https://www.duolingo.com/Hiro_04

Will Chinese get a Tree 2.0?

The Spanish and French trees were recently updated to align with CEFR A2 and there are discussion posts from the German and Japanese contributors detailing that updates for those trees will arrive soon.

My question is if there are any active course reworking currently happening.

If there is I hope they find a way to change the voice recordings (the machine generated one sucks). Also, a better way to teach Chinese characters. The way they teach it now is very confusing.

April 19, 2019

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Nanase-Miyuki

I hope so too, this course desperately needs an extension as the number of people learning Chinese on Duo will grow down the road. I hope they allow an option to learn with Traditional characters too.

I don't understand why the new female voice replaced the original male voice completely on the desktop/mobile version, and why can't they just use them both together like they do for Spanish, German, and French.

April 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AmyGwen1

The Chinese tree is fine. The English translations could use a little grammar revision. Although, I too wish they would mix the voices a little more.

April 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeigmz

I hope so too, although I think I haven't even reach the middle.

April 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Celica2898

I want this so badly, but I think we'll wait a loooong time before that happens.

April 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/thegreatwalle

I'd love to see the Chinese tree aligned to the HSK levels.

April 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Whiskkebarr

I agree. I have been using LingoDeer for my Chinese studies as I find the duo course hard to follow. Hopefully tree 2.0 becomes a reality

April 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hiro_04

I also LingoDeer and Hellochinese since right now it is better than the current Duolingo tree

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pierobonal

I'm Italian and Chinese is very hard for me, but mostly I'm in trouble to remember the Chinese characters. Paper and brush ?

April 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ilist154

The way I've learned them in formal classes is to just write them repeatedly, first on their own, then in sentences. You can practice grammar and such too when writing sentences, but it certainly helps improve memory of the characters.

April 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Hiro_04

Thanks. But I'm trying to learn to read the characters only as there is no instance that would require me to write them down. The most will be me needing to type them.

April 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/parchee

Learning only to read is the way to go. I learned to write and read, and I regret the decision. It took me 2-3 times longer, and learning to write never served any purpose. Most Chinese people don't even write anymore. There are many youtube videos where the Chinese can't even write 'basic' vocabulary.

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/6dot022xE23

There is another side to your point: by copying down print you only learn to print. If you don't learn cursive, you look like another illiterate that writes anything and everything in all-caps, beginning with their name.

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ella_Mandarin

Maybe you could try using Quizlet? It is a free website and app where you can make and share flashcards. Although it isn't specifically for Chinese, there are a lot of people who have made Chinese flashcards with the characters on one side and English on the other. You can play matching games, test yourself or just go through the flashcards one by one. On the test mode, you can choose what questions you want to come up - true or false, multiple choice or write the answer. I mainly use Quizlet for school because we are required to learn the characters off by heart and I have found it has helped.

April 25, 2019
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