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More control over the types of question given.

I completed my tree a few week ago and ever since I've noticed that I seem to be getting fewer and fewer L1 > L2 questions (The question is in English and I have to translate to French). Whenever I strengthen a skill I would say about 85-90% of the questions are L2 > L1. It would be great if we could tailor this to our needs in the settings page. I know we can currently turn speaker and microphone on/off. In addition to this it would be helpful if we could choose the weighting of L1 > L2 questions. Some days I might have very little time to use DL so would adjust the weighting to reflect that and then other days I could make it harder. I believe the L1 > L2 question types are by far the best for strengthening a 2nd language.

2 years ago

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Yes. This is a very frequent request.

Rumour has it that they have more L2>L1 questions because they are easier and it makes people less likely to give up.

The usual advice for not-so-casual users is to finish the tree and then do the reverse tree (English from French, for example), as that will have more "read the English, type the French" type exercises.

(You can start the reverse tree at any time, of course, but if you didn't know the language before, it's advisable to finish the normal tree first because the reverse tree assumes you are already fluent in your L2, and so you might be hit with "advanced" grammar and vocabulary very early on, if those happen to map to simple concepts in English.)

2 years ago

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Thanks Mizinamo. I did start the reverse tree as soon as I finished my tree but I found that having two trees to nurture was becoming too much for me. I don't know how you cope with all the trees you've got on the go! Over the last week or so I have had less skills to regild so I suppose I could re-visit the reverse tree. Many thanks.

2 years ago

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Well, I used to try to keep the most active ones gilded at the same time but the constant switching got annoying :)

So recently, I usually focus on one at a time. I'm trying to finish my Esperanto tree; I see that my French, German, and Turkish trees have degilded quite a bit and I'll get to them when I'm done.

Danish will have to come after that... and the others are probably going to languish in their current state.

2 years ago