Suggestion for developers: Divide "Plurals" section into "Indefinite Plurals" and "Definite Plurals?
I am at Plurals in Swedish and I feel overwhelmed for the first time with the language. I'm not learning anything in this section and I feel it's because I'm not given a chance to learn properly one form first (say, Indefinites, which seem to be the simpler one to learn) before the other form can be introduced so I can really tell the difference. What happens: I get it wrong, it comes back, I get it right; and by the time it comes round again later I make the same mistake again as I've already forgotten, especially as it varies a lot, the rules are hard to memorise and the only way is to learn it properly is to do each word over and over and over again until it's learnt like a tune in the brain. I feel I'm not given the chance to concentrate in one form only and learn it properly before moving to the new form. It's very very confusing and overwhelming. Please if anyone has any comments or ideas. How do we get this suggestion to the developers of this course? Many thanks.
Seen and noted. Thank you for the suggestion. I can't promise this will definitely happen, but I do promise we'll consider it. :)
I have no idea how to get it through to the developers.
But I understand your confusion and I´ll upvote your post.
by the time it comes round again later I make the same mistake again as I've already forgotten, especially as it varies a lot, the rules are hard to memorise and the only way is to learn it properly is to do each word over and over and over again until it's learnt like a tune in the brain.
The "crowns" system has made this kind of practice particularly difficult, IMHO. While waiting and hoping that the skill will be split up, try practicing on duome.eu, which allows more effective repetition. Click on the skills name or on the dumbbell icon at the right of each line. Using timed practice helps, too, and here you can use it w/o waiting until level 5. This is not as good as the pre-crown setup, but it is a help.
Yeah, I figured you had just been a bit careless. I mostly corrected you so as to not confuse any beginners reading this thread.
I'm up ahead of you. 57/66. You'll pick this up. The irregular plurals like hus, hus and apple, applen tend to be older, neuter words inherited from Old Norse. I still get confused about -ar, -er, and -or used to make regular plurals. Duolingo is something to "get your foot in the door" so you can go on and keep perfecting things. I am pretty close to the "celebration" button.
Thanks everyone, for your inputs. I've managed to get myself going on the plural section again by actually making a list every time a word would come up. In this way I was able to organise it all in my head and I would go back to this list each time before answering a question! It really helped ett äpple - äpplen äpplet - äpplena
en fisk - fiskar fisken - fiskarna
en pokje - pojkar pojken - pojkarna
en myra - myror myran - myrorna
en jordgubbe - jordgubbar jordgubben - jordgubbarna
en sköldpadda - sköldpaddor sköldpaddan - sköldpaddorna
ett brev - brev brevet - breven
en katt - katter katten - katterna
en mus - möss musen - mössen
en häst - hästar hästen - hästarna
en hund - hundar hunden - hundarna
en tidning - tidningar tidningen - tidningarna
en bok - böcker boken - böckerna
en fågel - fåglar fågeln - fåglarna
en smörgås - smörgåsar smörgåsen - smörgåsarna
en anka - ankor ankan - ankorna
en elefant - elefanter elefanten - elefanterna
en tallrik - tallrikar tallriken - tallrikarna
en kock - kockar kocken - kockarna
en kniv - knivar kniven - knivarna
en kvinna - kvinnor kvinnan - kvinnorna
ett djur - djur djuret - djuren
ett barn - barn barnet - barnen
en älg - älgar älgen - älgarna
en flicka - flickor flickan - flickorna