Generally good but needs improvement
By delta Usafa
Having an flash card app that works alongside Duolingo is great. It’s very useful except for two major issues:
1) The completion level for each set of cards degrades WAY too fast, much faster than Duolingo. This is problematic for me because I’m way ahead in Duolingo and it’s made it very hard to catch up with Tinycards. Each lesson degrades in completion every single day, and so the further along you get, the more you need to do to keep it current, and the harder it is to move forward. I could just move on anyway, but as a completion freak I just need to get it all done every day. It’s extremely frustrating.
2) Some words have multiple meanings or translations. However, it will only accept one as the correct answer, not the other, and gives no indication as to which one it wants. Ultimately, because I have to redo every card set as outlined in point 1, you come to figure out which it wants from the wording of the question, but it’s still frustrating to get something wrong when it’s actually still correct.
Much Better Than I Expected
When I first downloaded this app I was expecting it to be like most flashcard apps but a bit more cute. When it prompted me at the beginning to follow a subject, I was a little frustrated since I did not want to study any of the ones they listed. Once I got passed that part, just out of curiosity, I searched the app and was shocked to find flashcard decks on the exact topics I’m studying now! And this is not a popular subject like foreign languages either; it’s computer security. They have pretty much any subject you could ever want to study made by people all over the world. And to top it all off, it’s cute and kind of like a game with levels of decks to complete. I don’t write reviews very often for apps, but I really wanted to for this one because it is just so awesome. If you want to study something, like cute stuff, and/or want a flashcard app that kind of feels like a game, please download this app now. I promise, you will not regret it! :)
Good app but could be improved
I like the app but there are some things that could be better. I wish it followed Duolingo a little closer. The ‘skills’ are in a different order and not everything in Duolingo is in TinyCards, so I thought I was doing both at the same time then found that I had missed Family in TinyCards because it is just way further down the list. Additionally the cards will give you words you haven’t learned in Duolingo. (Ex: Family in Tiny Cards teaches you ‘al’ which I haven’t learned in Duolingo even though I only have 3 lessons left then Family will be complete.) Maybe this is intentional? It says it follows the skills in Duolingo so I didn’t think so.
Also some words have multiple meanings but it will count it wrong if you don’t use a certain one in TinyCards (Duolingo seems to accept each meaning), but neither app has bothered to teach what the difference is and how to know when to use each (Ex: perdón and disculpe can both mean ‘excuse me’, so which do you use?)
Great product with fixable flaws
This is great app, probably even better than its sister app Duolingo. However, there are a couple of flaws:
* The biggest one is that, on missing a card, it is whisked away before I can even compare my wrong answer to the correct one. It should stay on screen until swiped away. This needs to be fixed.
* For language review, a better presentation of the initial card would be to have me type it in from a display of the answer. That is, the card would say “good: хорошо” and make me type in “хорошо” even on the first try. For any complicated phrase, the current mode has me see it, flunk it, type it in from the prompt which disappears as I type, and then asks me once more.
* The second introduction of a card is also too easy. The app might show “там” and “собака” and then immediately make me choose between them which is “dog”. Better to show “совака”, “собаку”, “собака” than the trivial memory test from two seconds ago. These cards seem more useful for later review than for immediate introduction.
* When editing a deck, display the front and back together and allow immediate editing of both. Perhaps an edit mode where the front and back of each card sit joined together on left and right, with pairs of cards scrolling horizontally as present. The current interface is too cute; a clumsy spreadsheet would be better than the current implementation.
Not for beginners
I got this app to correlate my lessons with Duolingo. I opened the app and started my first basics lesson. I was overwhelmed! It went on to show me a few cards with words connected to phrases/pictures but then it would ask me to type out words with like 8 letters in them. I didn’t mind that but when I misplaced letters and went to look at the spelling errors I made and connect it to the correct answer the card would swipe away and it would start with the next question before I could even look at what I just wrote. I feel like if you are far in your Duolingo lessons this might be a good app but I deleted it after a few wrong answers with no explanation because I knew it would be of no help to me. Also, if you could include a turtle version of the sound that would be nice as that helps me connect the letters in the word to the sound. Hopefully I will be able to use this app in the future because flash cards are proven to improve the memory significantly.
Great companion to Duolingo
By Foofie H
Overall I think this is a great app. It works especially well with Duolingo as it has flash card sets that correspond to the lessons. I also like that it is very easy to make your own flash card sets. There are a few things that I feel would improve Tinycards. It would be nice to have an option to be quizzed on both sides of the cards but not on the additional “fact” separately. I have made some cards with a Spanish phrase on the front and the English translation on the back. I like to add a picture to the back to better remember. Unfortunately I end up being quizzed on the English phrase that corresponds to the picture. I also agree with the previous reviewer that the time frame that the app wants you to revisit the cards is very short. I also feel it would better to match the Duolingo app.
Amazing! Informative! Insane! I ❤️ google
By Master of Books
Now, most of the language apps, require you to do a subscription! Which is so stupid! Now on duolingo and tiny cards, its free!!! Yes, I said it FREE! I adore google for this, which has helped me and school and even in writing. The app, if you're like me, doesn't just say fail, it'll help you through it when you don't get it! Now, there are the occasional adds, yet still good! Take it from me! I DESPISE adds with every bone in my body, they ruin games and make them annoying! But here, at least they tell you why! They say it's to keep learning free, which, heck, keep the adds coming if j get this good of an app! I seriously recommend this app to anyone who loves to learn languages and new things through helpful flashcards. Google... ROCKS, for making this app!
Why is he/him the only option?
I don’t know if this is true for all courses, but it’s rampant in the Italian flashcards. For any sort of example or translation involving a person, he/him are the ONLY option and only answers that are accepted as “correct.” Even if it’s something gender-neutral, like ‘mangia,’ which could be either he eats OR she eats, if you write down “she,” it will be marked as a typo at BEST, if not simply an incorrect translation. I couldn’t find a single example that didn’t force he/him, or didn’t task me if I tried to use she/her instead. It’s the main reason I stopped using TinyCards, because it’s just so draining. Not to mention to be told you’re in error for making your own choice for a gender-neutral word... forget being offensive, that’s just flat-out grammatically incorrect! It’s especially obnoxious coming from Duolingo, a company that usually tries to be fairly equitable. Where’s all the diversity that the language courses are so well known for?
Very helpful but needs some tweaks
I am studying German on duolingo and I find these tiny cards do help a LOT in conjunction with duolingo. There are lots of words that either I may have missed in duolingo or that are mentioned once and this Tinycards app really helps with that! However, it does need a few tweaks. The main one for me is in the deck of German occupations 1. I think we learn both the male and female versions of occupations (such as der Lehrer for male teacher and die Lehrerin for the female teacher). However, there is no indication on the card for which one it is asking me for and I choose either male or female and it will tell me I’m wrong because it wanted the opposite. How am I supposed to know it wants the male teacher when it shows me a picture of a female teacher? Or maybe it should ask for both on the same card? Apart from that, really enjoy the app!
Nice idea, not as well executed as duolingo.
I have two main issues with tiny cards:
1) there are often multiple correct translations of words between languages. For example, “a” can translate to ein, eine, einem, einer or einen. Ein can translate back to a, an or one. These are all correct, but tiny cards has one listed as correct, and will tell you you got it wrong if you don’t pick that one. You can manually mark your own answer is correct, but if I already know the answer that well, I don’t really need the flash card.
2) it doesn’t automatically switch keyboards. This is a really nice feature with duolingo, especially since it also switches the dictionary. It’s frustrating having German words spell check against an English dictionary, and be autocorrected to an English word.