Choose your lesson Type
I think it would be cool if you could pick what kind of lesson you want, for example, if someone wats to work more on pronunciation, they would click on something like "Oral lesson." there could be different selections for different lesson types. Just a thought:)
I was just thinking the same - for me I do some Spanish lessons on the train to and from work - during which I turn off the microphone, as I don't want to disturb fellow passengers on the train.
Since that is some hours a week that I can't do the pronunciation exercises, it would be good to then have the choice of having a pure pronunciation lesson when I get back home.
I'd just like to log another vote for this idea - I've been using Duolingo daily for about six weeks now and in particular I'm finding that whilst my language reading skills are coming along really well, my listening skills are lagging some way behind. It would be great to be able to go back to strengthen a skill and to be able to specify that I want testing mostly (or entirely) with listening questions.
Along similar lines it would be nice if the listening questions could use a range of voices rather than just the one female voice. I know that because it's generated procedurally the voice isn't going to sound exactly like a real person saying those words, but at least this way your ear might get more attuned to hearing the language in a range of voices.
Great app and website by the way, I really think it has the potential to completely change the way people learn languages!
I would also like to second this idea. For me, it is very important to be able to speak, so it would be good if, as part of the immersion, I could do speaking exercises (the ones that you have to translate, not the ones where you just have to repeat). I understand that duolingo needs us to translate, and that is fine. The speaking exercises could be a prize to be earned through translation. I would be more than happy to go through with this.
Duolingo is lacking on its speaking portion of the lessons. Speaking is a very important key of language learning obviously, which is why it needs improvement. I agree with the posts in that we need a better way to strengthen every facet of the language. It really would be a better and more well rounded learning experience.
The monotony of being proficient in only a few areas of a language is frustrating for me. That's not to say that I'm not easily able to understand and complete the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts. I would just like to be better at all of them ESPECIALLY speaking. The lessons right now aren't enough for me, which is why like many others I supplement other things in tangent with Duolingo. I know it's new and all but I'm hopeful that they'll listen to our suggestions.
I very much agree! For me, with French, listening comprehension is be far the hardest aspect of the language, I would love to increase the number of listening comprehension exercises, and, more generally, as you suggest, choose any of the types of questions on which I want to focus.