https://www.duolingo.com/hcarleton

Is there a way to make answers strict about spelling with special characters?

I am taking Swedish and I've noticed that answers are accepted without the correct special characters.

So for example if I am supposed to translate "I am a man" both "Jag är en man" and "Jag ar en man" are accepted even though the latter is incorrect.

Is there some way to change this? It makes it difficult to learn the correct spelling when incorrect spelling is accepted as correct.

December 17, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/skelkingur

Would absolutely appreciate that for Spanish as well. It'd be good to have it optional so you can focus on learning the language first and later focus on the spelling.

December 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SJBlood

It should be. It's not a feature used in many words in Dutch, from what I see, but when it is used, it changes a diphthong into a pair of vowels - which is a pretty big deal (talking about trema here) Also, needing to use punctuation and capitalisation of letters would be helpful.

December 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nacho.Danders

This would be great. In the case of a language like French, a little slap on the hand and a push to the next question is not as much of an incentive to learn accents as being marked incorrect.

December 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

As far as I know, it is not possible.

December 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/EleanorSam2

As far as I know, they do correct you (at least in Italian), but (depending on the word) they count your answer as correct, making a note that the special characters need to be different.

December 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hcarleton

Hmmm, well for Swedish, at least what I've run into, it doesn't correct you. So maybe it only works correctly on some languages.

December 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/EleanorSam2

I believe Swedish is still in beta, so perhaps that is why?

December 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MsPippi

This is a good idea. Sometimes I get correct answers even though I have two spelling mistakes within one word.

December 19, 2014
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