During my Dashboard test, one of the questions was:
Nous ______ tous le mot "hypocondriaque". (We're all spelling the word "hypochondriac".)
HINT: Conjugate "épeler" (to spell) in Le Présent
Problem: Trying to find"épeler" in the lesson page was an absolute nightmare. For the younger guys, it might be easy enough, but I'm 76.
Trying to find "épeler" didn't work, because it doesn't exist in the page.
Never mind. Marchons! Marchons!
Next, try to find the correct template for "épeler" in one of the following templates:
-é(-)er, -e(-)er, -eter, -eler, -Ê(-)ER [Note the change from lower case to upper case in the final template.]
My first attempt to find "épeler" in one of those templates stopped when I found -e(-)er, which matches -eler
The next step was to find out how to conjugate it. I failed, because the only conjugated verb on the whole page is COMPLÉTER, which does not match the template (it matches -é(-)er).
Are we confused yet?
I followed the advice to omit any question if I was unsure about the answer.
BTW: The sharp-eyed will have noticed the template -eler actually exists near the end of my list of templates. So there are ambiguous templates.
Footnote: IMHO, there's far too much material on this page. It could be split into possibly four or five lessons. The lesson generates two questions in the micro-kwiz and 1 question in the dashboard quiz. The lesson demands at least 20 questions.
Attempts to compress the material result in statements such as:
Verbs ending in -É(-)ER such as célébrer, compléter, préférer, espérer..., as well as most verbs ending in -E(-)ER (except for -ETER and -ELER verbs) such as mener, lever, semer, élever... are semi-regular -ER verbs
Compare with a lesson such as "Conjugate avoir in Le Présent (present tense)" which has only a fraction of the material, and is much easier to understand. Yet that lesson also generates two questions in the micro-kwiz and 1 question in the dashboard quiz.
I agree that lessons vary widely in content and complexity. Some are almost trivial little tidbits while others are huge chunks of knowledge. It would, indeed, be preferable to keep them all about the same level of complexity and volume.
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