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

Hebrew fill-in-the-blank sentences are in a reversed word order. Why is it still in the course?

Hebrew fill-in-the-blank sentences are in a reversed word order. It's been a week already. Why is it still in the course?

When someone mentioned he got a reversed sentence, I thought it was a fluke. We didn't have fill in the blank and he was new to the course.

But now I'm getting them, in level 4, last checkpoint, on 1/3 of the sentences. Hebrew is hard enough, learning a language is hard enough. Understanding grammar is difficult even when the words are in the right order. Why is fill in the blank still part of this course? It doesn't work, it's unhelpful and frankly it's ridiculous. If I wasn't so far along in my tree with two weeks until level 4 is finished I'd quit. As it is there are limited options for Hebrew, why is Duo making it worse?

September 2, 2019

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

I have been having the same issue, it seems to be true for all the Hebrew fill in the blanks. They need to remove them until the issue is fixed, it is very disconcerting.

September 2, 2019

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

This reversed order in fill-the-blank exercises has been going on ever since I joined in June 2019.

Here is one possible way to re-frame this bug as a feature, because it's like doing two exercises in one - Fill the blank and Put the words in the correct order :)

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September 3, 2019

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

Dimitri, it's not terrible when it's only a few words in Hebrew, when it's 15-20 it's a big problem.

September 3, 2019

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

I agree 120%; yet it's fascinating to witness how our brain, given sufficient motivation, can continuously "uprate" itself to tackle increasingly difficult problems ... I am not a cognitive scientist, though.

September 3, 2019

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

Dimitri, this is what I mean, how bonkers is this? (This is a screenshot image from my current lesson, the link is created from Samsung's link sharing app, if you click on the link, then just click on the image to make it full size):

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September 3, 2019

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

"I usually shave before Shabbat, but the word sequence in the sentence was messed up so badly that I shaved on Sunday instead" :)

At least the words are all still in a certain - reverse - order, not just strewn randomly, so with some extra patience this can be deciphered. Says me, who has only bagged 100 crowns ;)

September 3, 2019

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

Sometimes I feel like the Hebrew course is passive agressively guilting me for not keeping shabbat, keeping kosher etc. Now I can just blame fill in the blank!

September 3, 2019

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

I agree it is crazy they haven't fixed it yet. I wonder if the Arabic course has the same problems? Have you tried using the app (at least my version) for Hebrew? Even though I know the browser is generally preferred, I find the app seems better with Hebrew formatting issues and all round less buggy.

September 3, 2019

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

I'm using the app (it usually works better), but I had the same issue when I tried browsers. Have you noticed it?) There have been issues in other courses (mostly, that there's no way to fill in the blank) but there is a specific problem with formatting Hebrew. One post mentioned that it's an Android formatting issue, but I have had this issue on my Android tablet, Android phone and my MacBook. There are multiple posts about the issue, so I'm not sure why there's been complete silence (from Duo) about it... But that seems (no pun intended), par for the course.

September 3, 2019

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

TeribleT, luckily for me the fill in the blanks are working properly (and I like them). I have ios app and also use chrome on browser sometimes. However, I have had various other formatting issues with Hebrew on the browser at times so it seems like everytime there is a change, they forget how it will affect the Hebrew course and then it takes a while to fix (my guess, i have no computer knowledge).

September 3, 2019
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