https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

A little tip for those missing the Vocabulary section.

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This may not be available at all once the transition to the new site is complete for everyone, but for now you can at least look up most words by going directly to the URL like so:

http://www.duolingo.com/word/de/sehen/Verb http://www.duolingo.com/word/en/the/Determiner http://www.duolingo.com/word/fr/canard/Noun http://www.duolingo.com/word/es/nadar/Verb http://www.duolingo.com/word/it/rapidamente/Adverb

Just substitute the two letter country code for whichever language you're looking up, followed by the word you wish to look up and finally the part of speech it happens to be (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) The page display is a bit wonky since there's no styling for many of the elements in the new design, but all of the information is there. It's not nearly as useful as the old vocabulary section was, but it's helpful if you want to look up a word and see example uses, etc.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/lakesnay

I like that you're trying to find a way to access vocabulary, but this misses the point for a lot of people. If we have a word and want to look up it's meaning, it's simple to do a web search or enter it into an online dictionary. pinkodoug, the following isn't a rant at you. I realize you were suggesting a workaround.

What is missing from Duolingo is a vocabulary list. If I am struggling to get through a session on "People," it's extremely tedious to constantly repeat the exercises to discover words that I need to study. Previously, I could look at a list of all the vocabulary in "People", write down the words I don't already know, and study them throughout the day. In fact usually just the process of writing them down is all I needed. Then I could use the "People" exercises to study the words I should already know.

That is how I used Duolingo, and Duolingo currently does not accommodate my (and I think others') language learning. The design might look cooler (thought that would be a matter of debated opinion), but that doesn't matter to me as much as functionality. Shouldn't a language learning website allow its users to use it in a way that suits them best? Isn't it possible that some people who use the exercises on Duolingo have other ways of drilling vocabulary? Isn't vocabulary a MAJOR part of learning a language?

I'm an everyday user, but without a vocab page, I am finding Duolingo almost unusable. When can we expect a solution to this problem?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Duolingo is currently reworking the vocabulary feature and then will introduce it to the website :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tazucena
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I'm new to Duolingo and obviously haven't worked my way too far down the tree yet, but any hope for vocab boosters (as either regular or "bonus" lessons)? At the moment I'm thinking of the Spanish food section -- which is great, but (for example) since yo soy vegetariana, I'd love to be able to drill myself on more specific vegetable terms than "vegetales".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
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I agree with you. I've stated elsewhere in a post that had over 100 upvotes as of the last time I saw it that the Vocabulary section being missing is entirely unacceptable. I relied heavily upon it as an aid, and every time I get on here I miss it more. The lack of a Vocabulary tool is one of the main reasons that I don't use the Android version (that and the fact that I prefer a keyboard for this sort of thing). Being promised "soon" does little to help, and like I said in the other thread, I'm seriously concerned that other priorities will take dev attention away from working the Vocabulary revamp and that it will be a long time coming (if at all).

The decision to scrap it entirely without a replacement ready is a very bad one. With this workaround, howerver, you can at least get to some of the old information. For example, you can see usage examples that Duolingo uses in exercises / lessons, or see the conjugation tables without going to an external site. Like I've said elsewhere in this thread, it's a poor substitute for the real deal, but it's something at least.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Well, not unusable. But close to unusable. I used to capture a list of my 'favorite' mistakes (jotted down on a list or even put into Anki).

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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raans,

Have you tried this user-created option that lets you review what you missed in a lesson: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1453573$from_email=comment_id=1458529

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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I just read the post and I'm screencapping it just so I can keep the disclaimer...forever. I hope that when the site updates for the user that this guy (used as a slang term and not denoting their gender, You know who) can update his code and possibly improve it. It seems like a great fix. Maybe the team could even put this in as a little feature!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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No, Usagiboy7, I used a user-JavaScript that kind of captured (and automatically scrolled down) all vocabs on a particular page (used to be in FAQs, stone-old design ;)).

With this, I had all words e.g. Adverbs (or wherever you'd triggered this script).

Edit: I see, my first comment was a bit misleading on that matter. ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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All of this stuff just knocks my socks off. I don't fully understand how it works but it all seems pretty cool. I think it would make a great permanent feature as well. I'll cross my fingers with you and others who have asked in the past. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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@Usagiboy7: You bet! You got a 'csv' (comma-seperated value) output, ready to be imported wherever you liked. I don't know how the auto-scrolling worked, either, but it worked pretty well.

Edit: Time to put back on your socks... ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yashkochar

Thank you for sharing this. Something is still better than nothing. I hope they bring back the Vocab section soon. I for one is sure missing it a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/likelang

Thanks, I needed to find the tables so I could put them on a spreadsheet and continue to the next lesson.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skirkk
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A lingot for you, thank you very much! For those who don't know, there is a practice button at the bottom of the page in white font which lets you practise the verb you don't understand. Very helpful, thanks :).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
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Cool! The word practices seem to be working again for now. The links to word practices weren't working as of the last time I checked sometime yesterday, and they just redirected to the main page.

Word practices can be accessed directly as with the examples in my original post by substituting "word_practice" for "word" in the url like so:

http://www.duolingo.com/word_practice/de/auto/Noun

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ricklinz

Thanks my friend. Anything at all will be helpful.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oli0808
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This required a certain level of knowledge of the word which presumably you don't have or you wouldn't be looking it up!

Thanks for this though. I hope it won't be too long before a proper vocabulary section makes its way to this new design.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
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Very true, but it's probably most useful for double checking conjugations without having to go to an external site. Someone might know the Spanish verb for return, volver, but not its past imperfect form. All in all, it's a poor substitute for the now missing functionality, but it's better than nothing.

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https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Thanks, pinkodoug. That's awesome (besides the css glitches).

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Thank you for sharing! I wonder if the verb conjugator on www.wordreference.com would help them find the past imperfect so they could use your strategy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
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One shouldn't need to since all verbs are referenced on Duolingo by their infinitive form (the main entry form of the verb such as schlafen rather than schliefst, or dormir rather than dormiste). As long as you know the main form of the verb, you should be able to look it up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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It's not formatted correctly for the new design, but it would be good for isolated cases. Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
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Yeah, like I said above, much of the CSS that these old pages used is missing from the new design, so the display is a bit wonky, but all of the info is there. Also, the links to practice individual words are dead and get redirected to the main page.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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Well, we all have the consolation that it will be returning soon, better than before.

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