https://www.duolingo.com/TOM90217

Remove capitals from word choices

I am trying to learn questions in Spanish. Every time the correct word is capitalized because its the start of the sentence. This was less of a problem for other lessons because the new words were not at the start of every sentence. This is really making it harder to learn. Please address this !

May 20, 2018

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah.K9

You could type it out, and not use the word bank. That's what I do.

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahBoleyn

This is only possible on the browser site, within the app you don't have an option.

May 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BradR11
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I would think capitalizing the first word would make learning easier, not harder.

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Catherine966298
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It sure makes answering easier. I'm tired. Easier sounds great.

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/duckwantbread

Making it easier does not make it a better learning tool. By that logic there's no point them giving us questions at all, they should just tell us what the answer is and expect us to memorise it.

By capitalising the first word you don't need to think, which means you aren't remembering it. Until I realised you could disable the word bank I was struggling to even remember the difference between cuando and cuanto because I'd just click the word with a capital letter and barely register the letter difference between the two words. It's the same reason you don't just throw formulas at people learning maths and then expect them to know what to do when they take a test, unless they have a chance to implement what they've learned it's not going to be retained long term.

May 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TOM90217

I didn't know you could do that ! Thanks for the tip. I just need to figure out how to do that on the computer.

May 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahBoleyn

Easier, but less beneficial. It's like the correct answer is already highlighted for you.

May 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mel211619

Tom, I think both answers from Sarah and Brad are about right. I certainly find the same as they suggest!

Tom, creo que ambas respuestas de Sarah y Brad está sobre la derecha. Yo ciertamente encontrar la misma como dicen!

Mel

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RobBrown282960

I agree also the word choices are also not designed well for learning. If I design a multiple choice test in mathematics I deliberately put the misconceptions as alternative answers. Whereas in duo I often find the wrong answers far too obvious in the word lists.

Like others by the sounds of it I only use the typed answer section now. This does have the drawback of not supporting my learning of new vocabulary in a structured way, I then have to either lookup or trial and error my way to an answer.

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BradR11
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Rob, if I were designing a test, I would do the same. These lessons are not designed to test you. Duolingo is teaching you a language. Repetition and a gradual broadening of vocabulary and grammar is what is needed.

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Catherine966298
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Hey Brad! How are you? have a nice week. I have to focus on Spanish hard and heavy. The main interpreter for the Cuban family that lives in my mom's house is gong into the hospital. C---o! I mean ciao!

The surgery is elective. I am not a monster. I'll take some ropa vieja and tres leches to the family.

I hope the smoke alarm doesn't go off when he is gone. They fry everything. No one wonder sarten was one of the first words learned.

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BradR11
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Uh oh Catherine, it in my understanding that Cubans speak rapid fire Spanish. Be prepared to burn the midnight oil studying! Good luck! I’m cutting back on lessons to concentrate on listening practice (TV and Netflix in Spanish).

May 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RobBrown282960

Perhaps I should rephrase that. When I design lessons in mathematics I deliberately schedule in misconceptions as multiple choice questions in order to correctly challenge them. I am no expert on language learning but i know when I was using the word banks I needed far more close answers in there to flesh out things I didn't understand. You can just click on the right words with no thought at all normally.

May 21, 2018

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    Pretty much agree with everyone else. Not having the same problem you are friend. Keep up the Hard work Tom90217

    May 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/TylerStewa640323

    Personally I like that having a one of the words capitalized at least when you're starting off it makes it much easier to tell where you start

    May 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/JasmineNoel95

    I'm glad I read through the comment section! I had no idea there was an option to not use the word bank. I was having the same issues as the OP, it is just too easy when you get the start to the sentence right in front of you. Repition is definitely useful, and it isn't as though I have retained nothing, I actually have retained quite a bit. But this will definitely help in that process!

    May 23, 2018
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