Learning to think in a new language and conversational skills
I think what duolingo does now, involves teaching you to translate. You see something in German, and then you write what it means in English. I think it would be nice to have it where you are asked something in the language you are learning, and respond in the same language.
I also think that the exercises could be configured a little differently. I mean you have the lessons and the practice, which are essentially the same thing. Only the practice can be timed. Rather I think adding additional options, where one could choose to study in a more specific way, would be nice. Does that makes sense?
I've been randomly making up sentences and saying them to my roommate. And also translating sentences out loud so I can hear myself and get used to the sounds coming out of my mouth. Thankfully, the pronunciation of the vowels is the same as it is for Japanese and I know a few other things which also helps like the ll = y sound and rolling my double rr's. It's certainly not the same thing as Q conversation though. I get that conversation doesn't pay the bills to keep the website open. Would be nice though :)
I agree, I like it the way it is now but reading what u just wrote I cant decide which I would like best. maybe they should have it in both ways.
Have it both ways was what I was suggesting. Instead of just flash card stuff, have other options. It would be in addition to the current program. It could even use information from your profile, so it knows when you are doing it correctly.