This unit needs some grammatical explanation
I've noticed that for others in these discussion forums, this unit is very hard. I have found this too, and I believe that it is because we are given no explanation on how and when to use the words. Instead, we are thrown into a multiple choice question that wants us to distinguish between "tous" "tout" and "toute". This results in a guessing game that is unproductive and doesn't actually help me learn because there is no explanation or teaching behind it. I think that a tab with "Tips and Notes" that taught the basics of when to use the different forms of "tous" or when to use "ce/ca/celle/celui/ceux" etc would be very helpful. In this way, you could learn the grammar beforehand, and learn by trying to put it into action. I hope this is constructive criticism! (:
Toute is female. Tous is for countable things, and tout is for uncountable things. Celle, celui, and ceux are female, male, and plural versions of each other. Ce and cette are masculine and feminine versions of each other. Is that the kind of table that you feel should go at the beginning of the lesson?
Yes, thank you! That would definitely be an improvement! I know that information can be found elsewhere on the Internet, but to me it just makes sense that Duolingo implement the teaching of grammar rules as well. It would improve the learning process, and it doesn't seem like it would be too hard to insert into the existing program.
I was worried about this unit after reading some of the ominous posts before beginning, but I haven't found it too bad. I think I know why: I bought and read a book called "English grammar for Students of French" about a month ago. It gave me a really good overview of French grammar (despite its title, it is out to teach you French more so than English). I wouldn't be able to get through this unit without it.
So, to summarize, I agree with you. I think an outside source is necessary to supplement this unit. Some grammar is just too tricky to learn purely by example/ immersion