Oftentimes I’ll add a new course for the language I’m learning and it will start off with the same basic words that I know very well—hello, good bye, please, thank you, etc.
I’d like to have the ability to skip over words by proving I already know them. I imagine it would work like this:
- I click a “test out” or “I already know these words” button for a level
- I’m prompted to type the German/Spanish/whatever translation, just like the final step when learning a new word (when the flower blossoms)
- If I get it right, the word is treated as being in longterm memory, as if I went through the usual 5-6 attempts at answering
- If I get it wrong, I am taught the word just like any other word (i.e. I go through 5-6 rounds of growing the flower to full bloom)
I don’t like to ignore words because A) I don’t want to skip them forever, I just don’t want to type it in several times in a single lesson to prove I know it; and B) it’s tedious; and C) I might think I know a word/phrase better than I really do, so I ought to be tested on it first.
DuoLingo has a feature similar to this. If you just happen to know, for example, medical terminology, then there’s no reason to re-type the word several times. Once is enough.