New and improved Italian tree!
Today all of you Italian language learners will get a new Italian tree! Over the past few weeks, we tested these updates with about 25% of all Duolingo Italian learners. We've made some changes based on what we discovered and improved the language learning experience as a result. :)
So, what have we added?
More useful words such as: benzina = gas/gasoline (for your car); liceo = high school; coraggio = courage; and of course... gelato = ice-cream :)
Common phrases such as: Where does this bus go? or Nice to meet you!
What have we modified?
Combined the SIZES and MEASUREMENTS skills.
Moved certain words to skills where they make more sense.
What have we gotten rid of?
The ‘congiuntivo trapassato’ skill, a particularly advanced subjunctive tense that isn’t essential.
Words that we’ve found aren’t as important as the new vocab we’ve included: espansione (expansion), vertice (peak), and others.
If you've finished the Italian tree, you’ll notice that you'll have to return to some skills where we’ve added lessons and complete the new additions to the tree. It means more practice and learning for you. As always, please let us know your thoughts!
"Per favore" ;) The congiuntivo trapassato was a doozy. It is useful to have challenging grammar to practise, and satisfying to finally achieve it, but it was problematic. There are so many potential translations in English that I found I had to write down some of Duo's in order to pass it in a timely manner. Having said that, I would quite like to be able to re-visit it to help my fluency with it. Hopefully since then it has had more input from users.
Is it possible to return the 'congiuntivo trapassato' skill and perhaps make it optional? This would enable the serious language learners to grapple with the challenges they desire and leave the dabblers to practice their 'nice to meet you' phrases to their hearts' content.
In terms of topics we've lost 3, there used to be 69 topic sections in the tree now theres only 66, :(
Thanks for the update. When the Spanish tree was last updated, there was talk of "re-opening" the shortcuts so that the lessons distributed throughout a section of the tree (especially the early parts) don't have to be done individually (and could be done ideally all at once with one test at the end). Could this still be implemented?