Is this a new feature?
i noticed that when i was doing some lessons on the super easy questions instead of having the keyboard/ word bank toggle there was a button that says "make harder" which makes your questions more advanced. has this been here the whole time and i'm just incredibly dense?
I've also had the Make Harder button appear in the last week or two. It basically lets you opt out of fill-in-the-blank questions for the rest of your session, and allows you to type out the entire translation instead.
I use it every time in hopes that they keep this feature!
I really agree with the segmentation of the user base. The recent downgrade to the number of lessons/level is not for everyone. Ultimately this is just code -- they could do the segmentation any time they wanted. In fact they could let you opt back in to the old number of lessons/level with an if statement (pick your coding language).
? On Windows machines, switching your keyboard to Japanese is easy. (Settings/Time and language/language/Preferred language/Add a language. Then Alt-Shift to switch from English to Japanese keyboard, and Alt-` to switch from romaji to hiragana to katakana. Then type romaji to get the kana to show up.) Perhaps it's more difficult in macOS or Linux.
I think it is something new, i also never noticed it before today in the French lessons. Nice to have the option, right ? I did not try it yet but probably will later tonight. Which language did you see it in, French ? Wondering if it is something new for all languages or just select ones.
I just feel like I've been dropped into the hard version on the practice option on some languages where I don't feel ready for the hard version yet (especially in Russian). There's no option to turn on the word bank anywhere on the browser version. I'd love it on any other language, but I'm not really at that point in Russian yet.
Interesting. It must be a test and you're one of the lucky people who's trying it out! Duo does this all the time to test features and how that feature affects site traffic and engagement. Lots of the test features never make it to the rest of us.
The forums can serve as an early warning system for possible features that the rest of us will see some day. So thanks for posting about this.
I haven't seen it, but that sounds like something I would very much like to use. I've often wished I could opt in to something harder for both Spanish and German. It seems like it could also keep users coming back longer for languages they've already achieved a fairly high Duolingo level in.
Sometimes, they give me something easier (fill-in-the-blank) and make me click something to get it to the regular difficulty level. I was hoping to be able to opt into more complex sentences, harder vocabulary, and stricter grading. (No typos - especially in German; that course seems overly generous - enforce punctuation and capitalization, and enforce preferred word order in Latin.) I imagine that most of this is more than Duolingo wants to take the resources to program in, though.
There is always that possibility (but your skills in multiple languages suggest that's highly unlikely) ;-)
It's a new-ish feature, but has not been widely rolled out. There are multiple different features being reported currently in a number of A/B tests, some of which seem to be coming and going for various users.
Then you do not have this new A/B test feature.
"Use / toggle keyboard" only works on the web portal for tapping exercises.
There is no (typing) button for:
- multiple-choice challenges
- "fill the word into the blank" type exercises
We can't directly switch the "challenge type" of (all) exercises to typing (besides tapping), not yet.
I really, really hope that this test goes well and that they are going to roll out this new feature to everybody. That would be such an improvement! I have long been so frustrated with the fact, that the practice for golden skills is so much easier than level five lessons. I didn't make sense to me. I even stopped completing the level five lessons. I did them right to the end and close them instead of clicking the finish button. That way I lost out on the xp, but the learning seemed more important than xp and golden skills. Then I even reset my Latin tree to get rid of the golden skills, and I started all over.
Now, this make-harder choice is much better than changing the golden skill practice would have been. To make it a personal choice is always a good idea, because all learners have different needs.