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

New words while practicing

Hi,

I've been learning Spanish for about 6 months and occasionally duolingo throws in a new word while I'm just practicing my vocabulary.

I assume this is to open new sentences for me to practice and generally it's rare enough to be fine. However, twice in the past weeks I've been given ~6 new words in a single practice session of 20 questions.

It's demoralising to be practicing words I don't feel comfortable with and then be overloaded with new words. Is it possible to limit the new words included in practice session to 1 per session?

December 26, 2012

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bren
  • 2002

We don't intend on adding new words to your vocabulary during practice. Can you send me some screenshots when it says it's introducing new words to you?

December 27, 2012

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

Cheers, if I see it happen again I'll take a screenshot.

If it helps, you can see words in my vocab list from skills I haven't reached yet - hablando, radio, serán, seremos, éramos, bien, van, expresa, se, etc.

December 27, 2012

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

I have a similar experience in Italian. I have sent a screenshot via Feedback. Though it is a minor one, word that haven't yet occurred in lessons appear in practice.

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J_rob01

This just happened to me last night. More than half of my practice session questions gave me new words. It was the first time it happened to me, so I didn't know to grab a screen shot but will if it happens again. If it helps, I was on the mobile app at the time. Just got on to the website through my laptop and the words now show up in my vocabulary. Hope you can solve the problem, the demoralizing description above is a pretty accurate description! Thanks!

December 31, 2012

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

Hi bren, I just got a new word while doing a global practice. Here's a screenshot - http://yob.id.au/muy.png

January 9, 2013

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

Hi Bren, here's another one that happened today.

http://yob.id.au/siempre.png

This is frustrating. There's so many words in my vocabulary that I haven't recently practiced I'd really love to see them come up in practice instead of new words.

January 10, 2013

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

.. and another one that happened in the same practice session as siempre.

http://yob.id.au/proximas.png

January 10, 2013

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

... and 2 more words in the the same practice session - that makes 4 words in 20 questions.

http://yob.id.au/buenos.png

January 10, 2013

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

I've had the same problem often. It seems to me like more new words appear in practices when I get closer to having full gold bars on all my words.

December 27, 2012

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

The same thing happened to me. I was practicing my vocabulary and it threw in a word I didn't know. Fortunately, it was only one word and it wasn't a difficult one, but, I can't imagine having six new words thrown in during the practice session.

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J_rob01

Was there ever any resolution on this issue? Haven't seen it happen recently. Was it a bug?

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bren
  • 2002

Yep, it was a bug and we fixed it.

January 30, 2013

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

thanks!

January 30, 2013

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

I was practicing 'Food' category in French today today and I got both negative sentences and past tense. I have only completed: basics, basics 2, food, animals, phrases, and started on adjectives.

June 24, 2013

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

I think I figured it out. I have been getting new, seeming random words and tenses because I tried to help in translating some articles. Not the best for me to get new words at this stage =(

June 24, 2013
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