Turning off certain words or pictures for words?
I'm newly re-using duolingo. I had tried to use it to refresh my Spanish a couple of years ago, but I stopped using it (I'm sure most of you will think it's a stupid reason and it is) because I vividly remember getting to the animals lesson and being confronted with an upclose picture of a spider's face. I'm absolutely terrified of spiders. Is there anyway that I can block that word from having a picture or that I can skip that word altogether in other languages I'm learning? I'm currently working on Irish and I don't want to feel like I have to quit again : My arachnophobia is that bad.
To my knowledge, there is no user control of either pictures or vocabulary here. Some browsers allow the blocking of all images, if you use a browser for Duolingo; for example, Firefox can do so in the Contents tab of its Tools → Options (under Windows) or Preferences (under OS X), if removing all images while using Duolingo is a price that you’d be willing to pay to avoid receiving an image of a spider. I know that damhán alla (“spider”) has been mentioned in the Irish discussions, but no images were embedded within those discussions; I don’t remember if there was an Irish exercise with an image of a spider.
EDIT: If you or someone you know is comfortable with software configuration, you could set up a browser to not display known spider images (but display all other images) by hooking it into a proxy filter like Privoxy, and providing the filter with the URLs of the images to not be displayed.