Suggestion: see the English translation of a character when you learn/practice the sound

Whenever you get a character (either new or repeated) and you have to choose which sound goes along with it (which is extremely easy, since you can literally click to listen) there's no English translation.

Would this be something that can added? I think it would be great to immediately associate a meaning with a (new) character, rather than wait for it to pop up in a sentence a few questions later and not always be clear on the meaning and context.

September 3, 2019


In some cases this would make sense, but in others it might make things more confusing. Many characters have different meanings depending on the context. So it wouldn't make sense to give the translation of a single character when the lesson only uses it paired with another character. For a simple example, it might be confusing to first learn that 火 = fire and 鸡 = chicken only for the lesson to actually be teaching how to say 火鸡 = turkey. It obviously gets even more confusing when the new vocabulary is more conceptual.

September 3, 2019

They could just display all the characters in the word and show you what everything means, anyone who is interested can look at the derivation of the phrase and anyone who isn't doesn't have to bother.

Using your example, when learning the character 火 it could show:

火鸡 turkey (火 fire, 鸡 chicken)

September 10, 2019

I have been wishing for this ever since I started Duolingo. It would really help with reinforcement if you could quickly check the meaning of characters you’ve forgotten.

However, you bring up a great point. I suppose for simplicity they could just show the same translation they do when you click a chinese character in one of the sentence translation questions (it has a dropdown which shows a few different translations).

Obviously it would not be a comprehensive list of the ways the character can be used but I still think it would be better than nothing.

September 11, 2019

It should totally be added! I think without it, learning a language like chinese or japenese is going to be extremely hard.

September 3, 2019

Yeah I do it all the time out of curiosity, paste it into G Translate on separate lines to see the character's meaning

September 4, 2019

I'd suggest instead using a dictionary like MDBG or Pleco, which provide more context and other information about the characters

September 5, 2019
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