https://www.duolingo.com/YV.BG

A proposal after the recent changes to other courses.

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After the last change to the Spanish(of course they'd change it) and French - the Checkpoints, and after realising we, German learners are not getting anything of it.. I am a little bit angry. I mean.. Spanish 15 SETS of stories I think. German has only 12 sets. The Podcast is inclusively for Spanish learners. I mean - why not simply translate those stories, translate those podcasts into German too? Or heck, even French. Spanish is the most popular language here, I get it. 20+ million people. Ok, it's fine by me(even though I don't understand what do people like about that language). But French has 12.5 M, and German 7+ M learners. Why not do something for them? Simply give us the next stories' sets and podcast in our languages. We deserve it too - as much as the Spanish learners do, we do too.

Give us the Checkpoints!

Give us more Stories' sets!

Give us a Podcast!

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jileha
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It's somewhat of a lame argument, but be happy with what you got!

Most languages do not have any stories or anything beyond the main course. Irish doesn't even have audio for half of the course (but it's a real human speaker, which makes up for a lot, but still). It all depends on the available resources. And Spanish most likely brings in the most revenue. Nothing to do with deserving something or not.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Jordan, I'm a German native and started English and Spanish from German. Later I switched to Spanish from English.

And I have to agree with you the difference is hugh. While the Spanish from English tree is always under construction (new lessons, corrections of the sentences...) the Spanish from German tree stays quite the same.

What I write now is only my personal perception, I have no data to prove that. But in my mind this is not the only 'problem'. I know that the trees are made by voluntaries and if there are only a view it is hard or impossible to implement new lessons like in the English/Spanish tree. So that's ok for me. I know this is a lot of work. Not mentioning the translation for the stories etc.

But if you go through the lessons in the Spanish from German tree and you look through the comments you will find so many mistakes (because we are humans and so are the wonderful voluntaries) which are not corrected. Sometimes just tiny little mistakes. Not even they are corrected. That makes me sad. I love the tree but sometimes it is not really fun to exercise the lessons because you have to type sentences you know they are wrong just to go ahead.

Hollie2237:

And I'm not saying what Duo is doing is wrong, they're doing a great job especially with so many languages present on the site

That's right. But here are so many users who proved their knowledge in the forum, why not ask for help to erase at least these little tiny mistakes that make learning sometimes so annoying? Yes, of course the makers of Duolingo have to look for the mass first. But sometimes I feel like treated as a stepchild in the German course.

It's somehow ok for me, I can switch to the English courses but for others who don't know English well enough it's not really fair, is it?

best regards, Angel

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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How about "if Duolingo doesn't offer it for German, I'll take my business elsewhere.""

Duolingo is fun and all, but I don't understand the attitude "I can't wait till Duolingo does X because then I can finally start learning such and such." There are other options.

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https://www.duolingo.com/SpongeOver
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There are a lot of German Podcasts out there. Slow German is perfect for the beginner German student (and you can adjust the speed if it's too slow) and has text to follow along to.

Expand your resources. :) Duolingo does so much, be thankful what they give us (for free) and use more resources to expand your language skills instead.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YV.BG
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Trust me, I am using enough resources already. I simply like Duo the most. I am using Duolingo, Memrise, Clozemaster, DW and Goethe Institut on daily basis. Every day. With no exception. I am listening to German Radio and German podcasts. Plus my PC, my laptop, my smartphone, all of the apps I am using, are in German.

But I want a Podcast here in Duolingo for us the German learners. And the French. We both deserve what the Spanish learners get.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hollie2237
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I see what you are trying to express and by no means do I disagree. But most courses at this moment in time have not received those features. Duolingo is focusing on the most taken courses first with less familiar features, as you stated Spanish is the most popular, followed by French. (For English speakers) German is also up there, and also (like you said) German does have some stories for it. I just feel this issue isn't just related to German but most other languages as well. And I'm not saying what Duo is doing is wrong, they're doing a great job especially with so many languages present on the site, but I would love some more attention on the other languages. (This including German, and basically all the other languages. Almost all have not even gotten any stories.) (Also, Spanish has more resources for it since it is a very popular language for English speakers to learn.)

So to cut things short: Do I agree with you? Yes. But I feel that this applies to all the other languages as well, not just German.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hollie2237
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I'm also not sure if these features (stories, checkpoints, podcasts, etc.) are decided by Duolingo as a whole or the contributors of each course. If I was wrong please correct me.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HimbeereMaus

I understand your frustration and your reasons why you feel it is unfair. However, there are different people working on the German course to the Spanish course, I am not sure but perhaps the people working on the Spanish course are the reason that course have more luxuries, because those people made that happen, they worked harder to bring those things to the course. {Again, I am not sure how it works}

A lot of the other courses don't have stories, but the German course does. Other courses don't have a reversal tree but German does. German doesn't have everything that Spanish does, but it's got a more than other courses.

I would personally love to see all courses be updated to be on par with the Spanish course.

PS: I need to go find out what Checkpoints are now.

1 week ago
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