A Travel Bonus Skill Would be Awesome!
Does anybody else want a travel bonus skill?
I think a really nice bonus skill would be one that teaches people the basics when they travel to a Spanish speaking country. I've been on Duolingo a bit over 4 months now, and I've made a decent amount of progress in the Spanish tree, but I don't know the basic essentials for travelling. The only thing I think I can do is order food at a restaurant, but I can't even ask if something is spicy, greasy or has ingredients I may be allergic to.
I think that would get a lot of people interested in other languages as well if they plan on going there for vacation (France, Portugal, etc.).
I would rather see the skill on the tree itself - there's a lot that goes with travel: asking about taxis, trains, and buses, asking about hotel or hostels in the area, asking about places to eat and how to communicate food allergies. (I'm glad there is awareness on that subject - I had to explain my food allergy to my friends and all I could come up with: "La leche y el queso me hacen enfermo.")
Do you have an allergy for eating milk products? or are you lactose intolerant?
If it's the first case, you have to say "Soy alérgico al queso y a la leche", if it's the second case, then say "Soy intolerante a la lactosa".
Somewhere in-between, it's neither an allergy or lactose intolerance. All I know is that by not eating any dairy, I feel great. The same can't be said when I do eat dairy.
Oh, ok. Anyway, you don't need to explain people about your condition, unless it is a doctor. Then you could say "los productos lácteos me caen mal" (o no me sientan bien).
I actually know the words for spicy, greasy, and allergic ingredients, but this is because of school. It would be nice if the Spanish tree had a travel skill so you can communicate with others for directions and other travel necessities.
The idea that I'd love to see is some sort of tool (à la incubator) that allows users to create their own units. Opening it up to the community would allow for much more flexibility as well. Perhaps even a bank of these units that follow the same format as the rest of the lessons would be great (I suppose the problem is integration with the rest of tree, and I understand that concern).
The possibilities are endless: travel, at the restaurant, at the airport, at customs, in the classroom (objects and language--I'm a teacher in case you couldn't tell). You could also do more thematic units to allow foreign language study to overlap with other areas (kind of like what we can get in immersion I suppose).
As usual, I'll end my suggestions with the standard: Duolingo is incredible! Thanks staff for all you do!