https://www.duolingo.com/Tosh72

What happens when you peek?

Does it increase the decay rate for that word?

July 20, 2013

44 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

When you peek, you send a signal to our system letting it know that you didn't know this word very well. The system then updates it's belief about how well you know it and will try to repeat it more often for you.

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Tosh72

Thank you for the reply! I didn't like to peek, but knowing this, I will know it's only helping me in the long run.

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

I have another question. If you don't look at the meaning for a new word because you already know it and you get the answer right, does that send a signal to Duolingo to let them know that you know the word well so it doesn't need to be practiced, or does it not do anything?

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Yep :)

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/r_i_l_e_y

And if we peek after getting the sentence correct (I often do this to remind myself of alternate translations)?

July 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Treadmillian

Did you ever get an answer on this? I sometimes guess correctly, but peek afterward in an attempt to downgrade my ranking of that word.

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/r_i_l_e_y

Nah, can't say I did.

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/3RICLJK
April 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mexicanfoodfreak

You must have been a senior enlisted member in someone's army or a comedian. Those are the two groups who answer or questions in the affirmative or negative.

July 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Priyanka.yxxx

you are really kind luis

October 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

Thanks! That's really helpful, and I'm glad to know that. :) Sometimes I peek at words I know for no particular reason, but I certainly won't do that, now that I know it sends a signal!

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/joernhees

knowing your work i thought so, but very often i leave the mouse cursor where it was and automatically peek a word in the next round causing false positives i guess :-/ maybe you could check for mouse cursor movement to exclude "accidental peeks" (very simple in javascript)?

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/konsuntier

It already does that for me. If I don't move the mouse it doesn't peek. If I move it away quickly it doesn't peek, too.

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/joernhees

hmm, weird, just recently noticed this again, maybe lower the sensitivity or click to peek?

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

My laptop auto-peeks a lot. When I'm on the desktop computer this hardly ever happens to me, on the laptop it happens all the time. Probably user error in my case …

July 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/r_i_l_e_y

I never got false peeks on my laptop, but then I used my friends mac and got a heap of them. I think it may be browser-specific.

July 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/joernhees

After your reply i payed more attention to this and yes it seems to happen on the mac while typing (even though it automatically deactivates the mouse while typing).

July 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx

Is this why sometimes it'll make me do one word over and over again (ex - once it made me do "trabajo" in like 12 exercises in a row)?

October 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/pendolino

that's a great idea!

July 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/zaiba

thank you :)

July 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/2005dec

So why wouldn't you give it to us

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeanette525

Half the time I peek, it's for spelling. :p

July 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne

I've wondered about that also. I haven't noticed anything, so I think it's just there to be cute?

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rmcgwn

The reason I often peek is so I can check the conjugation. I take a photo of the chart for future reference. That way I don't have to jump around to a verb dictionary/conjugation reference. I guess that means I don't know present and past tense that well.

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Joeyshere

I had no idea that this happened. I am really glad it does and I am really impressed with all of the work that is put into this program undercover (:

July 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/evalyntweet

Thanks I had no idea... : )

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Doodleswolf

I Had No Idea Peeking Did That 0.0

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/RKSMT

How else does the system rate "weak" words? See I purposely don't peek to force myself to think about the word and just find out through trying and then getting it wrong or right and seeing the right answer either way. I figured the system would recognize the words I do know as "strong" and the words I get wrong as "weak."

Question : I am strong Answer: Je suis strongie

Strong: Je, Suis Weak: Fort

If not I'll peak more often even if I know the word, because I know I need practice on that word.

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

We also look at what you get right and wrong.

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/RKSMT

I just want to throw it out there, that I think peeking is not encouraged. I believe the system is set up and is intended for all the lessons to be done over and over a few times, because I often see new words introduce in the second or third time around on top of seeing the same word used in different ways. I just don't want people thinking you can peek your way through the lessons, comforted by the knowledge that all peeked words will just be used more in the future because you peeked. Your not going to get much practice or a chance for words to come back again if your going through every lesson in one shot.

July 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel13D

I agree

July 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/liamtbrand

Yep, agreed. I only peek if its a new word I learned and just forgot it in the same lesson or maybe the lesson after it? And otherwise I'll just fail the question.. (Trying to remember and then putting something there lol)

July 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel13D

I don't usually peak unless I don't know the word at all. Other than that I usually think about it long and hard and usually get it right. Then, when I finish a lesson, I go to the vocab of that section and practice a few times to make sure that I have learned everything and that I am ready to move on to the next lesson.

July 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wilkie-emman

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August 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DatKidLaii

woww

February 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mitc2380

hi

March 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/2005dec

Uh.....why wouldn't you give the answer?

April 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Pat_qc

haha i was wondering why duolingo asks me very often words that i know very well.. auto-peek!

July 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wilkie-emman

you stink

August 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ilovescience

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November 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RozalynLeslie

You are being rude. This is a very helpful topic.

December 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ilovescience

stop it is true and would you stop offending me?

December 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RozalynLeslie

I will not stop reply to this topic thank you

December 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/polyblasian

Nor I, thanks for the information :-)

October 12, 2015
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