French Learners: Want to help us test audio lessons?
Duolingo is looking for volunteers to provide feedback on a new feature we are working on—Audio Lessons! Audio Lessons are an experimental feature targeted at improving listening comprehension and speaking. Participants will listen to prototype audio lessons and provide feedback on the scripts.
We’re looking for users learning French from English and who are not yet past the third checkpoint.
If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form!
Product Manager at Duolingo
Hi, Ivor810183! Thanks for your question. We're trying to optimize our new lessons for users who haven't yet unlocked checkpoint 3. Users who have already unlocked checkpoint 3 may not find the lessons particularly useful and may not be able to provide the kind of feedback we are looking for.
This is my favorite new Duolingo feature. It requires you to listen and speak French out loud, and helps you perfect your pronunciation. I love that I can use it while out on a run.
Of course the grammar teaching is unnecessary for me, and I really wish Duo will add significantly to the number and level of lessons. :)
I also wish that there was a 15- or 30-second replay icon available at all times. Sometimes something will distract your attention and you would really like to hear again what was just said. The only current way to do that would be to abort the lesson and restart it.
I believe the feature is only currently available on the iOS app, and it may also be an A/B test.
I agree! I actually got to this post to find out how to unlock more audio lessons, as I finished all mine and I don't know how to unlock more. I love those! About the grammar portion, I see value in it, but I'll be honest, it's not every time I'm close to my phone and can check it out. Usually during an audio lesson I'm doing something else and using the time to take a lesson, so sometimes the grammar portion does go unnoticed. Anyway, I LOVE the audio lessons, and I really wish there are more. Great initiative, Duo! :-)
I literally just finished checkpoint 3 this morning and have no crowns yet beyond checkpoint 3. Do I still qualify to participate? Will these audio lessons be available in the mobile app? I don't normally have many opportunities to use a computer. Finally, I can understand maybe 60 -70 percent of subtitled French, but I can barely understand what's said and I still can't speak French.
The check points and I have a long and complicated history. I have been working on the course very slowly. Due to the Trees that have been introduced since I started I do have 5 crowns past Checkpoint 6, but 0 crowns between 2 and 6. Will I be disqualified or should I apply?
Hi Nati! I will be glad to participate in this, the form is completed and sent!
Is it enough to qualify?: 1. Currently I am contributing to Russian-French course development (under supervision of PachaTchernof) 2. All the checkpoints in the tree are completed, I started all over from the beginning because I want to know how Duo works and eliminate spaces in my knowledge (because I've been studying French for almost 5 years and currently work in Paris)
Hi, Sergey10459! Unfortunately, you likely know too much French and you probably will not find the new lessons useful. We're trying to learn from people who are genuine beginners and are just starting to learn French. Thank you for your interest, though! There will be opportunities for advanced learners like you to provide feedback once we start writing harder content.
I'm here because the new audio lessons came up on my system - I don't know if I'm a tester or this is the new thing, but I LOVE them!!! I really needed some "tutoring" on my pronunciations, and these are really helpful. More and more like a real class. I'm a pro user with a 245 streak, but I'm still not past the second checkpoint. I do a little every day though, and these are the best thing since the awesome podcasts. <3 Thank you!!
I'm partway through the fourth checkpoint and discovered audio lessons on my iphone. The intermediate one was incredible, and I loved it. However, there's not much there, only three lessons, I think. We need more! Listening and speaking, to me, are more important than any other aspect of learning a language, although all of it is essential.
Hi, Petrakh! As I've said earlier, you likely know too much French and you probably will not be able to provide the kind of feedback we're looking for. There will be opportunities for advanced learners like you to provide feedback once we start writing harder content. Thank you!
I really, really don't mean this to be rude, but I see a bunch of folks asking this question here, and I don't get it. As I said, I really don't mean any rudeness, so please don't take it that way. :-) It's just that the post said, so clearly, that they don't want people past the 3rd checkpoint, so why are so many asking if they can participate if they're past the 3rd checkpoint? Well, maybe it's actually a good sign - maybe there's so many nice people out there who want to help, that they're hoping they can still help, even though they're past the 3rd checkpoint. Which is actually really cool, people wanting to help that much! :-)
I think the whole audio lessons thing is great. I noticed a long ways back that my listening skills were my weakest skill, so I use a Chrome browser extension called 'duo strength' that blurs out the text for the questions. It's great. It means I have to listen to it, instead of reading it. And the other thing I never, ever do is use the 'word bricks'....makes it too easy for me to rely on the words being provided, instead of having to dredge them up from my own memory. Having those two things makes DuoLingo perfect for me, but the audio lessons would be even more perfect.
Hi! I'm currently learning French from Russian, but also I've already started French from English (that I find better structured). On both courses I didn't reach past 3rd checkpoint yet. I am not native English speaker (but had a golden owl for completing English-Japanese course), so my expirience could show something from "non-native" side.
No, it’s not the podcast. They’re testing a new feature - audio lessons. These are aimed at beginners wile the podcast is suitable for intermediate or advanced learners.
As someone who took classes for years but wanted a thorough refresher and practice for all levels, these Audio lessons are one of my favorite features on Duolingo… but I’ve run out of them. Do you have any insight into whether there are more being developed? They were seriously useful and fun and I’m hungry for more!
I'm past the third checkpoint but would be happy to help the french course in any way. I didn't really learn anything from checkpoint 2 or 3(I tested out over and over again till I got the questions memorized[I know it doesn't help me learn]). So would I still qualify or should I just go along my (not so) merry way and wait for the audio lessons to come out?