Harder exercises! please?
When matching word pairs and/or selecting word bricks I think it would be beneficial if the choices available would be harder and also in the multiple matching exercises, to not have the result right away.
here some examples:
if I am to translate "tomorrow I will go to the park" and the bricks available are (apart from the correct ones) "blue", "one" and "mother" it is just too easy. and feels dumb to go through it fifty times. if the distractors would be "today", "yesterday", "garden" and "drive" i might actually learn distinguishing the words I am likely to confuse.
same with the multiple pairing exercises: if i am to match five pairs, of which two I am not sure of, I (can't avoid to) choose the three I am sure of and have a 50/50 chance to remain with one sure hit in the end.
This makes it boring and repetitive, especially past the red level of a skill.
Just as a suggestion for future improvements
ADDED after reading first comments
yes, I am aware the current way may be easier for kids/starters. I was referring to enabling the difficulty of exercise to go up as one progresses (thus my comment about the red level)
translating in my mind first etc. - good point, but I have to say I am often not as disciplined as I would like to be (and not only on duo hahaha)
I don't mind the downvotes, the buttons are there for a reason and for everyone to use them the way they like. I do however prefer when people tell me why they think my post is not useful, of course.
On iOS I get some exercises where it obviously knows I've disabled word bank because there's a text entry field and also a "use word bank" option that I can click. But I also get exercises with a word bank and no option to type instead. Maybe it differs with the operating system or the language.
Just turn off the word bank (click Use Keyboard or whatever). Also are you using the method suggested by DL - spreading one skill out over several weeks - https://making.duolingo.com/whats-the-best-way-to-learn-with-duolingo
Vietnamese. I've never used the app for it, but compared to Spanish it is much harder despite having no verb conjugation, no word morphology, no grammatical gender, fixed SVO, no "to be" for adjectives, longest word is 7 letters. If you want hard, try Vietnamese. In 2 weeks it will drive you mad.
I'm just wondering - why don't you switch it so that you have to write it yourself, instead of choosing a word brick? I agree - choosing the word bricks is just way, way too easy. That's why I never do it. There's an option, I'm forgetting right now what it's called, where you can switch from 'word bank' to...argh, I can't remember the name of the other option. But hopefully you know what I mean. When you switch from 'word bank' to the other option, you have to type the full answer yourself, with no words or hints given. It is so much better that way. Picking the bricks is just too easy; it's too easy to just recognize the word and then pick it....having to recall the words, and retrieve them, entirely from you own mind, is so much better. I honestly don't think I'd get anything out of just choosing the bricks. I get that it's handy for absolute beginners, etc., and if I were to start a brand-new language that I didn't know any words in, the bricks would be a really handy starting point, but for where I am in French, I have no use at all for the bricks, so I'm very happy they have the other option.
It's an excellent idea. Kids are often smarter than the grownups, but it is good to have many options for everyone.
PS. I see that at least two people have downvoted your comment. Don't feel bad, they are probably upset that they'd have to request the kindergarten difficulty level in order to pass the exercises.
Could try the clozeMaster.com , their free exercises are more advanced than Duolingo's. you can also have paid-for membership (something like $60/year). I don't know which language you are focused on, but I tried The free account in Russian and they were challenging enough for me. May be you like those too. Duo does a good job of teaching to the beginners, but clozeMaster is designed to follow were Duo finishes. Удачи вам! (Good luck!)