https://www.duolingo.com/BlackYeti42

Error in a kanji question.

I was doing a timed practice on one of the tree's earlier skills (Intro 3) just now when I encountered the following question:

Select the correct character(s) for "こう"

校・問・間・高

As anyone familiar with the 漢字 knows, the characters 校 and 高 both have an 音読み of コウ, as can easily be demonstrated by the word 高校(こうこう)meaning high school. So how are we supposed to know which to select for this question?

I seem to remember someone (testmoogle, I think?) posting about a similar error previously but I can't find the thread now, so apologies if it turns out that this is an exact repeat of the previous post. However, I seem to recall that it was fixed last time, so I doubt that this is the same. And hopefully, this can be fixed as well. :)

March 7, 2019

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ehartz

Huh, I thought that one had already been fixed, but apparently not. It's fixed now!

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackYeti42

Erica, many thanks. :)

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/testmoogle

Ah! Yes, it was me who posted that thread about a similar exercise:
https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30245798

Further down in that thread, I also actually posted a comment about the same exercise you've encountered! Unfortunately, as I didn't make a separate thread for it, it seems this comment missed being seen.

Great to know this one is finally fixed too. Thanks ehartz. ^^

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor

Did you try to report it?

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackYeti42

Unfortunately not. :(

As I said in the post, this was a timed practice so I was being pushed to go through the exercise as quickly as possible and I didn't have the presence of mind to do more than hit the Print Screen key.

Also, I'm not sure what options the report button gives you for this type of question, so it's possible that if I had tried it would have kicked me out of the exercise before I found the right one (unlikely since I still had 12 seconds, but it's a lot to process when you're on a countdown).

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor

Yes, it's quite possible that there wouldn't have been the sensible report option. Let's hope the contributors see this.

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark174818

Is it possible that two characters can be selected? The question does say "select the correct character(s)." Leaving open the possibility of selecting both characters readable as こう→高校. It looks like from the given answer, that's not the case.

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackYeti42

No, if you try to select a second character the first gets deselected. This is actually discussed in the thread that testmoogle linked to above, ehartz said that she thought that it was written this way so that the question type could also be used for Kanji compounds.

March 8, 2019
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