Practical, Speaking-First Hindi Learning
Is it possible to make a version of the course that doesn't start so heavy-handedly with Hindi characters and instead starts with romanized Hindi? The most popular Hindi learning videos I've seen on YouTube take this approach and I think it is helpful for English speakers.
Honestly, if I'm going to start with having to associate basic sounds with Hindi characters, I won't even start the course and will look for a different resource than DuoLingo. I want to start by learning things that are actually useful in spoken conversation with Hindi speakers in America and abroad.
Learning written Hindi has little practical use for me. I won't be typing it. I won't be discussing things in Hindi in online forums. I don't even have a keyboard for it and am not interested in getting one. I want to learn things I can use when interacting with people in person.
Duolingo takes this approach for all languages and I know how frustrating it can be. I faced a similar problem with the Chinese course where I gave up after a couple of lessons. I am now learning Chinese on Memrise which starts teaching through audio recordings and Roman characters. Maybe I'll return to Duo when I'm ready but definitely not for some more time.