https://www.duolingo.com/KevinHeller

Finished tree; stuck at 47%

My wife finished her tree, but she's stuck at 47%. What does it take to get to 100%, if not finishing one's tree? Thanks!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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First of all, your wife should speak up and ask this question. Second, the fluency count isn't really accurate, so don't put all of your hopes with that. Third of all, you can't get to 100%. I think the highest percentage you can get is 60%, although I'm not too sure of that because I have never finished a tree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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There is no 100%. "Fluency" is a fairly silly metric and just means "exposure to DL words and strength thereof" or something like that. Depending on language the max is mid 50's to low 60's.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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It gets harder to move when it gets in that range, the percentage doesn't get much higher than 60 though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/334221157

Has she strengthened her skills to make them all gold?, if not keep practicing :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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"100% fluent in a language" would mean "can speak as well as a native speaker" -- that requires a lot more vocabulary than Duolingo teaches.

2000 words let you understand quite a bit, but a native speaker has a larger vocabulary. So if you want to speak like a native speaker, you'll have to "graduate" from Duolingo and use other sources -- travel to the country, read books, watch television, speak (a lot!) to native speakers, and so on.

Language learning is a curve: the first 500 words will be a lot more useful than the next 500 words, because not all words are equally common. So you learn the 500 most common words first and understand (say) 30% of what people speak. Then you learn the next 500 most common words and understand (say) 45%. You doubled your vocabulary but you didn't understand double your understanding.

So the closer you get to fluency, the more words (and grammar) you have to learn for each aditional 10% jump. For 100%, you'd need to know maybe 30'000 words, including rare ones such as "absquatulate" and "defenestrate" that not even all native speakers know and that even educated ones don't use every day.

It's not necessarily a goal that's worth attaining unless you really want to.

2 years ago
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