https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

Duolingo decreasing my skills?

After every new lesson learned, Duo tells you how much percent of the language you can read. However, with every new skill learned, the percentage seems to decrease for some reason. It started with 64.6%, gradually decreasing and is now at 61.6%.

Honestly, it doesn't bother me and I just made this post because I felt like pointing that out. :P :)

Do downvote if you feel this is irrelevant :P :)

EDIT: http://imgur.com/RMJsddk <--- Here's the link to how it looks, because many people have surprisingly never encountered this before.

November 8, 2014

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/somelauw

I noticed that as well. It's probably because the gold of older lessons is fading. Having completed more lessons, it becomes harder and harder to keep all your skills at strength unless you spend more times a day practicing.

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

Does it have something to do with the fact that the lessons might be harder further along the tree? The percentage may be changed by how many we get wrong? Does it also have to do with the fading of the gold from the lessons that we haven't practiced recently which Duolingo interprets as information we may be forgetting since not practiced recently?

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

That happened to me too in German. I never understood why. I did test out of a lot of things in German. In Spanish it doesn't seem to be happening that way for me. Maybe it is some measurement of the existential notion that the more you know the less you know. ;) Don't sweat it.

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

Haha, seems like Duo is becoming philosphical :)

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

:) It was funny, at first I thought it was my imagination! Do I really know less now after having learned more? Yes, according to DL. ;) So, how you are liking the German course? Is it hard to learn it through your English? (I'm guessing from you US English flag it might not be your native language?)

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

German course is amazing, love the language. Thanks for asking! And I live in India, but English is my native (English FTW), so I'm learning EN-->DE. I tried out the English from German course because it was suggested by others as a good way to practice :)

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Ah, I see! I was wondering because your English seemed native, but with that little symbol I was thrown off! :) I love learning German too! Right now I am taking a class in my community, and I am patching up some holes in my Spanish here as a hobby on the side. :) I've still got a ways to go with German! I was in Germany yesterday and suddenly realized I still don't know how to order water! They were asking for exact measurements in a way that threw me, but I guess it is just small, medium, large and enough for 2 people. (Do you want 0,2, 0,3, 0,4 or 0,5?) :)

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

Sorry for beguiling you :P It must be nice having involvement with the language you learn! Sadly, over here, there's not much diversity in that respect (classes, communities, etc.) :/ Duolingo is my refuge :P

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JenniferNarzt

Sorry to butt in; I noticed your comment about trying the DE -> EN course; I've been thinking of trying that too (I've noticed I'm weaker going that direction than DE -> EN). Did you find it useful? I had a thought that since the lessons would be geared towards native German speakers that they might be too difficult to use to practice with, even in the lower levels.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SethFriday

I started the English from German course to strengthen my German, in hopes that it would help me think in German, and i did like it. It can be a little challenging (in a good way) right off the bat because you get thrown right into having to use the accusative case with new vocabulary and declensions. I found it to be a good learning experience but i kept answering the listening comprehension questions in German so i started French from German as a replacement.

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

It's pretty much the same thing, because you'll have to translate both ways in either course. The listening and speaking exercises are easier though ;) I didn't go very deep into the lessons, and I just skipped ahead with shortcuts :P

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krore

That was happening to me in German over the past few days as well, but now it's going back up again. I've kept everything gold so I don't know why it was happening.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

It seems after I've made this observation, it's been rising slowly for me as well ;) :P

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianofPeace

Where do you find how much you can read? I don't see it.

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

After you complete a new lesson under a skill, it tells you "You can now read x% of all real German text". If I knew how to post a screenshot, I would.

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianofPeace

Is it only for German, maybe? I still don't see it.

P.S. You shouldn't do that to dogs. (your name) :D

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yuallica

I'm doing the German course and I've never seen this either. I wonder if it's something some people get and not others?

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dghitc

I didn't see it either until I got to about 40% or so of my tree. So it may have something to do with how far along you are on your tree.

November 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feanaro9

I've been wondering where to find it, but I'm only just past the first checkpoint. I'll keep my eye out for it as I get further.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

http://imgur.com/RMJsddk <--- Here's the link to the screenshot if you'd like to see it :)

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FogPop

I noticed the same: the percentage came down slowly for a while, but thank goodness it is creeping up (slowly) again. I was thinking that it will be down to almost nothing by the time I finish the tree.

I did notice that they suggest a piece to translate at the same time as giving the score. I thought it might just be a count of words you know in that article and that this may be the reason why it was down, (If the translation articles gets more difficult then the count may go down).

Thanks for posting.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

No prob! Thanks for your input :D It seems after I've made this observation, it's been rising slowly for me as well ;) :P

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JenniferNarzt

I'm guessing this is an AB test, as I have never seen this myself.

Like others have said, it is likely due to older skills getting "rusty" according to Duolingo's algorithms. Are all the skills on your tree still gold?

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

Yes they are. I never start a new lesson without strengthening everything else :)

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JenniferNarzt

That is good practice! :)

I honestly have no idea why it is lowering your score then! :S Maybe it's based on which random article they pull, and like others said, how many questions you got wrong/right in a lesson?

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FickenderHund

Maybe you're right! Never considered that :D

November 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kahl204585

interesting

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