So I have a rant, but not necessarily in a bad way, just... everyone on Duo is always complaining about getting asked words before seeing them, in Japanese, in Spanish, and in German... just all the time... I think I might have even done it when I was new... but to the people who are annoyed about questions asked before answers.. this is crap I tell myself when i feel that way..
Try to think of learning not in terms of getting questions right, like in school, but actually understanding things. Its about trying to get to fluency, where you can pick up through context and using previous knowledge. Also keep in mind some people have a different level of background knowledge for them to make guesses and use context clues. Like I already knew shiro, I recognized it from the show archer when Pam was a drift racer for the Yakuza and they called her white pumpkin... Didn't know which part of the phrase meant what when I first watched the show but I could connect it when I saw it here... Lol. And that made such a memorable moment for me to have it click in my head on its own instead of being told the answer, sounding out the hiragana and saying wait omg I have heard that before!!
When you see one you haven't seen at all, then instead of saying "how is this learning, I dont know the answer, you haven't told me this..". The point is trying to figure it out, or just takena wild guess, make the mistake, it's not like your getting a grade. Then you get corrected. And then next time you see it you will know.
Spend enough time with the language and you will start to understand, even if you get the same question wrong 40000000 times, if the goal is knowledge, then each wrong answer is worth just as much as each correct, so all the screw ups have more value than having it right the first time.
Also remember that language learning is a long process, and it doesn't work by memorizing this word means the same as this in my first language, you can start that way, but the goal is to not think about your other language at all.
And to give you some context on language learning, when it works (as opposed to school, where, at least in the US we all took 2 years foreign language in high school and yet somehow no one i know is bilingual)...
We have all heard toddlers speak, their grammar sucks and they hardly know any words and can't write at all, but they do know how to talk, they still need to learn plenty more, and they will, but prior to going to school, and being formally taught, they can speak. Just from exposure/immersion. Because you pick up most language from seeing and hearing it alot, from context, from figuring it out on your own based on what you think you know, eventually it is naturally refined and becomes more correct. Right now we are toddlers.
So, be ok with being like a toddler. Don't give up because its annoying. And don't get bitter about being asked a question before you have seen the answer, that's how you learned your first language, you just don't remember. And we're uncomfortable with being wrong or not knowing something because we arent used to it anymore, lol.
Everything that was said to you was confusing when you were little, it was just meaningless sounds and you eventually learned a whole language, from nothing but confusion and gibberish, lol. First a few words, then a few more, but your grammar was awful still, and then you started to figure that out too.
It's about time, exposure and variety more than anything. Be comfortable with not knowing for now and keep going until you do.
And think how much fun these random new words will be once you get a bigger vocabulary because you will be impressed with how you can magically figure things out from context or their relationship to other words you already know.... in the mean time. Guess. Who cares.
Rant over... I feel better, hopefully that was inspiring not just annoying and too long, lol.
Have fun. And remember... This isn't school, learning should be a pleasure, not a headache.
We aren't toddlers so we don't have to try to learn in their inefficient ways. For most learners it's annoying and slower to be asked about vocabulary before it's explained.
Perhaps there could be an option for those few who want quizzes before explanation, but the default should be the majority learning style.
Because if you remove the y sound then it is indistiguishable from ku, it's kyo if writing in romanji, pronounced like literally nothing in english, at least not when done properly
but closest is probably like cute but more like a k than c sound, and the y... kind of idk... i want to describe it like a slidy sound from the y, like the letters run together as if you have a speech impediment...