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Recent improvements to home and translations

As you know, we're continually working on improving the site. You may notice a few changes this week, but I want to highlight two of them:

  1. Real-world translations work a bit differently. Previously, you would rate another person's translation using the smiley faces to say whether it was perfect, meh, or bad. Now, after entering your translation you have the option to choose the best translation among a set of three choices. If none of the choices are very good, you can also choose the better one and edit it before submitting your vote. We think this makes grading more effective.

  2. Half of you are seeing a new version of the Home screen with a number of improvements. The three main changes are: (A) there is now a more prominent way to switch languages using country flags; (B) you can now see how far along the tree your friends are in to help you maintain the friendly competition; and (C) we've redesigned the profile pages to help you see your friends' stats more easily.

For those of you who can't see the new home yet, here's what it looks like: http://cl.ly/LNlF

Let us know what you think!

December 6, 2012



The new layout appeared for me a few minutes ago and I must say I really like it!

And thanks a lot for the changes in the real-world translations. Now it works for me again.


The new layout is superb. Great work, guys!


I will miss the "Find people to follow" option also


I want to reserve judgement until I see how it works over a few days . I appreciate the effort , in any case.


It's really minor, but I'm surprised to see the flag of Spain representing Spanish when the emphasis is on Latin American Spanish. It would seem like a Latin American flag would make more sense.


We spent a long time discussing this, but unfortunately there is no great solution. Most people don't recognize any latin american flags (and the Mexican flag is very similar to the Italian one).


why does the Stars and Stripes represent English, shouldn't it be the Union Jack? The clue is in the word"English"!


I like the fancy new design, but I don't like that I can no longer comment on edits.


I liked to be able to comment on edits too. I have no idea how the new system works, but I wonder if the edits are even submitted back to the original author. I suspect they just go back into the pool of candidates. If that's true, there's nobody to read the comments anyway. They were useful though. I liked being able to explain why I was suggesting certain changes, and when I got suggestions, I liked to read why the submitter thought changes were in order. That was a pretty good learning tool for both parties (I thought).


I don't know if I miss the comments on edits (I never commented or received comments) but I did like getting the email notification that someone had suggested an edit and then you had the chance to review the edit. That was a great way to learn and continue improving your translation skills.


Yeah, it definitely helps if someone tells you why something is wrong.


The new layout is great. I like the fact I can see my own profile page now (the only way I could do that before was to log out) and that I can see where my friends are on the tree. The flags are a nice touch. The translation rating system seems to be an improvement, though during my brief use of it I've twice been asked to rate my own translations - could be something to fix.

One thing I miss is the 'Find people to follow' option, which (unless I'm missing something obvious?) looks to have disappeared. The only way to connect with people now seems to be through Facebook and clicking on random profiles. None of my Facebook friends use Duolingo so I'd be sadly friendless if the 'Follow' option had been taken away earlier. :(


I think the flags are colorful touch and I also enjoy being able to see where my friends are on my skill tree.


I like what I see, but one thing is puzzling me. When I go to Duolingo through a reminder email, I find tabs for each language I'm learning, as well as my stream, at the top of the language tree. I like this. However, when I hit a specific tab, only that language remains. This stays as the only one, even when I hit home. It's easy to hit the flag drop down menu, but having tabs at the top of the language tree is preferable.

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Nice touch; Duolingo is very busy improving its site; I like the "new" real-world translation better than the previous one... I hope some of the users who quit translating are coming back now. The new home page looks neat and leaves a "brighter" impression; Good work, thanks Luis/Duolingo


I dont know if its my fault cause I just don't find it, but apperantly I can't search for people anymore?Other than that, it looks great!


But where are my accumulated skill points now? I don't even know where I stand towards my next level. This is not good


For 2(B), the dotted line always points to the leftmost skill in that row.


Thank you for that info.


Interesting to see there are very few " points " listed at the end of the article being translated under " top translators " compared to before, so I wonder exactly how points are accrued .


Good changes, thanks!


I like the new translations. The 'perfect, meh, bad' system was OK but a little unforgiving if there was a slight typo or maybe one choice of word that could have been better, but the new system takes care of that. Including comments for the edit would make it perfect for me.


I miss the old system actually because sometimes two translations were really quite good or ok but had different things correct and different wrong. As it stands this encourages a translation with flaws, that is even slightly better on the whole, getting to the top


And shouldn't the best translation, even if flawed, be at the top? I'm assuming Duolingo is considering the statistics when determining a top translation (If one translation was picked more, but also offered more, it's not necessarily better - I'm guessing some sort of a pruned weighted tournament ranking algorithm that requests the arcs it needs?).

If they do, the only thing that can be done to improve quality is allowing for more translations of the same sentence.


I like choosing the best translation among three choices. Another thing I like is that I was not getting points for translating (for unknown reason) and now I am.


I just have one gripe with these design changes—the circular avatars. I really hate them. They anti-alias extremely poorly too. They're impossible to theme away too—the circles are on the profile pictures themselves.

Just putting it out there.


So does the new translation system mean the grade reports are dead?


They are for now, but you get points immediately. Pretty soon you'll get an email when your translation is the best (along with extra points).


How do I see my followers and who I'm following now with the new design?


I really like this change, mainly because of the immediate feedback on translation - even though it's still not as good for me as it was a couple of months ago before the changes, it definitely works better than the grade report thing. One thing though, I was offered my own translation as one of the three to choose from, and I think this should be avoided (I mean, for me it works because mine is really the best translation, but other people may get that too :) ).


So now it's only possible to add friends if one uses and connects a Facebook account? Too bad..


You can invite people via email, and you can also add anybody you see in the website (all without ever using Facebook). We're also going to bring search back.


So if you know your friend's username and you both have accounts already is there a way to start following them?


Write their name into the url like: http://duolingo.com/#/nimbus77, or search for their name on the top right.


Could Duoling not just let us go on learning until we master a skill instead of having us do translations in order to get to that end? I think we should translate when we feel ready to do so, and not merely do it as an imposition.


You can continue learning without doing any translations.


What happened to the "practice" button?


It's on the right side now and says "Practice Vocabulary". Functions the same as before though.


I like the latest improvements! Also, the change in the way the practice works. Suddenly I am seeing a lot of old words that I needed to refresh, and brand new words I've never seen before! I'm also happy to have immediate points for translations again. Thank you!


Nice Keep It Up...


I haven't seen number 2 yet


I still see the old home page! How is this even possible? I have registered like 3-4 weeks ago, my gf about 2 weeks ago, and her page is new (improved skill tree, new graphics, more lessons in each module) and mine is still the old. Could you help me please? Thanxx


We're moving users gradually. The move should be done in ~2 weeks.


Thank you for the quick answer!

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