Mobile is different from Computer
I have recently noticed that the mobile app is really different than the computer website, especially in the explanation section. It is completely different! Also, some options are not available on the mobile app.
What would you guys recommend in this case? Mobile app or computer website?
I actually use both. Kind of a 50-50 split. There's no timed exercises on the App that I like to take advantage of and I don't have to spend lingots to test out (even though there's nothing else to spend them on).
Yeah I figured using both would be beneficial. Are there timed exercise? I haven't got any. Do you activate it somewhere in the settings or something? I used Duolingo a couple of years ago and there were settings for exercises but a week ago I came back and it's a bit confusing sorry
I like computer, and I definitely don't like iOS because of the heart system, and I prefer computer because it is easier to access and type. The android version is pretty cool, but I prefer computer.
I've used the Android, iPad, and website version of Duolingo. It is quite handy to have the app on a phone and practice at odd times. However, for really learning things and finishing up to level 5 on each unit, you want to type. My typing speed on a desktop is miles faster than on a phone.
For me it's definitely the website because it's possible to actually type in the answers yourself instead of just choosing the words. In my opinion this is much more helpful if you want to learn a language. Nevertheless the website also works really well on a phone, so you can also use it there!
I prefer the website as I find it much easier to work with. The mobile app causes me to do spelling mistakes (because of auto correct). I like the speaking exercises though and I like to use it when I am on holiday.
The only things I do with the Android app are practice when I'm away from home and collect the daily lingot bonus for completing my goal.
Since I mostly just test out of skills, I do that on the web app where it doesn't cost lingots and it's easier to access other applications, e.g. LEO, Duden or whatever else I might want to reference.
Tremendous difference between "app" (what I think you mean by "mobile") and "on-line" (what I think you mean by "computer"). These clarifications are significant because, using "Safari," you can experience the "on-line" version on a mobile (iOS) device. (On my Kindle, it's "Silk," but otherwise, the same)
There are three significant differences between the "app" and "on-line":
1: There are no "hearts" on-line. That is, you don't "flunk out" when you use up your five hearts. On the other hand, in the app, you get ten points each time you "earn" back a heart (and usually one or two opportunities to watch a video to earn back more hearts after that). But to me, that can be distracting to the subject of just learning - having to keep track of and earning extra hearts.
2: There is no participating in these "discussions" or blogs from the app. The latest version of the app allows viewing these discussions, but not making comments, such as asking, "Why such-and-such word order," &c. I consider that a big drawback from the app - though these discussions can become a bit of a time vampire, as well.
3: On-line, thus far (less than level three at least), one has the option of switching between "word boxes" and using the keyboard. So far, to date, in the app, whatever it offers you, that's what you're stuck with, there is no way to change options. That said, on-line, when using the keyboard, I notice a bank of special characters to choose from when typing. This "bank" of special characters are NOT available when typing from keyboard in the app.
I mention this because many of us do not have access to special characters on our English keyboards. And Duo has, in Spanish at least, been very unforgiving on the absence of accents, and rightly so: "Tu" with accent is "you" while "tu" no accent is "your." And if there is no other way to call up special characters on your keyboard, "word bank" becomes the only way to go.
Overall, I suppose that the on-line version is friendlier and easier to use.
On my android phone, when I have the keyboard open I can go to settings and choose the language. I have both the English keyboard and the German keyboard and can switch between them with a key on the keyboard next to symbols. The German keyboard has the accents. So there should be a Spanish keyboard, and I would assume they have the other languages in both Android and iOS.