How do the coins work?

I’ve noticed that earning coins by Lingqing words in Danish, a language that I recognize many words due to my prior Norwegian study, is very slow going, with nearly every word awarding 1 coin per level.

In contrast, a language like Portuguese, which is brand new to me, is frequently giving me words worth more coins per level.

I can spend 10 minutes in Portuguese and earn the same number of coins it takes me 45 minutes to earn in Danish, and Danish is easier for me (aside from the pronunciation). Both were recently started from scratch without prior study.

An example is the word ‘Restaurant’.

In Danish, it’s worth 1 coin per level.
In Swedish, it’s worth 2 coins per level.
In Portuguese, it’s worth 3 coins per level.

I’m not sure I understand why.

Thanks for the help.


Are you at the same level on all three languages? Because the most common words have greater coin value.

When you create a LingQ or make a word known, you earn coins. The number of coins you earn depends on the value of the word. The most common words are considered more valuable and are worth four coins. The less common a word is, the fewer coins you will earn. The number of coins each word is worth is shown under the word in the blue and yellow panels.

If you make a word known, you earn 5X its value. Creating a LingQ earns you 1X the word’s value. Increasing the status of a word earns you 1X coins per status increase until a word becomes known (:heavy_check_mark:). That means you can earn a maximum of 20 coins for the most valuable words and 5 coins for 1 coin words!

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Thanks for the reply!

I guess what I’m asking is why are the same words worth different values in different languages? For example in Danish (and Finnish) basically every word I’ve lingqed has a value of 1, whereas in Portuguese (and German, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, etc.) there are many words worth 2, 3, or 4?

Taking the word ‘Restaurant’, I gain 5x1 for making it known in Danish, but I get 5x3 for making it known in Portuguese? Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but I’m just trying to understand why as it directly correlates to meeting the challenge requirements.

Thanks again!


For the beta languages (e.g., Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Latin, many others), LingQ gives every word the value of 1 coin per level, no matter how common it is. This is why it takes way, way longer to earn coins in Danish and Norwegian than it does in Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, or any other fully-supported language.

Arabic is an exception (perhaps there are more). The words are assigned coins according to frequency, but the Arabic avatar is the same as the avatars for all beta languages.


OK, that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification!