A small suggestion to improve "word bank" exercises
Duolingo has been around for a long time so I'm sorry if this has already been discussed. I noticed that when constructing a sentence using the word bank, I can always see which word goes first because it's capitalized. It sort of gives it away and makes the whole thing easier than it should have been. Why not have all available words in lower case and then the first word you pick becomes capitalized?
Hi. This has been mentioned and it made me take more notice of the wordbank for Italian, where I notice there is often no capital. Usually I try to create the sentence in my mind before I look at the wordbank so this might help a little. A good point!
This is my approach also. I always use the keyboard and only switch on word bank to check certain words (mainly prepositions such as pour, à and de etc) when I am unsure.
Duo staff actually addressed this at the recent Duocon ( https://www.twitch.tv/videos/484352859?t=00h36m23s ). They said that when they tried to remove the capitalization, it drove away a certain percentage of users. (I think it was something like .5%-- I don't remember for sure though.) So until they come up with a better solution that will still keep people engaged, they are stuck with capitalizing the first word.
I feel like this is where A/B testing shows both a success and failure, depending on your view.
Ok, the purpose of Duolingo the company is to draw in regular users who see ads, pay for plus, and generate revenue. For the company, an additional .5% or whatever users is good. A/B success.
For the user, the learner, this is where the A/B test fails. The people who really want to learn shouldn't want or expect these clues that will hinder their learning in the end. I want an option to turn off the word bank altogether in the app, that is one reason that I avoid the app version. The capitalized first word is just one of the few reasons I hate the word bank.
What's good for the company isn't always the best for the user, and that's why users get upset at some of the stunts Duolingo pulls. That's why some of the good ideas for learning won't actually be implemented, because what's good for learning isn't necessarily going to pull in the users.
I think sometimes Duolingo capitalize wrong words on purpose. Correct if I’m wrong.
I don't know about other languages, but with Norwegian, it sometimes shows random names like Marius and Astrid which are naturally capitalized but other than that, it's always the actual first word.
Had thought this myself. I've find that I now look for the Capitalised word and it does not help me learn the correct word. I'm a newish Duolingo user.