https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

Duolingo Flashcards (French)

I've done a previous post about this, but i'm calling again for anyone interested in joining :) I'm currently in the process of making flashcards of the Duolingo lessons like Adjectives 1 on Quizlet. If you want you use them follow the link below and sign up :)

http://quizlet.com/join/FEQstfSfx

NOTE: When typing words that have brackets, you don't need to type the bracketed words. They have been placed for your understanding of when to use them :)

NOTE 2: I've swapped around all the flashcards so it's now french to english, you can choose to do english to french again in the learn and space race sections by clicking the random/change to english first button(s) :)

NOTE 3: Most verb flashcards use 'il(s)' as the subject (e.g. il lit/ils lisent), so please recognize that while elle and on are correct, only il will be accepted.

June 14, 2014

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helenvee

That's so helpful. Thank you.

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

No problem!

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nandinibhtt

Omg...thank you so much! i really needed this! ☺

June 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

No problem :)

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nocturnalowlette

Merci beaucoup.

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

De rien :)

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

This is an excellent app.

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koreyknows

Great work, you've done a fantastic job.

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

Thanks, it's only just getting started at the moment. I'm hopefully doing A Level French which means I will add vocab from each topic onto the site :) Also i'm planning on getting most of the Duolingo lessons in flashcards so it is easier to learn on the go as well as adding the Top 10 Verbs conjugations in other tenses. Feel free to add flashcards to the group and help build up the vocab! :)

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anglea

Looks really good from the few seconds I saw before it crashed me out. I wonder if this is an android problem? Or my chrome browser? Or maybe I need to sign up and log in to that website. I'd really like to be able to use your app. It looks brilliant.

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

I haven't crashed out yet, might just be a one off problem :) Feel free to use the flashcards in the group as well as add new ones! Looking to try and crowd source vocab from people so the people who contribute can also benefit from other people's flashcards :)

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

Oh and by the way, you need to connect your phone to the internet to get hold of newly added flashcards :)

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

Works well on my Chrome browser. There is quite a bit of stuff that Android has difficulty with. Just in the nature of using a necessarily less than full featured operating system. I mean any computer that you can carry around in a large pocket is going to have to have some limitations.

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

Ah I see :)

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alcuadras

merci merci :D <3

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

De rien!

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

One attractive feature of this app is that you can override any example. Some of the cards are rather arbitrary. Eg: good requires bonne as the answer and won't accept bon. You just hit the I think I'm right button and after that it will accept your amendment to the answer.

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

Ah yes, I think it's because there are set examples so Bonne is good and Bon is good but it depends which 'good' you get :) What I think I could do is split adjectives into two groups, feminine and masculine to stop confusion but it's easier this way :) Glad you like it!

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AertGnihl

Flashcards? what are they? I'd like you to post about them. would like to have an idea about it:)PM me please. Thanks

June 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

On one side is the french word, on the other is the english. Basically you can read out or listen to the french word then by playing the different games, choose the correct english word that it translates too :)

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AertGnihl

Thx Swifty;)

July 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alcuadras

Thank you sooo much! I need all the help I can get!

June 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

alcuadras

Originally flash cards were post card size pieces of paper with material entered on one side and corresponding info on the other side. You would look at one side of the paper and try to remember the answer, then look at the other side to confirm. You could quickly scan a considerable amount of material. This was handy for data intensive, rote memory projects like foreign languages, geography, formulas etc. The downside of quickly scanning material is that it served to reinforce known material but didn't really assist with more tentative answers.

Digital flash cards have transformed the whole concept.

https://apps.ankiweb.net/ has a complete digital flash card system that is the product of information technology. You can download a pre- built deck of cards eg: french. It may come with a preformed 1000 flash cards which by default are presented in the standard method. You call up a card with something on the front, then click to see the reverse. Or you can program the deck to require you to type in the correct answer which is then matched to the reverse side. Any discrepancies between the letters in your answer and the reverse field are highlighted.

Each card can be edited so that you can add any info you want to the answer field such as the rule that applies. I start out with entering the appropriate rule, if applicable, which I then have to include along with the answer. After I consistently get the rule correct, I start paring it down to eventually just a very short form.

Eg: Front side = Ils viennent de manger

Reverse side = They just ate. (noun/pronoun + venir de form + infinitive = noun + just + infinitive)

To get a green response answer field display I have to accurately type in the correct answer. Over time, I have revised the rule in my example down to (venir de) to save typing time. Now I don't bother typing even that much of the rule and just ignore the red highlighted letters. If I want to I can add sound files or even video to the additional information on each card. If you wanted to, you rip a clip from a movie that uses your word or sentence and include it on the flash card for playing back.

Once the answer field is presented, the user is offered a choice of four options of when to review. These range from ten minutes to one, two, three days. An inbuilt algorithm measures your responses and adjusts the review interval accordingly. The first review date is always close but succeeding review dates mover ever further into the future until you make a mistake then it reverts back to default intervals.

You can build your own deck from scratch. I built one which is a copy and paste of relevant examples and associated bits of comments from Duo such as the example above. I have another deck of various verb tenses of the four main verb groups eg: a single card for être imperfect - where I have to conjugate the imperfect of être. The answer field is displayed with any incorrect accents or letters marked in red.

A different approach is the one discussed in this thread. It is built and maintained to provide content relevant to and useful for Duo users in particular. It is a pre-built deck but each example allows you to override the answer field to include your answer which it accepts without judgement. It removes correct responses from a review session until you complete with all correct answers whereupon you can start again.

A different Duo focused approach is Duolingo Notes which currently only works with the Chrome browser. It is available from Chrome Apps. With Duo Notes, the flash card works directly in connection with a Duo example. You answer the Duo question as per normal. Then you right click on the continue button, which, with one click sends the Duo question, the correct answer and your answer to the Duo Notes database stored in your browser. The link to your database is displayed in your toolbar at the top of your browser. The database stores entries in chronological sequence but is searchable. Each letter entered in the Notes search field eliminates non-relevant entries from the half dozen in the display area until eventually you get what you were looking for.

Typical use of Duolingo Notes would be progressing through a lesson making multiple example saves. You get to a question that has something that concerns you but has some similarity to a previous example. You click on the Notes icon in your browser toolbar to get a pop-up displaying only the last half dozen saves. Enter info into the search field until it brings up an example that matches your target. Then compare it to your own potential answer and act accordingly. This app is especially handy for me because my learning system is based on multiple repetition and I definitely don't want to be repeatedly practicing making mistakes. I use it go through with as few errors as possible, getting the correct answer from previous mistakes and repeating until I get through with three hearts without checking the database. Then I delete all the entries from the lesson and move on to the next lesson and repeat the process. When I come back to review the lesson later I don't use the app because I'm already supposed to know the material. That's just how I use it. Others will find different ways.

A totally different approach is Memrise. The French options are vocabulary builders. The pre-built one thousand words Introductory French deck is very useful. Some examples at the beginning of each lesson are multiple choice. Others are more conventional flash card. They present a card and then give you a minute to type in a response. Cards are grouped into fifteen examples in a lesson. There is no grammar or instruction of any kind. When you send your answer, they sound out the word/s in the example. If you get it wrong they display a mnemonic device which is intended to help you remember the correct answer. Each example has a number of mnemonics which are available for each example. You can scroll through these devices to designate which one you want displayed as a helpful reminder when you make a mistake. Hence the name Memrise for the the program. It has an algorithm which determines how often you need to review examples. When you go to review a lesson it will choose which examples you need to review or allow you to override and review the entire lesson.

Each one of these programs can benefit Duo users. Each one does slightly different things and does them well. I use them all every day.

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valleygirl69

Thanks for the extensive info. I have seen anki referenced before. I shied away from it b/c it required a download, and these days on the internet, that can end up as an aggravation, for any number of reasons. However, it seems that you have had a very good experience with it.

Right now my task (my self set task) is to get to grips with verbs- in tenses other than the present. Learning past participles for passe compose, for example. And then onto imperfect. I checked out Memrise and some other flashcard sites, but they didn't look as if they could do what I wanted (ideally). So I went back to constructing excel spread sheets.

When you say "you can program".. do you mean serious programming, or just fiddling with options?

Heh! Loved your example:

Eg: Front side = Ils viennent de manger

Reverse side = They just ate. (noun/pronoun + venir de form + infinitive = noun + just + infinitive)

I recently learned (at least according to my once a week tutor-by-phone) that this is called passe proche, and is used a lot. I had asked he which "verb forms" to concentrate on, in which order- and this was in the top four.

I'm guessing that the way it is designed adaptations in anki like yours are not publicly available. Sigh. From your description of your work, it sounds like you like to delve into the details (which are not unimportant) the same way I do.

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

valleygirl69

When you say "you can program".. do you mean serious programming, or just fiddling with options?

Good point. It is just fiddling with the options but such fiddling is not intuitive with this program. If you decide to use it I can tell you the fairly simple steps to initiate the type to answer function.

One thing that is simple to do is to regulate the number of new cards presented each day. Anywhere from 0 to infinity. If you are getting twenty new cards presented each plus an accumulated review of thirty or forty cards on some days, it can get overwhelming sometimes. If so, you dial it down to zero new until you get a better handle on the number of review cards coming every day.

One problem with the program is if you miss a day you would get your twenty new cards and thirty or whatever review cards added on to the next day's quota. Miss a couple of days and all of a sudden you are behind the eight ball, always trying to catch up. There is another counter-intuitive way to deal with that, but I just use it as a reason to never miss a day. To use Microsoft speak it isn't a bug, it's a feature.

Of course, being potentially overwhelmed by the workload is not really a problem with a user built deck such as your example of decks purpose built to deal with specific areas. But one of my shared decks is a thousand words so I have to manage it.

Decks are created by clicking on the create deck button on the app start page. Cards are created by clicking the add function of a deck. Building my own deck for verb tenses took about five minutes per card by copying and pasting from sources like about.com. One card = one verb tense for a verb from one of the four main groups. When I hit a new tense in the Duo stream I create a card for each of the verb groups and just drill them and the existing ones over and over. Anki says decks are memory intensive and they recommend not doing such separation but it hasn't been a problem with my computer. I have three French and one Math decks in total.

You are right to concerned about downloads but I haven't had any problems with my Anki experience.

But for simply concentrating on Duo vocab, Duolingo Flash Cards is great.

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valleygirl69

Thanks very much again for all the info. I'll give it a try. I'll ask if I need help on the "type to answer function."

June 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swifty139

UPDATE: Verbs Present 1 is now up :)

June 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

I use this app every day. Thx for your work, Swifty.

July 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AtaSediqia

thanks a billion buddy! it's great

January 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarshallRain

for me it said the link isn't valid? It might be my school wifi, but idk. :/

February 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

Which link are you referring to?

March 1, 2017
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