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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SunflowerS64420

Victory in Defeat: Going one step too far

With annoying regularity I find myself misreading (AKA NOT reading) the instruction on the "Type What You Hear" exercises. Instead of typing what I hear in German, I'll go one step too far and type the English translation to what I heard. Then I'll get dinged because the response is incorrect - which it ISN'T, of course - except it is because Duo asked only for me to type what I heard in German. At this point I realize two things. 1) that my comprehension of German has advanced sufficiently to make that mistake possible. And 2) it's time to take a break. :-) Surely I'm not the only Duoist who periodically goofs in this way.

August 24, 2018

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nancy783127

Constantly. Another thing I do repeatedly is to substitute a small English word for the corresponding small German word, or vice versa. For instance, asked to translate, "She is blahblahblah", I'll write "She ist blahblahblah"or "Sie is blahblahblah".

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SunflowerS64420

It's like you're living my life! I haven't done this in German yet, but I do it a LOT in Spanish. (is instead of es, etc.) aaarrgghhh.

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vchifu

Same here :))))

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multila1

My problem is that I'm trying to get rhtough the course as quickly as possible, since I grew up bilingual and already know all the answers. That will often lead me to write ''Ich' instead of 'I' in an English sentence, or 'Du you' instead of 'Do you' - that kind of mistake. Or I will misread a single letter, and write in German that the car is drinking milk, instead of the cat ...

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kay.lee.831

Ha all the time

August 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kay.lee.831

Oh, of course you aren't the only one. I do it all the time. Sometimes, you just go a little too fast, you know?

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/john503633

In some cases, I plow through the lesson as fast as I can type. I usually end up making lots of stupid mistakes doing that. Like typos or missing a negation in the sentence

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmriLevy8

Same happens to me way too often.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Margaret287230

Sure thing! I used to do it a lot until I made myself relax and concentrate and check what I wrote before I hit the check button! Then I finally got it through that when it says type what you hear it is usually asking for German!

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoyceA

Oh yes, I do everything you guys have already mentioned (translate when asked to transcribe, use "ist" in my English sentence or "She" in my German sentence. And yes, it happens when I'm going too fast, basically on autopilot.

But I do one other dumb thing: I just type what I am hearing without really paying attention to the screen and then realize it was a translation question, not a dictation. Doh!

It seems to me that in the past the owl quite regularly let us know when we were answering in the wrong language. I haven't seen one of those "Oops. This looks like English/Spanish/whatever...." messages in a long while.

August 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NightKitten

Happens to me too every once in a while, especially if I'm tired or distracted :) I think they SHOULD add excersises where you have to translate what you hear to the 4th crown level though, would meke it a bit more challenging and interesting...

August 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SunflowerS64420

Or they can include them if/when they increase crown levels!

August 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim17720

Ja, ich auch! Sometimes I just have to slow down and look at the screen. :)

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vchifu

Stimmt, I think that I know what you mean ...

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M_Stumpfy

I thought I was the only one who did this!

August 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olaf.Rabbachin

What's funny about this is that sometimes Duo will tell you that you have (accidentally) used [this language] instead of [that one]. I have never succeeded in seeing a pattern behind this, i. e. when it happens and when it doesn't ...

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vchifu

From what I noticed this happens when the text you entered is a correct translation so its easy to check if what you entered is "the same text" but in the wrong language.

August 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LSadun

Enjoy your break. You've earned it!

August 29, 2018
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