https://www.duolingo.com/merinoam

Getting the same words over and over in Timed Practice

Timed Practice used to be great. It was constantly throwing out new words. In the past few days it's been giving me the same words and sentences over and over again. Is anyone else having this? Did they change the algorithms?

May 27, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/tatou
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Hey there... we think we've fixed the problem for you guys. Let us know if practice is still repetitive, or if there is still weirdness in the updating of your "last practiced" counters.

May 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/merinoam

Thanks! It seems to be working great now.

May 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mishio
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It has broken again for me now. I have practiced tiempo many times yesterday and today but my vocab tab shows it was last practiced one month ago. I also only today noticed within a practice you only see 3 or 4 sentences over and over.

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou
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We're looking into this. Are you doing "practice all skills" or practice for a particular skill?

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mishio
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I am doing "practice all skills". Thank you.

June 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mishio
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Hello Tatou. The variety is better today. The practice is presenting a more varied range of sentences.

However the updating of the 'last practiced' counters is still a bit dodgy. I saw 'los tiempos' a few times just now but the last practiced counter for 'tiempo' says 'one month ago'.

June 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mishio
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The last practiced counters for 'tiempo' and 'llave' are never updated for me when I do 'practice all skills'.

June 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mishio
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I don't know if you want clues, but I saw something unusual today.

I went to my vocabulary list and sorted by last practiced time - newest to oldest. It says tiempo was last practiced 1 month ago (wrong - it makes me practice it all the time...).

However it was in the sorted list in between words that are shown as practiced 2 minutes ago!

June 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou
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We think we know what's going on here, and will have a fix for you as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience... I know this has to be really frustrating!

June 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mishio
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That's great, thank you! No, I'm not frustrated at all!! I think Duo is a great. Thanks to you and all your colleagues. I'm just trying to be helpful in catching this bug if I can.

June 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tristan.leggett

I've recently started having this issue under "Strengthen Skills". The first day of the issue I would only have three phrases, but the last couple of days have had about three phrases for 90% of the practice with a few extras.

February 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Larkspire
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Same. I'll see a very unfamiliar phrase that I'm struggling with (and never get right) maybe once a week, if I'm lucky... Yet I just completed a session that gave me "das Auge" alone about six times.

March 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ABCDEmocracy

Same for me. in the Italian tree. Today it asked me one phrase 5 time sin strengthening skills (not timed and timed) all the different ways, but then even repeating them. Mostly its three or four phrases, but now only one!

May 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/merinoam

Today I figured out the problem. In the vocabulary tab, there are a bunch of words whose "last practiced" counter is frozen. These are the words that keep repeating over and over again. Even though I just saw those words today, the "last practiced" field still says it's been weeks or months. Today I got a few other words, and on those ones the counters updated immediately.

On the other hand, there are some words that say I practiced them today, but in reality I haven't seen them in months. Maybe the system is crediting the wrong words when I practice them? So it sends me a word, but then updates a completely different word? Then it looks and sees the same words in the "weakest" category.

May 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mishio
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No, it works for me. It always was giving me the same words over and over but I noticed in the last few days it's much better. Now I'm getting all my weakest words that I haven't seen for ages!

May 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/raneroandres

Mine is very repetitive...

May 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/merinoam

I've been getting the exact same words for roughly the past 25 practice sessions.

May 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/raneroandres

yes merinoam, i guess the software goes to weakest words and keeps sending you those, but they are not updated so it keeps sending the same words even if you have practiced them.

May 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/raneroandres

Thank you!

May 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/raneroandres

The app for Android, it is even MORE repetitive I think...

May 31, 2013
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