Here is the classified version of confusing words list.
Type X is temporary category that means:
definitely NOT type A
probably NOT type B
maybe C or D
I also attach link to dictionaries and definitions from vocabulary list that I can find on the Internet. “sat6000” is from here, “sat5000” is from here, “barron3500” is, I believe, from well known book.
Next, I start writing in new definitions from type A words, but I won’t change database for a while. I want you to review new definitions before do that.
Minimum change from original. List synonyms that is necessary to distinguish words. PRO: minimum confusion for learners. CON: not following new guideline.
Rewrite definition if appropriate. List synonyms that exists in the course. PRO: more elaborate than original. CON: still not follwing new guideline.
Big Change 1
Follow the new guideline. Have multiple definitions. Have a lot of synonyms. PRO: following new guideline CON: too much information. “alias” have 3 (adverb, verb, noun) different part of speech, chooing which one for audio might be a problem for similar words.
Big Change 2
Remove synonyms from Big Change 1 PRO: less information, CON: still too much information
New Approach 1
Use attribute for part of speech, grammatical note, etc. No synonym unless it is necessary. Allow duplicated word for different part of speech. PRO: definition become bit simpler. solves “alias” problem. CON: not following new guideline. still too much information.
New Approach 2
Remove sublevel ex) 1.1. , 1.2. PRO: starting to feel like appropriate amount of information CON: not following new guildeline.
I think there is a reason why we don’t put too much information on memory cards. Above from Big Change 1 (possibly Medium Change too) look like different course from the current one to me. If we want drastic change, I think we should create a separate couse, so current learners don’t get confused.
You’re putting a lot of thought into this, which is good or we might end up doing extra work when changing our minds about the setup of the course later.
I prefer New approach 2 but with not setting up a whole new course. This course had over a thousand learners just last week. You can’t let all those learners start again from scratch. Most of them probably would not even realize there would be a new and improved course. Because they are on the app or even on the web but have never found the new forums.
For implementing New approach 2 we would need extra attribute columns set to Show at tests though. And since we can’t add them ourselves we would have to ask Memrise staff to do that for us.
Guys, it’s just a guideline, no need to adhere to it strictly. Also, the example I provided is just that - an example. An item does not have to contain all that (synonyms, multiple definitions and meanings etc.) As long as you add stuff only where needed, you can keep certain items pretty much intact. Also, there’s no need to keep the originals - if they required a change there’s no point in keeping them in the first place. Thanks for the hard work though, it is appreciated. @stream_nine90
In the meantime I’ve been adding audio to the words. Sofar 200 handpicked pieces of audio from Forvo and several dictionaries, many of them edited for cleaner audio. For each word there are at least two voices, male and female if available. And some extra audio for pronunciation variations.
Yeah. I list “improvident” there for disambiguation. Because I can think of it from the definition “not worry about the future” too.
I didn’t change “improvident”'s definition, because I can safely rule out “happy-go-lucky” from “improvident”'s definition.
Maybe if we add “cheerfully” to the definition of “happy-go-lucky” like Oxford dictionary do, we can rule out “improvident”.
Same situation can happen to other words too, when word A has broader meaning than word B. In situation like that, we need some kind of hint for disambiguation. We don’t need such a thing if we are writing a dictionary, because in distionary, word and definition always come together.
Also, I fogot to mention about use of attribute “Synonyms”. I tried that, but it looks confusing with other attributes on Memrise. And in case of multiple definition, each definition might have different synonyms. I find that problematic too. Let’s keep the database layout for a while. Maybe I’ll change mind or we’ll find other use of it.