https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyBridge

I'd like a reverse "words" list please! Show me the English, make me remember German.

Currently I can see the words I have learned in a given language, and get flash cards for them. What I'd like is the be able to flip it so I am seeing the list of words I know in German, IN MY NATIVE ENGLISH. Ditto for flash cards.

In other words, instead of seeing "geben" and know (or forget) that it means "to give", I would see "to give" and have to remember "geben".

This may be only some people, but: for me I find it a lot harder to think of the German word for X, than to recognize it. If I read a book in German, the words I know stand out. If I try to translate INTO German, it's harder for me.

So if I was to practice the English -> German side of my German studies, my vocabulary would feel much stronger.

Just a request! It seems not far-fetched that given the existing "words" tab and flashcards that this could make the cut for a future version.

January 25, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dbudmartin

This is definitely a feature request I agree with. I have a basic knowledge of several languages but I'm usually reading the language and translating into English. I'd like to be able to speak them more and practicing going from English to the language is the only way to do that.

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnjaMostertman

I saw already many people posting about this, so I think they will not add it. One option is to add the reverse tree, so the tree where you learn German from English, there you will have the flash cards the other way around... Moreover, you could start doing the reverse tree, and then you will have more practice, the only thing is that the German words aren't pronounced there, but you probably already have enough practice with that by now... Finally to make it more challenging, you can even do the Spanish or French tree from German, the you will be asked to translate them back to German:-)

January 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abdulrahman91

Sie müssen sehr viel auf deutsch schreiben und sprechen. Am anfang wird es schwer, und Sie können das Wörterbuch benutzen. Nach einer Weile werden Sie sehr gut um die Wörter zu bringen.

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyBridge

I agree with what you write, but I don't understand how it relates to my request.

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abdulrahman91

Sry i totally misunderstood what you have written. My bad! >_<

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ginevra2015

that is a great idea! i'm going to havta try this with card stock!

January 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyBridge

Classic flash cards are often designed for this. Just pick which side of the deck you use.

January 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimiaSh.

Someone has already made a deck on this matter in Anki flashcards. here's the link: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1427904553 Good thing is that it's specially for Duolingo words.

January 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyBridge

You just saved me a LOT of typing. (Or, to be honest, a lot of waiting and hoping that somebody else would do it)

January 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3rdCircle

Good idea! Good practice method too.

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/horripig

i absolutely agree -- i seem to learn better if i have to work harder -- to spell, type, pronounce it.. it's easier for me to commit an answer to memory if you ask "what is _ in german" than it is if you say "ei is ____" in english.

January 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jpaulsen

Also, there should be an option on the flashcards to mark certain words you wish to concentrate on learning.

January 27, 2016
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