I have been fascinated by what drives the Activity Score on LingQ since I joined. However, whenever you ask LingQ about it you get the exact same canned response we’ve all seen before:
(Also, it’s worth noting that each known word gives you 1 activity score point, something they don’t mention in their canned response)
In Chinese, I’ve spent the last month studying mostly outside of LingQ to prepare for my first HSK 4 test that I’m taking this Saturday. I have also been focusing quite a bit on improving my speaking.
Despite not being active on LingQ, I have been diligent to enter any listening time, speaking time, words read and words written directly into LingQ.
Here is my last month of stats:
I also track exactly how much time I spend on Google Sheets in minutes:
Based on this data, in the last thirty days, I have spent about 9923 minutes (which is 165 hours, or almost 7 full days) learning Chinese.
Despite spending literally seven full days of the last month learning Chinese, you can notice that my activity score on LingQ is only 530.
This is because the activity score does not include:
- Words of writing (they say it does, but me manually adding words of writing does not seem to affect it)
- Hours of speaking (it only includes “speaking events” which I assume are speaking events through LingQ’s tutoring platform)
- Words of reading (I manually enter a rough estimate of how many words I read)
- Hours listening (umm… isn’t LingQ all about input…?)
Given that these stats are not included, I feel that the Activity Score on LingQ has been intentionally built with the idea of keeping users on the site and not actually built to represent how active you are with your language.
As someone who pays for LingQ, I don’t feel that this is fair to me. I want a number that shows me how active I am in my language, not a number that is biased to keeping me on the site.
Otherwise, I think the “activity score” should be renamed to “Activity on LingQ Score”.
Would love to hear my fellow LingQer’s thoughts on this