How do you acquire the sweet taste of that golden apple (aka 4000+ activity score)?

Hey LingQers,

I’m quite curious what you guys have noticed is the biggest influence to your activity score. I can’t learn more than 25 or 30 Chinese words a day at most, so unlike some, I won’t be getting my high activity score from known words.

I’ve never gotten above 3,000 on my activity score even though I consider myself quite active.

What is the biggest influence to your activity score? If you have that tasty golden apple, what do you think helped you acquire it?

And Zoran, you know I love you but please don’t give the classic “your Activity Score measures your activity…” response :wink:


Problem/question: What is the biggest influence to your activity score?
Solution: learn a couple of languages that is related to English and lingq and read like there is no tomorrow.

Jokes aside, I think that one thing that might have an influence is the amount of languages that you study and their closeness to your native language. I’d say that words known is quite a significant part of it and lingqs made as well.

I tend to have activity score around 6000-9000 average, but one factor of it is that all the languages that I study are closer related to my native language and the ones that I study, then to Chinese.

Prior to a few months hiatus, I tended to read a lot of books that I read before. Moving lots of words into known, partly because I learnt new words, partly because I have become familier enoguh with certain grammatical features that I move all variations of words that I now to known.

I am very active but I believe that my activity score would plummet if I were to study only one language especially if it were a language that is afar away from the ones that I know.


Just as a small addendum, I have currently 74 words in Latin. It is a language that I have been meaning to learn for quite some while. One would think that since I have significant prior knowledge of a few Romance language that learning words would be easy. I haven’t delved deep into Latin grammar since it is such a huge undertaking that I think it is best to wait with that.

However, I had played with the idea to read some classics in Latin (Odessy, Anead, etc.), I figured that since I know the daughter languages words would be easy. Sure there are many words that are dead obvious when you read through a Spanish text and translated them to Latin in your head. But with my prior knowledge I feel that it is quite a laborious task to read Latin, with out effort.

I figured this might illustrate good the point about “if the language is far away” part. Latin should be pace of cake in terms of just learning words, granted my Latin learning has been wishy washy but still, should be easier in Latin than in Chinese.

I´m not sure what this forbidden fruit is made of but I do make a lot of LingQs…

Japanese happens to have a lot of words from both Chinese and English, plus words in pop-culture that we all know of… this makes my vocabulary skyrocket. Grammar is different from both however which makes speaking difficult.

Coming at Chinese from English there´s basically no familiar vocabulary, and even if we know some words they´re completely mispronounced. You can still make LingQs like a mad linguist…


I learn German and it is pretty easy to add lots of words daily because most of them are compound words in different forms. Actually, I’m not sure based on what actions is Activity score calculated. However, listening, reading, adding words and getting them to known status - is all, what I do here.


My activity score is above 10000 now and I have no idea how I got there as I am new to Lingq. I definitely did not get there by reviewing words (SRS). I read a lot and lingq a lot (for my own sake not for any score)…


I do believe your activity score is so high because you’ve created almost 2,000 LingQs in one week. That’s more than I’ve done in the last month lol.

I’m not LingQing nor reading just for the activity score either, if that was the case I would have been defeated long ago lol. I’ve been on LingQ for nine months now and I’ve never reached such a high score hence why I made this thread.

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I was consistently in “golden apple zone” for a rather long time about a couple of years ago. It was definitely because of the known words. At the time I was very concentrated on reading Russian here on Lingq and I was at a level that allowed me to come across lots of new words and recognize a good fraction of them. I was easily getting 50 new words per day and I also added quite a few Lingqs, reaching “on fire” status fairly consistently. Before that point my progress is way slower and ever sicnce, my activity has petered out again, partly because reading Russian is no longer my highest priority and partly because I come across fewer and fewer blue words.
The bottomline is that the rate of new known words depends on level and you can expect a peak point once your level is high enough for you to read a lot comfortably and recognize many of the words you encounter. Just be patient. If your known word count is reliable, it will take you a while to get to that level. In a language such as Mandarin, I would say that you’ll have to wait until about the 10.,000 word mark.
I wish you success

I believe making lingqs have the biggest impact on your activity score. I had a score of over 8,000 with over 4,000 lingqs in one month.

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At the moment i‘m learning polish - which is a highly inflecting (inflective?) language. So i‘m creating linqs like crazy and can easily add 130 words as known every day :slight_smile: Activity Score: 16083 :o

It’s really not that difficult if you read high difficulty content (red or yellow) and avoid re-reading stuff. I used to get higher than 4k activity score at around 1 hour of reading a day or even less depending on the lessons. Listening or speaking has (atleast used to?) no impact on the activity score so doing any of that will indirectly lower your activity score on LingQ. Obviously, avoiding those two skills would not really be beneficial long-term for your language learning though

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how much time do you send on lingQ a day

I would say 3 hours a day at the moment. And often a little bit more :wink:


I create 100-200 linqs a day and most of them learn to known with flashcards. But my score is always less than 10000. … there is something else affecting the score.


I believe the amount of words read has a large influence on your activity score, and possibly even the amount of lessons completed.

These days, I usually work through massive lessons (some are over 4,000 words) and I have a lower activity score now reading two hours a day than I did a few months ago when I was reading a bunch of small articles for one hour a day.

I’m listening way more now too, so I believe that listening doesn’t really affect your score that much. Probably because it’s considered passive.


this couod be the point. i‘m reading 10000 words on average

I don’t think the amount of words read has too great an influence on your score as it is far too easy to manipulate (same with listening hours and even lessons completed). Presumably they focus on giving higher value to activities that require active, less manipulable engagement with the site, such as:

  • creating linqs
  • moving lings to known
  • submitting to the writing exchange
  • speaking with a lingq tutor
  • days logged on and number of active languages being learned

That’s always been their answer in the past, at least.