Love Duolingo but friends and school teachers never actually use it...
I want to try this new feature but my school language teachers never use it and are not inclined to use it... I think Duolingo should establish its own teacher system to push its users to learn languages. Or is it too much for Duolingo?
Duolingo already has lingots, streaks, and language tiers to "push" its users to learn languages. When all is said and done, users will learn languages or not. It's up to personal motivation.
Yeah... Maybe I am just so used to people pushing me doing things, which is not a good habit I guess.
By "new feature," do you mean Duolingo for Schools? If your school's teachers don't want to use Duolingo, there's not much you can do about that. To me, it sounds like you want to use Duolingo as a competitive tool with a set group of classmates (either real-life or online). I do think it's too much to expect Duolingo to provide the teacher for that kind of structure.
As Lrtward mentions, Duolingo is already providing lingots, tiers, etc to help users stick to learning languages. You might want to assemble your own group of "classmates" from other Duolingo users. :) Good luck with your studies!
True... I personally found it hard to keep the daily study on Duolingo even though I really like it, which doesn't seem a problem to you... (Seriously, how do you do that. 494? You are amazing!) I am always demotivated especially when the streak number breaks because sometimes I simply forget to study on Duo. I guess it's just my own problem... But thank you, it's been really fun to study new languages on Duo and I will keep trying to be on track everyday no matter what.
I had a lot of trouble getting into a consistent study groove at the beginning, too. I personally found it helpful to purchase a streak freeze in case of Internet or electrical failures, and I keep a double-or-nothing running at all times. Then I set aside a specific time of day that was Duolingo time. For me that was in the morning with my coffee. I don't have trouble getting out of bed but I do have trouble with letting obligations creep in during the day and override my good intentions for the evening. You might be different; you just have to find a time that works for you. I also set my coach to 1 XP so that on insanely busy days I can just do a bit of a timed practice and get that one XP and call it good. I also have Duolingo on my phone; if you have a smart phone or a tablet then I recommend this; you won't learn as much on a mobile device, but you can always find time to earn 1 XP while you wait on food, or a ride, or a class or meeting to start. You can even knock out an XP while you sit on the toilet :D
Hahha these are great suggestions. Thank you. And congratulations on your 400th day being on track :)
What Lrtward said. Except the toilet suggestion. (Sorry Lrtward....just a little icked out by that!) I'm a morning person, so I can generally do a least one review lesson to start off my day and maintain my streak. It also helps that I know people who are more comfortable with Spanish or Japanese, so I'm motivated to strengthen those languages so I can communicate more easily with them.
Yeah, I said the toilet thing mostly for effect. But I see so many people saying they "can't" maintain a streak and I know darn well and good they can IF they have a mobile device and the motivation. I realize all people don't have a mobile device; some don't have a computer at home or may not have reliable Internet. But some do.
I'm a morning person too. I wonder how many "long streakers" are morning people? If I have to wait until late evening/bedtime to do my Duolingo, I make so many more mistakes. I get confused, I don't retain new info. It's a whole different experience.
Just curious, are you from somewhere English is not the native language? Because it shows that you are also on your English study.
I'm from Southern California, so in some areas it may seem like English is not the native language! :) After I finished the Spanish tree, I started the reverse tree ("learning" English from Spanish) to get more review. Also, Japanese from English is not yet available, so I'm doing the English from Japanese tree. I already have some very basic knowledge of Japanese, but it's still a struggle, because Duolingo assumes E from J learners know all the characters.
Really smart, I have never thought about that. Japanese is a hard language to learn to you Americans I guess because even though they use Romanji (alphabet), the complexity of those Kanji just make it really hard to remember, right? Haha it would be easier for me because I'm Chinese who are already used to the character system... Anyway, good luck on your Spanish and Japanese studies :)
Yeah, wow, that is a good idea to do a reverse tree. I imagine I'd probably go get some more vocab and try to speak with some real peeps first, but that is now on my list of to-do.
By the way, just curious, at about what language level do you normally finish a tree at?
Mercalyn--I can't respond directly to your post because it's nested too deeply. With the reverse tree, I make sure I turn off the microphone and speaker settings, so I don't waste time having to speak or take dictation of English sentences.
I don't remember what level I was at when I completed the Spanish from English tree. For the reverse tree I did a lot of reviewing, and I think I was at level 20 when I finished.
EDITED to add: since I've also been doing English from Japanese, those XP might get dumped in the same bucket....not sure.
There is a system that teachers use called Duolingo for schools, look it up.