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.
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.
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!
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.