https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amc1218

Lessons not providing all words listed

I have noticed more than once that I will get a lesson that says we are going to learn the list of words, but then not all words are covered. For example, in the conjunction lessons, "sia," "ne" (accent mark missing), and "finche" were supposed to be covered, but they were omitted. I only discovered them later during a practice session. It also happened with "dopo" and "entro" in the preposition lessons and some of the verbs in "Present 1." Sometimes my app on my phone will cover something the website version on my desktop does not cover. Repeating the lesson does not fix the issue. What is the reason for this, and can it be fixed?

July 15, 2016

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

What is the reason for this

It's Duolingo settings its algorithm such that it discards the exercises on which the community is failing too much.
According to incubator stat, users fail a lot on all the sentences introducing the three words sia, né and finché (in the conjunction skill).
Consequently, the system discards each sentence that are "too hard" and all the sentences for those 3 words being too hard... the lexemes aren't taught.

Same reason for entro. For dopo it seems more "bad luck": only one sentence isn't judged "too hard" but you didn't had it as exercise nevertheless.

For verbs it's probably something else and a normal behaviour: the list presents one conjugation of a given verb but the system considers you know the verb as soon as you know one of its 6 conjugations.

can it be fixed?

Having Duolingo stopping discarding exercises on which users fail more than usual... So low hope for it to change, IMHO.

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amc1218

Thanks. I would urge Duo to somehow change its system to allow us to learn all parts of the language if we want. Maybe include advanced lessons for people when they seem to have grasped a particular section? Or ask the user if he wants to proceed with the more difficult words or skip for later? Regarding the verbs, I did not even get one conjugation through my desktop version. It took me going through my phone app to see it (tenere was an example).

July 17, 2016

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

I would urge Duo to somehow change its system

It's years we're a lot asking a change on this "difficulty discarding", so better to be patient.

Maybe include advanced lessons for people when they seem to have grasped a particular section?

This will not only need for Duo to change the algorithm but for volunteers contributors to create all this "extended" content: it takes time.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olgaz007

It's Duolingo settings its algorithm such that it discards the exercises on which the community is failing too much.

Due to this algorithm behavior I didn't get to learn such common phrases like "you are welcome" and "nice to meet you" (from Spanish common phrases in my case).

And because I never learned some words in the regular lessons, I often entered gibberish in the review exercises just to see the correct answer. Did it contribute to making those words and phrases even less likely to be shown?

July 26, 2016
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