Timed Practice: Pause the timer after each question, please?
After I correctly or incorrectly answer a question, and the answer shows up, the timer continues ticking. I find this a little frustrating, as when I answer a question correctly I sometimes like to check what the optimal answer should be. This applies more to incorrectly answered questions, where I surely want to take my time and look at the correct answer. So would we please have the timer paused after each question is answered?
OMG I was just about to ask exactly the same thing! Why time the part where you review your answer? This is counter produtive and prevents proper review of answers against model answers and for example, if I spot an error or have a question, I don't have time to look through or contribute to the discussion or add feedback.
A related problem that I have is that the timer is set for 30 seconds, and I have not found any way to change it. If it were possible to have, for example, a 5 minute session, I would be more likely to use the timed practice option.
At 30 seconds, it's a sprint to get in just a few sentences, whereas a longer session would allow one to "get into a groove" of translating quickly and accurately.
What's the point of the timed quiz anyway? It doesn't make sense if you have to type a response. I feel like I'm taking a typing speed/accuracy test, not a language test. If I get 3 long sentences in a row I have to type, time will surely run out, which shortens the practice I need.
The timed practice has a lot of supporters and i am one of them. As long as it is optional of course... I don't think it matters that it is more of a typing contest, that's just to add spice to it. In the process, you'll still have to think fast about the language part of it, especially if the sentence is long and/or a bit difficult to translate. I love it, even hough I maybe beat the clock once in 10 or 20 attempts... Give it another try some time :-)
I would LOVE to see the time be proportionate to the length of the sentence. I liked it a lot when the material was shorter and simpler, but at this point, I find I can only get through perhaps two sentences before it times out. Which really makes it pointless, so I haven't been doing it.