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

Adding Vocabulary

I would love for a feature that allows the users to add new words into their vocabulary. I try to read a lot in the language that I'm learning, circling the words that I don't know, and I think it would be really helpful if we could add them to our vocalbulary list. It would help a lot, especially when practicing them in timed practice ;) I appreciate all the work you do ;)

October 17, 2013

21 Comments


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

This would be great if the program could generate valid sentences with given words really well. Otherwise we're going to have even more nonsense sentences ;-)

However, with the development of Incubator, I believe there would be some crowdsourcing possible for the existing courses, like adding not only words but sentences with them and the corresponding translations.

October 17, 2013

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

It is quite easy to generate relatively correct sentences. Duolingo can just search the web(reputable sources) for sentences with that string(text) or extract sentences from search engines. The added benefit here is that duolinguers can also learn from real world content.

October 17, 2013

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

You would think this is easy (we did), but it results in a lot of garbage.

October 17, 2013

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

I still think Tatoeba could be a good resource. Their corpus is Creative Commons. http://www.duolingo.com/comment/68846. Another option might be for duolingo to implement something similar internally and then use the translated sentences generated as raw material for example sentences. For instance, a corner of your website might allow a learner of French to submit phrases for a French learner of English to translate. "How do I say ____ in French?" Not all of the sentences would be kosher, but they'd probably be better than some that I've seen so far.

October 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cheryl1

Agree! Knowing vocab words is really just a small part of being fluent in a language. Putting the words together into grammatically correct sentences would be quite the programming challenge particularly when words can have multiple meanings given the context. For me, I just use a flashcard program called Flashcard Deluxe which is based on a complex spaced repetition algorithm.

I'd rather the Duo team work on higher priority items like the language incubator which, I think, will introduce additional content for the existing language courses.

October 18, 2013

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

True! I totally agree that there are other things that are more important for them to work on. This site is amazingly well put together and it's FREE. Pretty sweet. I took a long break and just came back about a week ago. A lot has changed! One of the things that I think really sets duolingo apart is that these folks are open to and invite feedback from their members... And they'll actually implement changes based on user suggestions! It makes everyone feel like they're a part of the project.

If the quality of example sentences is a concern, or if the creation of new sentences is a problem, why should duolingo staff waste time on trying to figure out how to best generate sentences randomly with a computer? There are thousands of basic sentences, translated into a ton of different languages, already available (and free for the taking) over at Tatoeba. Having users generate sentences for them, as I suggested, might be another, perhaps even less time-consuming option. Let the community create example sentences and then let them decide which sentences they want to see associated with each vocabulary word. Functionality like what you get from http://lwt.sourceforge.net/ built into duolingo would be pretty cool... But, then again, it isn't really necessary.

Learning with Texts might be a solution for Hodgebergs until duolingo can think of something better (and I'm sure that they will).

October 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr.Manhattan95

I agree with Luis, i feel like the result would be like the early version of google translate. Sure you would generate correct sentences every once in a while, but the discussion section would be flooded with people complaining about errors.

October 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iamjeff7

but then how would Duolingo know the correct translation?

October 17, 2013

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

Having just finished the Spanish tree, I am sad that my word count is now 'stuck' at 1571. I will keep reviewing, but I fervently hope there will be ever more vocabulary and advanced lessons to come. (I know, I'm greedy).

October 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

I highly recommend you to add another learning tool to DL... You will find plenty of discussions about websites and apps other DL users like/recommend.

Here is a short list of the most cited apps for vocabulary: Memrize, Anki, Babbel. AND you can add any word you want.

October 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quest42good

I agree, I'm using Memrise to build my vocabulary in English, it's truly awesome.

October 17, 2013

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

Is memrise a freebie?

October 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quest42good

Yes, it's totally free!

October 18, 2013

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

Awesome, I was on there the other day because of a recommendation from someone on DL. I kept waiting for a pop-up to ask me for a credit card...Gracias. Quest42good, I see that you finished the tree. I'm jealous. And impressed even more. Congratulations.

October 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quest42good

Thank you very much for your congratulations and warm words, Talca. I wish you easy and enjoyable lessons here on Duolingo and on Memrise!

October 18, 2013

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

Oh yeah! it is really important to use as many resources as you can if you really want to learn and understand a new language. I use memrise. (I love the course '350 spanish sayings') I also use babble on my tablet. I prefer babble to duolingo on my Kindle fire.. it's much easier than typing long sentences (required by Duo) on my tablet's touch screen keyboard. I also have a Spanish/English language story called 'Sí Amigo!' downloaded for free from amazon prime on my kindle. But For my laptop, for free, Duolingo is the Best!

October 17, 2013

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

add me on memrize! margaritarise :)

December 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Equilibrio99

Oh yes. Great idea! Will the new "flash card" option that was recently added in the hackathon (but not yet implemented?) give us the option of entering our own words? Those bizarre sentences seem to stick to the ol' memory palace.

October 18, 2013

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

That would be great! We wouldn't have to worry about complete sentences to add a flash-card word, and later on, people who were adding new sentences would have words to start with.

October 18, 2013

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    I haven't thought of this before...but now that I am, I think this could be very useful.

    October 17, 2013

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

    excellent.....

    October 17, 2013
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