Unrealistic number of learners?
Sorry for the incendiary title, but something struck me when I opened the app today. Choose a language: (For English speakers) Spanish, 990 MILLION users. Excuse me for one second. There's only 7ish billion people on the planet. One source I came across said that maybe 1.5 billion of these speak English to some degree. Is duolingo really suggesting that TWO THIRDS of all these people (babies and grandparents too?) have signed up to duolingo and clicked on the Spanish language course for English-speaking users? I don't think so duolingo. How is this being counted? Does anyone know?
Lol, yup - pretty sure that's what it said when I last looked too. Unless it got bot-spammed.
As a frame of reference, English has like 370m native speakers and roughly 500m people who speak it as a second language, so even if everybody on the planet who could possibly use English as their primary language on duo signed up and all decided to learn Spanish, you'd really be struggling to get to that 990m lol.
This would be like every Manadrin speaker on the planet choosing to join Duo and learn Spanish for English speakers lol.