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

Arabic Beta: Any way to get the Arabic text larger? It's a little too small to make out the letters

As a beginner, it's sometimes too hard to make out the Arabic script. Would be useful to make the text larger.

June 26, 2019

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Words50000

I’ve noticed this everywhere the text is so small on the internet.

June 26, 2019

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

You can use [CTRL] [+] to increase the font display size, and [CTRL] [-] to decrease it. To return to default size, [CTRL] [0].

This is for non-Crapple computers, of course. And in Firefox, Chrome, IE, etc. (I think, lol).

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

or even better: ctrl and scroll mouse wheel

June 28, 2019

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

I didn't know that one :)

June 30, 2019

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

Doesn't work on mobile

July 1, 2019

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

This is a common problem with written Arabic on the internet in general, not just on Duolingo. There is a super handy chrome extension called "Huruf" which makes the Arabic script larger so it is easier to read.

However, unfortunately, this extension doesn't seem to be compatible with Duolingo's formatting, because (for me at least) it works everywhere else on the internet, just not on Duolingo. :')

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesRowe5

Huruf works for me in lessons, but while looking at the lesson tips I always need to reload the page once.

July 1, 2019

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

Hi, Wudooh, my extension that is the successor of Huruf should fix this issue, but unfortunately as @bebuzar said, the font will not change because Duolingo is overriding Wudooh's changes. Wudooh offers a size limit up to 200% as well among many other fixes and features over Huruf.

It is absolutely free and open source so please use it and help your eyes.

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wudooh/nigfaloeeeakmmgndbdcijjegolpjfhn

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wudooh/

Let me know if 200% increase is enough or if I should increase the limit to 300% since the default size on here is insultingly small meaning 200% isn't as big as it should be.

Many thanks and peace you :)

July 3, 2019

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

Does it work also with mobile phone?

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeoNeko77

Yeah even with 'zoom' it is difficult to make out. It'd be nice if letters were larger, this is beta... so hopefully they factor this in ^)^

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2Milena

I agree. It's just too small on both PC and phone.

June 26, 2019

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

This is a recurrent problem with many courses. While learning it is critical to be able to read unfamiliar characters easily and accents of course but they seem to assume everyone has perfect vision:(

The accents are just blurs in the sentences. Even the characters don't resolve well. It is a great shame.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sam519492

I've had the same problem. The script is tiny. I tried using my laptop instead (rather than my ipad) but it is still just as small.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sparrow626727

Yep, very small and pale on the laptop. I didn't have this problem with Japanese hiragana.

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

Same with me. I thought it was my phone, and was eager to switch to my laptop, but alas ...

June 26, 2019

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

yeah, I've got my zoom on 175% but still sometimes I can't read it without squinting. Most of the primary letters are easy to make out, but the vowel diacritics are tricky, especially the one for the short 'u' sound looks a lot like the short 'a' sound to me. Could be I forgot my glasses at home today though...

June 26, 2019

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

it's the only Duolingo course I have to come closer to my TV screen.... as my PC is connected to it and I wear contact lenses!

June 30, 2019

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

THANK YOU! SO TRUE!

June 27, 2019

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

I agree too. Using ctrl+ is not that practical so I hope we build up a critical number to convince the operators.

June 27, 2019

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

Agreed, appreciate that the course has now been released in Beta, but the Arabic text is far too small. I've seen this same issue with other Arabic courses as well, and it's a major shortcoming, especially for beginners struggling to discern the differences in unfamiliar letters. Hope DuoLingo can make this simple but important fix.

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meital640

yeah :(

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

I have the same problem; I can distinguish the letters in the sentence discussion, but in the field in which I work, they are too small.

I also find the contrast insufficient. The comparison with the surrounding in discussions makes this very clear.

Better contrast and larger letters -- this would be my dream. :-)

June 26, 2019

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

I'm definitely struggling with this a bit, as well. I do hope they'll consider making it larger.

June 27, 2019

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

Agree! I can't use the phone for that reason @@

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanFarber1

Yes, please fix!

June 27, 2019

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

I just want to express my agreement about this.

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KeithOsbor2

I'll add my voice to this as well - larger font and more contrast - in hopes that the team takes beta users' input.

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Squirrelli613

Just expressing my opinion as well in the hopes that if there are enough posts agreeing the Duolingo people will take notice... I find I have to sit very close to the laptop screen in order to make out the diacritics, would love for the font size to be increased a little!

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

they (duolingo) will probably find a way to get the text smaller

June 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adrian-Michael

They probably .The text in the Chinese and Japanese courses are still small

June 27, 2019

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

Agree! I make the page larger - 150% - all the time to see them, thanks for bringing it up!

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elisabeth3789

I had to stop Hindi for that exact reason, and I guess once I progress beyond the first couple of skills, Arabic too won't work for me anymore. Sigh. I have to use my regular glasses, some store-bought reading glasses on top of them, PLUS a magnifying glass, and it's still a challenge. Oh, and the lack of contrast doesn't help.

June 27, 2019

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

Wow, yes. I came here just to find a place to discuss this. I have perfect close-up vision, but I am squinting at the laptop screen with it only inches from my nose. :( I can't do more than 1-2 lessons at a time because it gives me such a head and eye ache. :(

June 28, 2019

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

This is a fatal weakness of the module. On a phone it's simply unusable. Especially new words, yellow on white -- who thought that a good idea?

June 30, 2019

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

It's not so much the size of the letters as it is the typeface they're using isn't clear or bold enough.

June 27, 2019

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

The Arabic text it quite small. I am having a little difficulty myself so I have just zoomed in and it has helped me.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lotta8561

Sorry that I voted you down, certainly your suggestion is helpful in the short run, but I want to keep the pressure up, so that duolingo tries to solve the problem once and for all.

June 29, 2019

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

Or just give an option to make the text larger. I think it's good to learn to read the small print eventually, but as a beginner, I def think we need to be able to make the text larger if we want to

July 1, 2019

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

I developed a browser extension that fixes this and gives you options to customize size and font, among other things. It is called Wudooh and is on Chrome and Firefox (this wouldn't work on the app unfortunately, just browsers).

Now for some reason the font changes aren't happening on Duolingo (it works everywhere else) but the size changes are happening so at least that will make things much more pleasant and clearer for you.

It is absolutely free and open source so please use it and help your eyes.

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wudooh/nigfaloeeeakmmgndbdcijjegolpjfhn

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wudooh/

GitHub repo: https://github.com/basshelal/Wudooh

Let me know if 200% increase is enough or if I should increase the limit to 300% since the default size on here is insultingly small meaning 200% isn't as big as it should be.

Many thanks and peace to you all :)

July 3, 2019

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

I wrote about it here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32857413

An extension name Wudooh that seems to build on the (older/unmaintained?) Huruf.

Best!

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lotta8561

Or duolingo can just fix it, that's what I'd prefer.

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stergi3

I use an app named Big Font for Android. It can enlarge the fonts enough. But you have to reset the device after. It really helps

June 29, 2019

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

You are speaking for all of us...please respond Duo as I love the language opportunity but hating the squinting...T

July 2, 2019

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

It is somehow comforting to see that a lot of us are struggling with the too small arabic text. I initially thought it was only due to my age :-) Please, make the text larger if possible

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cypher922476

Agreed, the font is way too small, especially to the try and make out the diacritics, and the contrast issues are ridiculous - yellow text on white?? Please change the "new word" colour to something darker.

I have excellent vision so if I'm struggling, imagine how everyone with less-than-perfect vision is faring.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertoVro15

I use "Ctrl" + "+" in pc, the arabic words are small on internet my friend

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steve52015

In my opinion the course is unusable unless the font problem is fixed.

July 2, 2019

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

Agreed. Larger text please.

July 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helene770243

I agree, definitely too small on the app.

July 5, 2019
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