New and improved Portuguese tree!
Today all of you Portuguese language learners will get a new Portuguese tree! Over the past few weeks, we tested these updates with about 25% of all Duolingo Portuguese 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?
A new skill called "Verbs: Imperative" that teaches you how to express commands like "Go!" or "Do not eat!"
More useful phrases such as: "How do I get to the bus station?" or "Do you speak English?"
More useful words such as: emergência = emergency; entregar = deliver; lei = law; and of course... guarda-chuva = umbrella :)
What have we modified?
Moved certain words to skills where they make more sense.
Removed some words that we’ve found aren’t as important as the new vocab we’ve included.
If you've finished the Portuguese 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!
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That is good news!. I would like to ask a favor: Is it any way that you in Duo improve the pronunciation in the lessons?. Most of the times it is difficult to understand what the robot says. And it is not only in portuguese: spanish and italian (in less extent) have the same problem.
Otherwise, I like your system a lot, parabéns!
Thanks for looking into the Portuguese, tony! We really appreciate it! You people do some amazing work.
Did you guys happen to look into the slow pronunciation of "é" in pretty much every sentence? It is one of the most important words in the language, and in slow mode it is always pronounced as "ê", which is wildly incorrect and could impact learning for people who trust duolingo with a big part of their language education. Then again, maybe I'm the only one bothered by it... I have no idea if anyone else has reported it before, but I imagine they have. =)
Great, now I have a better excuse to go back and review! Even though I occasionally find some of the flaws in the translations frustrating, I genuinely appreciate that they are being refined over time. Now we're even getting new material to consider, so a big tip of the cap to the Duolingo crew.
I was already waiting for this update, since you've done Italian a few weeks ago. I'm halfway through the new lessons and I like them :) .
I've found one major bug (or is it a feature ;) ): The new Verbs: Imperative seems to have inherited all discussions from the other Portuguese skills. Most of them have nothing to do with the Imperative so I think it's best if you just remove all the discussions from that skill.
I like the changes that Duolingo have made. I was noticing in some lessons that some sentences did not make sense whatsoever upon translating into English and love the fact the learning experience is now enhanced! I think I am going to complete these additional lessons before I finish my current lesson and proceed through the skill tree to ensure the new vocabulary is instilled in my long term memory. Obrigado Duolingo :)
I find the Portuguese tree to be somewhat odd... it ramps up the difficulty and introduces new words without warning, so I have to play catch up with a)remembering the meaning b)remembering the spelling, and c)remembering verb constructions.
It just comes off as very unfair at times, I find myself thinking "well how was I supposed to know that?" quite often. For example, in a listening portion, I heard "luvas", and typed "louvres" since I didn't know what "luvas" were and it was the first time I'd heard it. Got it wrong through no fault of mine :/
Unless there's a dictionary somewhere that I'm supposed to be reading through or a word list to prepare with, I don't see how I'm supposed to know what words are without prior exposure to them in a sentence.
I have been studying portuguese using Duolingo for a short period of time. I thank you because I found it extremely helpful. I enjoy a lot studying my third language. Speaking Spanish makes it very simple to learn portuguese. You guys are doing an EXCELLENT JOB!!! I hope in near future you have also available Korean language. Keep up the great Job!!!!