I just noticed that if you press "words" and press the blue "review flashcards" button, this flashcard thing comes up. It may not give you exp, but it is a heck of a lot more fun than the tedious sentences! I got through my entire french vocab (about 50+ words) in about 2-10 minutes, I don't know, I was having too much fun listening to the awesome "bing" noise after each answer :D! Did anybody else just blank out on that? If you didn't already do it, you should, much more fun than those tedious sentences
What do you have to do to get it? At one point I had a different account and I could use flashcards on that one but now I can't on this account and I loved having it!!
Not available for me either. I'm starting to think they just don't care anymore about making it available to everyone. At the very least, they don't care enough to give us all a good explanation of what's going on, why only some people have it, and when the rest of us unlucky ones can get access to it.
Odds are that you're in at least one of the multiple AB test groups for features currently being evaluated. You just happen not to be in the test group for this highly visible, much anticipated feature. If you know where to find it, you can examine the ab_options in a duo page's source to see what test groups you're in or not in currently.
For as long as Duo has existed, they've AB tested new features on a percentage of the user base, and they've been quite vocal about this practice. This allows for time to test both the functionality (correcting issues/bugs that are found during the test), as well as testing the efficacy of the new feature by comparing the progress made by those with it against those without. Discussing features that are being tested in too much detail with the entire userbase can impact the testing results, so they're not super chatty about features undergoing testing. If the test feature meets Duolingo's expectations and standards, they'll roll it out to all users, and if not they'll either scrap it entirely or take it back to the drawing board.
I understand about the A/B testing and all, and I wouldn't want them to impact their testing results. I'll just say, I have been patiently waiting since late last year when the website was revamped. Then this weekend I got frustrated enough to start digging around and found they have this test group. I hate to say it and don't want to look a gift-horse in the mouth, but I'm on my way out of DuoLingo land if they don't fix it. Not having easy access to my vocabulary lists is negatively affecting my learning so I've started looking for a new home for my language learning. Just like everyone else, I am busy and have a limited amount of time each day to pursue this endeavor so I need something more efficient and effective than just having access to my vocabulary words in a lesson or "strengthen skills" activity.
I'll also add that it frustrates me because it worked so well before they screwed it up during the website re-design. I know a lot of techies and have friends and client who run websites, so after talking with them, I can't understand how DL hasn't found a way to resurrect that original source code to make it available until they get this new and improved thing working correctly.
I highly agree with you! I haven't seen my vocabulary for month now and it is really annoying not to have an overview.. The frequencies i use duolingo has decreased ever since
Thanks duo. I would use and want BOTH practice weakest words and flashcards. PLEASE Duo PLEASE give us genders on the nouns...that's so important. no ?
The "Practice Weakest Words" button is, and always has been, the same as the "Strengthen Skills" button on the main page. Both point(ed) to https://www.duolingo.com/practice, but for some unknown reason, Duolingo has always labeled the links differently, which has been a source of confusion for many users. You still have same ability to practice now as you did before the link was replaced with flashcards, you just have to access it from the main page now instead.
Ouch, I thought they were different and the RNG was screwed when I never get a specific weak word from the practice
That would be great and useful wouldn't it :)
oh i just noticed that, after reading your article :) that's awesome, thanks for sharing it!
And this is what I wan't from this comment; to help people notice it :)
Wow, yeah, I want that in all my courses, not only the english ones. Though I wish it would be possible to type and check for gender as well, but it is a decent start. Thanks for the hint.
Can someone explain the point of flashcards to me? How does seeing the word and its translation, completely out of context , help in learning the language?
I used to be able to find the flashcards button under "Words" but now I can't find it. Has anybody else experienced this?
Unfortunately, it seems they have removed it... It still displays a message about space repetition, but who know what does it refer to... Maybe the weakest words are displayed more frequently when reviewing a unit?
Writing a message explaining what you Duolingo are doing, doesn't take so much time and it will help people to understand those things/changes you are doing and devoting so much time. People is becoming frustrated with something that they most probably could/should enjoy...
Personally, I'm happy to have the flash cards. Generally those "weakest words" were weakest because they were from advanced lessons with bizarre and unexplained sentence structures, which made strengthening them through that feature pretty much impossible. :/ That said, it would be nice to have both options available for those who make use of the other.
Unfortunately, if you can't interact with the "Words" text, then you're not in the test group =(
I'm right there with you, though! I wish I could test it.
They do A/B testing. So far I've been in the two lucky groups that got both Words and Flashcards. Apparently they are randomly selected users
I guess I am struggling to understand how giving access to the vocabulary that students are learning falls into an A/B test scenario. If it's a beta test in order to work out the kinks, that would make sense, but A/B testing implies they are trying to figure out if this feature aids in the learning process. Based on the numerous comments I've been reading, that question has been answered - access to the words and focused learning on weak words does aid in the learning process. So why keep some of us locked out of it? I've tried to wrap my head around the issue but I still can't figure out what information they can gather by having a subset of students unable to access a resource that's proven to be beneficial to learning new words and concepts. Are they trying to prove it works by holding some of us back so they can show we don't progress as fast as the people with the access to the Words information? That's a pretty messed up way to gather comparative data, especially for those of us who are sincerely trying to learn a new language.