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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VincentCri7

Objections to the "Health" paradigm

I have been using Duolingo on the web for approximately 1 year. Recently I installed Duolingo on my iPhone.
When one makes a mistake on the web, opportunities exist to correct the error at the end of the lesson without penalty. I frequently try different translations in order to determine which are viable and which are not. Frequently multiple acceptable answers exist. The "Health" paradigm discourages me from trying, since it penalizes incorrect answers. I especially is dislike the time lockout. While the goal of perfection and accuracy are laudable, human beings learn as much from their mistakes as from their successes. Consequently I am NOT using my iPhone Duolingo app. I plan to continue using the web version.

March 20, 2019

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon275517

Yes, Health is revolting. I agree with you about trying various things to see what works and what doesn't in the language. I'm very grateful that so far the most revolting features of the apps have not been brought to the web browser version!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VincentCri7

Thank you for your comments. Question: Do you know if anyone at "Duolingo" reads these concerns?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon275517

I don’t know. What elizadeux says is my general impression too.


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

The web version is the only way to avoid it. It's superior anyway in my opinion. I don't think that Duolingo reads the comments for the most part. They generally base their decisions mostly on overall data rather than individual comments as far as I can tell.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VincentCri7

Alas, I think you are correct. Although not stated in my original objection, it seems counterintuitive to time lock a student out of a learning app as result of errors. This seems a way "to stop the learning". If a student wishes to rush to a higher level (as Duolingo fears), then let him. That student is only fooling himself.
Anyway, I hope someone from Duolingo reads our comments.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelly159549

Android phones do not have the Health thing, it seems like just Apple apps have it. I find it really annoying! I used to use my iPad, but now I primarily use my computer and sometimes my Android phone.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon275517

You can use the web browser instead of the app on your iPad (or iPhone) and avoid Health that way.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christine301197

I use the web usually, but the app when I am travelling and I HATE THE HEALTH 'FEATURE' . I am less experimental with the app because of the health thing but often, using a small keyboard make errors like catching the enter key before I've finished entering the full answer or such like. AND THEN I'M LOCKED OUT. And when I'm travelling I often have very few windows to do Duo so that's usually it for the day....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon275517

Is there a reason you don’t use the web browser on your mobile device when traveling? Using the web browser would avoid health.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christine301197

Yes, the keyboard often partly blocks the screen and it means constantly having to move the screen up an down a bit with each exercise.

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