I wish Duolingo would...
I love Duolingo so far. I was just thinking about ways it could be improved. I would start with these 2 things.
01.I wish Duolingo would have had 10 or 20 native speakers record every word and every sentence we would hear. Then, I wish they used that to give us the option to cycle through listening through those speakers saying the same thing slightly differently. Like a second smaller audio button under the speaker button. Some of the current audio sounds pretty robotic. Getting used to hearing how different people say the same things would go a long way.
With a community this large it would be easy to get native speakers and studios to volunteer. It could be 96 or 128 kbps audio to keep the file sizes and in turn, download packs small. I doubt it's higher or much higher as is.
02.I wish the content was funnier like the bonus romance pack. Even corny funny like the "I wish I was cross eyed so that I could see you twice" line... It's so much more memorable when it's funny.
I have other ideas but those are the only ones that seem likely to easily fit into the current framework.
Do you have any ideas?
Distinguish between the "core" language itself (e.g. spanish) and the dialects all over the world (e.g. latinamerican spanish).
I've been 2 days trying to convince a duolingo user than in spanish laptop is a male name, according to the RAE (spanish royal academy), but he/she keeps on saying that in his/her country is female. That is not spanish, but "latinamerican spanish". And it just doesn`t sound neutral like he/she states, but funny,
So it would be great if duolingo allowed to practice dialects, beside languages, so everyone has its place.
I would get confused. I already find comp past confusing enough in French with the robotic audio. Here is an example you might like. In Spanish, I address my grandparents as "Abuelito" for grandfather, and "Abuelita" for grandmother. However, if I am just talking about grandparents in general, I would say "abuelo" or "abuela." "Ito" and "Ita" are suffixes which are added to references of relatives as terms of endearment. The foreign language channels like Telemundo and Univision for Spanish and French websites recommended on the Discussion modes allow a student to hear these languages spoken by humans in addition to using the robotic audios for lessons in Duolingo . I am giving some consideration to concentrating on Spanish. I can always come back to French after I finish the duolingo tree forwards and backwards. In many tourists attractions, English is spoken. I'm just getting so confused myself. I was working on the Comp past in French. But at the same time, I don't want to forget the French. But it's something I could review periodically while still focusing on the Spanish a lot more.
Thanks. I don't think it would confuse me. In German, for instance, there are super robotic parts where I think everyone would really benefit from being able to hear the same thing said by several different people. It's about developing that kind of a sensitivity anyway... The Ito and Ita tips are nice. I just made another post about material to watch or listen to in addition to duolingo. I'm trying to throw the kitchen sink at it... :)
Now I'm confusing my English since Im trying to learn French and Spanish at the same time. I actually have more help with the Spanish since my mother speaks Spanish and I do pick up Univision on TV. Please forgive my editing. I do read the other posts and find them very helpful. I'm older. My memory can handle only so much at any given time.
Though I think my idea slightly improbable and a little outside of Duolingo's aesthetic- perhaps a spin-off web series (like a YouTube channel) with native conversations varying in comprehensive difficulty to get people used to the conversational level in the language- therefore improving listening skills and the understanding of how the language practically works. Of course, there are many places out there which serve this purpose, but a supplementary video for each lesson, or even for each section (I'm not sure if there's a name for the lessons between the barriers- "Tiers"?) could be very useful for language learning (and general enjoyment)- Nevlogeos :)