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

An idea for idioms.

I think Duolingo should identify words or sentences as idioms when they appear. I am trying to learn French and this has been very challenging for me. It is only made worse when I run into an idiom (without knowing it) and I have to apply my very rudimentary skill set (which idioms, a lot of the time, don't follow) to attempt to solve the French puzzle before me. Then, when I do get it wrong, there still is no disclosure informing me that it is an idiom. This could potentially confuse a lot of new Duolingo users who may not know the useful nature of the community tab. Thanks for your consideration.

June 2, 2013

6 Comments


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

They should just have a set of idiom lessons at the end of the tree!

June 2, 2013

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

I agree with this! They should also denote things as idioms elsewhere though.

June 2, 2013

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

In fact, they are working on improving the experience with idioms. In German, some phrases have already received combined hover hints that reveal the whole idiom. I'm sure that with time all the languages will be polished, but, unfortunately, we have to wait because the team is quite small and the work is big. I'm also sure the lessons that we have now are much better than those of a year ago.

June 2, 2013

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

"combined hover hints" - I have seen this in Portuguese also. It works when the idiom is 2 or 3 words but unfortunately sometimes the entire sentence is the idiom!

June 2, 2013

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

Yes i seen it in Spanish once and a while.

June 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alc1997

or maybe a disclamer on the sentence in that language notifying us that the sentence is idiomatic

June 2, 2013
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