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Length of time to translate and speak answer in challenges


#1

Do I have to finish my answer before Catrin starts speaking or before she finishes when trying to achieve 80% success


#2

Don’t pay too much attention to the 80% - it’s old advice and only a guideline anyway, it really doesn’t matter if you’re still speaking when she repeats the phrase.


#3

A good way to use the pause button, if you’re in a situation where you can, is just to use it if Catrin starts speaking and you want a couple of seconds to finish what you were saying. It’s fine to talk over the top of her though, then listen to Aran after that.


#4

I rather think she talks over the top of me which is very frustrating, Using the pause button makes it very clunky, I need to unwind with some Duolingo after trying Ex 2 yet again.


#5

Most people experience something similar initially, but as your brain gets used to the system you’ll find that you speed up. Your answers become more automatic - which is the ideal for real conversation - and most of the time you can reply in the gap. The need for pausing decreases so you end up only doing it occasionally on the longer sentences.


#6

If you don’t want to speak over Catrin, you could slow everything down a bit. Conversely, if you’re going back for a refresher ( as I did after switching to Spanish for 7 weeks in Spain) then you can speed it up. I found revision at 1.5 x less boring than normal speed and now I’m back to where I left off at Challenge 20. Duolingo is now so slow and boring. I joined because, from searching, they seem to have something about the structure of the language but I can’t find it on the App, which I find difficult to use. All this points stuff drives me bonkers. Thank goodness for SSi but I am curious about the structure of the language! Anyone within or near the Newtown/Knighton/Llandrindod triangle who would like to partner with me, a 70 year old female gardener? Lynne