make harder

Just noticed yesterday that the symbol at the bottom has changed from "use keyboard" to "make harder". (Could have happened days ago and I just hadn't noticed.) Just out of interest, has this been done all the way through, or is it just in the later sections?

January 28, 2020


Probably Duolingo experiments with the user interface. The Duolingo team is unrelated to Scottish Gaelic course contributors (ie. the contributors don’t themselves make any technical changes to how Duolingo works, they just provide content for the course), and as far as I know Duolingo likes to change things for some users from time to time to see how it affects the site.

I chose the make harder option for a change because the repetition got too monotonous. or two questions I noticed it had a small subtitle that said "make easier". You might try it if a particular section seems really easy for you because they will give you the choice to change it back.

Yes, that's really the same as when one could opt to use the "buttons" or use the keyboard - I think that's the only differentiation, it's not that the actual examples "fhèin" are more difficult. :)

Ah. I see. (I'm still wondering about "fhèin" and what it really means as it was one of the few words of Gaelic taught to me by my father when I was a child. His own father had had the Gaelic beaten out of him in his youth and my father taught me the few words he'd picked up - about ten of them!)

"themselves" in this context. It's an intensifier, e.g. Ciamar a tha thu? Chan eil gu dona - Ciamar a tha thu fhèin? (.... How are YOU? Or How are you yourself?)

Thank you. That was the context I learned it in as a small child. My father taught me to say "Tha gu math, ciamar a tha thu fhèin?" if anyone said "Ciamar a tha thu?" to me. Not that I could have spelled it! (He told me it meant, "I'm well, how are you yourself.") I came across the word scattered here and there and couldn't quite see how it fitted in. I'm still not quite sure why it isn't "Ciamar a tha thusa?"

Come to think of it, I was a small child, he should have been teaching me to say "Ciamar a tha sibse?" as pretty much anyone I'd be in conversation with at that point would have been my senior! But he didn't have the Gaelic, he was only passing on what he'd picked up. And his grandfather was a native speaker. How quickly a language can be lost.

I've seen both and perhaps it depends on the context. It seems to come and go. I honestly haven't tried either because no way do I actually want it to get harder and no way do I want to lose the tiles and have to type everything on all the questions.

Looks new to me. I used to have "use keyboard as well". I'm using the desktop version.

Seems to be the same thing. "Make Harder" takes away the tiles (word bank) and makes you type in the answers without any hints. It's really worth doing once you're reasonably familiar with the material.

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