Is that a bad thing?
I suppose not, actually!
And it isn’t “my” course, by the way, either. The user who calls himself “sehiralti” created the course; I am merely a lowly course contributor that has been maintaining the course for the last couple of years.
Haha, exactly the same situation that I found myself in. I think hrothbert did the first like 15-20 levels (but this way back when there were no synonyms; antonyms; no audio) and then the rest is my handiwork.
Right, well, are you going to explain that? I feel like when it comes to the speedy acquisition and recall of vocabulary, at least, that these long prompts don’t help whatsoever. I’m not saying that the information shouldn’t be there at all, don’t misinterpret me, I’m saying that it shouldn’t be in the PROMPT.
The prompt which is, you know, supposed to prompt the brain to recall information, quickly and efficiently - it’s not supposed to prompt the brain to read and decipher a short novel first. Also with no control over line-wrapping/breaking, these long prompts not only look awful but are also difficult to read, especially on mobile.
I just borrowed that convention from “regular” dictionaries; it’s a common method used to save space. Anybody that is familiar with dictionaries will be familiar with this symbol and won’t find it annoying, IMHO.
Hmm, I’ve probably seen it too… I must have - I’ve definitely used dictionaries before. I guess I don’t use them particularly often! I mostly use online resources.
You kind of like it, but then you don’t … LOL
Yes, I am an enigma of a man.
My observation of language learners (I teach English as a foreign language here in Germany) is that people often like to learn a particular phrase to go with a new word, apart from anything else, if there is a noun or an irregular verb to learn, if you learn a phrase that includes the grammar that goes with the new word - in this case, that “skäl” is an “ett” word - then you not only learn a new word, but you remember its gender and have a useful phrase that you can put into practice straight away.
Yes, learning phrases along with vocabulary seems like a great idea - I’m not contesting that, as it likely is.
I really don’t see what’s not to like about this method of disambiguation
Seeing as “ett skäl” is an “ett” word, the prompt immediately excludes “en orsak” and “en anledning”.
True… in this case. Most words are utrum though, so most often this won’t apply.
Oh, and by the way, “en anledning” is used to mean “an occasion” quite often, too, from my reading of Swedish so far.
I read a lot of Swedish and it seems rather rare that it’s used to mean that in my experience… shrug.
I am also well aware that this is not an easy thing, which is why I wrote my post including some of the ways I have tried to solve this problem.
Yeah and I do appreciate that.
Sure, I wanted to advertise “my” course - and why not? there is no competition here, we just all want to learn Swedish -
Life is not treating me especially kindly as of late and yesterday was especially stressful, so I’m just on the edge and that will be apparent that in my writing. I’m not trying to be hostile.
but I also wanted to share my solutions because, like you, I spent a lot of time pondering the problem before I came up with the solutions I have found. I started using the sehiralti four-part course just over three years ago now, and noticed a lot of frustrating false synonyms quite soon which I was able to notify him of quite easily in the old forums. And then, when he realized that I knew what I was talking about, he allowed me to be a course contributor, which was about two years ago.
Yeah, I need to think about the synonym thing more for the next course I plan to make and I’ll take what you’ve said into account.
But given that the synonyms for this course are all images that were generated by a script I wrote, which I lost when my old computer died and given that this image approach has major issues (the images don’t even load on mobile - blame Memrise), even if it is very pretty (complete control over text formatting, bold, italics, monospaced fonts/alignment, line-breaking)… I mean, it’s going to be so much work to fix this course.
I don’t really feel like manually uploading thousands of images. Again. Just to fix some synonym issues. I feel like using images was a huge mistake (just like Memrise not letting us use bloody line-breaks or text formatting in the attributes and fields is a huge and very lazy mistake…) and one that would be very hard to fix.
Wow! You have been busy!
Just a few issues I noticed over the last week while I’ve been using the course actively. But as I said above, I think this course is beyond saving due to the whole debacle with Memrise not letting us use text formatting thus me turning to generated images…
Can you add a link to the course, please?