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Course with a "second" mother tongue?

Hi there I'm refreshing my French skills with English as the "helping" second language which is quite fun. I would like to add a second language course now, e.g. Spanish, English or whatever but, with German as the "helping" language as this is my natural mother tongue. Is that possible or has it automatically to be always the same "helping" language? And can I switch between the courses within the mobile app easily?

Sorry for asking such probably silly questions but, some useful hints'n'help would be most appreciated.

Thanks and cheers!

Vor 3 Jahren

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No, you can do all language pairs if you want to. It doesn't matter if any of the two match with your native or base language.

In the current user interface it is just annoying to switch between courses with different base languages. For the same base language you just hover over the flag and select the other learning language. For different base languages you have to go into the "Add an new language" dialogue. But you don't lose anything when switching then. There is a user script that you can install in your browser for simplifying this somewhere in the discussions, maybe someone else has the link at hand.

Switching in the app is easier as you get the full list of language pairs there.

There seems to be a small bug when it gets to XP/level calculating and the fori. It seems that points from courses with different base languages are added sometimes (but not always). I get constantly higher XP ratings/levels for French which I did from German and from English. But that is just a visual bug, it doesn't affect the learning itself.

Vor 3 Jahren

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Thanx, Landsend, I'll give it a try, sounds a bit annoying. Should definitely be improved

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Nah, it's not that bad. I mean, how often do you change the course? Once, twice daily? You just need to find it the first time.

It should be improved, sure, but I wouldn't give that a high priority. It affects only relatively few people (ok, all the ones who do reverse courses, maybe not that few) but it is just a minor annoyance.

Vor 3 Jahren

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Changing the course depends on how easy it is to handle. No, I do not give it a high priority but, it would be nice if it could be more user-friendly. However, I like my Duoling French course anyway. It helps me to find the knowledge which is hidden in several drawers deep in my brain for ages ;-)

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The switching-between-courses-thing is bad enough for me to stop my English course. Someone somewhere in the forum wrote once that he or she has several open tabs in the browser - one for each language. Switching a tab is not that hard. ;-)

Do you prefer the app? I used to but meanwhile I sit mostly infront of the computer as I don't have that much typos when I use a hardware keyboard. Plus the Duolingo website has some grammar instructions which are missing in the app.

Vor 3 Jahren

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I would not stop your course, well I admit that the switching between courses with a different base language is annoying. Shouldn't be such a thing to improve it – in laymen's terms spoken ;-) Yes, I definitely work far more with the app, I know that the browser thing has several advantages especially the really helpful grammar instructions. Why on earth can these instructions not be included within the app, it shouldn't be such a thing . . .

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It's not such a big thing to stop my English course. So I have more time to concentrat on Swedish, what is the main thing why I am here. :-) My only worry is that my English is not good enough to finish the Swedish tree. But I will notice when I am that advanced in Swedish.

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By the way, your English is still quite well, you'll manage it I'm sure. I hope that the app's user interface will be improved one day in terms of more than one base language and the grammatical instructions..

Vor 3 Jahren