I was wondering if you make LingQ also for plural words that have declensions or similar.
For example, in German, there are situations like this:
auf den Feldern
But the root word is “das Feld” and Feldern is not even its plural, but the dative declension.
What do you do in these situations? Do you ignore the word or you link it anyway? I also use the flashcard system, that’s why I’m asking.
Yes, if you don’t yet know a word then make a lingq for it. You really learn more by reading than by flash cards, but that doesn’t work well if you leave unknown words without hints, regardless of their form.
The number of known words needed for the various levels is higher for heavily inflected languages because of this. Most of my gain in Russian now comes from encountering inflected forms of words that I already know, having learned them previously in other forms.
I don’t use the flash cards or other SRS features much; not at all in Russian but occasionally in German immediately after a lesson to review the lingqs in just that lesson. I think you can use flash cards on words with certain tags, like if you tagged the base form of words that you’d like to review. I haven’t tried that, though. German seperable verbs are another challenge. :-/
I’m not doing much flash cards now either but I’m trying to understand how better fit them in a new strategy. I also use Anki and similar apps but I’m changing the way I use them now.
Yes, German separable verbs are another problem to better understand how to make them more effective on LingQ.
If you’re interested in German Grammar, you can add in brackets: Feldern - field (dat.pl. from das Feld)
But if you aren’t interested in Grammar so much, you can just make at the beginning Lingqs for all forms of the word, but gradually it’ll be enough to make one lingq for all forms of the German words.
What about the separable verbs, I recommend you to lingq the whole phrase with such a verb.
By the way, you can find some easy German grammar lessons from my course SCHRITT FÜR SCHRITT:
Deklination der Substantive im Plural (lesson 12) and Trennbare Verben (lesson 37)
I think I’m doing one of your courses for beginners and it’s really helpful.
I know that I can eventually add all those explanation for a word but it doesn’t work well for the flashcard because it shows everything before guessing the word itself.
And for separable verbs is the same. Sometimes phrases are too long and they become useless in the flashcards as well.
I might start thinking using tags or see if I can exclude tags from the filters.
I lingQ all forms. The only thing I don’t lingQ are names of locations or people. I don’t do flashcards though which you mentioned as part of your dilemma. As for separable, I tend to add an alternative meaning and put the separable prefix in parentheses. (If someone hasn’t already offered that as one I can pick).
I mark all word forms yellow or as known. My reasoning is that those are different words, declensions or what. Such marking strategy suits me the best helping to remember words. At the cost of inflating the word count, which I don’t care about anyway.
I don’t linqQ locations and people either. I saw someone doing the same about separable verbs, I’m still not sure is the best way but it could be a good alternative. I’ll think about that.
yes, I don’t really care about the word numbers but more about how good I’m learning the language. But I’m not about marking all of them yellow, once you understand the grammar, the declensions should become straight forward.
Yes. As in german has to know the gender of the sustantive and their plural I include them in Lingq.
The separable verbs are a big problem. I agree.
Thanks. I’ll think about that.
I must say I’m an early beginner.
Particularly, I think it’s more important to get the meaning of the phrase, the story, etc, than trying to memorize a specific word. So, if I can recognize a new word, because I already knew the stem, I will not lingq it. On that subject, I recommend watching this video by Steve: Learn Vocabulary Fast - YouTube.
Thanks for the video link as well. I watched it and I’m mentally getting there.