https://www.duolingo.com/cheracole

Strengthen Skills quizzes are very repetitive

I've recently resumed using Duolingo for French and I've noticed that the Strengthen Skills quizzes are REALLY repetitive. As in, the same three sentences are being used for the entire quiz, just in different question formats. This has been the case for the last week or two. It is very annoying and, honestly, makes me not want to do much Duolingo practice.

Is anyone else having the same problem?

February 15, 2015

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Majka.leta

I'm having the same problem for quite some time - I just did a "strengthen skill" exercise for French, and this time I noted down the questions I was given, just do be sure it wasn't just selective perception on my part. This is what I got:

  1. Translate this text: I am making hot chocolate.
  2. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  3. Translate this text: J'aime boire du chocolat chaud.
  4. Translate this text: I like drinking hot chocolate.
  5. Type what you hear: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  6. Translate this text: J'aime boire du chocolat chaud.
  7. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  8. Translate this text: J'aime boire du chocolat chaud.
  9. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  10. Type what you hear: J'aime boire du chocolat chaud.
  11. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  12. Translate this text: J'aime boire du chocolat chaud.
  13. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  14. Translate this text:J'aime boire du chocolat chaud.
  15. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  16. Type what you hear: Les cadeaux sont sous le sapin.
  17. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.
  18. Translate this text: J'aime boire du chocolat chaud.
  19. Translate this text: Je fais du chocolat chaud.

I'm not kidding, that's what I got - the same two sentences over and over again with the exception of number 16. I'm past the second checkpoint, and while my skill sets are currently all golden, my word list shows words that are at only 1 or 2 strength bars, so there should be something for Duolingo to give me to practice, but these words get ignored and instead I'm apparently making every kind of hot chocolate known to mankind.

I really hope this gets fixed, because its a. highly frustrating and b. makes the programme's revision function pretty much useless, which in turn makes me wonder whether it's worth to keep going with Duolingo in the long run.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo

I had the exact same experience except the languages involved was Spanish and English.

February 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Artilex

I am too. You think it may be bad but just wait until you get the same sentence 7 times in a row, all translating it from ENG to FR.

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cheracole

I've had the same sentence many times in a row, but from FR to ENG. It's annoying to repeat "The tea is natural" over and over... particularly since it isn't a phrase one would actually say in English.

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Artilex

Lol, The one I got was "You know that I know that you know." (Epic tongue twister)

February 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinJavorek

Same for me. Especially for time practice strengthen (web app, EN-IT). 3-4 sentences used for those 20. Which is very annoying.

February 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Maisie07

I'm getting the same problem with Italian, when I try to strength skills, the same sentences come up all the time, and the words I actually need to strengthen don't even appear.

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo

I have to agree and had the same experience in Spanish. In the words list it tells me that I have a bunch of weak words but when it does Strengthen Skills it keeps repeating basically the same 2-3 sentences over and over again. I got very bored basically doing the same 2-3 sentence over an over again!

I think this is happening as even though I have weak words, the lessons where those weak words are found are still strong so it does not pick sentences from those lessons and instead choose the weakest sentences from the the weakest class that happens to be at the moment. If your tree is normally kept golden than it gets very repetitive sometimes like this.

Duolingo needs a better algorithm of composing a class from weakest skills when weakest skills turn out to be very limited.

February 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinJavorek

My todays strengthen lesson (EN-IT, web):

  1. Non ho neanche un fratello. - I do not have even a brother.
  2. Now they don't even have a bottle of water. - Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua.
  3. Type, what you hear: Non ho neanche un fratello.
  4. Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua. - Now they don't even have a bottle of water.
  5. Type, what you hear: Perché non abbiamo neanche una forchetta?
  6. Type, what you hear: Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua
  7. Why don't we even have one fork? - Perché non abbiamo neanche una forchetta?
  8. Perché non abbiamo neanche una forchetta? - Why don't we even have one fork?
  9. Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua. - Now they don't even have a bottle of water.
  10. Non ho neanche un fratello. - I do not have even a brother.
  11. Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua. - Now they don't even have a bottle of water.
  12. Type, what you hear: Non ho neanche un fratello.
  13. Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua. - Now they don't even have a bottle of water.
  14. Non ho neanche un fratello. - I do not have even a brother.
  15. Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua. - Now they don't even have a bottle of water.
  16. Non ho neanche un fratello. - I do not have even a brother.
  17. Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua. - Now they don't even have a bottle of water.
  18. I believe I've got a vision problem, I can't take my eyes off of you. - Credo di avere un problema oculistico, non riesco a toglierti gli occhi di dosso.
  19. Adesso non hanno neanche una bottiglia d'acqua. - Now they don't even have a bottle of water.

And after that "neanche"marathon I earned 4 XPs... It is very frustrating to repeat those sentences.

February 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenrok666

Same here for german<->emglish. Also discussed here : https://www.duolingo.com/comment/7315759

March 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnnyman90

The same thing is happening to me. I don't understand why the algorithm can't at least swap in different vocabulary for each question, even if the grammatical structures being reinforced throughout the practice session are the same.

March 16, 2015
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