Duolingo should have a flashcard system, purely to remember genders
I find genders in German very tricky to remember, and I think it would be useful to implement something like this. It would give you nouns to translate with different cases, using different determiners. You'd have to correctly translate them, using the correct gender and case. I for one, would find this exceedingly useful
I came here SPECIFICALLY to say this. Genders account for at least 50% of my mistakes and I wish I could practice them within the flashcard system.
It really makes the point well, and makes you wonder how DL can ignore such a request. This is a weak spot for many, and yet they continue to omit practice of gender from the cards (and remain silent about it). It makes no sense.
I think it just comes down to time and priorities. Creating, maintaining, and improving a website like this takes a lot of time and resources. It's safe to assume that the Duo staff would do this if they had infinite time and resources, but have been focusing on other areas of the site that currently have higher priority.
Guys, you should really try using Memrise - it has made a huge difference in my ability to recall the gender of the german nouns: http://www.memrise.com/course/335725/comprehensive-german-duolingo-vocabulary/
It has flashcards and the pronounciation, which i find also helps with memorization, and the spaced repetition has an important role in transfering information to long term memory.
The whole website uses flashcards. I'm in the middle of this course and have found it exceedingly helpful, both for Duolingo and other aspects of my German study: (http://www.memrise.com/course/58866/5000-words-sorted-by-frequency-strict-typing/)
I agree wholeheartedly, and this is and idea that has been tossed around before. As an English thinker, noun/pronoun/question declension isn't natural yet. Learning by usage is enough for the verbs and their conjugations, but I could use some kind of memory drill for the nouns.
This would be very helpful. For Spanish as well as for German. I just tried the "flashcards" link that appears on the "Words" page, but I notice it did not include the article. I bought a physical box of cards for this purpose. This would be a great addition to the mobile app. Until DL incorporates this idea, you can accomplish the same at quizlet.com
@Tyralot - Agreed, i have posted about this topic before and do agree with you highly... until then maybe invest in some physical cards, that's what i did as well. I assume with the ongoing demand they will be added, just give it time.
Thank you for pointing this out - I had not noticed it before. Still, it would be nice to have the article on the flashcard. The link to the flashcard goes away when I click on a word in the wordlist.
I agree. I wish in general that the course were more customizable, so that I could focus on weak areas. What I would love would be duolingo-style grammar drills that focused solely on gender, prepositions and declensions (so no pure vocabulary or German-to-English exercises), using all the vocabulary that I have and mixing things up, as opposed to focusing on one skill or one declension at a time. I know grammar exercises aren't for everybody, but I feel like just a few hours of that sort of practice would substantially improve all aspects of my German, in a way that the last bits of the tree are not managing to do. Until duo makes its courses more flexible, can anybody recommend an alternative?