Difficulty ratings for lessons
Like most beginners on ChinesePod I started out with just Newbies, then began looking at Elementaries, and I even tried an Intermediate the other day.
The problem with trying lessons from higher levels than you're used to is that there is quite a lot of variation within levels. When I tried my first intermediate I obviously wanted to find the easiest one, which meant trawling through loads of different lessons, trying to find one that looked more straightforward.
I think it would be a great idea if each lesson had a user-rated difficulty feature. It could be something similar to the star-based 'rank this lesson' feature already on lesson pages, but altered slightly so that it had, for example, options to rate each lesson easy, medium or hard.
Fellow CPoddies could then rank the difficulty of each lesson, and it would be much easier to progress onto the next level's lessons, because you would be able to start with easier ones.
How many people would actually find this feature useful?
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