Recommend more native English speakers involved in improving this course
It seems like a lot of people have already posted about the same problems I noticed with the Chinese course, but I just thought I'd reiterate...
I'm a native English speaker who has been learning Chinese for 10 years (including 5 years living in Chinese speaking countries). I'm also a professional Chinese > English translator. I went through the Duolingo Chinese course just for fun. To me it seems like only native Chinese (ESL) speakers were involved in creating this course, because the English translations are frequently awkward, and often times correct alternative versions of the answers in English are not accepted. I've been flagging them as "my answer was correct" each time, but I was surprised how frequently that occurred. It seems to me that native English speakers should be asked to help make improvements. Honestly, I would be happy to volunteer... I really enjoy this type of thing.
Also, I haven't gone through all the "crown levels", but noticed they don't really seem to get more difficult like they're supposed to...
That would be a great idea to improve this course! I tried applying for Chinese for English speakers course since I spent more than 20 years, utilizing Chinese throughout Asian communities. However, I realized that there are no people added to the team nor any progress made, concerning the reports from the sentence pile.
If you have the following:
- Well-exposed to some/most sentences of same meanings, but different ways of saying; that can include sentences that pose the characters more descriptively and with some complexity other than literal translations.
- At least HSK 4/5; HSK 6 won't be needed to since that would be a bit too advanced for the learners
Then suggest these (along with your willingness to help) to the Incubator!
I did the same thing and got messages back saying they accepted the answers I gave. They accepted quite a few. I started using Duolingo Chinese right after it was first created. I left out of frustration eventually. I'm back and it seems a lot better now. They are fixing it little by little.
I am glad I'm not the only one who noticed it. I am both a native Chinese and English speaker and honestly I am so annoyed when I tried the Chinese course for fun. A lot of the sentence structures were wrong and the there should much more variations in the answers. There were also Chinese words that can mean many other things in English and the answers should be accepted. I wouldn't mind helping out with improving it too but I'm not sure how.
You could apply to become a contributor in the incubator. It doesn't seem likely that you would be accepted (not because you are not qualified, but because of the seeming absence of the Chinese team).
If that does not work, every learner here would be very thankful if you reported correct answers that are not accepted. You can also report sentences being unnatural etc. I hope that you can help to improve the course. ^-^
If you think you can help improve the course, there's always a chance that they'll accept you to help if you apply as a course contributor:
There's a link below the course title where you can apply.
U'r right! It happens frequently. Duolingo doens't accept my answer even correct in my language. For example, "I am so happy today", In my language, we rarelly speak "I", we speak, " am so happy today" we call this sentence of "subject hidden" but Duolingo doesn't support that.
I realize you posted this a while back, but in case you're still interested: I had a very hard time getting started with Chinese on Duo. Steep learning curve at the beginning. So, I began using other apps like Hello Chinese. After a while at that, I had another try at Duo and it works well, actually providing more of the challenge I now need. So, I recommend trying another app that is better designed for the earlier stages.
Oh yes! I have also noticed this. Since I speak fluent Chinese (first language) I decided to try Duolingo's course, but after about one lesson I noticed some colossal mistakes. My mother (who grew up in China) also looked at it and her answers were 'incorrect' as well. It was irritating, so I stopped using the Chinese course and it sits there, in case somebody fixes it and I can go back and try it again.