The big French keyhole has appeared ...
At last, we can skip lessons, but ... ! On my first attempt I bombed out because Duolingo would not accept Fr. "clef" as the spelling for Eng. "key". Nor would it accept Fr. "toujours" as a synonym for Fr. "encore", meaning Eng. "still (up to this time)". OK, the third mistake was a typo and DuoLingo quickly fixed the above when fed back, but I still maintain we should be credited with a free go when valid feedback is reported. Only two attempts left. Anyone else been brave enough to attempt this feat of mind-reading?
Haha, yes I did. I sent a bunch of feedback, made a bunch of mistakes that were my own fault, and ended up failing three times--it's gone now. Of course the shortcut test should be hard to prevent people from passing it who really did need to learn all the intervening material, but the grammatical mistakes and the inflexibility make it pretty impossible for everyone. It would be cool if they brought it back--I'd definitely try again. Well, bonne chance!
My French is really not good enough to even try the padlocks. On the other hand I did the German padlocks and I passed the first three without a repeat performance and the last one I had to repeat because my English was faulty. But how is a free go to be determined? I have sent tons of feedback on which they never reacted, probably because I wasn't right. Using feedback does not automatically qualify for an extra heart or something like that. to me the problem is much more common in the normal exercises. The frustrating Duolingo efforts cost me a whole exercise in both French and German. They were four times wrong in one exercise. It is irritating, but well ... German is not a beta version any more, so my feedback activity there is much less frequent. It would be good if the padlock came back, but since the content in French is so unpredictable, I would advise to delay that.
@siebolt, yes it is! But I don't feel ashamed for such cheating because the owl is not always fair too!
Mostly, I use this feature when I do the regular exercises. I usually start over if I lose a heart or two at the very beginning. But there are also times when I have 15 or 16 points to gain to master a unit, then I use the test-out option (because if I don't, I'll have to go through the refresh twice and get only the same 15 or 16 points). Then, if I see it does not go well, I refresh the page and start over.
siebolt, when you go into a lesson on your language skill tree, at the top right-hand side there is an option to 'test out of this skill'. Three attempts are offered. I have been doing something similar to olimo. If I make a mistake in the first exercise or two, I refresh and start again.
There was a comment from a German a few weeks ago that even he, a native speaker, couldn't get through the second padlock.
I was hoping to get through the whole of French by "testing out" but a combination of my own ignorance and carelessness combined with duolingo's quirky* questions and translations have finally let me down, and I just find it too frustrating to carry on.
*I'm feeling a bit more mellow now. Last week I would have been more abusive.
Thank you OskaLingo. Like Alice, I have now entered a strange new world where nearly all of the sentences translated contibute directly to mastering one or more lessons, rather than just lots of skill points. Plus the full quota of skill points for having "completed" each lesson in the tree. So, 1000+ points reward for relatively little effort, but a lot of frustration, in trying to find a way through. Unfortunately, the DuoBot is still here, grinning like the Cheshire cat. From some of the other posts, it sounds like the keyhole has now closed. Is that the case? anomalocaris?
Good job 1km!
I haven't been using olimo's technique (well, not much...) and it seems to be the rule that if you fail a test three times you lose the ability to take it and are forced to go through the lessons individually. I know the keyhole closed for me right after my third attempt. Not sure what's going on with other people, but it could be that it hasn't been rolled out to everyone yet, or maybe Duolingo closed it down in response to all of our complaining. ;)
“Perhaps it doesn’t understand English,” thought Alice. “I daresay it’s a French mouse, come over with William the Conqueror.” (For, with all her knowledge of history, Alice had no very clear notion how long ago anything had happened.) So she began again: “Où est ma chatte?”, which was the first sentence in her French lesson-book. The Mouse gave a sudden leap out of the water, and seemed to quiver all over with fright. “Oh, I beg your pardon!” cried Alice hastily, afraid that she had hurt the poor animal’s feelings. “I quite forgot you didn't like cats.”
Both of you attempted the last keyhole I gather. Another keyhole appears further up on my progress map, just below family and verbs present 3, which is basically where I am up to. I am happy to trundle on through those lessons but once completed I might try the keyhole just for fun. If it's like Alice though, I must remember not to leave the key on the table before I follow the instructions on the bottle labelled Bois-moi...