https://www.duolingo.com/Celine1988

Timed practice: too little time

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I know that this issue has been raised before. But I really like the competition when practicing. So I do not think that this item should be removed but modified. Why not set the timer at 1 minute instead of 30 seconds. That would already greatly improve it.

September 14, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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IMO, it can be too little at the beginning, but after some days/weeks of practice it become enough.
Clearly sometimes you'll still lack some time, but without it there would be no challenge...

September 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Celine1988
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I totally agree, but when you need to translate a full sentence (especially later in the tree) it simply is not enough. And I am a fast typer ;)

September 14, 2013

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Of course some time you have one or two long sentence in a time practice session, but it's even more challenging. I finished two trees and it doesn't occur so much for this languages and it's generally doable (even if sometimes I have to think about the sentence in French (from English) to translate it to Spanish at the end).

I really think there wouldn't be any challenge with one minute (for this amount of questions). At least for french <-> english and spanish <-> english. But maybe the german case is special and some additional time could be, but multiplying it by two...

September 14, 2013

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I find this too. Even an just extra 10 seconds would make a difference :)

September 14, 2013

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May be they avoid introducing writhing (especially long) questions for the first few questions (if that technically easy).

September 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Well, if they doubled the time they'd have to double the number of questions. In any case see tips on this thread, on how to beat the timer : http://www.duolingo.com/comment/793199

September 15, 2013
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