Thursday, 12 April 2018

Progress or Regress (Duolingo)

One day recently, I woke up to a Duolingo Update causing chaos in my personal progress statistics.


“Crowns are a new feature that we believe lets us teach better. Each skill you do has a “Crown Level” associated with it. When you level up a skill, you earn a Crown, and the types of exercises you see will get harder. You can choose to go deeper into skills and level them up or continue on to new skills to learn new content. This is a total redesign of the skill tree…”

I’m not quite sure yet whether to regard this as a Good Thing or a Complication. At first it did seem like going backwards rather than forwards! But as the actual learning is more important to me than counting points, I guess I’ll adjust ; )

Today I noted that while in the phone app I now only see the new crowns, on the website I can still see my old levels and scores. So I thought I’d put in a comparison here for future reference for myself, even if perhaps not of much interest to anyone else.

The “fluency” percentage has been skipped altogether, though - and probably rightly so. It was rather misleading, as it was based on Duolingo practice rather than on one’s actual skill. In my case this became obvíous in for example being rated as more fluent in Spanish than in German. (Spanish I only started learning via Duolingo two years ago; whereas I studied German at university level back in the 1980s, and in Duolingo have only been freshening up my vocabulary a bit.)

According to the old system, my skills are ranked:

Spanish – level 23, 22651 XP
Dutch – level 19, 13747 XP
Turkish – level 17, 10643 XP
Welsh – level 15, 8890 XP
German – level 15, 7522 XP
Danish – level 14, 6953 XP
French – level 14, 6731 XP
Norwegian – level 13, 5800 XP
Russian – level 11, 3892 XP

Duo Spanish 180412

The new “crown level” system gives a different order…

German: 237 crowns
Dutch: 206 crowns
Spanish: 166 crowns
Norwegian: 124 crowns
Turkish: 113 crowns
Danish: 100 crowns
Welsh: 92 crowns
Russian: 60 crowns
French: 59 crowns


Apparently, Duo does not think much of my French skills, whichever system is used to measure them! I suppose he may be right about that: I learned French for five years in school, way back in my teens; but I have to admit I haven’t been doing much to keep it up over the 45 years or so in between. However, in reality it is probably better than both my Spanish and my Dutch; and certainly better than my Turkish, Welsh and Russian…



  1. How do you hold all these languages in your brain??

    1. I don't know! My first language is Swedish. English, French and German I learned in school (English and German also at university). Many years later at 60+ I heard of Duolingo and decided that my brain could do with a new challenge (Spanish) - or perhaps even two, or three, or ... LOL (Really asking myself the same question - how many languages CAN the brain manage to keep apart??)

  2. Well let me just say......I'm impressed!!!!! Wow....My brain is trying to remember the questions on the Driver's license renewal test!!!!! Congratulations....Adjust your earned it!!!

    1. Thanks Wanda. As for driving... In Sweden, we don't have to take new tests to renew our licenses (just to send in a new photo every ten years); which means I'm still allowed to drive, although I haven't actually done any driving in the past ~20 years. (I realize myself that if I was to take up driving again, I'd better get some practice in safe place first, though...)

  3. Monica all I can say is that your skills and ability are way beyond my wildest dreams.

    1. Well Graham, on the other hand I have absolutely no skill when it comes to solving mathematical equations (or limericks)... (Not to mention a lot of other things!)


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