Vocabulary Flash Cards
It would be REALLY nice to be able to just quickly requiz yourself on vocabulary for each section. It's tedious to go through the whole refresh just because I don't remember a few of the new vocabulary words.
I don't want flashcards for each word, but I would LOVE to have the option to practice sentences with a specific verb in it's various conjugations. I tend to need more practice on ones with irregular spellings, and I don't think the current mix gives me enough practice with them. It wouldn't even require new content to be added to the website, just a way to filter the current practice sentences by verb.
For those that don't know, you can do this now; go to the subject, click on the word you want! There is plenty of information there!
Oh most definitely. I was teaching myself japanese for a while and bought a grammar book that helped greatly in conjugating verbs.
Hey, on the header of the website, where you see home transtations ect.. there is a Vocabulary option. click on it, it shows you your weakest and strongest words and lets you practice your weakest for +10.
@ClassicBookworm: For me, flashcards combined with a good spaced repetition algorithm are really a great learning tool. I'm using anki for some time now and have accumulated ~30.000 cards in 6 languages. Especially if you want to read books in the target language, you need a rather big amount of vocab and learning them with spaced repetition is very efficient. But you are certainly right about the perils of missing context. I usually make some effort on getting context and usage patterns clear when I write a new flash card (If the usage is tricky, I add some example sentences and/or images, sound,..). I don't recommend to trust any online service to keep your flashcards. Store them locally on your computer. I once lost my SRS data on ~25.000 cards when a site I used closed in a sudden move. Please spare yourself this experience....
Thank you so much for this website. I'm a middle school teacher and can use this with my students.
@Destinesta: If you use powerpoint, you don't have a spaced repetition algorithm in the back that shows you the cards at the right time. I'd strongly suggest a SRS system. It's exponentially more efficient....
My weakness is not one of speaking Spanish, as I can learn vocabulary and verbs in a fairly disciplined manner, and so make myself understood.
My big weakness, however, the is being able to listen and understand. Spanish speakers seem to speak so fast (they probably do not, but that is my perception).
So, how can I gather all the Spanish sound clipped sentences that have been used in my path in Duolingo and so practice and gain an aural translation skill?
Again, as has been said, no need for any further material - just make it able to be filtered and so brought together into a solid block of audio clips and text.
I could then listen with eyes closed and guess the Spanish words (and thus their translation) and so improve my Spanish 'ear'.
If you want to train your Spanish listening comprehension skills, give destinos a try: http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch They start out speaking very slowly and enunciating very clearly (even a bit too much for my taste) and gradually switch to a more natural speed. (But still enunciating)
I am indeed following Destinos and am onto the 24th episode, and it is as wonderful as you advise.
In my quest to understand more my I pass on a method to all that is paying dividends in using Destinos?
On a desktop or laptop,l open up two windows with the relevant episode on each playing more or less at the same point and with each window next each other.
At the bottom right hand button on the screen 'cc' opens up the subtitles and I open this up in one of the screens.
Then, play the next scene or coupe of sentences or whatever on the screen without the subtitles and squeeze your brain to listen and understand the few sentences. Subtle rewinds can be made with careful mouse pointing/clicking.
Repeat the Spanish as best you can.
Then play the same section in the scene with the subtitles to see how your repetition and translation compare with what was really said by the actors. You cannot really rewind the subtitled screen as the transcript goes awry.
Each half hour episode takes three times the as long but you really gain progress on listening skills - my bugbear.
Hope this helps people. Destinos really rocks...
I use powerpoint for flashcards. Set the top as the question and then set the bottom of the slide to appear on click. Set up the question then quiz yourself, click for the answer. Its really easy and you can save them for later use.
I really agree with subindie that it would be great to requiz myself on vocabulary for each section.
That's an interesting idea, but I think flash cards really aren't very good for long term learning. They have no context and using them is very passive and does not develop any language skills. It is much more effective to actually use the words in a sentence, as we are doing in Duolingo. It may seem like more effort but actually I think it is more efficient than reviewing hundreds of flash cards and forgetting them a month later. And anyway, you get points for those refresher quizzes!
Perhaps. But if you consistently fail at certain words. E.g. the 'weaker words' in the vocab section of DuoLingo. It could really help boost your level, so that you can bring them into regular usage, and from there commit them to long term memory.
I'm using Anki to practice new words I learn in German and it's very effective. Would love to combine it with DuoLingo to help hammer words I commonly fail on.
@wataya No worries, I don't use flash cards at all. I find vocabulary the easiest thing to pick up, far easier than grammar. If you have the grammar, you can pick up most of the vocabulary from the context (which we also do in our native languages without really noticing). It can be more difficult in lessons such as the ones in Duolingo, because the sentences are short and without context, but in normal reading it is easier to fill in the blanks.
Here is another perspective: http://theczechexperiment.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/flashcards-vs-extensive-reading/
There is a website called Flash Machine where you can make all the flashcards you want. They might even have Duolingo on there already.
Duolingo would probably be more effective if it showed 2 or 3 related sentences in the more advanced levels. That way we could pick up context clues.
I agree. It becomes boring to have to go through the whole thing for a typo
Quick question how do you know what ending on a verb to use like for come, comen, etc
You can hover with your mouse over a verb to get an explanation of verb conjunction. Pay attention to regular and irregular verbs: regular verbs like comer (to eat) are rather easy while irregular verbs like ser (to be) generally are harder to learn. Good luck!
i do to but its not how you learn a language you are inmersed in that langauge is how you learn it i learned english in 4 months goig from russian
Any idea where we can purchase flashcards for words? I've been wanting these for a long time.
If you're looking for printed flash cards, I'd suggest an amazon search for "vocabulary flashcard". There are several publishers that sell flash cards printed on cardboard. (I don't use them myself, so I can't say anything about the quality provided).
I purchased school flash cards at a local drug shop for 88 cents for about 100. You could probably get them at Walmart, Kmart, Walgreens, or any stores like those in the school supplies/office supplies section. Then I write the words in FAT black letters with a permanent marker so they're easier to see which makes them easier to remember.
I have another idea that is sort of related to flashcards. When I was studying Spanish I had a book that came with several stickers in the back with Spanish words on them and encouraged the reader to label everything in their house with the Spanish word.
You could probably do something similar with paper and tape. For example, stick el refrigerador to the refrigerator and la puerta to the door.
When you see the words every day they get stuck in your head and become like your first language.
In case anyone is wondering the book is called Spanish in ten minutes a day and it wasn't my favorite, but I did like the stickers!
@michisjourdi: Inviting guests may become somewhat awkward, though :)
I use vis-ed flash cards and swear by them.
They are 1,000 cards but contain, really, over 2,000 words.
About 20 dollars from Amazon
I do wish that Duolingo would have a facility to create flash cards.
This would be an export facility for vocabulary that is then on one side of an A4 sheet in an array of say 24 words in a table of 6 x 2. The translation on the next page could be in the same array, so designed that the two pages printed on the same sheet were on either side. If the sheets then had the rectangular table cells cut out then the flash cards would be thereby created....
A wonderful addition this would be for the two sides to be upside down to each other, so they can be easily flipped over.
Just a thought.
Many people like to grab hard copies of vocab rather than rely on screen stuff - not least because they can mark it, make little drawings connected to the words to nail them into the memory.
i look at the vocobulary every day wich words are weak in memory then i repeat these lessons and also take a speed lesson besides that to see if i am still strong in my knowledge