https://www.duolingo.com/mirriel

"You can now read..." How is it calculated?

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I just got message saying that I can read 95% of all real Spanish articles. Which I'm sure is not true.

So the question is: how is it calculated?

4 years ago

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/FelixKatze

Not sure how it is calculated, but the max is ninety-something, it never goes up to 100%.

I think it is intended as an encouragement to use immersion, but unfortunately the percentages are just nonsense, and I think it would be better if they found another way, to do the same thing.

Perhaps if they removed the percentages, replacing it with wording like "you can now read some/many [language x] articles!", it would be more sensible. As is, it feels reminiscent of the misleading marketing-speak (even if it's not intended as such), that you often see for vastly inferior language-learning products, like Rosetta Stone.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshuaBowers

Good question! I would also like to know, as I've reached level 22 in Spanish, completed the tree and have all of the modules golden yet it still only tells me I can read 96.3% of all articles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/small_world
small_world
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I'd like to know this as well. I've only finished about half of the French tree, but somehow duo thinks I can read something like 96% of all articles. That is definitely not true...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Equilibrio99
Equilibrio99
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I have often wondered if Duo looks at the words I have learned and calculates the ratio of known and unknown words in the particular document it is offering at that moment. I'm guessing that I'm nowhere near the 95.3% that Duo says (but I still glow with happiness when I see it). Those quantum physics papers are probably 30%! Geometria que forma a Einstein curvatura de spacetime . . . .

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hu_qvarna

when exactly and how do you get this message..????

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

You start to see it around halfway through the tree after completing a lesson.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JonGudmundson

I have wondered the same thing. According to Duo, I can now translate 95.2% of real German articles. I wish that were true, but I am nowhere close to that. I don't have it handy so I'm not sure of the exact figure, but in my Langenscheidt frequency dictionary of German (it has the 2,000 most-used German words in it) it says in the preface that the 2,000 words contained therein constitute something like 85 or 90% of everyday German speech. Well, currently Duo says I have learned something like 1,000 words. How does this get me to the ability to translate 95.2% of real German articles? And that's just vocabulary. Throw in the crazy non sensible (to me) idioms, and the grammar, and I am miles from 95%. I would love to know how Duolingo comes up with these figures.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alvarojimpal
alvarojimpal
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Where exactly is the message displayed? I can't see it anywhere :\

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Portofan
Portofan
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It started to show up after completing a skill when I had around 40-50% of the tree done, so it will show up for you soon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hu_qvarna

i got ont stating i can read 24.67% of all articles ...i am level 9...and completed qualifiers,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ariaflame
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I've noticed that the percentage that it thinks I can read has dropped to around 60-70% now. Which is actually probably closer to what I can do.

4 years ago
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