My Duolingo suddenly got easier - why?

I was on a 100 day streak on Duolingo and had to miss a few days. This was at the same time as the new version went live.

Since then my lessons are much more basic. No writing in German, no need to guess what the German speakers have said, much more word banks and fewer keyboard - is there any way of me increasing the difficulty or is this just a feature built into the algorithm if you miss a few days to encourage you to start using it more again?



May 11, 2019


I think they disabled the ability to type in your target language at level one. As far as I know, there are no "difficulty settings" and if you want to increase the difficulty you need to do the second level of the lesson after you do the first one.

May 12, 2019

I'm pretty sure for the ones with the word bank, you can select at the bottom if you want to use a word bank or just type it.

May 13, 2019

I haven't noticed this happening.

Typically if you do lessons on the first crown levels, there are more questions with word banks and multiple choices than on level 4 for example. Any chance you may have just picked a different level lesson this time around?

May 11, 2019

Thanks both - yes, that makes sense. I was heading straight down the tree doing Lesson 1's but I think you're right William - they have made Level 1 a little more basic. Cheers Matt

May 12, 2019
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