Hi I am just realising that (beginning a new language on duolingo) there is a huge introduction void, considering the alphabet and pronunciations. When I first started italian I had learned all that already, so didn't realise the huge gap but now that I want to include spanish etc, I realise duolingo is definitely missing something important - an introduction. Prior to basics it would be cool if an alphabet and pronunciation course was available.
Maybe in the future?
That would be awesome, especially when they start languages like Japanese or Russian where the alphabet isn't very similar to English and you can't just wing it. An explanation for accent marks would be great too.
That is a good idea but it is not new. Several people have already suggested introductions for users with a specific target language. Maybe Duolingo will test the idea in a future.
Some courses, like Danish and Irish, sort of have that as a sticky discussion thread. Perhaps other courses will follow their lead?