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

Thank you for 'Make Harder' option!

Just a quick thank you to the devs - and a pointer in case anyone like me has only just noticed it - of the 'Make Harder' option at the bottom of 'fill the blank' questions, which changes it to a regular 'translate this sentence' question!

Personally much better for my grammar practice, thank you for adding the option!

(P.S. still hoping for a harder/custom practice mode :P)

November 30, 2019

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GingerSnap04

I just found this too. Great post! I use the website on my laptop. I found it on level 3 of a skill. It has an "Increase the Difficulty" option at the bottom in the middle. I have only found it on the "fill in the blank" questions so far. This is such a great addition. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helpy-Helperton

I see it! Yay! It was on lesson 3/5 on the fill in the missing word question. Cool! Thanks for sharing! I use my computer at home so Idk if it's on the app too.

November 30, 2019

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

I remember seeing someone post a request for such a feature not that long ago---

They do hear us! :0

December 1, 2019

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

I am very surprised. I hope they continue to add such options!!! I might return as a regular here.

December 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Mobile app?

You don't get it on the website, do you?

November 30, 2019

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

Yes, on desktop! Just noticed it for the first time today - maybe it's being slowly rolled out/tested? My partner and I both use Duolingo so we often notice a lot of differences between our accounts, recently with them getting broken gold tasks which I haven't seen yet.

Anyway it's at the bottom in the same place as the 'use keyboard'/'use wordbank' button!

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

Yeah, right in the middle on the bottom.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Debi583000

I love the broken gold tasks- it is such a good review, I have not seen make this harder yet

December 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

I got it on the web.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/np052079

Yes you do I got it on the website

December 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

Yes! I'm learning Russian and the "make harder" button is fantastic for practicing my spelling ... which is still somewhat shaky, heh. In any case, I make sure to use it wherever I see it, because I want it to stay! :D

I also recently noticed in the app (I don't have it, Mom does) that one can disable motivational message thingies now. Please bring that to PC!!!!

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

November 30, 2019

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

I haven't seen it yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

I got that a week or two ago. I like it! If you want all of the problems harder, get Stylus and then install this. They also have dark modes and other cool stuff as you can see here.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

Another great update was stories on the app. My "thank you" post was dv within 5 minutes.

November 30, 2019

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

But if you already have chosen to use keyboard input instead of the far-too-easy word picking thing, this "make harder" option doesn't really add much – it generally only causes unnecessary repetition, i.e. having to type the same sentence twice in the same lesson.

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

It means you have to type that little bit extra - a full sentence or phrase instead of a single word. Which is great for spelling practice. :)

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.

December 2, 2019

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

But not at all an efficient use of your practicing time, if you've already typed that exact same sentence a minute ago.

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Hello all,

thanks for sharing this and your L3 tip.

This is cool, I also got it yesterday on the www.duolingo.com webportal, even in my reverse tree (I picked a L3 crown level skill).

But I am still missing this option for new L0->L1 crown sessions (=lessons).


@staff / developers

Please make sure that you offer this option for EACH L0->L1 and L1-L2 learning/practice session, especially reverse- and laddering trees.
As long as you offer a user to switch back at the bottom panel, I do not see any harm for your metrics.

For reverse trees the translation direction is quite often the wrong one (into German = I am a native German speaker; or into English = I have been practicing this language for 24+ years + early primary and secondary school years).

Getting 100% typing exercises (vs "fill the word into the blank" challenges) on the web - with the right translation direction (custom user settings) - is IMHO the much better thing.

Feature request:

I want to have the same (toggle harder/typing) option for "multiple-choice" questions on the web portal!

The (too) many M-C challenges do not help me that much for my two Portuguese reverse trees;
I am already hiding all the L1 source (Portuguese) sentences and three L2 target (German or English) answer options, with the help of Camilo's Tampermonkey userscript, because of this dilemma.

Instead of I want (need) to be FORCED into 100% (or at least 70:30/80:20) typing of sentences in the L1 source (Portuguese) languages for my two PT->EN and PT->DE trees!!!

Just like Memrise supports that inofficially for planted words/phrases/sentences with classic reviews (I can turn OFF multiple-choice on the web with the help of Tampermonkey userscripts).

Thanks so much for listening to your community users!

With best regards / Viele Grüße aus Deutschland

December 1, 2019

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

At last. I feel like my cries have been heard and Duolingo has come through. My days of translating one word in a sentence and learning nothing...e.g. menu to menú...are finally over.

December 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrsT462634

Thank you, I had missed that, it is a great addition, félicitations duo.

December 1, 2019

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

I love the make harder option!!!! This has been so beneficial

December 1, 2019

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

I also enjoy this feature, as I think it helps me go at my own pace for certain words, phrases, etc. I do find that sometimes Duolingo is repetitive with certain questions and phrases that I have already perfected, and this feature helps me a lot with cases like these. Great post, and thank you Duolingo for this feature!

December 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kyle936625

The 'make harder' option is very helpful to practice grammar. (German grammar is difficult)

December 2, 2019

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

Hi is the 'Make harder' option only for Plus members/ iOS users? I can't find it. I use the DL app for Android.

December 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

@Shiahsb

Quote: Hi is the 'Make harder' option only for Plus members/ iOS users?

No.

I also got it recently on the web portal in one of my Portuguese reverse trees for a level 3 skill when I did a normal "crown session" (=lesson).

For the moment it ONLY seems to be a replacement for the "fill the word into the blank" type exercises.

Multiple-choice questions are still shown to me, which I hide all source/base text and three answer-options with a userscript.
I can't "upgrade" multiple-choice to typing yet.

On normal L0->L1 lessons the "Make harder" option was not given to me; this would be fun for my two reverse trees.

December 6, 2019

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

I use the android app and don't have this option on it as yet.

December 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BMHM48

I do not have that in spanish on the labtop...Que passa?

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helpy-Helperton

We didn't see it until level 3 questions.

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

Maybe that's it. I guess I'm not as observant as you. ;D

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BMHM48

you mean the third tower or the third round or each lesson? I got almost all the lessons i did turned into gold, so 5th round but did not see it. I am only using the labtop. - Or is the make harder button just the one where you do find the options to click and have to write it yourself? Thats what i use since i started here 4 weeks ago. Doesn't say 'harder'though

November 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John-_-Williams

The third crown and higher on each skill, I think.

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bup442888

I'm not getting it even on level 3 questions

December 2, 2019

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

Cool

December 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eoin467968

thats pretty cool

December 1, 2019

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

Thank you so much for sharing.

December 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shadow_Ninja2653

where is this make harder option? did three lessons still cant find it :(

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christoffe482001

Cool

December 2, 2019

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

Can anyone explain to me when and where can I find that button? Is it specific for certain languages?

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Debi583000

I think it is something they are rolling out, and not everyone gets it at once. I dont have that button yet, but I do have the break in the gold badges that allow me to practice skills I have finished.

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2_Paris_Soon

On what are you basing your opinion?

December 2, 2019

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

Hi, Im Fern. I've had an idea I'd like to share. Please take a minute to contribute to Duolingo! https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/35355698 Infine Thank You's! Fern

December 2, 2019

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

Thanks! I didn't know about that!

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bup442888

In UK and on site using a laptop - do not currently have this option

December 2, 2019

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

Thanks for sharing! Didn't know about this feature until I came across your post.

December 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bob732720

yes thanks

December 2, 2019

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

Thanks for bringing this up!

December 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KevinDenis6

:7) cool!

December 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Faust488921

Agreed thank you!

December 3, 2019

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

This option just got rolled out to me, and I am SO HAPPY. Thank you, Duolingo! This is what I've been waiting for for ages. Not having it meant that I quit the site for a long time, but now I'm back.

December 5, 2019
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