The Start of the Road to Tree 2.0!
An update on the Duolingo course:
I'm sure many will agree the Duolingo course has lain dormant for way too long and is long overdue for an update! I have some ideas for where the course should go in the future, but help is definitely needed! Over the weekend I'll be looking over applications for contributors to the course, so if you feel you can help then feel free to apply now! We are looking for those fluent in both Danish and English and are pretty familiar with the Duolingo learning environment. It might be worth applying again if you have applied before as there is a 4 year backlog of applications to go through. You can apply here: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply
Otherwise it would be very nice to get a bit of feed back for things you'd like introduced or taken out of the course or just fine tuned (e.g. splitting up skills). A few things we can't do much about are how typos are read by the system or the voices (at least right now). I'll try and collate as much feedback as I can to help improve the course!
Most discussion and requests for help with Danish that I have seen these past few years have focused on a handful of recurrent problems: pronounciation, gender, reflexive particles ("sig") and the verb-second-rule when it results in a different syntax from SVO (as in "Nu kommer han hjem"). I fear the problems with pronounciation and gender are inevitable, because these are very difficult features of Danish, but it might be good to offer more help with the other two issues. It would certainly be possible to design an entire lesson about each.
A minor issue are the small words: "jo", "da", "så", "vel" and so on. These are very frequent in spoken and informal written Danish, and quite challenging to translate adequately. I suspect students need to at least encounter them enough to get the gist, even if finding a good standard translation will be a challenge for the team.
That aside, I personally wish we could get rid of "Stop med at slikke mig i øret". "Stop med..." is a hideous neologism, and it does nothing that "Hold op med..." or "Lad være med..." cannot do better. I know I am tilting at windmills here, but still.
I did not understand why the Progressive Actions level exist, because at the Basics 1 Tips and Notes it is written: To make things even simpler, as to the verb anyway, Danish verbs have no concept of continuous actions such as I am eating. When you say jeg spiser it means all of I eat (in general), I am eating (right now), or I will eat (tomorrow).
Sorry about the english.
I would like to see the Words tab, same as in French course. It's an helpful tool for checking where you need to practice/improve
Go to your duome page at
At the bottom, you see an overview over your languages with three tabs (Skills, Words, Tips and Notes). Under Words, you find all words used in the course in alphabetical order. I think they added a new feature since I last looked at the list, the little hard to see barbell, which, I guess, will allow you to practice specific words. Maybe they pull out all sentences from the course that use that word? That would be really useful!