https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

Rabbit Holes would be awesome!

I was thinking... it would be really neat if this site were to develop 'Rabbit Holes.' A Rabbit Hole would be a side trail on the trees. It would be similar to the bonus skills, but more intensive... I am sure that there would be some awesome volunteers that would help out.

A Rabbit Hole would be 4 or 5 lessons in a specific genre. For instance, a fine dining Rabbit Hole... Or a hiking Rabbit Hole. We could make a romance rabbit hole rather than a flirting bonus. Cover candlelight dinners, friskiness, and classy bedroom talk. etc. They would be more in depth than the bonus skills, which are really lacking in practical material. It would necessarily be at least 4 or 5 lessons. This would certainly be fun, motivating and helpful.

Each one could cost a certain amount of lingots (or even a small fee, I would be willing... or a choice between lingots or a small fee)... An example: HIKING; lesson 1, general hiking vocabulary, 20 lingots. Lesson 2, hiking verbs 25 lingots, lesson 3 plants 30 lingots, lesson 4 wildlife 35 lingots, lesson 5 geographic features 40 lingots...

I am sure that hiking enthusiasts here would love to facilitate it if they were capable, or use it if they were not capable of facilitating it. Food enthusiasts would be quite enthused to do the same with fine dining, etc. What are y'alls thoughts on such a thing?

February 2, 2015

38 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

This is a really cool idea, but I think they should be unlocked by how well you consistently do with certain lessons rather than just buying them with lingots. That way you know you'd probably be more prepared for the next level of grammar & you would feel more accomplished with the extra effort.

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

That would be super cool, and super motivating!!

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/quirkyowl

The rabbit holes could open up once you've completed the tree!

February 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

An entomology, forestry, or a wildlife management "rabbit hole" in the German course would be greatly appreciated.

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot

here after me putting Alice in Wonderland into immersion

especially the Rabbit being late

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

Maybe they could add a "Rabbit Hole" rabbit hole

January 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/frankenstein724

I know this would kind of defeat the purpose of learning for free with Duolingo, and I'm not trying to be snarky by saying this (though I'm sure I'll get plenty of downvotes), but with something like this, once you've learned the main grammatical points, it's mostly just about new/different vocab sets. For some languages you can get really good, in depth visual dictionaries that are great for this kind of thing. I translated a manual for my MIL's work that was all about trees and railroad tie treatment and I got so much vocab out of one non-specialized visual dictionary.

Anyway, just throwing that out there for anyone that agrees with you but doesn't want to wait around and can afford non-free, and maybe didn't know about the existence of such things.

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

Thanks. I will look for dictionaries like that

January 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

Often Google images have helped me find a specific term (for example the bolt in an old french lock, the shapes of the interior courtyards of Gaudi's apartment building, an medallion artifact in a story, and how the foundation was anchored for the Eiffel tower... it really helps me learn when I can visualize stuff!

January 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ILoveFrench30

I think it's a good idea! Probably for lingots though, instead of a fee.

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

Did you really just say 'classy bedroom talk'?

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

Yes.

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

I would love to see something like this. I imagine they're concentrating on getting the basics out in as many languages as possible first, but I would love this to be in the pipeline.

Personally I would like to see it be Lingots (even if it was really "expensive" in Lingots, be worth saving up for!) or as a bonus for doing really well.

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hellerm

Like the name!! Also, great idea! It would be fun to make those.

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sheldon_penny

I agree wholeheartedly!!!

I recently suggested something similar. I also suggested using lingots mainly because when you have reached a certain level of your tree you should have already amassed a significant number of them and there isn't much to buy.

At first I thought that the incubator would be a good place to do this but now I'm suggesting that we use the Translation activity. Somone would begin by uploading a new document for translation. It would be identified with a specific word in the title ie " Greetings Rabbit hole"; "Fine Dining Rabbit hole" ... It could be uploaded to multiple languages ie English - Spanish ; English - French etc. It would then be translated/curated by volunteers and once it has been completed it submitted to the incubator moderator(s). They in turn would append it to the curriculum and it would show up as "Rabbit holes" or Special Skills.

I really think that this would greatly increase the value of Duolingo for those of us who have completed our trees and want to improve without the need of any additional coding.

We really need for everyone to push this thread onto the Popular section. Even if it is just a me too.

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sheldon_penny

Hmm, the mobile version still uses Hearts/Lingots but the Web site no longer seem to give them out. I guess that using Lingots will not be an option.

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

Lingots are still here...

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sheldon_penny

How? When I complete the section even when I have no errors, there are no lingots. How do you win lingots on the web page? Not that I need anymore (over 1160 ;-D)

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

I get 2 lingots every time I finish a little badge, and I only use the website... I have not converted to a smart phone as of yet...

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

You can still do lingot wagers, level up, or get a multiple of ten in a streak.

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doktorkampi

Great idea! And I would like a Travel around the country Rabbit Hole or something like that, and there I would explain the main DIALECTS. Many people still demand a different course for European/American Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch/Flemish... This could give them a good sample of the language diversity.

February 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I approve of this suggestion! xD (I'm still not settled on the Lingots thing, but those details can always be ironed out later.)

bunny hearts it

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sheldon_penny

Yay!!! we have a moderator on board!

PS Cool bunny, love the avatar, very à propos!

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Moderators don't necessarily add an advantage. But, I do love the idea. I hope the extra up vote will encourage staff to see that many people endorse this idea. :)

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

So, how do you make suggestions to the staff of DL? I would love to actually put this in for a suggestion....

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/haleygrace

You could suggest it on the support tab to the side of your screen (if you are on the website).

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/odoinn

This is an absolutely brilliant idea. Fair play to you.

February 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k

I like the hiking side trail idea. As a long distance hiker and one who is leaving for Spain in a few months to hike the Camino de Santiago across Spain for two months that would really come in handy. What a great suggestion!

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

Very cool! My fiancé and I wanted to do that for our honeymoon, but I ended up out of work for a few months last year, making it impossible...

February 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx

I LOVE this idea. (and that you used the word y'alls) But anyway, perhaps buying with lingots isn't the best idea. Perhaps one could buy the first lesson (or, in essence, the whole rabbit hole) with 35 lingots, then unlock the next lessons like normal? Plenty of people (such as myself) would love rabbit holes but we don't have hundreds of lingots. :)

Or, as quirkyowl suggested, the rabbit holes could open up when the tree is completed!

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

Yes, now we just need to convince the powers that be that it is a good idea!!!

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx

Well, I suggested it! Let's hope they think it's a good idea. :)

February 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DraeWright

¡Buen idea! Hiker and traveller here. Plus, more in depth and adding even more variety. Love those books and blog posts as well as the new Spanish vocab. In your "spare time" of course, Duolingo!

July 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marido_de_Maru

lingots would be the way to go. I would love to do this. Maybe I can pitch it for Spanish when I get married, and my wife and I can work on it for the English/Spanish español/inglés trees... She and I could do a few rabbit holes. Hiking, politics, religion, just to name a few. I like the conversation idea someone mentioned here. That would be a cool end of the hole lesson! Or, maybe just 4 or 5 small conversational lessons with the desired vocabulary... it can even go along in that you unlock them by level. For instance, after you pass such and such a point, you can access level 1 of art, and after such and such a point, lesson 2 of art, the Renaissance, and at such and such a point etc. And make them a discussion with different tenses and all, depending on the level... or, make them all decently complex, and available toward the middle or end of the tree. There are a lot of ways this can go, and it could be a mixture... This is a fun brainstorm!!

February 3, 2015

[deactivated user]

    Awesome idea! Hopefully the creators can make some agujeros de conejo!

    February 3, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Sammicaz

    Thats... Actually a really good idea! However, I think they should be unlocked via time and consistency; i.e. A weekly streak would maybe open up a new level on the rabbit hole, or maybe every level you get to go deeper into a hole.

    January 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

    I like it. Great idea. And I like all 3 of your examples -- romance, hiking, and food.

    January 5, 2017
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