I've been using Duolingo for about a month now and I'm really enjoying it, but I'm having a moral quandry and was wondering if you guys could advise me.
I kept getting frustrated at misspelling things that I knew were very close but a couple of letters off, I seem to have a lot of trouble spelling Portugese words after studying a bit of Spanish at school. I decided to use Chrome's Portugese spellchecker to help me correct myself. I was wondering if people think this is a good idea or not?
Obviously losing hearts is how you learn, if you spell it wrong then you have to do it again until you get it right. However I find myself losing the will to learn when I continually make silly mistakes like leaving accents off words.
What do you guys think? Will it stop me from learning properly by being a crutch for my bad spelling?
I'm forced to use a spell checker because I cannot spell very well even in English. I'm probably dyslexic. My best guess is using a spell checker does hurt learning how to spell. I'd be too frustrated without it though and just give up. Doing something that is entirely optional and difficult like learning a second language will always be a difficult thing to accomplish for most people. Most people are going to give up on duolingo fairly quick. With that in mind my advice is to go ahead and use it for now if you are getting very frustrated without.
If that qualifies as a 'moral quandary' for you then you must lead an exemplary life!
The main thing is that you remember the words. If you need a little help getting the spelling right and it keeps you from getting discouraged then I don't see any real harm in using it. Just try to pay attention to how it corrects you and perhaps over time you'll need it less.
Haha, I may have been a bit dramatic with my wording.
I think you're right. I've decided that I'll do it when taking the normal classes but when I go over my vocabulary, which I try and do every couple of days, I'll turn it off. That way the spelling will get reenforced there also.