Vocabulary Guide

Part of the A Guide to finding Duolingo Guides series

A number of users have asked how to practice individual words. There is a new "Words" tab available here: . It is not yet available to all users. There was once a similar feature that is no longer available to any users. Until I am among the users with the new feature, this serves as a defunct guide for how the old feature functioned if you clicked on the Vocabulary Tab at the top of the old layout:

Vocabulary tab

It will take you to a screen with a list of your vocabulary. If you click on the "Practice Weakest Words" button on this screen, it will take you to a general review lesson.

Practice Weakest Words

Alternatively, you can search through your vocabulary in a number of ways. Any time you have multiple vocabulary words listed, you can choose one of three ways to sort your Vocabulary. It defaults to sorting by the last word you practiced, but by clicking on the arrows you can reverse the order or sort alphabetically by word or sort by word strength.

Vocabulary Sort

Each word will have a bar next to it indicating Duolingo's assessment of your strength in that word.

Word Strength

Word strength is determined by an algorithm based on how long ago you first encountered the word, when the last time you practiced the word was, how often you get questions with this word incorrect, and how often you "peek" at the word in your lessons. Weaker words will show up more frequently in your practice sessions.

If there is a particular category of words you want to see, scroll down a little bit and you will see, below the word strength key shown above, this on the right side of your screen:

Vocabulary categories

You can use this to help you find the word you are looking for. In this example, I am clicking on the category of Verbs: Phrasal Future Tense. That section on the right is now replaced by individual lessons that you can select from this skill, as shown here:

Phrasal Future Tense

If you click on the Practice Weakest Words button here, it will give you only questions pertaining to this skill [I'm not 100% sure about this, can somebody confirm?]. Clicking on an individual lesson will show you all of the words that you learned from that lesson.

PFT Lesson 1

Sometimes, however, you may not remember the specific lesson, or you may not need to see the rest of the words in that lesson because you know which specific word needs practice. For this, there is also a search feature, where you can type in the word that you want to find.

Vocabulary Search

It will only search words in your target language, so if you want to figure out how to say something, typing in the word in your native language here will not help you. If you have already selected a specific skill or lesson, the search feature will only search the words within that skill or lesson.

Once you have found the word you are looking for, click on it.


It will take you to a screen dedicated solely to that word.

Querer Screen

At the top of the screen it shows you the word with a button to hear what the word sounds like.

Audio Button

Underneath that on the right there is a button to practice that word.

Practice Word

If you click on it you will be given a lesson with one question for every form you have encountered that word so far. You will have fewer questions for words that you have not encountered many forms for, and it adjusts your number of hearts accordingly.

If you are less than full strength in that word, you will also see below the Practice Word button an option to remove that word from your practice sessions.

Remove Word

Clicking this will prevent this word from appearing in your future practice sessions, so only do so if you have complete confidence that you will not need to practice this word again. Words that are removed from practice appear in your list with a red X next to them, as with the word "papel" below:

papel removed

If you removed the word by accident or you ever decide you want Duolingo to begin applying its decay algorithms to the word again, you always have the option to add the word back to your practice from the word's page.

Add word to practice

Words that are added back in this way are always restored at full strength, so you may need to wait for it to start to decay before it will appear in your general practice sessions again.

If you want to see the forms of the word that you've encountered, those are listed on the left side of the screen on a word's page. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, it will also give you a conjugation table, with various tabs and options for more tenses if you encountered forms that don't fit on the basic table.

Conjugation Table

This is meant to be a supplement to the guides created by Usagiboy7. I don't have as much experience as they do at creating guides, so please help me if you see something that needs changing or adding.

January 8, 2014


Que bonita!! Gracias!

January 8, 2014

I just noticed you added my guide to the Guide to Duolingo Guides ( ). Squeeee!

January 8, 2014

How could I not? It was perfect!! (It is the prettiest guide in the whole deck LOL). Though, now I just might ask you for screen shots more often ;) hehe~

January 8, 2014

Thank you for this! I've been here over a year now and had no idea this existed. You also laid it out in a very very user friendly format. (Muuchas gracias! Hace mas que un año que he estado aqui, y ni siquiera sabia que esto existia! Tambien lo puso de manera muy facil para los usuarios. Mi Lingot es su Lingot! jaja)

January 8, 2014

Excellent.. What Brilliance comes as each of you outshines daily.

We should take bets as to which one of you burns out first.

Everybody thanks you

January 8, 2014

I miss this sooo much. It was super helpful; it's heartening to know that it's being worked on, not abandoned!

May 24, 2014

Look how beautiful and useful the vocabulary tab once was ! Miss it big time :-(

June 5, 2014

Where is this menu option now?

April 22, 2014

Duolingo is working on the vocabulary feature. The previous version was being vastly under-utilized by the majority of Duolingoers. So, the design team are trying to re-work it so that it will appeal to and help more people. It could be coming back in April/Mayish.

April 22, 2014

oh no, please bring it back. Conjugations were helpful

May 24, 2014

April passed without vocabulary, I hope May will not... :)

May 4, 2014

May has also passed!

June 1, 2014

june passed

July 6, 2014

tis now MARCH 2015. Why duo, why?

March 1, 2015

July ... gone. I forsee August slipping right by as well.

August 8, 2014

so, whats up?

August 14, 2014

It was there in August '14, but I don't remember where it is.

June 1, 2015

Even if there was just a list of words learned thus far would be helpful.

May 2, 2014

At this point in time, all vocabulary words are listed on the front of each lesson. :)

May 8, 2014

Can you make an updated version

April 4, 2017

Feel free to add this heading at the top: Part of the A Guide to finding Duolingo Guides series (I have it running at the top of the rest of the guides. It's totally optional though.)

January 12, 2014

I can't view my word list like my friend can. Help?

January 25, 2016

Sometimes Duolingo randomly assigns people to test groups that have different features from everybody else. It's possible that you're in a test group that doesn't have the "Words" feature.

January 25, 2016

Is it possible to get the words feature?

January 29, 2016

I have a word list but can't edit it or mark words to not be practiced

April 10, 2016

Formidable!!! Merci!

January 8, 2014

For anyone who has created one of these guides, I've backed mine up on Google drive (by editing my post, using that mode to copy the text with the formatting marks, and then pasting it into a google docs new document.) I was thinking about the glitches today and decided to back up these many hours of work. Wanted to bring it up in case you wanted to do the same with yours.

January 15, 2014

Q: Will the Vocab Tab be added to the Beta Layout?


January 15, 2014

Thanks, I've added the quote and the link.

January 15, 2014

Very useful. Well done dolphin!

January 15, 2014

I just removed some words from practice but the gold bars have not been restored to full. How will the words be strengthened now? Thanks in advance!

January 16, 2014

They will not be strengthened until you restore them. Once you restore them they will automatically go back up to full bars.

January 16, 2014

Oh I see, thanks! So there's no way to not have to practice a word but still have it maintain full gold bars?

January 16, 2014

Not that I'm aware of.

January 16, 2014

Alright, thanks.

January 16, 2014

Hi Revdolphin, thank you so much. This post very great ! But I don't understand what is mean of "peek"? Can you answer for me? Thanks.

September 4, 2014

It means to click on a word you don't know so that Duolingo reveals the list of meanings. That list wont always give you the word that fits the context of your sentence, but it should give you a general idea of what might work and a broader feel for the word in general. :)

September 4, 2014

Woah! Now, I understand peek, but one question, If i peek one word, strength of this word will change? Thank you so much :D

September 4, 2014

The vocabulary feature on Duolingo has undergone some changes. The only information I have on it is what's been written here I hope this helps!

September 4, 2014

I read it, but one thing what i want know, if i peek one word, my activity will effect to strength of that word? yes or no? because, sometime, my mouse touch any word where i don't want.

September 5, 2014

If you activate the peek, yes. It is good to get in the habit of moving your mouse all of the way to the right so it stays out of the way. I stopped getting accidental peeks that way :)

September 5, 2014

How to use this feature to lean English from Vietnamese?

June 2, 2016

This is an outdated forum. I clicked on the desktop's vocabulary option but it doesn't give me a button to practice any of the "weaker" words.

March 25, 2019
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