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

Can we get the Arabic font a bit larger?

I really enjoy learning arabic, but it would be really helpful if a larger font was used. I have difficulties recognizing all the small particles, especially when using my iPad. Thx Tom

July 9, 2019

17 Comments


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

I edited my ex's PhD dissertation on Arabic literature, which involved a lot of formatting. I know from that experience that the font and font size can be exactly the same in both English and Arabic, and Arabic will appear to be half or two thirds the size. Maybe this isn't an issue for native readers/speakers--I don't know. But this is definitely a problem for us. I don't know if the folks in charge of Arabic have the power to alter the code for this course or elevate the request to folks to Duo, but I would REALLY appreciate their efforts.

July 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TJ_Q8

Actually it is a problem for us native speakers sometimes as well. On my tablet for example, I put the font size in the settings on the largest possible. On computer, depending on the font and the program/app it might cause problems with the font clarity. Anyway, bear in mind that we as native speakers usually type and write without diacritics most of the time and we add them only when necessary to emphasize a certain spelling of the word.

July 11, 2019

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

Completely agree. Combined with the relatively low contrast of the gray-on-white font color, the small font often makes it really hard to read unless you magnify the screen to the point where the other elements won't fit on the screen anymore. Without magnification, the "a" vowel marks are nearly indistinguishable from dust specs on my screen. Doubling the font size of the text-to-translate would make for a much better user experience. This goes for almost all of duolingo's non-Latin alphabet based courses with more complicated characters (Greek and Russian seem okay).

July 10, 2019

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

The gray-on-white theme is a real problem, especially for people with disabilities. I've complained about this before.

July 11, 2019

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

I have created this custom theme which solves the font problems. As for tablets and cell phones, I can't tweak Duolingo's mobile apps. You can install Firefox on your iPad and open Duolingo with Firefox using this theme. Sorry, this is the only workaround I can think of for mobile devices.

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TJ_Q8

Well, I've posted a solution for firefox (which be workable for other browsers too) but all are on PC, so not sure if there is something similar on iPad. In Firefox there is an option to specify the fonts being used for a specific language, and specify what styles they should be in and what size. Also, a quicker solution would be to hit CTRL+ + to enlarge everything in the page including the text (the zooming percentage appears in the address bar, and to get back to normal just click that percentage). Maybe something similar can be done in iPad? Using gestures maybe would work to enlarge the text?

July 9, 2019

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

Thanks, I hadn't realized Firefox had those settings!

July 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muslim200

I agree, we could use the font more bigger and clearer.

July 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paul1716

Totally agree

July 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tanguera1

I agree. The translation field uses up most of the screen in the app even though half would do. With the various accents and dots it gets more and more difficult to decipher.

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria650215

Same problem here, I use the mobile app and sometimes I have to make a screenshot and zoom in to see everything

July 10, 2019

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

OMG, me too, I love Arabic and I don't wear glasses, normally no difficulties in reading anything what so ever, however with written Arabic in this course, I can barely read, it is so small and barely recognizable what's written

July 10, 2019

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

Agreed! It is impossible to make out some of the diacritics on my phone. I shouldn't have to squint to try and make out half the letters.

July 11, 2019

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

Totally agree. It's frustrating having to Ctrl+ to read the diacritics and then go back to Ctrl- to be able to read the whole of the next question.

July 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jane620491

Agreed!

July 12, 2019

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

The total lack of pre testing in this is silly. The merest hint of proper review before release would have show how bad the font size issue was going to be... and as formpeople with disabilities, forget it.

July 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Libertad54

I would like a larger font, too.

July 18, 2019
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