Duolingo redesign aims to make language learning easier

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Duolingo is testing a new home screen design for its app in an effort to more easily guide users step-by-step through a language-learning journey.

Not much changes at the heart of Duolingo: the lesson content is the same, but it’s grouped into smaller units with integrated, blended practice so users learn a mix of concepts instead of focusing on one theme at a time. that time.

According to Duolingo. Usually done with flashcards (or, in this case, digital study notes), the technique is well suited for retaining vocabulary in a second language. “Fundamentally, it’s more effective to space out the practice of a particular concept than to cram in,” the company said, pointing to its similarity to “hovering” or “waterfall.” methods.

Regular students of the app will notice small changes such as short stories integrated into the path (rather than relegated to a separate tab), tips grouped into unit “guides” for better accessibility, and objectives accessible from from the Challenges tab.

Those in it for notoriety will appreciate the fact that now when you complete a set of legendary challenges, the status applies to an entire unit, not just a single skill. Duolingo is also expanding its cast of characters to encourage you along your learning journey.

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“The new path feels a bit longer, but it’s still the same content, just organized in a different way,” Duolingo said. “We’re confident this new method will help you learn more effectively, and we’re excited for you to try it.” All existing progress and credits have been preserved, so you won’t have to start from scratch.

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