Switching between languages
Is there an easy way to switch between different languages other than going through the "Add new course" option? I am referring to languages you are already active in.
I used a script, and I love it so much. You should definitely use it. Before, I didn't really work on my reverse tree, but now it's right there!
Go to the course page and set it as a bookmark in your browser. Bookmark the pages on which it says "switch to course". Then you can switch in two clicks without going through any lists. :)
Yes, hover over the flag on the top of the screen (by your profile picture) and you will see all of your active languages.
She might be asking about "reverse trees" and "laddering" i.e. she wants to change her base language. I do not know a better way, but would like to.
I must have something set up wrong, because it's only showing the current one that I am "active" on. I guess AvocadoSam has some idea of the problerm; I am doing a "reverse" tree.
In your post you talked about the "add a new course" page, you do realize that this is a different page?
It really doesn't get simpler than this without installing scripts like others have talked about.
If I click the flag, nothing happens. It probably only works if you are doing different languages with the same one as your base. On one, I am a speaker of English; on the other, I am - theoretically, of course - a speaker of Italian. There seems to be no connection between the two courses.
I use the option I described to switch between the "Italian for English speakers" and "English for Italian speakers" courses, among others. Strange that it doesn't work for you.
I have created a web page for myself with all the links to the languages I'm doing and made it my browser's default web page.
By using Wordpress, I can easily access the list from other computers too.
Sounds like a good idea, but beyond what I need. I always use the same computer. I have also created a document for help in Italian with the accented letters. A bit clumsy, but I can just copy and paste them.
You may find it worthwhile to enable International Keyboard settings on your computer. In this way, I type accents in French like this: 'e = é, ^e = ê, `o = ò, 'c = ç, etcetra. It's very easy and now I can type as fast in French as I can in English. I'm using an American keyboard.
These are instructions for enabling accents in Windows:
There is also a very nice tool called "Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator" (on Windows) which enables you to define your own dead keys etc.
It just occurred to me that I can't make separate links. I bookmarked the one, but it won't let me bookmark the other. It thinks they are both the same. And when I click on the drop-down symbol to pull up the page, it will come up on whichever one I was one last.
Here's the page I've created for myself: http://revpetemyers.com/portal/
You can copy and paste the page source and adjust it for your own needs. You don't need to host the html file, all you need is something like a duolingo.htm file on your desktop with the links in.
You have to link to the page that says "go to this course". That has the course information hard coded into the url, rather than using invisible POST and server variables to keep track of what language you're doing.
Does all that make sense, or have I been too technical?
I'll have to think about it for a while; I am a technical person myself - programmed computers for 25 years, but the technology has drastically changed since my time. I'll check it out, and see if I can figure it out. Right now I am using the alt keys, which is a little faster than the copy/past.
I think I just found out how to find the separate links. That should fix up the link issue for me.
I guess I misunderstood what you were referring to - I was thinking about the different characters, and I see that your site has links to your various language courses. I think I could make up something like that, except that I can't seem to differentiate between the Italian to English and the English to Italian. I see you have done something like that with Spanish. How do you locate the specific link you want? As I mentioned, when I go to duolingo, from my "default" link, it will take me to the last one I was using.
Go to the language switch menu and click "Add new course".
Click on the course page you want to create a link to (the course page with the "Switch to course" button).
Highlight the url in the url bar, and copy this.
Now create a hyperlink and paste this url in.
Was your other issue about switching keyboards? If so, then what operating system are you on? Mac or PC?
No, it was just about the best way to handle the special characters, not necessarily about switching keyboards. For what it's worth, I have a PC.
Oh, ok. Like you I use alt keys for special characters. But depending on the language I sometimes use a special keyboard (e.g. the Turkish special characters are a lot easier to access by using a Turkish keyboard).
However... for Italian if you're using the alt keys with the normal keyboard then you're doing it the most efficient way already.
I was just thinking that it would be awesome to just have a super quick way to switch between languages. I don't bother keeping up on my reverse tree (spanish to english) because its so many steps to switching and switching back again. I love this site. So far that is the only thing I have come across that could be improved! BTW I just tried out the labs tab and I very much enjoyed it!