The light-bulb moment
Am I this stupid? Did I miss a pointer somewhere?
I bashed my way through the entirety of the first module in the Gaelic course, all the while wishing there were some explanatory notes somewhere and wondering where the heck I'd be if I hadn't read the first few chapters of a Gaelic grammar book about 50 years ago and (improbably) remembered a chunk of it. I took to clicking on the comments on the individual questions because some of these were very helpful.
It wasn't until I'd started the second module that I discovered, from a tip in one of the comments pages, that if you click the wee light-bulb icon in the start pane for each lesson, you get to an incredibly helpful page of notes for that lesson. I could hardly see the light-bulb. I had no idea what it was or what it was doing there. It had never occurred to me to click it.
Was there a notice somewhere that I missed? Do a lot of people miss it? Judging by the questions in the comments I suspect I might not be alone.
Oh wow, that is fantastic! I didn't see any pointer to that anywhere. It's a terrific resource. I can keep the page open and refer to it any time, and it's searchable. What's not to like? But It would be really helpful if there was a clearer indication that these tremendous resources actually exist! How do people find them? Just clicking all over the page to see what happens? The tips are absolutely essential, it shouldn't be so hit and miss as to whether you discover them.
Strange.... I always wondered how one can NOT see it and NOT try to click it. Btw. some weeks or so before all my lightbulbs vanished and I have a bigger button that says "Tips" on it.
Ohhh!!! Now I realize you are talking maybe of duome! That is an inofficial site, so there is no pointer from Duo. But you're right , it is a wonderful thing to check your progress and control your study, etc....
that is your personal duome site btw.
No idea what duome is.
It may be a feature of different displays or different screens or even different browsers. It would be interesting to know what the split is between people who discover it right at the start and people who struggle a long way in before they're shown it.
I made a comment in the first module about something which it turns out is actually explained right at the very start of the tips (about slainte meaning health, and translating it as cheers! not making a lot of sense when you get to slainte mhath) and people who had read the tips must have wondered why on earth I bothered!
The original model of Duolingo was that users should learn the language through example sentences. That's an OK model for going between English, Spanish, and French, though even between those languages, some grammar notes can be really helpful. So they added a way to include some grammar "Tips", but sort of hid them so only those desperately searching for them would find them. They still haven't really made them available enough or obvious enough. Those original languages (plus a few more) now have "Tips" in the apps and they are testing a larger "Tips" button for some users. They are slowly (very slowly) trying to make the "Tips" more available and more obvious. Who knows, one day we may even have "Tips" for all languages on the apps.