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The infuriating lack of variation in the Strengthen Skills questions

A crab, the crab, crab(s), crabs drinking water, crabs drinking milk, crabs eating bread, crabs eating, crabs eating apples, ad nauseam. This is what all of my quizzes have looked like, lately: twenty questions involving only one noun and the same two verbs every time, usually in the context of some unlikely situation with food. Does anyone else have this problem? Or is the repetition supposed to be some kind of memory reinforcer? If so, this method of learning is extremely grating on the nerves (hint, hint, developers). I'm basically translating the same sentence twenty times.

I'm still towards the beginning of my Spanish tree so I know the program doesn't exactly have a lot of material to draw from, but this is just absurd. I've learned so many different types of animals, clothing items, verbs, food, etc. so far, yet the program seems to have no creativity in generating sentences.

3 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolila

I agree that it can get really tedious. However, I find that (for myself, at least), it's a great way to concretely learn a word or phrase. If that gets too dull for you (and you're not learning anything useful), I recommend you do some translating (Immersion). It can be a bit challenging to get into the mindset of using two languages at once, but I have found it very useful and I've already learned a ton in a few weeks. I hope you do too! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ava.k.o.johnson

I haven't dived into the translating, yet. I thought it would be better to progress a little farther. Is it something I can do right away?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolila

Well, I did finish my tree before I started translating (however, I already had a fairly firm grasp of the language). But I don't think you absolutely can't start translating before then!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/K-Tal

You can start translating no matter how far you are in your tree - it means it might be a little harder and take you longer, and you might have to pick easier stuff to translate, but it's a great way to learn new vocabulary and expose yourself to tenses and grammar that'll be easier to learn when you get to it later on in the tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

Yep! Sometimes in new lessons too, right now. I had an Italian lesson that asked one sentence 5-6 times. I think something may be glitching.

(It did the same thing to me the other day with crab, too! But I can't complain because thinking back on it, I still can't recall the word crab in Spanish. I guess my brain hasn't deemed it useful enough for long-term memory yet.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ava.k.o.johnson

Yeah, in hindsight I probably could have used a quick drill on crab. I didn't recognize it when it first came up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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Yes, I've experienced this. I think it must be some sort of bug; I cannot imagine that anybody would mean to develop it to do that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/filipmc
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I just did a drill and got the same sentence five times in a row at the start, and five (I think) times in a row at the end. It really seems like a bug when it keeps asking the exact same thing over and over.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ava.k.o.johnson

Right? I mean DuoLingo is such a cool site. I would hate to see it peter out because of something that simple.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carlissa904

I've gotten through the whole Spanish tree and I've never, ever, gotten the word crab! I have had quite a few lessons that repeated the same sentence over and over; first in English then in Spanish. It does help to reinforce the words, but can be very grating on the nerves when it happens too often!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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If it's that boring, then you may not need to strengthen skills for now, and you'd be better off working on new skills instead.

3 years ago