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Vocabulary Workaround - Old School

It has been noted that I didn't reference that the lack of a Vocabulary page being due to the update in this post. I had assumed that the other posts noting the lack of Vocabulary would be noticed before clicking on my post. I'm sorry if I caused any confusion. For future reference, this is a workaround due to the new Duolingo redesign, which temporarily removes the Vocabulary function.

Open up Word/Open Office/Notepad or just use a pen and paper. When you see a new word, note its pertinent information. If you aren't sure of the information (tense, gender, etc.), there are lots of online dictionaries that I've found useful.

It's been shown that the act of writing by hand aids memory, and those that do use "the old-fashioned way" have better recall of information. Maybe it's not such a bad thing to keep a hard copy list?

I'm not trying to deride or be mean, I just think that instead of dwelling on something that is so obviously upsetting to so many people isn't a very constructive thing to do. I do know it's annoying to go back through old lessons to find the words, but the world won't end, and maybe it'll actually be a nice refresher.

Besides, it'll give us something to look at while we wait for the lovely data to be posted. ^^

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Edit: I noticed I mentioned dictionaries that I use without writing any references to them. If you want, here are some that I use: dictionary.reverso.net and wordreference.com. I'm also open to any suggestions on helpful dictionaries for me to visit.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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For Spanish, nothing beats spanishdict.com
I just recently realized when you look up a Spanish word, you can watch a video that shows someone pronouncing the words, then again slowly, used in a sentence... its great!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

Thank you! Pronunciation is so important, and I'm not afraid to say how awful I am. I'd probably completely confuse a native speaker.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/856pm

Yep. There are plenty of free flashcard programs that you can use, too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
wazzie
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Excel sheet, the answer is always excel sheets.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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Or something like Evernote. I have a notebook for the language there and make notes for the grammar subjects and lists of difficult sentences.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

That's one section I wish Duo had: a grammar rule section. I, too, keep a document with phrases, especially idioms and other things that are contrary to my English language mind. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

LOL, you wouldn't believe how detailed my Excel sheets are. ^^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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I always had a spread sheet for Duolingo Spanish where I listed the vocab word, definition, and section found in DL. When I realized I was losing my vocabulary, I began copying all my 2 and 3 bar strength words. I did this so I could figure out, on average how quickly my words decay, so once the vocab tab was removed, I would have a general idea of where I stood.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

Do you use Anki as well? I find that Duo actually prompts me to renew words less often than Anki. I'm not sure what the difference is in the programs, but it is interesting to note.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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If you want to try Quizlet, search Duolingo Spanish. I made a bunch of flashcards the directly relate to DL vocab, and I have them broken up by Skill.
I actually need to make some more, I haven't post any new ones in a while, but I have all the info to easily do so.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

Thank you! I'll look for them :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilygilder
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In Anki you grade yourself how well you know the word, maybe that's the difference.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

That could be it, but I'm more likely to accidentally press the wrong button in Anki than anything. I get so used to pressing the easy button that I press it on a word I don't know all that well >.< So, my words should be prompted less often, if anything.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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I started using Quizlet, but it doesn't do the spaced repetition (but had other features I really liked).
I'd like to look into Anki, but at 1500 words, I'm not sure how much the spaced repetition would help me, starting at it from scratch.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Readlang uses spaced repetition. The extension was mainly designed to assist people who want to read documents. Highlighting to "peek" at a word or phrase sends the vocab to the flashcard area. It I wonder if it would work on Duolingo... hrm..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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I'm thinking I could just space them myself. Maybe add a few skills a week, and then let the program do its thing.
If I add 250 words a week, in six weeks I will be caught up :/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriklover555

Ouch. That certainly does sound like a hindrance to a new spaced repetition program. I only have around 250 words to deal with.

I'll have to look at Quizlet. Before now, I hadn't heard of it, but I'm new to the flash card game. Thanks!

4 years ago