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Selected words exercise

I've got an idea for a "new" exercise. I would welcome a possibility to choose words that I'd like to practice - as I can do with each word separately. Right now, it seems to me that I know better than the algorithm, which words I need to practice and such exercise would could help a lot. What do you guys think?

July 22, 2013

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

I think the first aim of Duolingo, next to the total translation of the web, is to learn the structure / grammar of a language with some of the more common nouns to fill up practices. Without nouns, there is no point in learning a language, so Duolingo gives you a handful to practice with (hence the sample words). However, it is almost impossible to fit in al the more common words of a language in these skill trees, therefore you need to dive into the language yourself and find a suitable way to learn words (e.g. flashcards). In this respect, it doesn't really make sense to add this feature, since it resolves just a part of the problem (the inevitable lack of words).

What I think could help to solve this problem is to build in a feature where you could add nouns yourself in different categories. So you would have a basic set of Duolingo nouns, the ones used in skills, which will expand overtime when you dive into the language and add words. These words could then be learned separately with whatever algorithms are / will be used. A word set (like animals) could also be expanded by community members, so a well crafted central repository will remain. This all would of course require a serious update to this service.

I like to hear any of your thoughts / ideas.


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

Now I see I either was quite unclear in what I wrote, or I don't understand what you mean. Or both ;)

My idea was very simple, I just seem to have a problem explaining it - in the section that already exists -Vocabulary, there already is a way to practice words. When you click on one of the words displayed in there, in the next window, you can click practice word, and this way you can practice this word, but this word alone.

What I would like to do, though, is to mark all of the words I have a problem with (but only from those that I have already had in the tree - those that appear in the Vocabulary section) and practice them all at once, not one by one.

I hope I'm clear enough now and if not, I'll keep trying ;)

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