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Unofficial Highscores #2

THIS WEEK'S HIGHSCORES: http://i.imgur.com/xDoLJFb.png

Since this is the first week of the month, Top this week and Top this month are the same.

If you're looking for some motivation, or if you would like to be added to the list, add me (score_board) on Duolingo.

lolaphilologist is at the top this week, with ~4800 points, about 400 points ahead of Sadness and marie.valarao.

Looks like we're going to have a new second place All Time soon.

It's only been a couple of hours since the weekly counter reset, but some people have earned a lot of points. Take a look here: http://i.imgur.com/2fEXEdw.png

September 8, 2013



Better make a script that grabs the data rather than having to do it manually.


Sadly it is against the TOS. I really wish Duolingo would open up an API and let us grab at all sorts of wonderful data.


I like this idea a lot!


Thanks! I thought it would be a good way to keep competitive people (such as myself) motivated.


Me too! If only I could enter my fake name with a joystick when I make it up there! ;D


4,800 points in a week! That's more than I've managed in the six months since I joined here! I mean I've got a full-time job that takes up most of my time, but I still try to do 30mins a day. So... I'd estimate It's taken me 90+ hours to get the amount of points I've got... So the leader must have done 90 hours or so of Duolingo in a week! Not so much a full-time job as the work of two full-time jobs!

Exclamation mark!


I was really amazed that somebody got ~3500 points within a few hours of the week resetting.


Maybe it's a bot?


I think 4800 points can be easily achieved with a lot of immersion. I myself earned ~2000 points last week, though most of the points came from the tree.


Ah right, I forgot about the immersion section


Yeah, once I got 999 points in one day through translating a bunch of stuff.


It's a combination of immersion and addiction. I need to start restricting myself to specific time periods.


Great idea, although you can "cheat" by jumping up a lot of points at once if you take a shortcut for a language that you already know.


But there's a limit to how many times you can do that, so it won't work in the long run.

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    You can remove / reset the language after a deadline (week / month). It won't work in the long run though (all time)...


    Oh, didn't know that


    I always wonder if there's anyone around here who finished all the languages. Is there?

    By the way, those high scores are amazing. 4851 in a week is half of what I did in a year.

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      just curious...which languages did you already knew? and where are you from?

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        Since I'm from the Netherlands I knew Dutch already, and English too. I had to study French and German for four years in high school but I didn't like them at all back then. I wasn't good at them either, so that may explain something :).

        Before I started on DuoLingo I had already read some books in German, just to see if German was as horrible as I remembered it from high school. It turned out it is actually a nice language :).

        I did know a little Spanish before I started on DuoLingo, but I've learned Portuguese and Italian were completely new to me. :)


        I'm from Belgium, I understand. French went like a piece of cake, but it is my second language of course. but the german is still as hard as it was in high school. I can read it very well, but der/die/das get me every time again.


        Cool, I knew there had to be some! Very well done stefott, I hope that there'll be a new language for you soon ;).

        By the way, I'm from the Netherlands too, so I see where you're coming from; I too didn't like languages at high school; I learned to enjoy them later and Duolingo is of great service to me!

        While I dream of finishing all languages, I'll focus on finishing German and Spanish first! That's enough work for now! ;)

        Stefott, have you tried using the languages irl? Can you do some conversations? Can you read books? I'm especially interested in how your Portuguese and Italian are, since you had to learn those from scratch.

        And what are you doing now that you are done? I presume that the language learning disease has hit you hard, you're probably busy with improving one of these languages or learning something else somewhere else.


        I used the Italian last month after only fourteen days of practice. much to my surprise, they understood me quite well, and I understood them if they talked slowly. but of course, half of what they say, is said by hand and head, so that helped a lot!:-)

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          Well, of course I can have conversations in Dutch :) I can have them in English as well although my accent is horrible. I don't think I can have conversations in the other languages. I want to have some experience in writing these languages (on a forum or something) before I turn to conversations :).

          But speaking languages has never been my main goal, reading and listening are. I can read German books and newspapers well enough that I forget that I'm reading German when I'm at it. French is more difficult. I'm now reading Ellana¹ which I haven't read in another language before and I definitely need a dictionary for some passages. For Portuguese, Spanish and Italian I've only tried to read Harry Potter (respectively book 4, 5 and 6) which I know by heart. I know these languages well enough not to get 'lost' in the books, ie I know what's going on when I'm reading them, but I think I would have a hard time reading a book I've never read before.

          What I'm doing now? Practising. You don't master a language by finishing a tree - well, not if you finished it before level 20. And even then, I'm at level 20 with German and I feel I've only mastered the first three blocks. So, still a lot of work to do :).

          Besides these languages I study Computer Science and try to teach myself how to play a keyboard, so I am quite busy.

          I don't know whether I'll start to learn another language the moment Duo releases one. Portuguese and Italian were rather buggy in the last stages even though they had been out for 7 à 8 months when I got there. Though it is nice to have all owls of course ;).

          Buena suerte mit Deutsch und Spanisch :)

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