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how can it happen?

i go on Duolingo everyday for 15-30 mins. I keep my points up trying to remain within the promotion range 1-10. There's always one person each week that seems to accumulate 1,500-1,600 points. How is this possible within the suggested time you need to learn a language, 15 mins a day?

May 8, 2020



Who suggests you can learn a language in 15 minutes a day? This is marketing only. When I started DL it often took 30 minutes to do one Hungarian lesson.

If you want to learn a language in less than decades, start with an hour a day.


I practice for hours a day :/


To stay in the promotion zone, you have to stay much more than 15 min a day, 45 min is better. But it also depends on your league.


Hi, this is the French forum, for getting help with French grammar, vocabulary, resources, etc. Could you please edit your original post and use the drop-down list at top left to change the topic from "French" to "Troubleshooting"? That way it won't clutter up the French forum, and the answers you get might help others who look in Troubleshooting for information on how Duolingo works.

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Some people spend hours on Duolingo each day. You will not learn a language in 15 mins per day.


then Duolingo should not entice people to use Duolingo or any other online teaching tool with the promise of learning a language in just 10-15 mins a day.


It’s terrible! You should demand your money back. Right after you move this post to the Troubleshooting forum.


Buyer beware. A little research (https://www.state.gov/foreign-language-training/) will show bright, motivated students in a professional class will need 750 class hours - and probably double that in self study - to reach "working proficiency". At 15 minutes a day it will take you 27 years.


I agree with you, but this is what they advertise in their ads and TV commercials. it's just a catch phrase.


I would say the people earning 10,000xp in leagues are doing something shifty, but under 2000 isnt that crazy, i tend to get around 200-300xp a day, and usually end up with over 1000 at the end of a league.

I restore the 3 cracked skills when I wake up. Then at some point in the day I will watch a TV show, pause it each ad break and do 2 or 3 lessons. This for 4 ad breaks makes 8-12 lessons. If im in the mood, especially with quarantine and nothing else to do, I'll also just sit and do around 4 lessons at another time in the day. More than 15 minutes yes, but pretty reasonable duolingo activity.

I would advise you not to be bothered by leagues if you dont want to be. If 15 minutes a day is what suits you, then keep doing that, just forget about the leagues. Don't worry about what other people are doing, just do you :)


Sound advice, thanks! I was just very curious as to why the numbers for 1 02 people were so high. Merci!


It could be the people who are earning that many XPs aren't trying to learn a language. They're just trying to do well in the leagues. Doing well in the leagues and learning are not compatible. If your goal is to learn a language, you would be best served to go at the best pace for you and ignore what 49 complete strangers are doing.


i tend to agree with you, but i was just curious.


stories give 25-30 XP either they are doing a lot of them or they are just skipping through them and getting the points


Yes, but it can give 18 or 34. If you don't do errors. ( Sorry for my errors, I am French)


"Learning a language" and "getting to the top of the leaderboards" is of course not at all the same thing. Obviously the people at the top of the leaderboards are spending a lot more than 30 mins a day.

And yes, the ads are misleading. You can absolutely learn some of a language in 15 mins a day. You might finish a Duo tree in a decade if you do that, though.


HAHAHA, you're right. just curious about this phenomena.


I've studied in other ways than on Duolingo, so there have been a time or two when I came here and zipped through a bunch of easy sections. Zoom, up goes the scores. Then next time I'm working on something new and it goes very slowly. Boom goes the scores hitting the floor.

I try to learn and not worry about the scores. Or if I'm in the zone I'll try to beat my own previous high (usually just how many skills can I go through in a session).

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