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Word Disparity on Duolingo

There seems to be a huge word disparity on DuoLingo. Many of the words in one section seem to be used far more often in Practice than other words do. The problem is that even after consistently getting these words correct, Practice Mode refuses to give me the words I have more trouble with. As an example, I'll rank how often I see words from the "Food 1" section in Italian during practice.

Very Often


cioccolato

taglia
taglio
crema
mangiamo
mangiano
pollo torta
cuoco

Often


biscotto latte

Rarely


mangiate
carota
formaggio
birra
caffè
pesce
manzo uovo
mais
cucino
cucina

Very Rarely/Never


bottiglia fagiolo fritto cibo

bevanda
ciotola
frutta
uva
tazza
colazione bolle
piatto
burro
forchetta
aglio
cena cena
caramella
banana
bicchiere
dieta

All the words in the first 3 sections are words that I have down pat. Absolutely no trouble at all. I've literally seen "chocolate cream", "chocolate" or "chocolate cake" so many darn times now....

The words I have trouble with are ONLY the words found in the Very Rarely/Never section. In a practice round, I might see one of those words every 2-3 sessions. This is a serious problem.

5 years ago

6 Comments


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pont
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Intersting! I haven't encountered this myself, but I seem to recall that there was something about "practice weakest words" not quite working as you'd expect. Look at the two recent mega-threads about sudden skill deterioration; it was discussed there.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danwizard2013
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the problem I have with practice is for me I need to see yesterdays words and I need to see the same content for 3-4 days before I can really permanantly remember it, theres no button which I can click to practice yesterdays words, if I see and use a word once and then don't see it for 3-4 days or more I will have forgotten it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark2020
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I was just thinking about this earlier on today. There is an optimal time to see a word again in order to remember it better (from what I have read somewhere). If it is the case that it is just the weakest word that is picked (which it seems to be), and if you have to wait until this word becomes weak again before you see it again, you will probably have forgotten it by then. You should perhaps see that word based on some sort of algorithm maybe the next day/lesson and then a few days/lessons later.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danwizard2013
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I think they call it the forgetting curve or something, I have to review words daily otherwise I lose them :-(

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danwizard2013
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I don't know how this can class a word as strong straight away when I've only known the word for one day.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elky21
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I am experiencing this aswell. I just finished my first tier in Italian and it gives me(by general practice) much more often words i have no trouble with, than words i know i already cant remember. And yes, i can go directly to the lessons to have more chances to get those words but that´s not the point. The algorithm simply picks for me known words, whereas it should pick the tricky ones far more often.

5 years ago