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The vocabulary could much more useful

If the vocabulary could be sorted by mastery level and if we had a simple graph that shows the distribution of words across the three levels of master that would be very useful.

It would be a great incentive to work on a weaker words and see how the distribution improves.

August 11, 2012

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

A graph showing the distribution is in the works!

Sorting words by strength is tough, because a word can have multiple forms with varying strength.

We could average the strength of all forms and apply that to the word. Would that help you guys?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cat77043

Yes indeed. And perhaps there could be a way to add words that you come across in translations?


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

It would be easier to learn vocabulary if phrases were more meaningful. "Le journal est bon" has a non content. Change it into "Le journal porte les nouvelles" and it kills even two birds with one stone, making clear both journal and nouvelles.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/em11

Agree. So you could practice the extra words of your choice. At least words that are part of the fundamental vocabulary, say part of a set of most used 5000 words. They could be easily used by the robot to build a variety of simple sentences using the structure from the main practice test.


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

@naut This might be way too complicated, but could you guys find a way to only separate forms of words that are irregular? It seems weird to have a whole practice session devoted to, say, "parlons."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/em11

@naut yes, that would be very helpful. I think it would also helpful to have a general average for all words as a mastery score. From a learner perspective any tool that assist in improving what you have is valuable. If I could select a group of "weak" words (averages are OK) and then practice on them, it would be great. This is because if I am weak for say 200 words and I want to practice it is difficult to see the impact (the general score would help, but that is a longer term motivator - still important though. Thanks!

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