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Incomplete gender [feature request]

Whenever I learn a new word, I try to learn its gender. Duolingo doesn't do a great job of helping with this. Sometimes, when introducing a new word with a picture, the gender will be evident: "ett barn" (a child), for example. Other times, the introduction won't be amenable to using an article: "socker" (sugar), for example.

It would be nice, in these cases, if the mouse hover text would include the gender (and maybe a small declension overview). The same could be said for words introduced as a matter of course. For example, I just saw the sentence, Jäg äter lunch. I haven't seen this word before (though it's meaning is obvious for an English speaker). I mouse hover over the word, and all it says is "lunch, new word"(!).

In these cases, I'm forced to use an external dictionary, and to make a note of it elsewhere, outside of Duolingo, since learning a word without it's gender is almost like not learning the word at all, at least if you want to speak or write the language.

Hopefully, this will be implemented more uniformly in the future. Thanks.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
devalanteriel
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Quoting Zmrzlina:

There are a few things that we cannot do in this work, since they're up to Duolingo devs and not us contributors. These include: [...] - Gender labels on mouseover

So it looks like course moderators are well aware of it but can do naught. I'd suggest submitting the request to the developers of Duolingo, but I'm honestly not sure if that would ever amount to anything.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tjasonham
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@toddlucas: If it's any consolation, after having finished the course I don't really have problems with the genders of words. You get exposed to the vocab in different contexts so many times that you start to remember.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
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Well, it doesn't affect me personally - being a native Swedish speaker helps a fair amount. :p

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tjasonham
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hahahah, I meant if it's any consolation to the OP ;) you've helped me on enough discussion board topics already :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toddlucas

Thanks, that's reassuring. That's how we learn our native language, after all (if it has gender). If the brain hears something enough, it learns to sort things out. This is just the way I like to study, but it sounds like it's something the devs haven't added support for, yet.

2 years ago