Duolingo, please add a new way of practice to the Words section.
When you practice, you get all kinds of tests, translations from A to B or reverse, spoken sentences, etc... but it would be nice if I could only test the vocabulary from English to the language I'm learning. I find this sometimes more interesting than the other way around. So add just a test to the vocabulary/words section where an English word is given and you have to give the translation.
That is why so many people do the reverse course. You get more of English to the language you supposedly know there.
I mouse over my user name, click on Settings, click on Learning language, mouse over the language I am learning for a list of all the languages written in all the languages they are learned from. I pick "inglés" from "español" for example to learn English from Spanish, then I click on Save changes. However, don't do this if you have not learned enough Spanish because all the instructions will also be in Spanish, but what I really find useful is the discussions will be in Spanish by Spanish speakers trying to learn English. - Invaluable immersion. You would come back the same way but pick a language to be learned from English. (Settings) is the third one down if you have bought a progress quiz at some point in time if not the (Quiz History) won't be there and it will be second. (Learning Language) will be the second on the next page and the (Save Changes) button will be the green one. Here is a shortcut back to learn Spanish from English, just press the big button: https://www.duolingo.com/course/es/en/Learn-Spanish-Online and for the reverse course to learn English from Spanish: https://www.duolingo.com/course/en/es/Learn-English-Online
Inicio will be the Home page and just click on the first lesson to see how it works for you. All the buttons are in the same place, but the instructions will be in Spanish, so memorize a bit what you do in the regular lesson before you go there.
Thanks to allintolearning for the idea of the reverse course. I will do that after. In the meantime, I also have wanted a means to practice the translations, just like jcampens suggested above. I would like to practice a single sentence, maybe the spelling of a word or the phrase. I think I learn better by writing out an answer a few times.
Indeed, writing helps more. Duolingo should add this to their settings so you can change it. Add more flexibility to this website because everybody is different in learning a language. Duolingo, please consider these changes?
My native language is English, but I am currently learning German for French speakers. This is perhaps a bit slow for learning German, but I am learning far more French than when I did French for English speakers. (And I did complete my tree in that course.)
But really this discussion should be in the main "Duolingo" forum. It's not Troubleshooting at all. (I know, because I made a similar mistake!)
A good question! I seem to remember that when i made the same mistake, my discussion was moved. But I'm afraid that I can't remember who did it or how! I think it was done by a moderator. Sorry not to be able to be more helpful.
In the English-German course, there used to be Flashcards where you'd get a word in one language and you had to admit whether or not you remembered the translation. These tests were self-assessed though. I too would like to have exercises where I could practice words.