✻ Look at all the Duolingo team has done in the past week!
The DL team has done so much this past week! (A round of applause!) And just for us to really see, here is a review of all their work:
In the Hackathon
- Practice listening and writing through through watching movie trailers on Youtube
- Error review
- Races with your friends
- Practices through chats
Other updates and additions
- The new Duolingo for iOS 7
- Duolingo gear
- New skill tree design
- Word strength fix
- Italian speaking exercises
- Duolingo Free at Last video
That is certainly a lot! And they've done that plus work on the Incubator tools! Now here is the question:
What update or addition from this past week are you most excited about? ☺
Duolingo -- you're the best.
You really are so great!
This program is so brilliant,
you've been able to create!
Not to be cynical, but there is an awesome thing that can happen for a while with a newer code base, and a smaller team...the team can iterate very rapidly and make massive and awesome improvements. It is a wonderful thing! It helps that the Duolingo team also is awesome! But it does happen that as the code base expands there can be periods where the team is working really hard, but the external impact appears to be less...so, if they seem to be going slow trust that they are still working, and go try and translate something (I think I am up to at least 20 points of translation...sort of sad :-)
While I do appreciate their efforts, these improvements aren't applicable to everyone, nor are they for everyone. Like it's dependent on what language you study, or plan to study. What device you use to practice your language learning. How active your peers are on Duolingo, how accustomed you were to the old tree design and so on.
For me, so far, the only useful updates so far is probably word strength fix and the stricter mic tests. Though I don't doubt they will have future developments more suited for me.
Wonderful, but today you reduced my streak to 1, even though I can still clearly see in my weekly progress that I have completed all the last 7 days. Your system really encourages me to come back daily, but when my streak disappears, and I lose my lingot wager, when I have completed every day, it affects me negatively. Sad, coz you are otherwise doing a great job.
I taught ESL for two years and I can honestly say this is the best language website I've come across. I never used it in class because I used my own materials but for the purpose of at home language acquisition, I think its truly revolutionary. I mention duolingo so much on my Facebook I may as well work for them. But seriously, I love being a part of this site and watching it grow is amazing.
One thing, though.
"Practice listening and writing through through watching movie trailers on Youtube"
I WOULD LOVE TO DO THIS. WHEN CAN WE DO THIS??
Please , Please , could you make a new lingot for buying a few days absence from Duolingo . 3-5 days would be great . This will be the third time I am going to start a streak after building up 100-300 days . I do not mind the review and down grade in level . I miss the text of new vocabulary to be learned in the new topic and the lesson .BEFORE the new look ,nearly every day of study I reviewed , clicking on a lesson . Now there is NO chance to review before going on with another lesson .........(unless the program is made to put the mistakes I made in a review in the next lesson ).This I have NOT seen. Now I am forced to take paper and pen and record my mistakes