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New Lessons-for-Purchase?

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I think duoLingo's "Words and rules" (as Steven Pinker might put it) approach to the lessons is basically very sound. At the same time, I also think the lessons that duoLingo lets us buy in the beginning of starting a new language are very interesting--who hasn't smiled at the idioms, laughed at the flirting lines, or learned some new Christmas customs?

I just wonder if it's possible to EXPAND the use of these. Maybe at key points in the tree, other lessons-for-purchase could be offered (i.e. it wouldn't be enough simply to have lingots in the bank, but you'd actually need to reach a certain point in your progression).

Examples: 1. "Dear John" phrases: the logical counterpoint to the "Flirting" lesson ("I think we should see other people" etc) 2. "Mommie talk": phrases that caretakers use with young children to engage them (Spanish for "duckie" or "choo-choo-train," anyone?) 3. "Mother talk": phrases that teenagers love to hear so much ("Wait until you have kids of your own!" etc) 4. Regional varieties--showcasing quirks in usages in different areas of that language's spread (Mexican Spanish, etc) 5. Stories/Folktales: Especially for those which are tied specifically to a particular background ("Zorro"?). Some might even be available in serial ("Don Quixote"?).

Some of these would definitely make more sense to put later in the tree, and there are a myriad of possibilities. (And naturally these also apply to any of the other languages, too.) Just thinking out loud...

3 years ago

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m.tastic
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Agreed. But I'd like to have bonus skills people will want to do. Like "Hair", which would be useful in a barber shop or salon. Or "Elements", which I would personally enjoy.

3 years ago

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I guess finding the skills that people will want to do would involve gathering info about that--which might be one reason why there aren't more of these kinds of lessons. I agree that "Hair" or similarly-themed things should go over well (survival phrases--"at a hotel" etc).

3 years ago

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I think Duolingo can teach 2000 more words an that is it!

3 years ago

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Some of the new lessons wouldn't necessarily involve teaching lots of new words (such as the "rejection lines"): the words are probably there already, but they'd be presented in a new way. Just a thought...

3 years ago