Percentage indicator is useless

Displaying progress as a percentage is absolutely useless. Every change that Duolingo recently made to its interface and design is making it worse. This one is the last drop for me.

May 23, 2019


I agree regarding displaying percentages. The absolute numbers e.g. 12/45 really helped planning practice sessions. In contrast, the information in percent is basically useless.

May 23, 2019

Everybody: Go to Myra's post & vote down Myra, comment there how you don't like this new percentage system. Install adblocker & say you now use that until they reverse this, hit them where it hurts!

May 24, 2019

I wonder who is systematically downvoting these threads and why.

May 23, 2019

Some salty people that can't accept that Duolingo is not exempt from criticism just because it's free. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

May 23, 2019

yeah I'm just waiting for the "it's free so you can't critisize" comments

May 23, 2019

The smoothbrain gang is already all over the forum, unfortunately. Welp... I guess this is just how it goes here.

May 23, 2019

Up vote for this post.

Down vote for the most of the latest changes.

May 23, 2019

I agree completely. I also don't like the way it says "Level" where is used to say "Lesson" on each set of lessons. It makes more sense to me to go through like 5/5 lessons and then reach a new level. Gah...:(

May 23, 2019
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I think Duolingo should learn the tried and tested philosophy “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”

May 24, 2019


May 23, 2019

Now in addition to learning a new language you can also practice your percentages by calculating the old numbers DL used to give us. Here's how if you're interested.

Take note of you current percentage complete (Original Percentage or CP).

Complete one class and note the new percentage (NP).

Subtract the original percentage complete from the new percentage complete to get the percentage complete per class (PCPC) you take. (NP - OP = PCPC)

Divide 100 by the percentage complete per class to get the total number of classes in the level. (100/PCPC = total classes in level (TC))

To figure out how many classes you've completed in a level, divide the percentage complete that DL gives you by the PCPC.

By the way, why do people vote negative comments down? I wish I could vote down the down voters.

May 23, 2019

This doesn't work at all because progress in one skill adds progress to others. I'm now showing progress in skills I haven't even started yet.

May 23, 2019

Me, too. My OCD wants to complete every section of every lesson so I get the repetition and reinforcement. I feel like Duo has arbitrarily decided I don't need/want that. Duo, stop assuming you know what I need. If some people don't want to do all of a lesson, let them skip what they don't want but don't remove my option to do all of it.

May 24, 2019

Alec, you are hilarious!! I can convert some percentages fairly easily but is 40% 2 out of 5 or 4 out of 10 or even 8 out of 20? Hard to plan.

May 24, 2019

It seems you can't convert percentages easily, because you would know that if you have 2 out of 5, finish a lesson and make it 3 out of 5, you would jump from 40% to 60%. If you have 4 out of 10 and you make them 5, you jump to 50%, not 60%. If you have 8 out of 20 and you make them 9, you jump to 45%, not 60%.

This is literally what Alec is suggesting above.

So... study maths.

May 24, 2019

Yes, I know how percentages work but if I'm looking at one when I first sign on after a day or two away from that topic I don't have the luxury of seeing how one more lesson moves the percentage until I actually complete one more lesson. Thus I still don't know if I need to do 5 or 10 or 20 or more lessons to complete that topic. I am not participating in Duo to exercise my math skills. I have a totally different priority.

May 25, 2019

It is definitely not useless. You can now get different percentages depending on how well you managed to do the lesson.

For example, I just got 21% on a lesson that I would've got 1/4 on before.

This cannot be represented with the old system, so saying that the percentages are useless is false.

May 25, 2019

There are reasons behind the percentage (, but they should still include count of lessons remaining.

May 30, 2019

Wait, what percentage?

May 24, 2019

I agree, I don't like the percentages.

May 26, 2019

I agree !! Bring back the lesson count. The percentages do not motivate me at all, and they hide information. If I had done 10%, there is no way to tell if that means I have done 1 out of 10, 2 out of 20, or 10 out of 100 lessons. It makes a difference as to how I feel about my progress.

June 2, 2019

On top of everything else, percentages are a total fakeout. To reach the next level, you must do the exact same number of lessons, whether the percentage completed shows 0% or 41%. Find out how many lessons each level has on Duome, and you'll see for yourself. It's just random nonsense...

June 6, 2019

I think some of us are missing the point—we’re learning new languages for FREE! Why must we be so focused on the percentages when being able to speak a phrase to a native speaker is the objective? How cool that is when that happens! Are we here to learn exotic vocabulary, crazy verb tenses, and bewildering sentence structure or to freak out about every odd Duolingo revision? We all know these changes are a constant!

May 25, 2019

So if it's free we have no right to criticize it? Dafuq?

May 27, 2019

Agree with Annie totally. It would be nice to see just an overall percentage completion as to where i am in the overall tree - maybe this exists and I do not know where to look???

May 29, 2019
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