Alternate Common Spellings and Additional Vernacular?

I've noticed a few times when Duolingo will mark certain spellings or words wrong or almost correct, when I use a common or vernacular spelling. I have been learning from a native Norwegian, so I believe the alternate spellings should also be accepted.

Here are a couple of examples:

  • Vær så god / værsågod
  • Ha det (bra, fint, etc.) / hade, hadebra, hadefint, etc.

Also, I'm wondering if a few more vernacular words can be added:

Snakkes! (We'll talk! - used for goodbye like "Vi sees!") Natta! (Cute version of "God natt!") Hallo (self-explanatory, pronounced haloo)

My friend tells me these will be more used in verbal language rather than written, but some are commonly written in everyday use and conversations.

June 7, 2015

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Well, they are just that, almost correct. Marking them as anything else would be misleading.

While spelling them that way is perfectly fine if you're a 20 year old chatting or texting with friends, it gets problematic in other settings. We can't expect learners at a beginner level to intuitively know the difference, nor does the Duolingo format lend itself to explaining it on a word-for-word basis.

Another issue with allowing people to write the way they talk is the sheer amount of dialects we'd have to accommodate. It's a slippery slope... ;)

June 7, 2015

Makes sense. Thanks for the reply!

June 8, 2015
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