FEIW, as a daily user, my use of Duolingo has dropped from 15-30mins/day to whatever is the bare minimum to keep my streak alive.
But, my comment above, like this article, is just a complaint and not a contemplation on what would be a better way of learning.
Do you feel Duolingo has already helped you to hit some learning goals?
I hadn’t checked this update out yet (shame on me for dropping my Finnish), it’s indeed overwhelming. Duolingo is known for having an experimentation culture. I can only assume this change went through several tests before they released it generally.
I can see that this new path is good for casual, infrequent learners that need to build a learning habit with as little friction as possible, yet annoying for heavy learners that want more flexibility (like the writers). Maybe Duo wants to focus more on engaging and retaining the former…
Who thought these changes were a good idea. It’s very confusing and unnecessary.
I disliked this update at first sight 😖