https://www.duolingo.com/MrDavid

Why can't I practice what I want?

I've noticed over the last several days that I can no longer practice my vocabulary whenever I need to do so. I like to go back and refresh different sections or do timed practice for my full vocabulary list, but now when I try to do more than two or three at a time, it either gives me new words to learn, only offers me seven practice problems, gives me the same phrases over and over again, or just won't let me practice at all. I enjoy learning on this site and I haven't had this problem until recently. Is it a temporary glitch or is this how it's going to be going forward? As I'm learning more words per lesson, practice is essential. I don't like moving forward without having a firm grasp of the current vocabulary. Is there anything that can/will done about this?

12/11/2012, 6:22:38 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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This should now be fully fixed. Let us know!

12/12/2012, 9:15:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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Yeah the Spanish practice has gone a bit haywire since last Friday. Before that update it was heavily focused on what you studied last with very little review of vocabulary from the past. Now it seems to be totally focused on words from the past(months ago, I started June 24) that have had very little repetition(2 times or so). This amounts to a new vocabulary lesson as I have totally forgotten them. It is too late to really fix this ideally for us poor slobs that been here for months but the practice needs to have a mix of old material and the new material.

12/11/2012, 7:34:04 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jhealy

I've had similar issues with Spanish, see my post at http://duolingo.com/#/comment/73926

12/11/2012, 10:40:05 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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Thanks for letting us know. We'll look into this today.

12/11/2012, 12:31:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/bren
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We have pushed several changes that should improve your practice experience. Please let us know what you think about these changes!

12/11/2012, 10:29:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jhealy

Unfortunately, I haven't noticed the changes.

If I do 1 new lesson, I can then complete 2-3 "global" practice sessions before I get the same "You have practiced all of your words. Try doing some lessons or translations." error.

I've done ~10 new lessons in ~14 days, so there's plenty of words that I feel aren't in my long term memory yet. It was also nice how I used to get random old words thrown in to practice too.

12/12/2012, 10:47:44 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/bren
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Unfortunately, we haven't yet perfected the way we estimate how strong your words are. You can also go to your vocab page and practice individual words.

12/12/2012, 5:01:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jhealy

Fair enough - I'm also able to practice an within each skill.

It definitely feels like there was a significant change in the way words were selected for practice around last Friday. Before the change it seemed like you were happy to show us words that were considered "full strength" for as long as we were happy to continue starting a practice.

12/12/2012, 5:06:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/bren
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We did make a change on Friday and thanks to feedback like yours we founds some problems with it, especially for old users. Could you let me know some words that you think you don't know yet?

12/12/2012, 5:21:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jhealy

I'm still trying to wrap my head around some of the unfamiliar words from 'Dates and Times', particularly ones that are very different to their english equivalents. Juventud, invierno, nacimiento, madrugada, primavera, etc.

12/12/2012, 5:29:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MrDavid

The practice has been much better over the last couple of days. Thank you for addressing and correcting this. You are providing an excellent service here and your response time is commendable.

I'm looking forward to learning other languages in the near future. Thanks again for both this site and for the work that you do.

12/13/2012, 9:15:53 PM
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