Multiple lapses when learning English

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From: anonymous
Country: {{{Country}}}
Sent: Feb 5, 2018
Subject: problems with English


This is an item which I have made by myself. It is to help me to disburden me from mixing up the terms:

  • A) desert [dɪ'zɜːt ](verb) German: verlassen
  • B) dessert [dɪ'zɜːt](noun) German: Nachtisch
  • C) desert ['dez9t](noun) German: Wüste
  • D) desert ['dez9t](adjective) German: verlassen

This is why I created it:

  • A) and D):

Same spelling, same translation but different pronunciation and different part of speech (ver, adj).

  • A) and B):

Different spelling, different translation but same pronunciation

  • A) and C):

Same spelling but different pronunciation and different translation.

  • C) and D:

Same spelling, same pronunciation, but different translation

This Item has 18 Lapses.


This item should be replaced with multiple cloze deletions. Possibly 4x3 cloze deletions: English word, pronunciation, and German meaning, times four.


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