https://www.duolingo.com/andrew974v

Suggestion: Allow users to contribute 'Tips and Notes' for lessons

Hi, I believe that in some languages on Duolingo there is a serious lack of tips and notes. I understand that it is really hard to create 'Tips and Notes' for every lesson that is why I think that there should be a button 'Suggest your tips and Notes'. Native speakers or those with the high knowledge of the language or a particular lesson could write their tips and notes there and language contributors could check , approve. or deny some of them. It would be extremely beneficial for the users as long as there are times when I feel like I need a little grammar explanation.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AsianDad1010

How long before you get a job at Duolingo? Graphics Designer? You are such a great person. I admire you! I wish my son was like that... instead of getting those dang B+'s!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikamjh
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I agree. Duolingo needs to hire you...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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It wouldn't be necessary if we had the individual skill discussions back. You can see my discussion about them here.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaspervanZyl
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Love this idea. It should be implemented!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FKrasniqi
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This is a great idea! It would definitely help everyone with grammar which is not really explained on Duolingo at the moment.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThatONEkidTYLER

I like it too, DL, should add it if he/she gets up to say 50 ^ups^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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I really like this idea. Probably all lessons without tips and notes could be open to suggestions, and when the language contributors feel they have enough for a particular lesson, they could close that lesson so no more suggestions can be sent (no need for extra work for the contributors if they already have good text and tables for the tips and notes).

And to prevent too much clutter and poor suggestions, you could for instance require people to finish a skill before contributing, or even the whole tree. You could also require a certain amount of XP before allowing a student to include new material.

I copied the last paragraph from marcocaramori's suggestion link

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S0S_90
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I also like the idea to let users contribute to the "Tips and Notes" (especially in languages which aren't equipped with them yet). But I don't think it's a great idea to make it compulsory to finish the tree before you contribute because the best contributers would be native speakers of a language and they maybe don't want to do a whole tree in a language which they speak perfectly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MickeytheGreat
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They could skip through all of the lessons and finish the tree, though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

I think the reason the Duo team doesn't implement these is because you have so many great ideas!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonSkyEX

The only flaw I see is: How will we stop people from abusing this? All in all i give it an 8 of 10.

<pre> -Makoa3- </pre>
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/saschambaer
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Voting system and a "flag for spam" button. 5 flags and a moderator gets alerted and can remove it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonSkyEX

Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

I'll start by saying I do like your idea. But I think its unnecessary because there is already a facility to do this, its just that people aren't utilising the lesson forum correctly. Each lesson has its own discussion page. Why not post tips and notes there! Anyone can do so, and some of the best discussions so far on the most popular forum pages are already essential tips and notes from users.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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But the problem with lesson forum is that it is impossible to find whatever part of grammar you want to learn about, all you can find is grammar that is used in a sentence you happened to come across. Tips and notes is simply the best place for explanation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

If what you are suggesting is a Duolingo made Tips and Note section then fine. But I thought the original post was promoting user tips and notes? If so, then I stand by the lesson discussion forums. They may not be the most organised and sometimes have a lot of drivel but there are some really conscientious users such as Sitesurf (French) who contribute a whole lot of good information.

There is also the conjugation function provided in lessons. If you hover over a particular word, you not only see the suggested translation but have the option to check the conjugation of that word.

Also, I like the idea of using external resources. Making Duoling into a one stop shop for everything might take away from its strength of allowing users to dip in and out as needed while keeping them engaged. Those who really want to research can use the more dedicated sites like About.com, Wordreference, Linguee, L'Academie, etc etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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You can find the Tips and Notes by clicking on a skill from the tree and scrolling down. However many skills don't have tips and notes, that's the issue andrew974v addresses in this discussion.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

Ah I see, this is new information to me. Thanks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

I've just checked my French tree and can't find any such option. I use the desktop version. Perhaps this is something for tablet or phone users? In any case it doesn't exist in any of my lessons. If you are aware of it in the French tree, please point me to the right lesson. Thanks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MickeytheGreat
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I think it's only in the German tree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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I'm using the desktop version as well. In both the German and the Spanish tree roughly half the skills before checkpoint two have Tips and Notes (I didn't check the rest of the skills).

See example

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

Yeah this is definitely not in the French (desktop) tree, but as its done by Duoling then I'm in favour of that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Turtle492
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I know each topic used to have a discussion thread but that doesn't seem to be the case any more. Now if you start a new topic and you need to know about the grammar, there's nothing to help you until you happen to come across a sentence with a helpful explanation in the discussion. Personally I think they should bring the topic discussions back.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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Here are the links to Skill Discussions for German, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2233496

Also included in the comments are my instructions on how to create a new list (if you wanted to) if your language doesn't have one made up yet.

(And I hate to be the one to ask this, but if you find any of it useful, please give it an 'upvote' so some of these discussions can eventually make it to the 'Popular' tab)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

I'm doing French and the topic discussions are still there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mercutio

I believe that in the app lessons there should be a few tips and notes within each lesson included as "info cards" that come up occasionally within lessons, would make learning more effective having little tips like that

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nicolefoster711

how do you know when to use bebe, bebes, or bebo?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prasong

Some of your record do not work at all.f.ex. no sound from machine and the result is wrong answer. This is absurd!!!

4 years ago
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