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

Duolingo teaching method - Portuguese - past tense

I am at the lessons for past tense. But I cannot do them - because I have not been able to find anywhere to learn them before doing the stages. What is the point of taking us to the exercises if we have not had the chance to learn past tense first?
Doing the exercises has become pure guess work. All very frustrating

April 28, 2019

10 Comments


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

There should be tips and notes that you can read before. And there should be the hints when you hover words. Duolingo should ask you for a translation into the language you're learning from if you are just starting the skill.

April 28, 2019

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

Thanks for the speedy input. Where are the tips and notes? Yes, if I hover over the word it will tell me what it is ...... but that's not how to learn and know before starting the exercises. Surely exercises are there for your practice / test what you have already spent time learning?

April 28, 2019

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

I'm a bit confused. How did you manage to spend time learning the other skills before doing the exercises? For me, doing the exercises is how I learn.

Anyway, the way to access the tips and notes (when available) is through the lightbulb icon that appears when you click on a skill in the tree. At least that's true in the browser version (I don't use the apps).

Another possibility is to view your progress through this link:

https://www.duome.eu/DougStr/progress

There you can access all the lightbulb icons in one place. :) This is probably the page you want:

https://www.duolingo.com/skill/pt/Pret-Perfeito/tips-and-notes

April 28, 2019

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

Ah !!!! that light bulb. My fault, I never took any notice of it before. (Was always in a rush to get going) Off to the light bulb section now

Many thanks

April 29, 2019

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

Duolingo teaches grammar implicitly rather than explicitly. The exercises are the lesson. You are supposed to mindfully do them and note the differences in the conjugation, word order, etc. And as another user said, past tense is pretty far in - how did you get there without noticing problems with present tense, adjective agreement, etc. You are level 24 on Portuguese.

April 28, 2019

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

I am this far in because I was able sort out the "eu" "tu" "ele" etc. etc. for present tense .... for some reason now I'm in past tense I am not seeing any "general rules" in the words I that are coming out of the exercises on which I can "hang my hat"

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Are you a mobile app user?

The English->Portuguese course relies on the html formatted "tips and notes" which are only available on the web portal or here:

http://www.duome.eu/tips/en/pt

April 28, 2019

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

Many thanks - I don't know how to get there from the home screen, but going via your link I'm able to investigate more

April 29, 2019

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

Thanks all..... the "light bulb" has given me a "light bulb moment" and I have used it not just for past tense (it has given me some general rules to hang my hat on) but I have also used it to revise some of my more confusing sessions - go great success... Thanks all !!!!

April 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4SgdhiHJ

At the moment, I am leaning things like we or their, I just blanket statements, and my Brazilian friends chuckle, but I think they know what I mean, given context, nos escrevemos uma carta (for example)that could mean we write or we wrote, its all relative, my suggestion is to not sweat it, those whom speak natively kind of know what you mean (that, and it will improve in time)

May 3, 2019
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