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Duolingo fails to check accents correctly [x-post from main forum]

I'm not sure if it is limited to Portuguese or if this is an issue across all languages, but it seems in checking the correctness of a translation, Duolingo will check that accents exist on the letters which require them but it does not check whether the accents are the correct ones. I have thought this for a while and tested it.

The correct translation for "You take the information to the director" is

"Você leva a informação para o diretor"

but Duolingo also accepts

"Vocé leva a informaçáo para o diretor"

without even suggesting that something is wrong. This is very confusing. For a while I thought some of the accents must have been interchangeable.

May 14, 2013

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paulenrique

And thats a problem... accents change the pronunciation and sometimes the meaning of a sentence! Thats something worth correcting!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carolinetavs

There are no interchangeable accents in Portuguese. The only correct translation for "You take the information to the director" is "Você leva a informação para o diretor". If Duolingo accepts other accents, probably it's because it doesn't offer the other accents. And a curiosity: ''~" (called "til") is not an accent. It's a graphic sign that indicates that it's a nasal sound. Then the word "informaçáo" would sound like "informaSAL".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Endverbraucher

It's not working again, since weeks.
To be more precise: Where Duolingo asks for complete phrases, there is no accent checking. Where Duo asks for single words, there is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Endverbraucher

The minor typos also don't get commented anymore. There are two other threads about this, each of them more than six years old:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/401467
https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/626528

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