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Does it seem like Duolingo lately is not as good at catching typos? I'm a pretty poor keyboardist & regularly mis-type things. More often than not, DL misses these errors, rather than pointing them out to me. Is this some sort of site-wide glitch?
Also, why won't DL accept '&' for 'and' when translating into English? It will accept number symbols for spelled out numerals in the same exercises, but & has always been counted as an error.
Yup, been a few weeks now. It was just suddenly too. I'm not sure why they would do this. I almost feel like it's because people were complaining on here about losing hearts for these mistakes. But yet spelling is crucial to properly learning a language. And that's why I argued in spite of people saying "just worry about your own progress". This is why. VERY sloppy. It's most pronounced when I have to type what I hear. I don't trust it anymore, so I use the comments section to verify what I typed was the actual answer, especially if it's a word(s) I still can't understand after I have written.
I just typed in a word a few hours ago..."vuolta". But the word that was in the correct sentence was "vuota". Duo let it through.
In my opinion, do not report sentences with &.
Numbers are automatically accepted in English and in some of the "bigger" languages.
&/and is not automatically accepted. You could either convince Duolingo staff to make it automatic OR the contributors should add it manually to every sentence containing "and".
I cannot speak on behalf of other contributors, but I definitely will not add it to every sentence.
Strongly seconded. Just type it out - it's only two more characters for you, and it would be a lot of work for us.
In general you're better off typing numbers out as well, the automatic acceptance isn't there for all languages and isn't fully reliable for those that do have it.
I'm fine typing things out - I just just curious why it was not built into the courses asa an option from the start. No course I 've encountered yet has had issues accepting numbers as symbols & I don't think I'll be moving on from my mere 4 languages for a long time.
Believe me, building it in from the start would be a lot of work too (unless Duo could be convinced to accept it automatically, which they probably can't and I don't really want them to be anyway with all the problems there are with other automatic acceptance), especially when flexible word order happens. For example, take a phrase like "A and B" where A and B can be switched. Right now we can write that as
[A and B/B and A]. To accept
& as well we'd need to change it to
[A and B/A & B/B and A/B & A]- that's doubling the work even for a very basic case.
In the Vietnamese course, when I know the answer provided by Duolingo is wrong, yet I nonetheless entered it, I report the sentence. One of the choices is "My answer should NOT be accepted" and I choose that box. Then, in sentence discussion I clearly suggest the correct response.
Are other courses set up for this strange choice? It is as if one hand of Duolingo made the error and another hand recognizes it and cannot correct.
In any event it seems strange to have that. Am I missing another possible explanation?
This is actually very easy to do with the compact form we use. For a very basic example, if a contributor writes
[a/an] [flat/apartment] that would accept "a apartment", "an flat", "an apartment", and "a flat", when they were actually just trying to accept "an apartment" and "a flat" (which should be written as `[an apartment/a flat]"). From that example it looks obvious, but compact form gets much more complicated and it can be very easy to miss a mismatch.
What do you think the next course released in 2020 will be, now that German for Dutch speakers came out? Personally, I'm going for either Yiddish for English speakers (as it's making a lot of progress recently, but that's no guarantee on its release date), or Esperanto for Chinese speakers since that's being created quickly, and the release date is set for sometime this April! What about you Little_Tatws? What do you think will come out next? And thank you for creating this open thread too! :-)
Yiddish is still in the incubator being created.
Estimated release date is December 31st 2020.
It is making steady progress,
so it seems reasonable they'll make their estimated release date:
- [WIS] Weekly Incubator Summary: 2020, Week 12.
You can see on the bar chart in the above link that the Yiddish course has the most stable progress.
He/she is a spammer - trying to get banned. They has a different account that they use.
I definitely agree, but if one is looking for ideas, there is a way Duolingo recommends we try:
The article was written by Duolingo's Director of Learning & Curriculum and by one of Duolingo's language scientists . (I've put their job titles, as they appear in their résumé, in italic.)
All that matters is if you feel you're learning the material.
To that I'd say "illusion of competence". Many people "feel" they are learning when they are not. Hence you see people thrashing a skill to level 5 because it "feels" right - but a week later it has all gone.
Unless someone has an objective way of measuring progress over a reasonable time period (say a month) then stick to the method DL suggests.