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Idea: flash cards to improve the estimation of word strength

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Hi,

Currently we are able to:

  • practice weakest words
  • sort words based on word strength
  • practice particular word
  • remove a word from practice

There are some drawbacks here:

  • word strength does not reflect actual word strength accurately enough
  • before you get to practice words that are really overdue, you need to get through many words that you are quite familiar with
  • you can practice individual word, but that's a huge overkill, takes a lot longer
  • you can remove a word if you know it perfectly, but what if you forget it after a month or so?

What I would like is:

  • get flash cards with words or phrases Duolingo thinks are the weakest
  • quickly go through them (without having to type or speak) and mark as hard/easy. like you normally do with flash cards
  • use that information to tweak the word strength score for each presented word
  • be able to practice weakest words that are marked as such based on all this data

I'd see the flash card part not as a "practice" feature, but more as a "tweak weakest words" feature.

It's just an idea, so any opinions are welcome.

Maybe this is something you could work with on your hackathons.

Cheers

PS I'm kind of considering scraping the vocabulary page to export the data, import it to Anki, use flashcards there and then compare how well Duolingo predicts if a word is considered weak by the user. But maybe it makes more sense to do this on a larger scale than just one person :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
jrikhal
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Flash card are a Duo' project. See project #2 here: http://blog.duolingo.com/post/62723181502/duolingos-inaugural-hackathon

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arekolek
arekolek
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If it affects the word strength, that's just great!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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You could use cram.com to build electronic flashcards for free. I already have an account if you wanted to check it out: http://www.cram.com/user/UsagiBoy7

PS I just saw that you use Anki. I'm not familiar with it. I have the app but never used it. I don't know if it looks anything like cram.com

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arekolek
arekolek
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I don't want flash cards, I want better word-strength estimation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Which is a brilliant idea. But it isn't here yet and some people want flashcards before then. ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yo-Yoji

You know, that is actually a good idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrea_Tx

If you know which words you want to work on, you could plug them into a quizlet.com study set. Quizlet is pretty entertaining as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arekolek
arekolek
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Well I don't know which words I want to work on, that's the whole point of this post. At the moment there are 1500 words in my Duolingo vocabulary. That's too much to process by hand. But since Duolingo is already estimating the word strength, this could be augmented by feeding us words in the form of flash cards and adjusting the word strength based on the rank we give.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrea_Tx

Got it. People are just trying to suggest patches you could use until DuoLingo comes up with something to fitnyour need. So cranky...

4 years ago