Really Liking the “No Translation” Type of Exercises
The French course has exercises where both the questions and the multiple choice answers are in French. I really like this format but I have not seen it used yet in any of my other courses.
The nice thing about this approach is that it doesn’t rely on translating anything to English.
Translation has its place in language learning to get some basic vocabulary down. But I think you learn more by intuiting the meanings of words from their context. This type of exercise really builds on that method.
'" But I think you learn more by intuiting the meanings of words from their context".'
Good point. That's why I think reading comic strips is such a great way of starting to read a language. You can learn new words and sentence structures by working out what they mean from the context, supported by the drawings.
It's an experiment on the French course, they're trying to make a better experience and not rely on another language. If it works, they're supposed to make such exercises in other courses. Search for "making duolingo" and look at the article about their 2020 goals, it has it all explained.