Is it enough to communicate?
Duolingo shows that I am 20% proficient in Spanish. I have quite a bit of concerns because I feel as if I hardly know anything at all. Has anyone completed all of the levels, and if so - are you able to carry a conversation, read a news paper, or watch a TV show in Spanish and understand what is being talked about?
I will admit that when a boy kept saying "Gato" to his mother in Wallmart the other day, I understood what he was saying as he showed her a toy cat. However, it's just one word...
The proficiency rating is inaccurate. There are people who have completed all the levels in Spanish. Though I am currently working through Spanish I can tell you from experience from other trees and word of mouth is that while Duolingo gives you a strong foundation, you need other resources to become fluent.
It's true. You hardly know anything at all. But that's where we all start(ed), every single one of us. You cannot just "download" a language into your brain by playing a computer game (oh, if only!) - every single word, every expression has to be learnt laboriously and experienced in various contexts.
But look, you understood something. That boy was pestering his mum about a toy cat he wanted. It's a start.
DL will not give you fluency, the % thing is just a silly gimmick to boost retention rates. DL teaches you the basics you need, though, in order to get to fluency, if you are prepared to work hard enough.To understand TV shows, you need to watch TV shows. To be able to have a conversation, you need to have conversations. AND hang around Walmart for earwigging, obviously. Every little helps :)
You can do it. It's not rocket science. Your brain is wired for language acquisition - you are human, after all. It just requires patience and persistence, that's all.
You can increase your fluency by strengthening your skills. I'm at the level 7, but 49% in spanish, because i'm doing that every day. And i am able to talk using more than just separate words. Also i began to learn english from spanish. Just try to use different resourses to learn the language, not only duolingo. Read, listen, watch and talk. You will feel, that you can speak spanish. Good luck! :)
What Maurice314 says is correct the proficiency rating is some what bogus. I have completed the Spanish tree 3 times just to keep my tree Gold and to review. My rating is 56%, but I can tell you that I am not fluent. I just got back from Spain. I spent over two months there and I was doing fairly well some of the time, but then there were times, (lots of them) that ii didn't understand a thing. we all will have to find other resources as well as constant speaking/listening practice to get to a true fluent level. I'm looking a for someone local to meet everyday just to practice with. don't give up as it does get better and we will get it if we just continue to work at it. All in all duo lingo is the best and I love it. it got me to where I am and I am truly thankful.