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I finished the skill tree in 3 days, why am I only at 58% fluency?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianBenetS

The fluency rating is vastly inaccurate and doesn't really rise above 60%.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Most of us don't take the fluency rating too seriously as an absolute measure. Duo has no way of knowing what your skill level is outside of Duo. For example, I started a reverse tree a couple days ago and it says that I am 18% Fluent in English.

As mentioned by other posters, the max fluency is 60ish %. Even fluent native speakers max out at that point. So, you are near the top of the range. The rating probably has some meaning within the Duo World. A person who finishes a tree at 58% is likely to have a better grasp of the material covered in the tree than someone who finishes at 42%. Many people have a lot of fluctuations in their fluency rating. It tends to go up and down even when they are learning new lessons. I've not had that situation for some reason, and am not sure what causes the problem for them.

I finished the French tree at about 58-59% but continued to work on it, and am now at 60%. I have no idea if it will go up any further, but it doesn't really matter. I'll continue working on the tree as long as I'm continuing to learn something and it's still interesting. My Spanish tree was 56% when the fluency rating was implemented. I'd finished it before that and had not been maintaining it all that much. Since then, I've stopped maintaining it at all in favor of a new tree, and the rating has gone down slowly to 52%.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jimwatana
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I would think that learning only 1800-2000 words is just about 40-60% of what you would need to be considered approaching somewhat fluent in many languages. Just a guess.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I've read that the average native speaker knows about 20,000 word families. A word family is "walk, walks, walking" and so on. Duo would count book and books as two different words and not one word family. Nor does it take into account that you need to learn what to do with all those words. Plus, Duo doesn't really prepare you entirely for spoken conversations. Don't get me wrong, I love Duo, but I remain dubious of the percentage as an accurate indication of real world language ability. I'm sure it measures something, but not that.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidSinghiser
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Pretty much my story. I finished about 7 months ago and I'm around 54 %.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/suespanishlesson

how fluent do you think you are? I'm on level 18 and at 54% but though I can understand a lol if its written down not sure I am really that fluent yet?

3 years ago