https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Excessive Repetition?

Coming back to my completed Spanish tree after nearly a year, I'm mostly focusing on verbs. Redoing those lessons has been quite useful. Then, I did some of the lessons that are new to me such as Food 2. So far, so good.

On the other hand, I made the mistake of doing a strengthen for Food (1) while I was at it. Out of 19 questions, 9 were various forms of "comer emparedado" and a tenth question was about "emparedado" too. This kind of boring and excessive repetition is one of the main reasons that I gave up maintaining my Spanish tree in the first place. After getting madre and padre over and over again last year after having completed the tree, I'd had enough and gave up on it.

I realize that different people have varying needs (or tolerance) for repetition when learning. Duolingo does do extensive A/B tests but I find it difficult to believe that the majority of people would find this acceptable.

Yes, it's free and I'm extremely grateful for all that I've learned, but I'm not sure how Duolingo is going to be able to retain serious students in the long term.

It's great that they have started to make some updates to the Spanish tree, but something is not quite right about the algorithm for strengthening in some cases. Hopefully, they'll take a look at that and make some improvements.

August 19, 2016

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SemperDoctrina

I agree. For some reason it is the questions I answer correctly on the first try that are repeated the most; it seems like it should be the other way around.

August 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Exactly, I didn't get any of them wrong, but it seemed to want to give me all possible combinations of comer conjugation + singular or plural sandwiches.

August 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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I noticed that quite some time ago and to me it seems a waste of time trying to strengthen skills in that way. I prefer redoing individual skills on my own, but the most practical thing for me is doing the reverse course and laddering from my target languages to get more practice.

August 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Yes, I'm doing the reverse course English for Spanish speakers at the moment. It's very helpful, but I wanted to work mostly on verb tenses so that I could understand my TV shows better, and I'm not there yet to the past/future tense skills in the reverse course.

I've done some laddering using another account. After I finish the reverse Spanish course, I will probably do either Catalan or Portuguese via Spanish.

August 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Gary115077

It would be nice if the course kept moving you along in vocabulary. There are a lot of things I can't express in Spanish, not from a problem with grammar, but from a lack of vocabulary. I don't have the nouns or verbs to say what I want. I can't ask for a facial tissue or the remote. I can't buy a basketball or potting soil. You'd be amazed at what I can't say. Also, could us more work with irregular verbs.

August 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Dictionaries are all but ignored these days, but I love them. For vocabulary, I've found this bilingual visual dictionary to be quite helpful at times such as when we had a plumbing issue. Basketball is on page 956 and soil on page 98 and 791. Remote Control 601, 611, and 612. I could not find facial tissue, but tend to improvise in those cases - Necesito papel por mi nariz - achoo achoo. However, it would be nice if Duo continued to add more vocabulary, especially for everyday items and actions.

https://www.amazon.com/Merriam-Websters-Spanish-English-Dictionary-Jean-Claude-Corbeil/dp/0877792925/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8psc=1refRID=SA1NN6BMS2NBGKM776HB

August 22, 2016
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