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Duolingo should show us how many hours we spend learning

Duolingo should have an activity tab showing us how many hours we spend studying everyday (as a graph or something pretty with the owl).

Would be really nice to monitor how much time we spend on activities until we master a certain level =D

August 18, 2013



Although knowing the number of hours that I have spent learning Spanish would be helpful. It's not particularly something I would want as public information.

  1. Privacy - If you spend a lot of time doing Duolingo, it could parse data about your location and activity that you don't particularly want to be public.

  2. Currently, those of us who learn slower than others are on an equal playing field compared to other learners. But, if my bling included the number of hours spent, I would have an enormous number and I would be horribly embarrassed. The current system reflects effort, not time. I'm proud of my effort. I'm not sure if I'd be proud of the amount of time I've spent.


they could do at as it is not public information but private


I agree with you on both points.


i couldn't agree more.

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Great idea. Should show the total amount of hours spent, both for each language you learn and all languages in total.

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I should also add that I read somewhere that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to learn a new skill and be quite proficient at it (e.g. playing the guitar). I wonder if the same would apply to learning a language? Or at least the basics of a language.

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    I like this idea! Having a graph could prove useful.


    It would be hard to implement to get an accurate time. You could start a timer with an interrupt from the keyboard/mouse/touch screen and then count the time till the next interrupt and call that time spent learning. But you could go make a cup tea in between interrupts. So that would force a maximum time limit between interrupts that could be a lot more or a lot less than the real time you spent focused on using duolingo between those two interrupts. I actually put this in a python program I wrote to give me an idea of how much time I was actively using it. I made the timer stop if I was idle 30 seconds(not using mouse or keyboard).


    Not really related to your post but I see that you're at level 25 and on a 151-day streak ! That's pretty awesome ! How good would you say you are now ? And how much time do you spend on Duo everyday ?


    It's definitely doable. Duolingo implemented a time tracking function for the users included in the 2012 statistical study of Duolingo's effectiveness, downloadable as reference number 9 from this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duolingo


    I agree! Oh and worksheets for homeschool students like mine! This would help alot!


    Worksheets, quizzes, or tests would be wonderful for homeschooled students who have to be reviewed and approved by their board of education or other reviewer ... who may not (likely is not) familiar with the program.


    As much as I agree with this I don't think this will be an accurate representation of your progress. I say this because if you keep track of the time you are doing in lessons what happens when you fail a lesson? Does that time count even though the lesson was failed? This feature would work well with the timed activity that is already set in place I think. I feel that overall for tracking progress the tokens are the best representation of your progress.


    Yes that would count. We all learn from our mistakes. At least this is true for me, but almost every time I fail a lesson, the next time I try to pass it, I beat the lesson. So I think it is very important to count every minute of practice, whether you beat or fail the lesson.


    This is exactly why I want it. When the lessons were easier, I could amass 500+ coins for a day but now I might put in more hours than previously and not even earn half that. The coins are not necessarily reflective of effort, just of success. I don't need a public record of my time spent, but I would like to know for myself.


    You're right - the time it took to do a thing is not directly related to how well the thing was done, It is interesting that DL's chief developer has been quoted as saying, "...you need at least 30,000 users before you start noticing any patterns." The study DL paid a couple of professors to do in 2012 only included 88 users who had each used DL for at least two hours over a two-month period. I'm no statistician, but I don't think such a study could prove much at all in a mass market, statistically-relevant way. It would be useful for each of us to know how our individual time spent here is translating into improvement in our language skills.

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