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you can now read % of all articles

I had a message today saying I should now be able to read 91% of all articles, but I CANT at all, no way near, more like 50% is anyone else finding a big difference between what they "should" be able to read and what they CAN?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_
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The estimates are based on how much of the Duolingo vocabulary you've mastered, contrasted with the vocabulary actively used in average news articles. Those use a relatively limited vocabulary so that they're accessible to a broad range of readers. In reality, no article is actually average, so you find that you're able to read a great deal of some articles and very little of others. No one should place too much stock in that estimate.

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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I should "technically" be able to read 100%, but I don't know every single word in the articles. That estimate seems to be off, but my understanding has increased. I do understand most of the articles, but I cannot translate as much, if that makes mistakes. But, that's when I hover over the words.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tattafrat
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Depends on how you read "reads". "Getting the gist of", or "fluently reading", or somewhere in between. I bet you can hack away at 91%. Have you tried the Immersion translations? If you start translating you will learn a lot of additional vocabulary, idioms, grammar, etc. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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I started a very similar thread here, regarding my Italian: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/3128911

I find that the figures are way off. When I clicked into immersion from that 'you now understand.....' screen, most of the words that were highlighted (probably less than half when I am supposed to understand 95%) were the little words like "of, in, to, and the".

It doesn't bother some people but I actually find it discouraging. I would prefer if they revised the figures so it more accurately reflects what I actually understand - which is probably about 30% on a good day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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If you counted ALL the words in the article,, even the repeats, then counted the words you do understand, and figured the percentage, it probably is close to 91%, because those "little" words are repeated so often. Plus there is a grammar component here that you may not be taking into account - you may now know the way the past tense is formed, and suddenly understand that the article is in past tense. If you just count each word once, no matter how often it appears, then compute the percentage of those you know to those you don't, it will be a much lower percentage. I'm betting duo uses the first computation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mercutio

I agree moomingirl when I went over to try the immersion I was no way near 90% and the article they suggested I try had maybe 10% words highlighted and like your experience it was mostly small joining words. I did find that difference in percentage rather demoralising! I am 50% through duo and I struggle with an A1 story book because I get total stuck on things like past tenses which a lot of stories ( and conversations) feature

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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It sounds as though we are at about the same level. :)

I made it through my first very short novella in Italian a while back, but I had to look up a lot in the dictionary to have any idea what was happening.

Certainly when I went to the immersion page, less than half of the words (and those were the joining words, as you said) were highlighted, which was discouraging.

Still, every day I understand a little more, so I just keep going. One day I hope to read an article and only have to look up a word or two. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sophiel9064

That's cool. do you have any idea why?

4 years ago