https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John228333

Congratulations and two requests

Hi, Congratulations on the new version of Duolingo French from English. It has the right blend of practice and being able to test out of a topic. As an ex-programmer, I know that if someone commented on a program, they would add "but could you just add...". I'm no different.

I use Duolingo on an Android tablet mounted in a bluetooth keyboard. I used to be able to place the tablet in landscape mode when using Duolingo before the new version appeared. I now have to place my tablet upside down in my keyboard as the power supply is at the base of the tablet. If this problem relates to Duolingo rather than android, could you re-enable portrait mode, please?

Secondly, most questions for translation from French to English now display the text together with the verbal cue. Could an additional button be added to the screen so that the text would not display until the "text" button is pressed? Having to translate from the spoken question most times would help me with the weakest part of my study. And, of course, the text would still be available.

Thanks and regards, John228333

September 18, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/david3dd

Or, you could just cover the text with your hand while listening to the verbal sentence, revealing the text only when you are ready to see it. A "manual" mode, if you will.

On a cell phone, I sometimes simply tilt the screen away from me and listen. Très simple.

September 18, 2018

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

An excellent example of the KISS principle.

September 18, 2018

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    I use Duolingo on an Android tablet mounted in a bluetooth keyboard. I used to be able to place the tablet in landscape mode when using Duolingo before the new version appeared.

    My big gripe with most language apps. Unless I'm reading e-books, my 10.1" Android tablet is almost always in landscape mode because it's more comfortable to use interactive apps that way on a device with such a big screen (for a tablet).

    Memrise actually solved this problem with all of their free course 'types'. Learn new words, word review, listening skills and speed review can all be used in portrait or landscape mode. But then you subscribe and discover that all of the premium course types force your tablet into portrait mode. Amazing really that the features for which users pay extra get less attention from the developers.

    In this day and age there's really no excuse for lack of landscape support. Android has been sufficiently advanced for enough time that developers should be supporting both modes as standard.

    September 20, 2018
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