Split Spanish

Could we split Spanish at least into Spain/ Latin America? It’s annoying having to manually go through tons of vocabulary with zero relevance to my life.

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I do understand your frustration/annoyance at this, and it is also the same in other languages such as Portuguese (Brazilian vs European) and English (American vs British or Australian etc.).

Unfortunately, as Clozemaster sources these sentences from Tatoeba, and since Tatoeba doesn’t make any distinction, then I don’t think that there is an easy fix for this. Note also, that most (if not all) popular word frequency lists also don’t make any distinction between dialects and regional variations, as the source for their word lists are normally very mixed in their place of origin (for example subtitles from lists and TV shows).

Therefore, the most likely way of fixing this would be to hire a native speaker for each language to go through and sort sentences when they are specific to one dialect or specific form of a language. There are also other parts of Clozemaster where getting a native speaker might be very helpful too (see for example the posts from @alanf about stress markings to aid Russian pronunciation).

However, there then comes the question of whether Clozemaster has the number of Pro subscribers (yet!) to support a business case for these measures on a large scale for each language i.e. for whole collections as opposed to responding to individual user queries (I don’t know how many Pro subscribers Clozemaster has at the moment, or whether there are enough Pro subscribers learning a specific language such as Spanish to justify this on a single-language basis).

I do note though, that issues such as filtering on regional variations (and verifying stress markings in Russian) would only need to be addressed once per target language, as opposed to having to be done for each language pairing.

If there are any tools out there that could do these things automatically for these languages, then that would be a different matter, and I would be wholeheartedly in favour!!

If it were to be possible to set up separate streams for the dialect/regional variations of the target languages, then there is also the question of which sentences would this apply to.

I personally think that just having separate collections for the Fast Tracks would be very helpful, even if the source languages stayed in mixed form (e.g. Latin-American vs Castilian Spanish Fast Track, Brazilian Portugues vs European Portuguese Fast Track; however these separate tracks would just use an unfiltered source language, for example English as opposed to separating out American vs British/Australian English etc.).

If this Fast Track filtering approach were possible, then a new user could click on Spanish from XXX, and then have two or more additional Fluency Fast Track collections to choose from if they wished to learn one particular stream of the language.

In summary, I support what you are saying, I’m just not sure how easily it could be achieved.

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@zzcguns provided a better response than I could have and hit all the key points :slight_smile: While having different collections, or even different language pairings, for different dialects would be awesome, we’re still likely a ways off from getting it implemented. It’d also be especially useful for Portuguese (Brazilian vs European).

What’s the vocabulary you have in mind? Which Spanish are you learning? If it’s a small set of words that keep popping up, you could use the Manage Collection feature to search for those words and ignore them.

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