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

No! The redesign has such tiny font!

I am 70 years old and gradually my sight is starting to fail. Today when I came to do my Italian lesson I had a nasty shock. My app was updated yesterday and I can no longer read it!! The font is just too small now. And (no change here) the page cannot be expanded on my tablet, which has always been infuriating. Please Duo Lingo be more considerate of your ageing subscribers. Let’s have large user friendly font PLEASE, or at least some mechanism to vary the font size.

December 19, 2018

29 Comments


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

I am 47 years old and I wasn’t happy that I had to get my reading glasses on to be able to my lessons. I hate wearing glasses. The font is small. The bars that you hit to check you work and move to the next question are smaller but i can see them. The topics on my tree are so much smaller. I use the app for IOS and I am not happy about all the shrinkage for were I can no longer use Duolingo without my classes. Why? Why? Why? So much for Duolingo caring about people with visual problems for that big streak post test a few months back. I read like a normal 47 year old sees. Which is nothing small. I had better than average eyesight when I was young. Every older person complained about small writing on medicine bottles and I just didn’t believe it because the words be so big and easily read. Everyone older also said well wait until you turn 40. At 41 I still saw far and near perfectly. By 43, two years later, I couldn’t see near or far anymore and my eyes are getting worse as each year passes by. Not only does Duolingo need to increase the font size but they should make the font darker too. And this is out of Duolingo hands but somebody please make them write all the words on medications much better.

This is very serious. I can’t see the letters anymore on Duolingo with forcing myself to put those horrible glasses on. What kills me about it is that the almost entire page in blank and has never going on so it’s wasted real estate. I might be accepting if the page was full of some on it. But, nope. It is extremely close to looking like a blank page because so little room on the page is used for anything.

I am a Plus prescriber and this small font make be a deal breaker for me. I shouldn’t have to wear my glasses to see the words when this world is full of adequate and seeable fonts and sizes. This is absolutely terrible. And in the name of what? It’s a completely different page that as this so-called excitement occurs. Why? Why? Why? Very disappointed I a hope they realize this quickly.

December 19, 2018

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

And this is out of Duolingo hands but somebody please make them write all the words on medications much better.

Have you asked your pharmacist if larger labels with larger/darker print could be applied to your medication containers?

December 24, 2018

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

I’m 35 and I could use a larger font too. Especially for Japanese!

December 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hollie2237

I agree. I sometimes struggle with reading text, especially on mobile devices or in books, and Duolingo is no exception. I have to squint or lean in close to read the words, which in turn strains my eyes. I'd love to see a font-size adjuster added.

December 19, 2018

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

Why not try a computer? I only do Duo on PC now.

December 19, 2018

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

It’s about an age. When people turn 40 and no later then 43 years old all the younger people will understand the natural turn for hell that your eyesight does. There is plenty of space to accommodate a normal sized font. I’m not asking for big font. Although that would be nice. I am only asking for them to put the font back to the worldwide normal and darken the font up. Most people, not all, but most people over 45 years old are going to strain to see this. And all the excitement promised. It’s not worth it. Even on the page where you are looking at your entire tree has shrunken font. The lesson pages are almost completel unused so why do did they need to make the letters now unreadable to me without me having to wear my glasses that I dislike wearing so much. This stinks, big time.

December 19, 2018

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

I don't need to wait that long, my eyes are already terrible. Which is why I stopped complaining about the kindle app not being supported anymore when I heard the text was tiny.

December 19, 2018

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

I travel a lot. My IPad is my life!

December 19, 2018

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

Ah okay... I hope Duo gets an option for better fonts.

December 19, 2018

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

Maybe you could try the website on a browser on your iPad? But the app is probably easier to access.

December 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KeithOsbor2

I use the web version in my Safari browser on my iPad for all of my lessons. It works well for me. This also allows me to expand the page if the font is too small.

December 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/courtney.caplan

me too!

December 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vee.st

Duolingo (the older version) was fun to do everyone...while waiting for something, at work (away from the computer) for a break etc. Now it has become "homework"

December 21, 2018

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

Thanks everyone. Yesterday I did my lesson using the app on my lPad and a magnifying glass as well as my glasses. This did not feel like progress in the 21st Century! :) Today I tried using the web site on my iPad as some of you kindly suggested and that’s doable because it can be expanded. It feels rather clunky after being so used to the app. But I will press on. Still very disappointed in Duolingo for not being more inclusive - ageism is alive and well!

December 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Galaxy582

Oh no! There is a way to increase the font size on your iPad, however. I am not sure if that will fix the problem, but here is a link that shows how to change the font size. https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202828

December 19, 2018

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

Thanks for the link, but I already use all the suggested accessibility features on my iPad. While that’s great for browser, email etc these features do not transfer to the Duolingo app, or to some others like LinkedIn.

December 20, 2018

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

Is this on Android or iOS? Can you attach a screenshot?

December 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vee.st

android!

December 21, 2018

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

iOS. Can’t attach screen shot via iPad, but it seems much the same as 8 point on an A4 page.

December 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Simon961397

I agree. A larger font is needed. I've just started learning Vietnamese, using the Safari web browser on my Mac. The lessons are very good, but the accents and diacritics are too small to see clearly.

December 21, 2018

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

the accents and diacritics are too small to see clearly.

This typeface, Museo Sans Rounded, was not designed with prominent diacritics, which is a disadvantage for many languages. If you use a browser for Duolingo, there are ways in which you can use a different typeface in its stead.

December 24, 2018

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

I don't have the new update yet. I agree that older people need larger fonts. Younger people can see good so they don't understand. I'm guessing the technicians at Duolingo are all young, so maybe the solution is to hire older people.

We are also not supposed to say our ages, according to the guidelines, even if we're 70, or 80.

I won't say my age because of the guidelines. I can't see to read without glasses. You can go to an eye doctor and get prescription glasses. You can also buy pinhole glasses. I use pinhole glasses for the computer. If you don't need over 6 diopters, you can use pinholes. I use them instead of sunglasses. You can use them indoors if you have lots of lighting.

December 19, 2018

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

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with diminishing eyesight. I had that fun visit to the eye doctor a few years ago. "Doctor, something's changed with my eyes. It's gotten really hard to read." [Does measurements.] "Your prescription hasn't changed. You're just getting old."

Luckily I use the browser Duolingo on a big-screen laptop. From what I'm hearing, I don't think I'd be able to read the text in the app.

December 20, 2018

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

While waiting for Duolingo to change font settings, you can try enlarging the screen in Settings on your device or computer to whatever size font is suitable for you. I couldn't see the accent marks in the "Pay attention to accents" area, but now that I've enlarged the screen they are very easy to see.

February 6, 2019

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

Unfortunately the Duolingo app does not support the ‘Dynamic Type’ font size on my iPad, so even putting it on the very largest font size makes no difference to the app, or to the font size on this discussion either, which I am reading with a magnifying glass! On the iMac it’s fine because I can zoom in, but I much prefer the app lessons So, still waiting for Duolingo to see the light. ...

February 7, 2019
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