Custom practice lessons?
I would love it if, when practicing, you could select only one type of thing to do, instead of all of them.
For example, you should be able to have a practice session where every prompt is asking you to write what you hear, or every prompt is asking you to translate English text into the target language, instead of randomly alternating between different lesson types.
I would really just like to drill my French listening comprehension, for example, without having to also do something visual, like read and translate a sentence or something. I hope that makes sense.
I completely agree with this! I feel like if I'm prompted with the word, I will know what it means, but if I'm told the word in English and I have to translate it, I have more difficulty. The ladder is what I want to work on. It would be great to have that option.
Yeah I would like it if I could only do the exercises in which you're given a sentence in English and are asked to record your answer in the target language verbally - I find those most challenging and of the most benefit with respect to my speech skills of the target language.
To Exordium: I like to work on listening also. So for those exercises when French is spoken and you are supposed to type the translation in French (or whatever language.) What I do is type what I hear in french before I ever look at the words on the screen. I check to see how close what I typed is to what is on the screen. Then I erase it and type in my English translation.
They have something like this in the Vocabulary tab at the top of this page. It isn't perfect yet. But, you can choose just to focus on a certain set of verbs, such as past tense, or past perfect, etc. With DL, not all of the links are in plain site, sometimes they are to the left or right and halfway down the page, other times they are all the way at the bottom. For me, I see them on the right side of the page, part way down under Vocabulary by Skills