person achieves higher levels in a particular skill that a shift in focus occurs to a greater proportion of exercises being from English to the target language.

Along the same lines it would be good if additional sentences were introduced at each level of the skill rather than continuous repetition of the sentences in the earlier levels. Additional sentences could highlight the skill's topic in different ways and, or emphasize elements of sentence structure that tend to be problematic for learners (e.g. the choice of preposition and the use of verb-preposition combinations in Norwegian)

7/28/2018, 11:33:51 PM

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I agree. I think that when you have reached a certain level you should have the option to chose to translate only from English to the target language, and be able to revert back if it is too difficult for you.

8/3/2018, 2:09:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Another detail, but it would be great if when you hover the mouse over a flag-circle in the forum beside someone's name, it would pop up the name of the country. I know most of the most popular flags but have no clue about lots of them. That would be a very easy way to learn them.

7/29/2018, 3:32:45 AM

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Hello, I think it would be useful to have real dialogues so that we can listen to them and hear how the language is used in a conversation. So maybe a little dialogue at the beginning of a topic where the new words are used

7/29/2018, 8:57:03 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruel-Stroud

Duolingo stories in Japanese. Please Luis, it is difficult to find well structured and easy stories to learn Japanese, your system is perfect to make it works.

We would like voice recognition too in Japanese and perhaps more kanji, the current content don't get us to N5 in nihongo. DUO

7/29/2018, 1:14:46 PM

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Japanese needs so much more, I'm with you there very much. More kanji, better sounding voices, correct readings in context. Stories are so amazingly important for languages with other scripts. Use that to test my listening, my kanji reading, my general understanding. Oh man, Japanese Duolingo stories would be a dream come true for me.

7/29/2018, 3:55:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/skiddySkinny

I find it difficult to keep switching back and forth from Spanish to English layouts for learning French and German. Every time I want to do a French lesson, I switch everything to Spanish, (because i find French from Spanish to be easier and good Spanish practice) and that switching takes time, then I have to switch back to English for the German lesson. I would like a more seamless experience for people who are bilingual and want to learn from multiple languages.

7/30/2018, 2:40:46 AM

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I would like it to be easier to switch between languages, the drop down box is too short when learning more than a few and it's difficult to scroll.
And it would be nice to see overall progress for all languages at once better (eg progress bars for each). And adding on screen keyboards for languages like Hebrew, Greek, Russian, etc would be nice. I know I can change my actual keyboard but then I don't know where the letters are then so that doesn't help (currently I use lexilogos.com). :)

7/28/2018, 12:12:01 PM

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I've found that with Spanish, French, Irish, Catalan, High Valyrian, etc., accented letters and letters that do not appear in the language from which you are learning are included under the text-box; do the other languages not have each character like that?

7/28/2018, 12:40:43 PM

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No, none of Hebrew, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Hindi have this. I guess this only appears for languages using Latin scripts.

7/28/2018, 3:02:09 PM

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Oh, okay. I suspected something of the sort; it would be hard to have a whole different alphabet like that. Yes, an on-screen keyboard would be nice, but if you change your normal keyboard settings, and use the computer's onscreen keyboard, it will automatically change to the other language, and therefore you'd know which key to press for each letter, and you can use that onscreen keyboard. (If you want to know how to change your keyboard settings or use an onscreen keyboard for Windows, just ask and I can help.)

7/28/2018, 3:54:49 PM

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Oh ok, maybe I'm just doing it wrong then. :) I tried changing my keyboard which works but there is no on screen guide as to which key is now producing which letter, so I couldn't really use it (this is a laptop with windows 7 by the way).

7/28/2018, 5:17:04 PM

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I just googled this to find out how to do that, that's brilliant, exactly what I need, I had no idea it existed! Thanks very much for mentioning it! :)

7/29/2018, 4:49:44 PM

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You're welcome! I've done it once or twice myself, just to see what keys are on the Spanish keyboard. I'm assuming that since you've googled it, you already know how to do it? Then that's great!

7/29/2018, 6:08:59 PM

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Yes, thanks, I managed to get it all working. :)

7/29/2018, 10:01:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephVM08

If you could add a column for which lesson each word first appears in under the "Words" tab, that would make it easier for us to find where that word was first introduced and look at the notes for that section. (Hopefully that info is stored somewhere already, otherwise it probably wouldn't be worth the work)

7/28/2018, 1:10:55 PM

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Hey Luis, I would love to have the skill decay back, something like a messenger between members and chatsrooms to practice newly aquired skills.

7/28/2018, 2:31:39 PM

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@KrisKok

Quote: I would love to have the skill strength spaced repetition (based on words decay) back

[HOWTO]: Different ways for spaced repetition with skill strength viewer (user script and extension): https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29304553

Definitions

(The Wiki was written for the old Duolingo SR system, in the pre-crown era before the rollout of the "crown update" in April 2018!):

http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Strength (words decay)
http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Skill (strength and decay)

12/13/2018, 5:22:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/uni-cat

Here are some things I would love to see on Duolingo:

  1. a Latin language course. I know and understand that it's a "dead language" but in the forums I've been seeing a lot of requests for it and would also like to see it myself.

  2. Duolingo stories in lot's of other languages. I know that you recently added 3 or 4 new languages to stories but there's plenty of other languages that people would like to see there as well.

  3. Just an idea I came up with for practising new or challenging words after you've finished the course it was in. Have a button along the side that if you click on it, you can add up to 5 or 6 words you've learned and have Duolingo take random sentences with those words in them from other courses. I understand that this is extremely difficult and I won't be disappointed if I don't see it on Duolingo.

These are some of the ideas I've had and I hope they helped! :)

7/28/2018, 4:28:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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If you are going to teach Latin or Old English for example, please teach them with their vowel length distinction.
This is something you have to learn early on like Chinese tones because you would have to learn every single word and ending again if you later decided to learn the vowel length.

7/29/2018, 8:17:25 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/big_jiggins
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I would be totally hyped to see Duolingo Stories in more languages, especially in Russian, Japanese and Chinese, considering those languages have a very large presence on the internet. I think the stories are a really good feature in general and would love to see them expanded.

7/28/2018, 10:23:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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I used to use a site that allowed people to write up paragraphs and things on particular topics and then have other users check and add corrections to earn points. How about that?

7/28/2018, 11:51:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dogomolo
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If it is fun. But to me competition in clubs is way to go. There are many possibilities in clubs.

7/29/2018, 12:04:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Nan579905

I would like to be able to print out the word list as a dictionary. Also I would like to be able redo the finished lessons.

7/29/2018, 1:08:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/lophiusdra
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also another thing would be a feature where you can click on the letter of an alphabet from a language to hear how it's pronounced

this would be for all languages (including English so it can be helpful for people who started out with Chinese, Japanese, etc)

for languages like french, italian, german, special characters for those will also show up

7/29/2018, 2:08:19 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor
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I think that might be harder than it sounds in some languages, especially those with irregular spelling (like English) or complicated spelling rules (like French). In English, knowing how to pronounce the letter 'a' on its own would lead me to completely mispronounce words like "fast" or "lead" (either meaning). The pronunciation of a full word is usually more useful and that already exists on DL for most languages. It would, however, be nice if it could be added to courses that don't use a TTS (although I don't know if it's easily possible).

7/31/2018, 12:03:38 PM

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I think it would be cool to integrate tinycards, stories and the podcasts: you could give a path to the student from basic to advanced skills with suggestions of a story or a deck, a link to an episode of a podcast.

Duolingo is nice, but limited, all the other services that you already offer complement it quite well, but sometimes there's not a "bridge", you could suggest a story when most of the words are known or maybe based on the topic, things like that :)

Thanks!

7/29/2018, 2:21:30 AM

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Nice idea drtiny!

7/29/2018, 8:05:30 AM

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I just noticed there's now an option to add the weakest words from a story to tinycards, that's nice!

(I haven't used stories since the last time some were added so it's probably been there for a while)

7/31/2018, 6:07:57 PM

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I am very happy with the re-introduced testing out feature.

My wishes are these: I have always wanted to translate mainly into the target language (I have just reached levels higher than three – thanks to testing out, so they may or may not already give me that option.)

Listen to the contributors: there are some issues they can't solve like incorrect pronunciations, alternative characters that can't be used, spaces that are acceptable but get marked wrong,

Make reviewing the "my answer should be accepted" and "there is something wrong" reports easier. This could be done by showing reports by users with previous good reports earlier. That way incorrect reports may be pushed back. Maybe you could prevent the same report from popping up dozens of times.

Maybe you can make contributing easier on the whole and improve the text-to-speech programs (especially Dutch and the ones that are incomplete).

I am currently using duome to see which skills I should practice. Maybe there is some way to re-introduce a feedback which skills should be practiced that is not demotivating.

Try to make the practice button better, please.

Can you allow some custom options for practicing? Like combining several past tense lessons, so that you don't know before which exact tense you are going to be asked for in the sentences. [Or implement "marking" sentences that you want to review soon, and then make a practice session from the marked sentences]

Please also re-introduce notifications, so that we can see when somebody has replied to our questions.

7/29/2018, 7:27:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/heathermagoo
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I would wish for Wings to Fly

今 私の願いごとが
かなうならば翼がほしい
この背中に 鳥のように
白い翼 つけてください

But wait. Duolingo has already given me wings and I can fly all around the world to infinitely varied cultures, strung together like pearls on the thread of our common humanity.

So what more could I ask for? To fly higher, farther, faster and more frequently. :D:D:D

And what would help me do that? So many wonderful suggestions have already been offered already and I don’t want to be repetitive. So, I think I’ll just second:

Bring Back the Bots

The Bots encourage very active engagement and build confidence for holding a conversation, producing answers to questions, inquiring for information.

The Bot conversations you put together were excellent. Why not think of expanding and advancing the Bot repertoire by tapping into the great pool of Stories you’ve already created. In other words, build bot conversations around existing Stories.

So like this: I’d complete reading a story. Then I’d have or a conversation that puts me in the story or a in a similar situation: I buy up all the chocolate croissants as a ploy to meet my inamorato, I ring my friend at 3:00am to fix my flat tire, I tour about on the bus chatting with my imaginary childhood friend without recognizing them or any of the clever situations you have created for the German, Spanish and French stories.

And as long as I’m wishing on a star, make it possible for the volunteers who create the courses in other languages to translate the stories into their own languages (Irish, Turkish, Norwegian, Hindi, Japanese, on and on, I love them all) so we learners can fix flat tires, horde croissants, or chat with imaginary pals across the entire linguistic gamut.

Anyway, thanks to Luis, et al (staff, volunteers and the lovely community of learners) for creating Duolingo, It’s amazing like it is, and I’m looking forward to exploring what’s next.

7/31/2018, 3:52:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Kokoriconen
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Hi Luis, Finnish course ! Of course ! ;)

7/28/2018, 2:33:07 PM

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Hi, Luis. Thank you for creating this site. I have been learning a lot on it.

I know that the moderators for the English-French tree won't like this, but could you please teach the passé simple tense? The moderators say that it is never used in everyday French. Yet, other sites (Memrise, Kwiziq, ThoughtCo, Lawless French, even CliffNotes) mention it on theirs, and I have French-speaking friends who use it for writing works that are longer than a social media post. It seems strange that the moderators would exclude one of the skills needed to understand French.

Could you also bring back the vocabulary lists for each skill? I have used them to preview what each lesson would be about. Since the site has been redesigned, those have been missing.

7/28/2018, 2:41:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/quadrin
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Please fix the Chinese course. I love it, but then again the fact that it has such a narrow range of acceptable answers infuriates me. The course is deeply broken, but the content that it behind it is obviously very good.

7/28/2018, 2:47:16 PM

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I would like to see the grammar problems that are already in the program, and reported many, many times, corrected, and in a timely manner.
It kind of defeats the purpose to have to learn something incorrectly, and repeat it many times, just so you will not be marked incorrect.

7/28/2018, 3:01:21 PM

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More stories for other languages would be nice (specifically Italian). An actual use for lingots. And perhaps a bit ambitious, but multiple trees for each language based on level of knowledge. Either as beginner, intermediate and advanced or A1 A2, B1 B2, C1 C2.

7/28/2018, 5:30:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

For the past few days I’ve been upset with the lack of communication then you pull this off! I knew you were there!

There are a lot of suggestion so I will only bring one to the table, I would like the ability to private message. This would support language exchange and more personal language communication, since I know personally I don’t want everyone to have access to what I want to say on the forums, I rather be able to talk to a select few.

7/28/2018, 5:38:59 PM

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First, thanks for listening. I'm more than 1 year into the Russian course, and some of the great learning features I used have gradually vanished. These are features that I personally would love to see returned / implemented in the Russian course.

  1. The vocabulary for the skill listed in the Tips and Notes like before.
  2. Please a Words tab in Russian or at least some way to get to the entire words / strength page. All the workarounds to it have now been "patched" away.
  3. Ability to repeat any lesson - but at a minimum the lessons in the first level. Duo is pushing me ahead faster than my old brain can keep up. I need this repetition without the discouragement that comes from moving up in level before I am ready.

Thank you. Those three small fixes would make me a very happy camper.

7/28/2018, 5:53:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Devin_Rose1

Hi Luis! Some things I would like:

• I, personally, think that skills should still go gold when you complete the first level of them. Or, maybe different colours for different levels, like steel grey for level 1, iron colour for for level 2, bronze for 3, silver for 4, gold for 5. Also, please bring back the practice option for individual modules and the option to select a particular lesson in the modules.

• More lanaguges! Finnish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Catalan for English speakers, Thai, and Laos are all on my personal wish list.

• More things to buy in the shop.

• More interaction with users; PM system, maybe a way to set up official XP battles with buddies, etc.

• Better profiles!

7/28/2018, 8:07:40 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Scutigera

There are now different colors to denote levels (there were not when the crowns were unrolled, it was random and looked like chaos).

  • Purple for level zero
  • Blue for level one
  • Green for level two
  • Red for level three
  • Orange for level four
  • Gold for level five
7/31/2018, 10:55:07 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cruzah

I would like for there to be a catalogue of all the comments that one makes listed by order of date made. Something like the way yahoo answers list all the questions you have asked.It would be nice if this catalogue was visible to people that views your profile. This would boost the idea of following others on duolingo for a couple of reasons

1) Some people generally answer questions in so much detail that you learn a lot from them. Being able to look at more answers provided by them would be nice.

2) You would be able to help your friends you follow or receive help from them.

7/28/2018, 8:57:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Scutigera

This would be especially nice as we do not get email notices with our own comments so unless we bookmark the conversations what we say can be lost to us, and even more so when mods "clean up" a conversation and our comments are hidden despite not being negative or off-topic.

Edit: Okay, I know we can follow conversations and now we are auto followed to them when we comment, but those are done by the age of the conversation so that even if we comment today, if it is on a 5 year-old sentence discussion, it goes to the back of our following list which could take forever to scroll through (so on that point I would like actual pages we can click on rather than the endless scroll of the modern internet).

7/31/2018, 10:59:19 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/haileabeba
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I'd love for you guys to just ask us before introducing a new feature instead of just doing an a/b test and leaving us in the dark through the whole process. That's what happened with immersion, crowns, health in the app, bots, the activity stream, etc etc. Also, on that note, having immersion and the activity stream back would be fantastic! Thank you so much for creating & sustaining such an awesome platform for us.

7/29/2018, 12:36:30 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ComradeMax84
  • Duolingo Stories in other lanugages!
  • Also the ability to go over level 25 :) Thanks!
7/29/2018, 12:40:55 AM

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a crossword puzzle series for the labs Basically it would be like a normal crossword puzzle but it changes based on difficulty and it is also used to practice vocabulary/grammar for the easy mode and medium modes, and will practice everything for hard mode. Easy: the hints are in your native language (ex English) and you find the word that the hints are describing, word bank provided or it can be something where you do a direct translation of a word Medium: fill in the blank sentences, would NOT be in English for say the Italian for English speakers version is kinda like the stories thing where they have you fill in the bank with a word Hard: basically a normal crossword puzzle but NO fill in the blanks there is a word bank all the hints and answers are in the same language

7/29/2018, 1:42:34 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

I'd also like to thank you profusely for duolingo stories. I absolutely love them.

Next I want to add my vote to making leveling up a big deal again. For some reason this is incredibly motivating to me. I would like to see levels above 25, too, though they should continue to require more and more XP to level up. But I find that I have less motivation to work on a language if I'm already at level 25 on that language. So higher levels would help, though of course the knowledge is the real prize. Somehow my brain doesn't seem to get that. =D

7/29/2018, 3:54:05 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/MatiasHosi

Please add Furigana to Kanji in Japanese

7/29/2018, 4:38:48 AM

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They need more kanji use in the Japanese course as well. Furigana would have to have an option to turn it on and off because sometimes using furigana can hinder your reading progression.

7/29/2018, 3:48:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SemperDoctrina

Kill two birds with one stone by adding a longer streak freeze to the shop and making it extremely expensive. This will permanently reduce complaints of not having anything to spend lingots on, and allow people to keep their streak while traveling in places without Internet access, all without significantly affecting the value of streaks. The new streak freeze could cost a constant amount of lingots as well as a large percentage of the buyer's total lingots so that it could only be afforded once or twice a year by those who have been diligently earning lingots, and the freeze could have limited availability to prevent an increase in lingot begging.

Perhaps also increase the cost of single-day streak freezes by a small percentage of the buyer's total lingots to encourage better learning habits and make streaks more valuable. Right now I could go a year without doing a single lesson and still not lose my streak . . . .

7/29/2018, 7:30:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/FilipFilip17
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Ever since you introduced crown levels, I’ve had an idea. Would it be possible to add grammar and vocabulary from later lessons to earlier lessons after the later lessons have been unlocked? I’ll try to expain.

I understand that each skill has to introduce new grammar and vocabulary at level one. But after the learner has completed the first level in several skills, could it be possible to unlock that new content in older skills to make them more interesting and challenging?

Each skill should continue to focus on its own vocabulary and grammar, but why not make them more interesting and less repetitive by including the content that the user has unlocked in later skills?

7/29/2018, 7:59:23 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145
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This is a very interesting idea! Though it might be difficult to implement because it would require writing "higher-level" sentences in the basic skills and making these accessible only to those who have completed certain parts of the tree.

But I really like it -- this would help mix more difficult tenses, for example, with some other lesson content. Cool! :-)

7/29/2018, 8:05:12 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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I have always wanted to translate mainly into the target language.

7/29/2018, 8:38:51 AM

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To save comments (sorted by language) besides many things already mentioned.

Just to emphasize it: Please bring back some (optional) form of the spaced repetition element (decay). I think that it is crucial as a basis of effective learning.

Thank you for asking, Luis! This is an incredibly important thing.

7/29/2018, 8:39:11 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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Please listen to the contributors: there are some issues they can't solve like incorrect pronunciations, alternative characters that are not accepted by Duolingo, spaces that are acceptable but get marked wrong,

7/29/2018, 8:39:50 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DAO_2468

As Duolingo relies on typing/texting most of my mistakes are typing errors and not actually errors in my understanding (phones are so fiddly). So I would like to see a feature that warned you if you only have one letter wrong in a sentence rather than submitting a wrong answer due to typing/texting errors.

I am aware that Duolingo will give you a correct answer if you mis-spelled a word but it only does so if the word doesn't exist in Duolingo's vocabulary.

7/29/2018, 9:46:47 AM

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This would also be a great alert for autocorrect "mistake"

8/15/2018, 7:39:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lingolangs
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Luis , hello! Please continue to add more programs for intermediate - and up- learners. I really enjoy Duo stories and Duo podcasts. Also, please add more languages for those programs. Thanks.

7/29/2018, 9:53:37 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

Reconsider the limitations of this learning platform and contributor's abilities when developing materials and avoid any contentious questions that cannot be resolved - anything that is likely to stimulate in-depth discussion over atypical grammar structures is unlikely to find firm resolution here without tutor support, so is likely to be unsuitable for this learning platform. Leave such things for more advanced tutor-led courses outside DL

7/29/2018, 11:19:33 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jedi10549

I can think of multiple things: Latin, Clubs for computers, bring back the fluency percentage, I haven't done grammar bots but they sound awesome, and more things to buy in the shop

7/29/2018, 1:13:55 PM

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  • More courses: Latin, English for the good numbers of countries whose official national languages are not yet catered to (e.g. Bulgaria, Georgia) and reverses
  • keyboard shortcuts for tile matching exercises
  • more attention to maintaining functioning, active incubator teams: why is English for Telugu sitting contributor-less for something like a year? Why was Guaraní in a similar situation? (Which when addressed, promptly assembled an uber-active team of over a half-dozen, i.e. seemingly the problem was not a lack of willing volunteers.)
  • removal of the cap on the maximum number of translations for a sentence
  • removal of the requirement that the tree base language prompt for an exercise also be the preferred translation when translating from the target language to the base language; combining this with always displaying the suggested translation (which would then in principle be guaranteed to be highly natural) would be great
  • make things easier on incubator teams, removing some of the other constraints they're under (e.g. requiring a new tree version to fix bad target language sentences, at least for some trees)
7/30/2018, 9:00:52 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Strandfloh
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keyboard shortcuts for tile matching exercises

Oh yes, I forgot that. The crown system is made for users with a touchscreen, and on a desktop you have to switch to keyboard exercises (which sort of breaks the idea behind the crown system) or use the mouse so much that you arm hurts after a short while.

@la_ricfoi, could you add that to your list? Thanks for making that long list!

7/31/2018, 5:13:12 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/BrigitteJa986102

learning from Dutch to French

7/28/2018, 12:41:26 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/NedimAzapa

Return of spaced repetition feature (known also as "skill decay") in some form.

I know there is a workaround, by visiting third party site, but it would be nice to have it directly in Duolingo again somehow.

7/28/2018, 12:55:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MaverickSkier

I would like to see more customization options for spaced repetition. Not just skill decay, but word decay. It would be wonderful if an individual could click up to 20 words that have a low strength level, with a check box next to each word on the left side of Word webpage. And if each one of those words was linked to a series of sentences that appear throughout the various skills, I'd like to see the practice button then generate a practice session based on a query of those 20 words and the sentences they are linked to and generate a randomly ordered, but personalized Duo session.

I'd also like to see questions that a user has to respond to correctly, just like in conversation. Example: "What did you have for lunch today?" And then a word scramble that answers "I ate a sandwich today."

7/28/2018, 11:17:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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Or sentence decay instead of skill decay. With a possible exception when you pressed the report button because there was a problem.

7/29/2018, 7:40:26 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel589120

Maybe they could have a separate section or subsection that can to direct you to exercises you have not done in a while. But you can still use the word list (Words). When in Words you will see a "Last Practiced" subheading. You can put the list to descend from the oldest to the newest date. Now you can select those words you have not seen recently and it will tell what the skill was where you last encountered them. Chances are you have not done those skills for the amount of time you had last seen those words and can now go and practice them.

7/28/2018, 5:48:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/anitramwaju
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  1. The word tab is only available for a few languages. For most of them it's not available (adding it would be an improvement).

  2. There isn't any option to strengthen a skill anymore (which is not the same thing as getting to the next crown level, strengthening was only one session with the weakest words of the skill, getting to the next crown level is many lessons with a different kind of exercises).

7/29/2018, 1:07:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/suewells2

It would be great to have exercises the gave us multiple sentences at native speaker speed.

7/28/2018, 1:03:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

My suggestion is based only on my experience with Vietnamese. The current course suits my purpose with help of Huy_Ngo in Sentence Discussion to clarify things and my access to native speakers. I give it an A-, with improvements needed in expanding the spoken parts.

Dreaming big, I would suggest a 3 part module. Beginners: that would focus on pronunciation of the various vowels, tones and consonant combination. This would segue into what we have now. Intermediate: more complex sentence construction. Advanced: Paragraphs based on current events, science, politics, economy.

Thanks for the opportunity to provide my suggestions.

7/28/2018, 2:06:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ivyhopegirl

Hi, Thank you for being willing to open this question to Duolingo users. I have a couple suggestions: - On the different crown levels, increase the difficulty of the sentences (or encourage this among course developers). - Make more uses for lingots. The additional skill idea is great, but there's so few that it doesn't create an incentive to get more lingots. - Expand the Duolingo Stories feature. It's awesome, but it could get so much better if you integrated the vocab with the course vocab or made the stories even more interactive (comprehension questions at the end, say, or vocab practice). Also, make it simpler to get to the stories, instead of having it show up at the end of practicing like an ad. - More variety in practicing skills. I'm not sure how you could achieve this, but perhaps changing up the format of questions (or encouraging course developers to do so). Thanks again!

7/28/2018, 2:19:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Scutigera
  • Also, make it simpler to get to the stories, instead of having it show up at the end of practicing like an ad.*

You can get to stories via the "Labs" tab next to "Discussion" in the blue toolbar at the top of the desktop display.

7/31/2018, 10:50:51 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel8875
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Learning Vocabulary Feature. Maybe something similar to TinyCards but integrated in Duolingo. That's one of the only features I am really missing at the moment.

7/28/2018, 2:31:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dogomolo
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If there were that feature Tinycards wouln't have ever existed.

7/28/2018, 7:56:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/EseEmeErre
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Flashcards used to be integrated into Duo before TinyCards was spun off into a separate platform.

7/29/2018, 2:05:40 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

Drop the downvote button; keep the upvote - used properly, the outcome will be the same without all the negativity

EDIT: if you are also interested in this idea please vote it up to help compensate for negative downvotes. Thanks ;)

7/28/2018, 2:42:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Andu444
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Good idea about the downvote button, or maybe it could simply display '0' for negative numbers but keep track so that downvotes are not totally ignored (eg a very active thread might have 40 upvotes and 50 downvotes, if you ignore the downvotes then it will look like a popular statement when in reality it is controversial). Also, the downvote is useful to get useless messages hidden eventually, eg I find that some course discussions are clogged up with messages just containing random letters. Alternatively a 'report' option would be good.

7/28/2018, 3:10:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/angus390025
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"Downvoting" and "upvoting" have the effect of moving responses up and down in the column. That's actually one of the most annoying features of this particular forum's software, in my opinion.

I can understand why some might like it (popular answers get shoved to the top, so for the crowd that wants a quick answer it provides instant gratification). But such manipulation causes more problems than it solves. For example, in a serious discussion one needs to be able to follow the thread as it evolved temporally. A post, whether you agree with it or not, is part of the discussion. It is important to know what was commonly known, or available in the public sphere, when a comment was made. (This is actually common in philosophical, scientific, and political forums. People can "like" or "dislike" any comment, but the temporal ordering of the comments does not change based on that.)

I think you should be able to "upvote" or "downvote" all you want--I don't have a problem with either of those concepts--but the results of such subjectivity should not affect the position of the post in the column. That should only be affected by Time, which is not subjective.

7/28/2018, 3:18:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

I agree the thread should follow a strict lineal timeline and posts shouldn't be shifted around based on popularity. Group voting to exploit this loophole used to happen a lot on here (that was a sad time on DL) but that seems to have calmed down a bit more now

7/28/2018, 6:56:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

It is currently more like a stackoverflow format, OP poses a question, others reply. The best answer goes to top.

The forum is very poorly suited for discussions.
- Up/downvotes mess up chronological order
- Nesting depth is severely limited

This thread is not the place to debate solutions, but a better way to have proper discussions would be nice.

7/28/2018, 3:22:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/angus390025
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The best answer goes to top.

Italicized word is loaded. "Most popular" would be a more accurate description.

Yeah, I get what you're saying. This forum was not necessarily created for debate or long philosophical discussion. But they happen sometimes, and when they do they are very hard to follow.

Ideally, you could have a Q&A space for short answers (e.g, "Should I say papa or patata in Uruguay?") where the "best" answer gets shoved to the top; and a YABB-type forum for more in-depth discussions (etymologies, historical contexts, origins of phrases, regional variations of languages, opinions, etc.), where order of post is determined by chronology. (Let somebody ask "what is a kite called in Latin America?" I can easily imagine that one growing to hundreds of posts, and potentially some very interesting arguments.)

7/28/2018, 4:07:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

Yes, obviously the "best" is the intended result, not necessarily the actual one.

In my opinion, most of the long discussions tend to be very enlightening from a cultural point of view.

7/28/2018, 7:46:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/phuvtuo
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There is nothing at all enlightening about discussions on Duolingo as it does the typical speech censorship therefore for the most part this place is a parade of opinions by people who already agree with each other when it comes to social/political/cultural ideas.

7/29/2018, 3:27:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

Andu444618, I wasn't talking so much about the thread in general, but rather the comments within it and also those in the question discussions. Too many valid comments have disappeared into a black hole because they might not suit the majority view. Thats negative and unjust if the points are fair and well made. You too make some good points: report button sounds great, and it would help the mods too

7/28/2018, 6:49:15 PM

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I agree that it would be better to leave the comments in timeline order, I don't like the jumping about of them either, I had forgotten it does that... And I also agree that there is a difference between being downvoted where people simply disagree, but it's still a valid comment that shouldn't be hidden, and 'reporting' type downvotes eg where someone just typed actual rubbish (I mean like just typing 'rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr' or something like that) which should be hidden.

7/28/2018, 10:23:34 PM

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Hi Luis,

I would like to be able to choose which words from a specific story will be added to the related vocabulary deck in TinyCards, because now all the words are being added and I find myself practicing on words I already know. And to add sound to them, because right now we can't know how they sound.

  • The ability to move words from one deck on TinyCards to another.

  • If I add a photo as a fact on a card and choose the option of "study both sides", it asks me also to recall the photo (I mean French>English, English>French, Photo>English). It's a waste of time because I use the photos only as an association.

  • The ability to mark weak/strong words on TinyCards decks, so I have the ability to practice more on my weak words.

  • More special sets on Duolingo! The French Flirting and Phrases are great, I would like to see many more.

  • More everyday sentences and new order of the lessons. We learn a very basic vocabulary very late on the tree.

Thank you!

7/28/2018, 2:49:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Dina340406

I would really like to see the bots come back. I don't know what happened to them, but they were helpful.

7/28/2018, 3:03:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul153436
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Hi Luis,

Thanks for the opportunity. Most of these suggestions have gone on the forums but it is not always clear where to put such topics and whether any notice is taken of them.

1) Make forums more clear where to put what and have a suggestions page per language and for general Duolingo suggestions.

2) News and information pages so we know what is going on and things like crowns say don't just appear with no explanation of the benefits.

3) Make French A/B test with lots of extra subjects like Gallicism, weather etc available to all as my son has had it for months and I still would love it but don't yet have it. Please don't wait til 2019 to do this as I want them now!

4) Lingots: make more things purchasable from the shop with lingots. e.g. a) extra subjects like idioms and flirting but lots more, b) personalisations like the suits for owls but I'm sure lots of other ideas could be forthcoming.

5) Make crowns show strength when level 5 has been achieved otherwise you have a sea of gold and no idea of where you are getting weak. The further I go down the tree the harder it is to be sure I can remember what I learn't. The 'Practice' button on each subject is good but how do I know which to practice. The previous design with strength indicator showed this clearly.

Can't think of anymore for now but I'll add anything if I do.

7/28/2018, 3:04:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Roger294580

1) I would like to see stories in Italian. 2) I would like to see more useful vocabulary based on the most commonly used words in the language. Monkey and elephant? Do I really need those words early on? 3) I would like to see Tiny Cards improved a lot. It’s a good idea filled with annoying errors like: spelling problems, or when a plural or singular response is required it should indicate that, or it is very literal so you must supply the exact answer even when you know it’s wrong, and each individual lesson in duolingo should be represented in tiny cards - some are omitted, and you can review each section to the full level one day and the next day they have all dropped to one quarter full making it impossible to keep up as your vocabulary grows. Better integration with duolingo so that if I drill on a word, duolongo’s word list won’t show it as ‘weak’. 4) I would like to have some way to control the speed at which sentences are spoken to me. Right now there is just ‘way too fast’ and ‘very slow’. Give me a slider setting so I can adjust the speed as my ear improves.

7/28/2018, 3:17:49 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BillHarlan1

Multiple voices.

7/28/2018, 3:20:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Zirymann
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  • More things to spend our jewels on (more than only Idioms and Flirting)

  • Perhaps fast tracking and introducing some more niche languages much like how Hawaiian was introduced, many people appear at least to be offering their services for lots of languages but are not seeing them introduced (e.g. Icelandic, Kurdish, Afrikaans, Tibetan ect.)

  • Increased tree length

  • To prevent a feeling of stagnation when learning lots of lengthy classes about adjectives and pronouns maybe add more classes in conversational phrases inbetween, this allows beginners to keep interested and active.

  • Maybe introduce Duolingo stories in Italian and other languages

  • Keep up the good work!

7/28/2018, 3:28:26 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/deb_cherry
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I am a very new user to Duolingo but am truly enjoying the learning experience. I would really find it helpful if there were a way to quickly look up a word's meaning when looking at the list of "words". If I don't know what one of the words is, I have to go to google or somewhere to find it quickly. I don't think it would be too hard to link each word back to the first place it was used in the course? Thanks for all you do...

7/28/2018, 3:58:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeGOgletree

I think that that would be very useful. I have wondered why it's not like that already.

7/29/2018, 1:00:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cruzah

I don't understand what you mean. When viewing the words list you can click on a word which gives you its meaning. On clicking more details you see an example sentence of that word.

7/29/2018, 9:30:47 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeGOgletree

I must have missed that. I trust that you are right. I am giving it a try.

8/10/2018, 4:11:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/King2E4
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Here are my suggestions;

1) An online notebook so that we can make [grammar] notes and make vocabulary lists

2) A private message feature

3) Change the layout of the tree

4) Make lingots more useful by expanding the shop. Include things like additional topics

5) Increase the max level number to 30 (or even 50) if or when the courses get expanded

6) More tips and notes for later topics down the tree

7) Change how the site looks

8) Make a feature that allows users to try courses that are still in the hatching process. This way, we get to sample the course and the language. We can then give feedback.

There are probably more, but 8 should be suffice for now.

7/28/2018, 4:06:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145
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3) Change the layout of the tree

Why? How? I'm happy with the layout as it is.

7) Change how the site looks

I like the layout of the site. What would be your suggestion?

7/28/2018, 8:39:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JimOser

Improvement in forum search.

To be fair http://openhpi.de , which is a MOOC offering free classes mainly in German and English also has this same problem. (Maybe this is a performance problem. Certainly with SQL one can easily search for all posts with a particular user name.)

Search for an individual poster. A workaround is for people to post their name in the post.

Another workaround is use google. Search site:forum.duolingo.com

Find all posts written in the last hour. Workaround: Refresh webpage. Page down numerous times until all posts are displayed. Search on: minutes ago

Posted by: Jim Oser

7/28/2018, 4:56:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dogomolo
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Yes. Search results should be displayed by recent first.

7/28/2018, 8:08:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/amazi

The ability to practice the words you know, as its own activity. Maybe with flashcards or something.

7/28/2018, 5:08:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jimwatana
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Have you tried the Duolingo Spanish course deck on Tinycards?

7/29/2018, 6:43:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/alexantoniono

Hello Luis. I am very interested in learning Sign Language, as are lots of other Duolingo users. I know Tinycards has some ASL options, but I really appreciate and enjoy using the regular Duolingo so I was hoping for an ASL learning option on here!

Thanks for thinking of us!

7/28/2018, 5:33:06 PM

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I would like to see more target languages for Speakers of German.

7/28/2018, 5:35:55 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Randomizer6

I don't know if this already exists, but I would like some tips and explainations within the lessons themselves. Like if there's a word that's hard to translate, there could be a brief explaination about how it's used and perhaps why. The tips tab at the lesson circle just doesn't seem to explain how some words work in certain scenarios.

7/28/2018, 5:42:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Priit_

I actually prefer to have the info separate, however everyone has preference.

7/28/2018, 5:44:27 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikuusi

I really needed the 'words preview' that showed the words in each lesson of a skill. Without it, Duolingo is harder to use for me!

7/28/2018, 5:45:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikuusi

Another thing, actually making sure that a course is ready to be released rather than rushing it. It is very annoying to see courses like Swahili, Klingon and High Valyrian go into Beta half-baked with no audio, or half as much content as was originally planned just to meet some deadline.

7/28/2018, 5:52:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/atikshsingh10

Make it easier to contact moderators to report stuff like incorrect translation forums etc. BTW thank you so much for asking. It almost felt as if Duo didn't care about it's users anymore.

7/28/2018, 6:32:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jessica234665

I'd like to be able to practice alphabet sounds.

7/28/2018, 6:51:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cruzah

I like this idea each language's first note should contain a table of the alphabet and its sounds. This would be amazing for Japanese.

7/28/2018, 9:28:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/leront

Add English and German courses for Hebrew speakers.

7/28/2018, 7:10:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/tish114804
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Hi - thanks for such a great learning programme :) I'd like to see the chat feature enabled again. I really liked being able to 'chat' in different situations. Helped a lot with implementing what I'd already learned.

7/28/2018, 7:35:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hanspersson
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I'd like having a mode that will just keep sending me to my weakest skill repeatedly without me having to scroll around my tree guessing which ones need work.

7/28/2018, 8:40:28 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

Sometimes (as in our family) several people share one device to do duolingo on. It can be annoying to always have to change users. So an easier way to do so. Perhaps even an option to put several users into a “family” and then can just click between them without having to log out, enter username and password to log back in.

  • suggestion from RandomTed, kingjigo313, and pandaking.
7/28/2018, 8:50:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MilesMochi

Some sort of feature where when you get an answer wrong you can easily click on a vocal word you don't know and add it to a list of vocabulary which you can then practice separately later on. Also a feature to incorporate speaking or at least prompting you to practice speaking. This would be very helpful, especially with some Asian Languages.

7/28/2018, 9:00:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cruzah

Not just when you get an answer wrong. you should be able to add any word from the "words page" or any word/words from a sentence when studying skills to a list of "words I don't know well"

It wouldn't make sense to have to purposely get something wrong to add it to your list.

7/29/2018, 9:04:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Alexi774035

I world like to see the word list in flash card form too.

7/28/2018, 9:08:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

The new Duolingo is an amazing piece of work.

However errors and ambiguities are bound to be woven into the fabric.

Clearing error reports and finding a way to announce them would be a good way marshal your forces.

7/28/2018, 9:14:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/pyhutchens

Thank you so much for asking!
During each lesson, I would like to be required to translate more sentences from my native language to the foreign language I am learning. As this is more difficult to do, I have found that I learn the lessons much faster when I am asked to do this. It requires me to really think about each word to use, the proper verb conjugation, the word order, etc.

7/28/2018, 9:17:52 PM

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I would like more useful features such as ways to test our learning or new challenges, features added just for entertainment would not really bother me as long as effective features such as purchased tests are not unnecessarily removed.

7/28/2018, 10:17:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/yellowcrash10

Being able to see the Tips and Notes for a module on the mobile app would be extremely helpful.

7/28/2018, 10:42:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/TheKingGeorge

Hey Luis. Thank you for taking the time do to this. I request that Duolingo incorporate the voices of native speakers into the courses, and start to move away from the robotic voices. Once Duolingo does this, it will open up a door of unlimited possibilities. Not only will it wipe out a lot of your competition, but it will also open up a door of possible government contracts with the military (like Rosetta Stone and Transparent Languages has done in the past). I look forward from hearing your thoughts and I thank you again for taking the time to reach out to everyone. Hope all is well.

7/28/2018, 11:18:28 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/dogomolo
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Can you provide links about that Rosetta Stone thing?

7/28/2018, 11:47:33 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cruzah

"moving away from the robotic voices" I agree with this. While there are many things that we wish duolingo had, I think this is probably the most important.

a system like "https://forvo.com/" where the duolingo community can provide audio for their native language would be nice. Of cause with a rating system in which the audio gets deleted if there are too many down votes. The audio with the most up votes gets chosen, With the robotic audio only being replaced when someone's recorded audio gets a certain number of up votes.

7/29/2018, 9:23:42 AM

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HI Luis, would you consider adding Luganda, Lingala, Congolese languages, please? Thanks for all you are doing. Great job!

7/28/2018, 11:21:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/HedleyLemur

Thought on Clubs:

Can you please put Clubs on the website?

FAQs and or help screens would be nice. I joined a club this week using the app on my tablet, and couldn't find any help or faqs at all, and am somewhat confused.

A big question I have is as to whether there is a way for club members to talk out loud to one another. I think speaking with other learners would be a great way to learn, and it might already be available, but my tablet is older and has poor sound so I leave the speakers off. With all sounds turned off I don't know whether the app will even show me if audio communication were available.

I have much better speakers and a microphone on my desktop computer, plus the screen is larger and that allows me to open things like dictionaries, which could be very useful when chatting or speaking with others.

Thanks for your time and consideration. : )

7/28/2018, 11:31:15 PM

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  • Bring bag the fanfare when leveling up
  • REMOVE THE HEALTH FEATURE. I am not even sure if it is still a thing, since I don’t use an iPhone. But if it is, and it ever arrives on the web/android, I’ll personally quit DUO, after ~1000 days of active use.
  • Remove streak freeze, or at the very least make it very expensive. It seems ridiculous that people can have streaks without being active on a daily basis.
  • Make it a demand that the contributors on languages in the making share at least one status update a month. Even if it is something simple like ‘we have technical difficulties and await it to be fixed’.
  • Grammar tips on the phone; if LingoDeer can do it, so can you.
  • Make the test-out feature harder (it is insanely easy in German at least).
  • Get new/more contributors to help fix the Chinese course. I was an alpha tester, and back then we got a lot of great response. But now? Well..
7/28/2018, 11:48:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/EseEmeErre
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This will probably get lost in the mix. Someone may have already suggested it, but I'm not willing to sift through the 360+ posts (as of this posting) to see.

Now that skills don't decay, I'd like to see the global practice button return to the way it used to work before being updated to target the weakest skill. It would be great if it would select the ~10 weakest words in a user's vocabulary for practice again. This might go a long ways to addressing the concerns of those begging for a more obvious return of spaced repetition.

7/29/2018, 12:14:03 AM

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The problem was/is that the "weakest" words were not the most difficult words but the easiest ones that you haven't practiced in a long time because that would be a waste of time.

7/29/2018, 8:23:52 AM

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Going back a few years, the global practice sessions actually did select the 10 or 11 weakest words - the ones with the lowest strength score. There were a few bugs at the time which prevented certain words from being selected for review a practice session, but by and large, this is how it worked. This changed about three years ago when global practice was modified to select words from the skill with the lowest aggregate strength (and introduced some issues of its own, that has prevented certain words from ever being selected for review).

I'm suggesting a return to the way that global practices (mostly) worked years ago.

7/29/2018, 12:17:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

That is why you have to use spaced repetition:

  • You have several boxes, e.g.: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, yearly
  • Whenever you get something right, it moves to the next box.
  • Whenever you get something wrong, it moves to the first.
7/29/2018, 8:29:01 AM

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Yes, and my suggestion would restore a means of using spaced repetition to review individual words within a user's vocabulary.

You're describing a Leitner Box, which is a simple way of implementing a manual SRS. Since we're dealing with data, Duo's variable decay rates, word strength and other factors can yield a more robust SRS implementation.

7/29/2018, 5:19:17 PM

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The main feature I'd like to see in Duolingo is the possibility of choose between two or more dialects of a language to learn. Some examples:

If someone wants to learn English, people could choose between British English and US English;

for the French course, you could start choosing between European French and Quebecois French;

Spanish: Mexican or European;

Portuguese: Brazilian or European

Etc.

7/29/2018, 2:07:47 AM

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Which dialect within Spain? Which Dialect within Mexico? Why not Argentine, Chilean, Uruguayan, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, Dominican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Honduran, Peruvian, Nicaraguan, Paraguayan, Costa Rican, Bolivian, Cuban, Colombian, Ecuadoran, Panamanian, or Usonian? Where should the line be drawn?

The dialects are not so distinct that they require a separate course at the extreme beginner level, which is what Duo addresses. Whatever benefit (if any) is too small to justify wasting the resources on the effort, IMO.

7/29/2018, 3:24:27 AM

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Many people when wanting to learn Spanish, for example, want to learn specifically European Spanish. Obviously there are many subdialects within European Spanish, but there are some clear grammatical distinctions (like the informal and formal forms of the Plural 2nd person), lexical particularities and phonetical characteristics that are pretty different from those we learn in Duolingo's Spanish course.

European Portuguese has many lexical, grammatical and phonetic differences from Brazilian Portuguese and sometimes people want to learn the European dialect specifically.

7/29/2018, 5:07:45 PM

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In my opinion, this does not justify a separate course. There are only specific features that differ. Therefore, instead of creating separate courses that largely cover the same material, there should be just one course, and the parts that differ could be offered as modules (for example, to be bought in the Lingot store). Lessons with "vosotros", lessons with specific "Spanish from Spain", "Spanish from Argentinia" vocabulary etc.

(Ah, I just see that Guaybana-elBravo posted the same suggestion two hours ago)

7/29/2018, 5:13:40 PM

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I was talking about two or more options within a course, so they would just have to adapt the tree and change the audio (instead of using Mexican, there would be an European Spanish audio if the selected option was that one). No need to create a completely new course.

7/29/2018, 5:22:31 PM

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What?!?! You didn't read the 600+ replies before posting?!?!? (This is a joke of course!!) Actually some "tuteo/voseo" lessons would be nice given the interest shown by some learners. Portuguese from Spanish has a "Tu/Você" skill. Even a "vos" lesson can be created for folks interested in visiting Argentina.

7/29/2018, 6:07:39 PM

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I am not talking about a completely new course for European Spanish, but an adapted version of the tree (with EU Spanish audio). So, when someone starts the Spanish course they could choose between the two more learned varieties of the language (Mexican and European). We all know as well that the British English system is a little different from US English and when one goes to the UK they need to know these particularities sometimes (specially if they want to live there).

7/29/2018, 5:13:59 PM

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Spanish dialects are highly intelligibe between each other. I have seen several posts from (I assume learners) worried about the differences between the different countries. Spanish does have a lot of regionalisms (as I am sure all languages have). Even in the geographically small island of Puerto Rico, for example, the 5 and 10 cent coins are called different in the north than in the south. Do we understand each other? Of course we do. We just know where one was born or where one lives. The same hold true from basically from the US to Tierra del Fuego and Spain. I did get some weird looks in Spain when I asked for "jugo de china", but I immediately asked for "zumo de naranja". Actually, I kind of did it on purpose.

Personal anecdote aside, lessons on regionalisms could be available to higher levels beyond 25 or available for purchase with lingots.

7/29/2018, 2:47:09 PM

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Empanadillas o pastelillos? Domplines o arepas?

7/29/2018, 5:24:54 PM

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Caldero u olla, níckel o ficha, the list can be as long as the debates. No one is right or wrong in my opinion. These are nuances that make languages interesting. It is something to learn, but not something that warrants a separate course.

And to answer your question, empanadillas y domplines para mi :)

7/29/2018, 6:00:50 PM

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In Brazil there are many different dialects and expresssions according to the region, but most of them (if not all) can be considered as part of the same set of dialects, and there is a "standard" form that is used internationally to teach Brazilian Portuguese.

My idea is that the Portuguese course (as well as the English, French, Spanish etc. courses) could have an option (I am not talking about a different course) that adapts the same tree to a dialect that is often wanted to be learned but is not offered in Duolingo (such as European Spanish, European Portuguese, British English, Quebecois French), just changing some words and the audio. Right at the start of the course people could choose which dialect they want to learn (Brazilian or European), but they could change it whenever they want without losing nothing in the course.

7/29/2018, 5:55:25 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/TeresaSore

I would like more vocabulary in the levels of each topic. I understand the need for repetition, but can manage more words. Writing banana and apple dozens and dozens of times as you progress to level 5 is boring. Need a little more challenge

7/29/2018, 2:27:25 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahFurg

The option to take truly random quizzes! I would personally like to see something of that sort replace the current "strengthen skills" option, but it's also something I would pay lingots for. When all the lessons are grouped by vocab or grammar, the answers are too predictable. I think the repetition is great for learning, but not for reinforcing, and certainly not for determining my weaknesses. I would love to see a quiz with questions pulled from all throughout the tree so I can be caught off guard. Once completed, maybe there could be a link to the corresponding lessons of the questions I got wrong.

And to echo some of the other suggestions I've seen here: -alternative solutions displayed -grammar guides on the app -new immersion options -more bonus lessons for purchase with lingots

7/29/2018, 3:50:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/GforGrand

I am just starting to learn Irish Gaelic through Duolingo. I like the way the website works (plain, simple and cheerful), but there are a number of essential things I miss.

I've studied 4 languages in school and did a small course in Esperanto before. The basics when first learning a language were always (the order may differ depending on the language):

  1. getting to know the alphabet and pronunciation of letter combinations
  2. learning the first words (word lists)
  3. basic spelling rules (do's and dont's)
  4. how to use words in simple sentences
  5. basic grammar (in the beginning especially verbs - regular and irregular - and how to form the past and present tense)

What I miss here at the Duolingo Irish Gaelic course is most of all the basic rules. I read about them elsewhere online and found that there are slender and broad vowels and consonants and that "ae" is pronounced "ay" - to give but two examples. I had no clue whatsoever! In the second lesson you get verbs thrown at you with no clue how to conjugate them. There is a basic overview at the start but that doesn't cover all the verbs you are confronted with. Also, there is no "word list" feature where you can look up or practice words you have learned so far.

I think I might need to read up on these basics elsewhere before I take up this course again, because right now I'm struggling to understand.

7/29/2018, 6:23:05 AM

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Exactly my experience. I stopped learning Irish Gaelic on DL and started searching the web for the pronunciation rules first of all. Same with Danish.

7/29/2018, 4:18:15 PM

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Make reviewing the "my answer should be accepted" and "there is something wrong" reports easier for the contributors. This could be done by showing reports by users with previous good reports earlier. That way incorrect reports may be pushed back. Maybe you could prevent the same report from popping up dozens of times.

7/29/2018, 8:40:15 AM

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I have no idea how reports are presented to contributors. Maybe it would be a good idea to introduce "helpers" for contributors. Let helpers take care of the easy stuff (for example reject obviously wrong suggestions) so that contributors can take care of the difficult stuff.

7/29/2018, 8:44:32 AM

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Context: I've been using Duolingo every day for >2 years, I've completed both the EN->DE and DE->EN trees, and read all 60 German stories. Duolingo has been really useful, and kick-started my German learning, but is not enough by itself: I've also used Anki every day, listened to ~200 episodes of "Slow German", and more recently started used lingq. During this time my German has gone from some vague recollection of some high-school lessons, to being able to read novels, and struggle through real conversations with German and Austrian friends. For me, Duolingo has probably reached the end of what you're intending to do. This comment isn't for me, but for others starting out.

Please try to dynamically prune out exercises that are clearly pointless. Examples:

  • As an English speaker I might be asked to translate "I have a dog" into German, and I'd write "Ich habe einen Hund". Duolingo might then immediately ask me to translate from German "Ich habe einen Hund". Given that I just wrote those words myself, it's pretty clear I know what they mean!

  • I might be asked to translate a long sentence then (despite getting it correct) Duolingo can immediately ask me to translate a single word that was just in that sentence. Clearly I know!

  • When I do get something wrong, Duolingo will increase the number of exercises. But will pad the lessons with things I clearly know. (Disclaimer: I don't know if that's still true.)

  • Some lessons don't have many sentences in them, but Duolingo is determined to ask me a certain number of questions, so will mindlessly repeat things, even when it should be clear there's no point.

There's a limited amount of typing I can do in one day, and a limited amount of time I can spend on language learning. I'm hugely motivated to improve, so when it feels my time is wasted it's...disappointing. Especially when Duolingo has a reputation for doing clever machine learning -- but it seems that machine learning is directed towards bulk user retention, not individual's learning. I'd like to see you focus on the users more, and then allow the bulk benefits to flow from that (and you'll get more real learning, rather than people pointlessly clicking around).

The biggest barrier to correctly answering Duolingo exercises is vocabulary (including genders and conjugations). But doing lots of slow typing exercise isn't a fast way to learn vocabulary. I turned to Anki and then aggressively tested-out of Duolingo skills. But it felt I was fighting against Duolingo, rather than it helping me learn as efficiently as possible. I've not used tiny-cards, but if it's half as good as Anki it should be integrated more and used to drill the vocab, and then the exercises should reflect that Duolingo knows that vocabulary is known.

On a more positive note: The stories were fantastic. Especially towards the end they were good stories, introduced new words in sensible contexts, and were great listening practice. Thanks so much for investing in those. I'm sure it was expensive, but well worth it. More of this sort of thing!

7/29/2018, 11:09:34 AM

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Hello Luis.

I would really like to have some more items in the lingot store, and please make some Vietnamese stories.

Thanks!

7/29/2018, 12:54:54 PM

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A list of "all" my languages when I visit my profile. Right now I am learning French from English, but some time earlier I also started learning French from German, and only this course is listed. So, right now I don't know how much xp I need to get to reach another level when learning French from English. And I konw there is a lot of people who 'switch' their mother tongue. Also, I can't see every course when I glide with the cursor over the French flag, only the courses I am learning from English.

When I visit a discussion I can see how many days somebody is constantly working, but I can't see it from people I am following. I don't understand this.

7/29/2018, 1:29:32 PM

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I totally agree, I had started a few reverse trees but it is difficult to switch and you can't see progress so in the end I deleted all but one.

7/29/2018, 1:45:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Findlay956080

Hey Luis,

I think adding European Spanish features to the Spanish course would be greatly appreciated, as these are not currently covered in the Spanish to English course.

Also having the ability to choose different types of exercises to practice in different courses would be a huge help.

Thanks!

7/29/2018, 2:26:23 PM

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Reset lingots or take away the option to give them to posts. Giving credit to posts in this manner seems to only give leverage to the posts that users with a lot of lingots like. Some users have so many lingots it's insane. Implement a cap on how many lingots a user can have max; there was a post made on the forums here about how many numbers on duolingo have become arbitrary, like the lingots and XP (we are getting so much for testing out of a lesson).

Also, redo the upvote/downvote system so it is similar to Reddit's post visibility system; have users automatically upvote their own comments so that they start off with 1 vote.

Also: I've made posts on the forums only to have them inexplicably vanish. The only explanation is that a moderator took it down. Can we please have more transparency and communication as to actions taken on the website, both towards the users, and the design/learning system in general?

The tests that had a grade out of 5.0 seem to have vanished along with my scores. Where did they go?

Please do not bring skill decay back. I am so tired of doing easy peasy lessons that I already know in their entirety, some words are tattooed on my brain I know them so well. Can we have mini tests that completely gold individual lessons based on how well we do on them (no mistakes = gold) instead of five tests for getting out of one lesson?

One last thing: I miss Immersion. Here was a section of the site that let me translate wikipedia articles about things that I took interest in, whether it be TV shows or video games. It was fun, and I was gaining experience with the language I was learning at the same time (both Duolingo XP and actual experience in real life, writing/typing it). I may not remember correctly but it was said that duo was selling the translated articles, and that may have been the reason Immersion was removed. Can you bring something similar back? Perhaps this is one of your new features/projects.

I agree with the people saying they want a way to DM users. I also want a section of my profile that has all my forum posts on it, or at least a way to follow my comments and the upvotes/downvotes it gets.

Thank you Luis. Been on the site since 2013 and plan to be using it for more years to come

7/29/2018, 5:55:03 PM

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Reset lingots or take away the option to give them to posts. Giving credit to posts in this manner seems to only give leverage to the posts that users with a lot of lingots like.

I don't agree with this at all. Lingots don't give leverage; they are just a nice gift that doesn't change anything. There are posts that get downvotes and disappear from a thread, but the lingots that people gave for them will remain.

So: Lingots have no effect on the discussion, unlike upvotes or downvotes.

And the power to upvote or downvote, thus the power to truly influence the position of a post within a thread, is also with those who don't have any lingots.

I love giving lingots for thoughtful threads or replies.

7/29/2018, 6:04:30 PM

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They are just a gift; therefore, take away the display that says how many lingots have been given. Keep the notifications that say "user has given you X lingot(s) for name of post here". Lingots have no effect on the discussion, so remove the display that says how many have been given.

7/29/2018, 6:09:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StarlitTardis

Have the replies to comments automatically minimised, with an option of expanding the comment thread to see all the replies. I think this would be helpful because on many posts, especially ones with lots of comments (like this), it can take ages to scroll through everything. That results in lots of duplicate comments, because I don't want to scroll through everything just to see if someone has already said what I want to say. And I often don't want to read the replies to every comment, so it would be nice to be able to keep the replies to comments I'm not interested in minimised. It also just looks visually messy to me.

7/29/2018, 8:48:04 PM

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Oh my, what an opportunity!

  1. A way of organizing the posts in our "Followed" section. I was thinking of things like folders or searchable tags.

  2. That the "Search" function would display what's found from the most recent posts.

  3. The possibility to search post titles.

  4. The ability to search for a word or sentence in the Lessons (on the Homepage).

  5. I know many others have asked for this before and now, but I'd love to have more useful* things to buy in the lingots store.
    ( * I don't mean to say the current stuff isn't useful! What I mean to say is that afew more things would be added.)

  6. A nice idea from la_ricfoi: Find all posts from a certain user.

  7. Make profiles look like the Duome.eu/add-a-username profiles.

(Please make this post a sticky!!)

Thank you so much Luis!

7/30/2018, 1:33:42 AM

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Great ideas, have a lingot!

8/3/2018, 3:34:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

It was not my idea, I copied that from other posts. It is a summary, meaning it collects what was posted in the roughly 800 replies at the time I made it.

I have tried to keep it up-to-date a bit, but this thread still moves quickly and it is pretty exhausting to keep up. The vast majority are duplicates anyway.

8/3/2018, 3:40:19 PM

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I think this is a wonderful suggestion but I can't find your summary - ironic. Can you point to it?

8/4/2018, 2:00:38 PM

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I would appreciate the ability to practice mixed content. Eg. in Spanish, it would be important to know when to use indefinido and when imperfecto. Currently, when you're doing eg. the Imperfect skill, you know automatically which tense you have to use. that doesn't help in the real world.

7/30/2018, 8:16:51 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Shreepriya2

I would like to learn Spanish on the go, wherein I can learn through listening. While I am driving, painting, gymming, etc. it would be helpful to have the app say the Spanish words and sentences followed by the English translation. That would help build memory and quicken learning since many times I am unable to sit with the app hands-on giving it my complete attention, and it strains my eyes to use the phone/laptop, listening and learning will be great to add.

7/30/2018, 9:21:55 AM

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I second that idea. That's how I learnt basic Spanish the first time round, ie just listening to it in the car, which I found very useful. So having some hands-free/eyes-free option would be great.

7/30/2018, 12:22:42 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesKennedy43

Hi further to my other comments, I wondered why we get more xp for phone learning than website? It should be the other way around. Seems odd that you might motivate more phone time than PC when the learning process is less effective. it makes it easier to push advertising, but you can't access the knowledge supporting the lessons, which seems limiting.

7/30/2018, 10:34:06 AM

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Hi Luis,

if you had asked me this a year ago and today compared my wishes to what you have improved since then, you would notice a significant overlap. So thanks! You're doing great work! :-)

Here are some of my current thoughts:

  • Please let us test out of entire sections of the tree, so advanced learners don't have to take so many tests way below their skill level to get to the stuff they actually need to practice. More about this idea here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27934838

  • It's great that you're always working on technical improvements and new languages - but maybe also take a hard look at the existing courses, because some of them could use some help. I'm currently working on two Spanish trees, DE-ES and EN-ES, and both need work. Especially the German one, as the contributor team seems to have gone completely MIA (reporting errors hasn't resulted in any change since a year at least). Maybe there is a way to get some new contributors on board? I know that most courses are in better shape, but if this ist a user's first tree, it will leave a somewhat unfavorable impression of Duolingo as a whole.

  • Course notes in the app, 'nuff said. Come on, this one has got to be super easy to implement ;-)

  • Another one that's been requested many times and seems like a very easy fix: Remove the capitalization of the first word in "tap the words" exercises. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28226657

  • I know I'm probably the 1.000th person to say this, but ceterum censeo: We need some way to stay in touch with our friends. I'm aware of the reasons why you removed these features, but then please find some other way to let us do that. It is so important and helpful in language learning. And no, groups are not the answer - they're restricted to the app and to a single language.

7/30/2018, 12:13:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StarlitTardis

A clearer idea of whether the course wants us to give a literal translation, or an idiomatic one. A lot of the time, it requires a literal one, and marks idiomatic ones as wrong. But then, every so often, an idiomatic one pops up, and we get marked wrong for going with what Duo has trained us to do and being literal. I can see from the discussions that I'm not the only one frustrated by this. I think both literal and idiomatic translations should be accepted, but with some explanation of what the sentence would usually mean to native speakers if it isn't generally used literally.

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