https://www.duolingo.com/TeppoSaari

Feature request: Larger Arabic font

I love the new Arabic course. However, because the script is somewhat different from what I read daily, it would be, for all learning intents and purposes, nicer if the font was made A WEE BIT LARGER. I cannot make out what is being written there. Lucky me I'm doing this course on a web browser so I can just hit CTRL+ to make the font larger. But not sure if this is possible in the final edition in the App.

TL/DR: pls make the font larger for my eyes

July 4, 2019

44 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/EilatBenEl

I second that. Especially with sentences (more than one word). It's almost impossible to read. Would be amazing if this problem could be solved. Thank you guys for the course SO much! I've been waiting for it. Edit: I have found this problem has already been addressed. There's a link to the solution post.

July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

they'll probably make it smaller instead

July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien

I'd almost be willing to bet money that they'll reduce the Arabic font size, considering their usual behavior when people ask for something to be changed.

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB

Ridiculously true.

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DarleneAlderson

That definitely seems like it would be helpful. We shouldn't have to be looking for workarounds like plugins and extensions.

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/peHsFl9H

A bigger font, PLEASE!

July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kameeldoring

Agree! A bigger font would be useful

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/headchop

Bump. I also find it pretty difficult to read on both the Android app and my PC/laptop. For example, it's virtually impossible for me to tell the difference between أُ and أَ. Otherwise, I really do appreciate the hard work that has gone into making this new course available - many thanks!

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/lukazayd

I read the title as 'Larger Arabic front' , please expand the Arabic frontier too on duolingo. thanks

July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Majdi.J

I agree, especially on the mobile app! Reading Arabic really hurts my eyes with very small fonts on mobile devices, i would love duoling to add this feature in the Arabic course.

July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/maurice.at

I agree

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Younis744636

For some reason I can only access Arabic on the computer; it won't show up on my phone's app. On the computer it's small, but I'm able to zoom in. It's awkward but just about works.

So yeah, please work on the font. :-)

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ParkEll

Yes PLEASE. I can't SEE.

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EilatBenEl
July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nanou664858

Unfortunately it seems there is no solution for iPad yet...

July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DwightSchr1

I agree!

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AdanSan

I have the same issue; however. on the mobile app of Duolingo the Arabic course font size is much larger.

July 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr

It's good vision training, though! JK, I actually clicked this thread to lingot you. :D

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Christophergort

Yes, please.

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaynin1

Yes I agree. When given a word, often times it is written too small. I started learning Arabic a few days ago on here, and I still have to decipher the text to determine how to pronounce things. It is hard to decipher certain characters (especially ones with dots, etc.) when the text is so small.

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/W_U_R

For the time being, I'd advice you all please use a web browser and make the font a bit larger on your own without waiting for sb to resolve that issue for us. P.S: CTRL+ (Plus key) if you don't have the scroll wheel in your mouse. Good Luck for Arabic Lang journey!

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/alijsh

There's no way I can solve the problem on mobile versions but for web version i.e. when you use Duolingo on Firefox/Chrome, I've created this custom theme. You can use it while we're waiting for Duolingo to take action

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Yves23A

I totally agree : letters are too small and I can't see them easily.

Bigger font, please.

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Browny888

Absolutely right! The symbols are too small...

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DougB123

Yes, please. It needs to be larger. We should not have to squint anymore. I have perfect eyesight but the font is too small to see. Also, thank you to whoever got my flag to show.

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/craiker

indeed, haven't they tried to read it?

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tavocarrera3

ok

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mrikhlab

I strongly agree. Some characters are impossible to differentiate between them on the app.

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TJ_Q8

Hello everyone. I realize the problem with the size (it is there for me as well, and specifically in Arabic writing). Anyway, I'm not sure if this helps, but in my browser (firefox) there is a section where you can pick the fonts specific for a language (in firefox that's in the Options, under the "General" tab) and there you will find Arabic in the list of the languages and fonts that are typically used to type Arabic in the browser (or be called from a website). Usually such fonts have embedded Arabic characters in them along with other scripts, such as Times New Roman and Arial. Anyway, maybe (just maybe) you can change the size of the font from here to make it larger for you and specifically for the Arabic language. I'm sure other browsers have some options related to this. Unfortunately, I really don't know if such thing exists on Android or iOS. I just hope this helps you all - if it doesn't work, then well, time to wait for them to change the font! EDIT: In Firefox, you can simply also press CTRL+ + to enlarge the page with all its fonts and pictures (the percentage of zooming will appear in the address bar) If you want it back to normal, just click that percentage and the zooming level will get back to normal. Again, it's something in the browser on PC not sure about Android and iOS

July 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Laura671666

I should tell you I have a really good sight (if someone is wondering that about this thread)...But the size of the Arabic letters bothers me a lot...And if any of you try to add the Arabic language in your smartphone or pc you'll see that the letters are as small as here...Now I keep thinking Arabs have a supersight????

July 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TJ_Q8

hehehe I wish... I have retinitis pigmentosa myself lol Anyway, I've posted above some method which I "hope" it would help. Not sure it would do actually. By the way, in Firefox as well (the one I'm using here) you can simply git CTRL+ + when you are in a page to enlarge the font size as well. (the percentage of zooming will appear in the address bar - if you want it back to normal just click that percentage). As for smartphones I really don't know anything about their fonts and system. diaeresis strokes (harakat) can be quite annoying indeed and unnoticeable on many occasions. Anyway, I wish i know much about fonts design myself!

July 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Laura671666

Yes! Thank you for the tips. I'm already using that "zoom" method aswell. It really works. And I'm pretty sure you can increase the font size on smartphones too (not sure about Arabic). I was just being a little dramatic for the sake of good threads =P

July 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TJ_Q8

Haha!

July 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JuriyaSan

Juuuust a little be bigger would be cool!

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Moises_CA

Interesting...

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Papa_Ours

Yes I tend to agree I have had to enlarge the screen size to see clearly the font.

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SaraPastoo

Hear, hear!

July 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/o_na_sis

i concur! nonetheless our motivation to learn will help us deal with it and find solutions it would be nice to not have too!

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pianochem

Agreed!

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CemSirin

the problem is that if you're willing to read arabic elsewhere than duolingo, you need to get used to reading arabic in small fonts because that's how it is everywhere in the internet, in the newspapers... and so on

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sparrow626727

Sure, but kids in English-speaking elementary schools use larger fonts for a few years before reading newspapers and novels, so it would be good to start us on the big print : - )

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Leor_J

I second this motion. Larger Arabic font in the answer blocks, please!

July 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/damienremon

Also, some of the words are too big for the flashcards, or the flashcards or to small. Whichever one is more convenient to fix.

July 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jeff121271

Yes, the default font is ridiculously tiny on PC.

July 8, 2019
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