https://www.duolingo.com/StarlitTardis

Word bank solutions are too obvious

I've noticed that a lot of the solutions to the word bank are very obvious, because most / all of the words that aren't in the sentence are completely unrelated to the topic of the lesson. For example, if the topic is Food, and there's only one noun in the word bank that is related to food, it's obvious that that is the one to choose.

I thought the word bank would be a bit more challenging. For example, having both 'este' and 'esta' there, or multiple tenses of the same verb, so you have to decide which is correct). It seems a bit pointless making it this easy, because it doesn't make me figure anything out. The only times when it challenges me are on the grammar rules that I forget all the time anyway (like including the personal a). But again, that's not because there are alternatives to consider in the word bank; that's just a fault with my memory.

Does it get more challenging on higher levels of each topic?

5 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/betsys2003
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No, although I think at the higher levels there are more questions that don't allow you to use the word bank.

I agree. I am fine with the word bank, it has a purpose and is nice on mobile, but it's too easy. Sometimes you use almost every word so you just need to figure out how the sentence sounds correct. There's usually only one capitalized letter. And as you say, things like esta/este.

I do think there's still SOME utility, though, in simply the matching. Seeing/hearing say, "agua" and then clicking "water" connects the two in your brain, even if you didn't have to pull "water" out of your brain. I use the word bank on lower levels for that reason. But I think when you get to higher ones you should stop using them.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahWeaver1

I have the option to turn them off if I want to. And honestly, I'd much rather type the answer. It's faster and less tedious.

Something worse than level grinding in an RPG? Clicking on words in a word bank.:P

For the word bank makes unnecessarily confusing.

Part of that may be I'm more a Linux terminal person.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexDiaconescu
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only on the site, not in the mobile app yes, you can turn them off. Maybe put this option on mobile too?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sky_venom
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Personally, on the mobile app, I love the word bank, and hate the typing. On PC, it's the exact opposite :D

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PerdidoJames
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I also thought that typing is better, but the I found the word bank to be an entirely different exercise. I like the word bank- because sometimes the options guide me to a different meaning, which means I learn. This is especially true for the "Usted/Ustedes" forms, and the "you/you all" examples.

I use the word bank when it is available. On the higher levels (4 and 5), there is very little word bank help.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ginasem

But they help you though the first 2 or 3 levels. Levels 4 and 5 the words banks aren’t there. So it’s a stepping point.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmrab
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I would actually use the word bank if it were more like what you propose. I usually avoid it by using the web app even on my phone (and using voice entry). Instead of random words that are obviously incorrect, it should be slight variations in gender, number, and tense. In fact, I think the word bank right now is so easy, you can often get the answers correct without even looking at or hearing the Spanish, because there may only be one actual English sentence you can make out of the words. (I've tested this by answering audio questions correctly using the word bank without having my sound on!)

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GailJorgen1
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On your phone, just cover UP the word bank and try the item without looking. You can make it harder for yourself if you want to.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joevdb

I do the same. I try to not look at the screen and just translate as I hear the phrase, then I look at the word bank.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Freyas_Lip_Gloss

That's the way I've used it as well. I like figuring out what I think the correct translation is without looking and then using the word bank to check the result. It helps to reinforce the verb tenses.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sky_venom
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I think word bank doesn't have to be challenging: you only have to remember the correct word order, but you don't have to figure out the correct form of the words. It teaches you the correct sentence: the more you see it, the easier it will be to recall it later.

Also, I've noticed that on lower crown levels (1-3), there are mostly word bank exercises, while on level 4-5, you'll need to type in the answer. So the exercises do get harder: at first, you'll have to pick out the words in the correct order, memorize the sentence, so you can type it in later, which is harder.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuurinkazan.
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The reason I don’t like to use the App is that 1.) there’s health or hearts, 2.) I can’t choose an option to type all answers, and lastly 3.) I don’t have the grammar tips and notes available (apparently now being a/b tested?). Otherwise I’d probably use the App.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zaitrancer
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I agree with you. I really like Duolingo but only use the web version unless I am traveling. Then I use the app to do the bare minimum each day to maintain my streak. It is like a completely different program, and if the app were the only option I would not use Duolingo at all for language study.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/karahomar876

I do find the answers very easy too but What I do is to figure out what the sentences is first before looking at the word bank. I also read the correct sentence in Spanish at least two times before moving on.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geerte13
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Simply turn off the word bank.

On the higher levels, you won't get the word bank any more, it's really to help you get started on the lower levels.

I do get your frustration but when you're learning a language that's completely unfamiliar and you're just getting a hang of the words (for me, Polish, phew!), the wordbank is a godsend.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CommunicateFTW

Yes, I agree. However, I think the words are fairly randomized. It's not a substantial issue, given you only use the word bank up until level three in a skill. I find it more challenging to deactivate it, and on top of that, it advocates for progress and experience with writing. After all, there aren't going to be word banks in the real world. ;P

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taylor01692

I totally agree. The word bank could be really useful if the words were in the same category to test a new concept. For example, all of the words could be days of the week or types of clothes, and I'd find that feature to be more useful.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Seneee
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At crown level 4 and 5; there wont be word bank option.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shaanti4

I completely agree. Also, you are often able to tell which word goes last because there is a punctuation at the end.

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