Anyone else think having an option for English would be a good idea?
I'm English, and I would welcome it. I know a lot of people who need to brush up on the language skills. I think it would also work great in primary schools too.
What he means is an option to use the same mechanic that is used to teach us foreign languages could be used to help native English speakers improve their English usage and grammar.
It's not a bad idea, I've only got a passing acquaintance with proper English myself and, as a Yorkshireman, sometimes when I speak to people from Glasgow I may as well be speaking a foreign language.
As far as I understand, the main "mechanic" on Duolingo is translation. I can't imagine how it can be used to teach English through English.
Hrm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copy_editing might suggest bad English to good English as an option. One would only ever have bad-to-good questions, "translations", etc. There would be no speaking or listening exercises. I'm not 100% convinced, but there's room enough in the idea to see where it goes.
This thread should be read in the context of the UK only, and with your tongue stuck firmly in your cheek. English dialects can be very distinct, beyond the simple differences in accent that you might find in the US, and even though they are dying out a lot of the basic structure, grammar and vocabulary has fed through to modern usage, and there is a bit of a push in educational circles to teach kids standard English. There is some resistance to this as the people who speak "standard" English tend to be upper middle class southerners who seem to think that they are better than the rest of us.
You can have a bit of fun with this website, which takes a look at the classic Yorkshire dialect.
This is quite funny, but I know some older people who still speak like this.