Suggestion: turning off text
One of the weaknesses of Duolingo is that there's not enough focus on listening/speaking and too much translating. Which is fine for beginners, but anyone that wants to advance and improve listening/speaking skills usually has to find other resources.
This is exactly what happened to me. I just came back after a long hiatus (focused on other methods to practice speech/listening) to see if there are any new features/languages and to brush up on my vocab. I decided not to look at any text, just listen to the audio. This was a bit annoying, but much better for practicing listening.
So it occurred to me that just as you can turn on/off microphone and audio lessons, you should also be able to toggle on/off text lessons. This way you could have all speaking, all listening or both. I'm not sure how hard this would be to implement, but I think it would be extremely useful and would keep those who actually want to advance in their target language interested.
TL;DR: Should be able to toggle writing practice on/off so you can have all speaking and/or listening lessons.
Use this Tampermonkey/Violentmonkey user script on the web portal: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/19654789/Userscript-Tree-Enhancer
There are 1-2 other scripts (either Stylus CSS user style or Chrome extension with an additional input text field)...maybe I find the related threads again...
Duolingo really needs a Phase II which emphasizes listening exercises like “Stories”. Stories and podcasts are, I believe, the next step in language learning.
I think that's the plan. However, they won't make a push like that if they don't have stories for each language. I also wouldn't be surprised if they were looking at the data from user to see if the Stories are having the effect they hoped.
Yes, that would be awesome. I really dislike podcasts, I prefer something more interactive. Just listening to people talk bores me and I start daydreaming instead of listening. I have been using Coffee Break Spanish recently.
Ah, I assumed they meant expanding it into more fleshed out lessons but you may be correct.
Even if they were, I really like your idea. It would add balance to things. We can already turn off the mic and still navigate the courses. It would be great for people to be able to turn off keyboards and still operate the courses. I support Duolingo being accessible in as many ways as possible.
If you are looking for more listening and speaking skills, Mango Languages is great.
Mango Languages is great.
Not for me as a German / European person.
Is there any online library in the EU - besides the two locked US armee libraries stationed here in Germany - where I could sign up for free from Germany with Mango languages and where I can use my German passport in the registration process?
Their library online postal code search does not put me any further.
They probably want to limit it to US and Canadian owners and libraries.
Mango is ok and I get it free through the library but I still like Duolingo much more.
Excellent idea! This would be great assuming that the site automatically can put any text translation into an audio one, as I am unsure if contributors need to make them separately. Either way, I would make much use of this feature, so take an upvote and a few fake red coins.
Thank you. Yes, I'm sure they would have to create much more audio content first.