Success Survey

  1. Language you are learning
  2. How many words did you learn so far?
  3. What percentage of written language do you think you comprehend?
  4. What percentage of words do you understand when listening to a native speaker?
Posted by Mangotastic 3/29/12, last update 4/10/12 (2 years ago)
    1. Dutch
    2. Roughly 1100
    3. 30-50% depending on the material.
    4. 10%, I know many of the words, but I haven't practised this side of things enough.

    Overall I understand how the grammar works to a decent level, and have a fairly decent vocab. Just need to practise as much as possible and keep increasing my vocab.

    Posted by Mangotastic 3/29/12 (2 years ago)
    1. German (though I am also currently learning 50-300 words in Spanish, French, SAT Vocab, Mandarin, and Japanese)
    2. 2,939 overall with probably 60% of that being German.
    3. 60-65% maybe?
    4. I do all of my listening practice through TV, songs and movies. Depending on what it is maybe 50%.

    I'm definitely an intermediate learner. I rarely get completely lost but I don't understand everything going on and still make a lot of errors/loss for words.

    Posted by Robodl95 3/29/12 (2 years ago)
  • I have about the same numbers as mangotastic except I'm learning Spanish.

    Posted by sfrenchie 3/29/12 (2 years ago)
    1. Japanese
    2. 2,507
    3. 40%
    4. 80% I am going at a quite fast pace of 100 words per day. Not so much this week, due to being busy with other stuff. My initial retention rate is about 60%. About 20% of the words I learn are troublemakers I have to repeat over and over. My goal is learning the Core 6000 Japanese in roughly 2 months, memorizing them within 6 months.
    Posted by ikenaiAndi 3/30/12 (2 years ago)
    1. Spanish
    2. Over 1500, I guess. Can't go by the number under my name because I think it includes other stuff.
    3. Reading comprehension is about 75%, depending on material. I might not understand every word or idiom, but generally I get most of the meaning.
    4. Spoken is less than 50%, because they talk so darn fast and slur it all together! If I ask them for slow & easy and they speak to me like they would to a little kid, then I get most all of it. But they don't normally talk that way. (grin) A few of them drop the endings of words too, which makes it virtually impossible for me.
    Posted by karenbarker 4/1/12 (2 years ago)
    1. Czech.
    2. About 900. I had been learning Czech for a couple of months before joining Memrise so I knew some words already.
    3. I'm a very good guesser, but I probably genuinely understand about half of what I read (in an elementary text book! :D )
    4. My only contact with a Czech native speaker is on Skype. If he were to speak normally I'd understand virtually nothing of what he said. I listen to Czech radio and also watch some Czech films with English subtitles. I understand about one word in 50, so, not great! Oh well, onwards and upwards.
    Posted by Fronika 4/1/12 (2 years ago)
    1. Mandarin.
    2. approx. 2,500.
    3. 20%? But this is very dependent on the type of material - teaching/for younger readers/amount of specialist vocab, proper nouns, jargon and slang. (Contrast this with oft-repeated claims like "You can read 90% of most written material after you learn the 900 most common characters". Comprehension of words (single or multiple characters) matters most, not recognition of individual characters - which memrise's system tends to reward, unfortunately.
    4. Native speakers who speak at native pace, making no effort to dumb things down: 10% at best, virtually unintelligible outside of set phrases. In order to understand let alone converse, the speaker has to slow down considerably and limit their use of vocabulary as if they were speaking to a particularly stupid child. Then I'm golden!
    Posted by Azimuth 4/1/12 (2 years ago)
  • It's basically the same thing as saying you can understand 100% of English if you learn 26 characters.

    Posted by Mangotastic 4/1/12 (2 years ago)
  • I use it for several languages including French. I cannot tell you any numbers (most of the words are not new to me) but I have had success in France. I used correctly a few words I learnt in Memrise which I wouldn't have remembered otherwise (I don't use them much even in my native language). And they helped a lot in that moment.

    Posted by Zirien 4/6/12 (2 years ago)
    1. Interlingua (not on this site), French, Icelandic, Welsh, (when I find some good lists) German.
    2. I don't know how to find the statistics precisely. Interlingua, Welsh, Icelandic and German I have just began to use, so I can't say how much per language. On total, 77.
    3. Varies from language to language, but I generally do better than fifty percent.
    4. German words are simple enough. Interlingua is not a spoken language, just a tool to better learn languages, so does not count. I've never heard a Welsh speaker, so I can't say. The French that I have heard so far is impossible to understand because of my limited vocabulary. Maybe that cursed Rosetta Stone slowed it down too much?

    I'm deeply interested in languages. If I knew how, I'd probably practice more than one language on LiveMocha.com, assuming that's possible. That would help greatly with conversational comprehension, but I recommend having a decent vocabulary.

    Posted by ZanyHopper 4/9/12 (2 years ago)
    1. Mandarin
    2. I have learnt 257 words in Mandarin
    3. Around 40% of Mandarin
    4. Around 30% of the words they speak
    Posted by WayOfTheWott 4/10/12 (2 years ago)