https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamCPorter

Anyone else having the problem of Duolingo only asking you like three sentences during a lesson?

I just finished one of the German adjective lessons and it gave me the same couple of questions over and over again, without branching out to the other questions that it asked at the beginning of the lesson. I've noticed this with the other lessons too, like with the furniture/household lesson, it asks me where are my household appliances, but rarely asks about other things that I most likely forgot about. IE what the word for mirror is and other things.

August 1, 2015

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender

There is some long-standing bug in Duolingo's code that chooses words to review. It affects all languages--not just German. It's not just that within a single review lesson it fixates on a handful of words. Even across multiple lessons, it reviews some words over and over and over--day after day after day--but other words only get reviewed when you do a per-lesson review.

August 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LobsterBrain

I agree, the German lessons are too repetitive.

August 1, 2015

[deactivated user]

    The lesson I'm on right now is so repetative that it seems to be eternal, and I am not able to move on until I finish it, but how can I finish a lesson that just does not want to end? I don't mind repetition; in fact, it's very helpful, but this is too much! You say that this is in other languages too, but I have only experienced it in German, and it started last night.

    August 2, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/erethizon

    That is a little odd. What lesson is it (I am working on the German tree too)? Sometimes lessons seem pretty long (20+ questions) but usually they don't go on forever unless you are getting things wrong (in which case I like that it keeps going because it helps me get the material down).

    The only time I find it frustrating is when I am getting things wrong because the microphone cannot understand me for the speaking questions, but I solved that problem a few days ago by turning off my microphone and just pledging to say every German word out loud for every question. That way I get plenty of speaking practice without the frustration of being told that the microphone cannot understand me even when I know my pronunciation was perfect.

    August 2, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/LobsterBrain

    The same question 5 times? followed by the next question 5 times? sometimes even the same picture question?

    August 2, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/howardsends

    Yes, noticed this with German and sometimes French. Seems to make no difference whether I know the answer perfectly the first time or not.

    August 1, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/speitzme

    i've also noticed this in the last two weeks or so in the italian tree. many of the lessons have become REALLY repetitive and also way longer than they used to be (25 questions instead of 17). i am using the computer/website version, not the app.

    August 3, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/KarinGrant

    I've experienced this problem as well. The other problem I experience is that it keeps lowering strength bars for areas I am very proficient in - meaning I EASILY beat the timed practice. It seems like every other day it lowers the bars of Food and Household, yet I speed though the lesson on timed practice with minutes to spare. Yet other areas that I fumble around in, the strength bars are in tact.

    August 3, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/erethizon

    By far the best way to strengthen the bars is to redo the lessons. If you simply redo all 6 lessons in the Food skill you will find that everything gets strong. Since you know the material well, it will take you very little time to speed through all 6 lessons.

    August 4, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/G.P.Niers

    That's true, but also extremely boring and pointless. I want to be able to focus on my actual weak words.

    August 4, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/erethizon

    I don't think there is a more focused way than picking a lesson that has a weak word in it (a lot of lessons only have 6 words so even if you are weak in only 1 of the words you are weak in 1/6th of the material the lesson focuses on).

    To my knowledge flashcards and general practice are random and don't focus specifically on weak words, but I am not certain as I rarely do either of them (they seem less efficient at keeping my words list strong than redoing lessons and doing timed practice for individual skills).

    August 4, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Pewkele

    I had this same problem with German, it's been a while tho but I remember having the same thing.

    August 1, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Mathso2

    Yes, I occasionally get that too. By the way, German for "the mirror" is "der Spiegel" :)

    August 1, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/erethizon

    I noticed a significant amount of repetition once I turned off the microphone (I realized that since I speak everything aloud for every question anyway, the microphone questions were both the least educational and the most frustrating). With the microphone off I will sometimes get the same sentence 3 times in a row (though with 3 different styles of questions). For example, it may first ask me to translate the sentence from German to English, then from English to German, and then to write what I hear while it speaks the sentence to me in German. I figured this was just a side effect of removing the microphone questions since I took away some of the potential pool of questions (I used to get 25-40% microphone questions each lesson so I expect some repetition when I take those out of the question pool).

    I have not really noticed a lack of material though. It still feels like I get almost every question (if not every question) at least once. Sure I may get certain sentences way more than others, but everything seems to be covered at least once (and if not, repeating the lesson one more time fills in any missing sentences).

    August 1, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/.Storr.

    Are you using the app or Duolingo's webside? I had this problem with the app some time ago but it hasn't occured since I've started using the website. knock on wood

    Edit: It seems that I haven't knocked hard enough on wood. Duolingo's webside just asked me over and over again about cold coffee.

    August 1, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/alexrlangford

    I have noticed something similar on Spanish lesson reviews in the past few weeks. It seems to be drilling certain sentences more than it used to, and it even does so for sentences that I have already twice answered correctly during that same lesson review (sometimes even back to back).

    It may be doing the same in German reviews, though if so I haven't noticed (probably because I'm still early in the learning process).

    August 3, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      Well, the problem finally stopped for me, and I finally finished the lesson I was on, so it must just be for some lessons. However, I have not experienced this issue in French.

      August 5, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/eskube

      The higher I go the more basic the material gets(?). I find myself slogging through lessons that ask the SAME THREE SIMPLE questions over and over and over. Repetition is good! But give us the things we NEED to repeat in order to internalize them. Not: ich bin x, ich heisse y, hallo, z, ich bin x, ich heisse y .... The repetition is not just WITHIN each lesson, but the same items for FIFTEEN lessons. I really wanted to go to level 5 on all skills, but this isn't productive.

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