https://www.duolingo.com/Vindalf

Make more "English to (language)" Questions

I think part of the reason I'm not retaining a lot of my vocabulary is because most of the questions are German to English rather than the other way around. When I see a German sentence it is easy enough for me to guess or infer meanings from the words, but if the question starts out in my own language I have to think harder to remember and assemble the German sentence.

*I should add that I'm not talking about multiple choice, just the ones where you write out the translation.

July 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Gnorian

Would like to agree strongly to this. I wanted to practice the different forms and cases you use for certain words... but it was made hard since most of the questions are "What does this sentence mean?".

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ggofthejungle

YES! MORE OF THIS PLEASE! That's how people learn.

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cielo_blu324

i agree strongly to this

July 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rowdyoctopus

I would agree with this. I have trouble remembering which gender words are so I mess up their articles. If I had more English to German translations, I would be forced to look more closely at those.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/GustavoGC7

This is a good idea. I think it really helps you in having to pay more attention to the words that change in languages where some nouns usually have gender differences which In my case a bit difficult to understand,

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/adamcox82

Something which may help is to switch off the "Speaker" option in your settings. This will mean that you're no longer presented with audio "<language> to English" questions, so should increase the proportion of "English to <language>" questions you see.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Gnorian

Double-edged sword there. Those are important verbal components for language learning.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Vindalf

I'm a little surprised that the Duo staff never commented on this post. It's probably in their interest to keep the questions the way they are, as Duo primarily trains us to translate texts from the internet. It's great and all, but it'd be better for the users to learn to speak and hear a language.

July 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/silent_turtle

I'm learning French from English and some days ago I followed someone's suggestion (can't find the thread -sorry!) and started learning "English from French" as well.

I'm confronted with a lot of questions that ask me to translate from English to French and as a bonus the whole site is in French! I think it is great fun and I enjoy learning that way immensely. I disable the speaker while I do "English from French" to minimize the number of English sentences I have to type out and I will continue with the "French from English" tree for the listening and speaking exercises but I can wholeheartedly recommend to switch to the reverse language tree if you are looking for a challenge!

November 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chelskills
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I wanted to post the same! go Duo!!

November 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/e.rosemill

I'm guessing we do more practicing the translate "(language) to English" because the intent is for us to go and start translating the articles on the website.

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Vindalf

True, it would help with reading comprehension. Personally, I think it is more important to be able to formulate a foreign language sentence in your own mind, though.

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Nerdator
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Absolutely, 'English to [language]' is really useful, and there should be an option to practice only this kind of exercises.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/etymological

I do like the idea to only practice certain kinds of questions - listening exercises, speaking exercises, English-to-[Language], [Language]-to-English.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Gnorian

That would be a very good course of action for the site.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/judithamsterdam

Yes! I would very much like that possibility. I use the multiple choice and pick-the-words translations like English-to-[Language], I cover (on my iPhone) the result, think what I would write, and peek after I have a sentence. It works, but even so there are (for me) too many translations the other way.

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Watsons_Warrior
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That would be great of course and a good improvement.

Personally, what I would prefer is that you could set some kind of percentage of how many English to [Language], [Language] to English exercises etc pop up in your sessions.

July 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/MementoM

Probably, but I would think English to German translation would be a good business-idea for DuoLingo as well?

July 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/h0w412d
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I've experienced the exact same thing.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Dagrooms

I think the best way to do this would be to do it on your own. Grab a notebook and write a story. Translate it. Do more of that. It all depends on how much of your own proactive motivation goes toward your language-learning endeavor.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/judithamsterdam

That is of course a great idea - except that you do not have that silent teacher that tells you where you went wrong.

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/etymological

That's where lang-8.com comes in - you post things in your target language, and speakers of that language correct you, line-by-line.

July 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Vindalf

Changing the kind of questions you receive on duo would be way easier and more convenient

July 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/greyback

I think that way too, but also had the idea that this might happen only at the begginning of the course. Is this like that even going further on the language training?

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Vindalf

Yes they tend to be mostly German to English toward the end as well

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc
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I think that we get more "Other language to English" exercises when we do the lessons for the first time. As the time goes and we refresh our skills we are slowly getting more "English to Other language" types of exercise.

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/greyback

that also makes sense for sure. First, get acquainted with the language, and then consolidate it by repeating the tests.

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Vindalf

I wish that was how it was for me but I only get probably 3-5 english to language questions now that I'm near the end. However I can't say what it's like at the beginning because I tested out of most of the earlier lessons

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/greyback

I would be great if it happened in the other way, but this is awesome anyway!

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/minelag

definitely agree with this one ! especially on higher levels there should be more, there's only 1-2 (or even none) english-to sentences.. and when i try to speak in german (for example) it is waay harder than just understanding

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Melarish
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Agreed! I'd prefer if my Spanish microphone exercises were all translatable ones, as I find Spanish pronunciation itself really easy!

July 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/VivekSandhu

Are more English to - questions happening then? I find myself not retaining vocab and verb conjugations because of the lack of these.

May 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kungen90

Any updates on this?

February 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilias339
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I strongly agree with this. Maybe it would be interesting to install a feature which allows you to select a certain mode specifically containing and differentiating English to target language or target language to English questions?

February 23, 2019
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