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https://www.duolingo.com/JanFran24

Why is my fluency going down?

I started using Duolingo on Christmas Day and was assessed as 27% fluent in French. I've only missed one day since, and don't seem to be getting much wrong, yet my fluency has dropped to 20% by Friday and 18% by today - at this rate, I'll be utterly incomprehensible by the end of the month!! Is this normal?

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2 years ago
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https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
truelefty
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It's like that because the fluency thing is really not accurate, and basically no one knows what it represents :/

I consider myself way more fluent in English than in other language, but many of the other languages I'm learning here have higher fluency percentage... So I don't think it's accurate

Anyway, don't let it bother you. Just think it's not there ;)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ivyfluff
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I'm not sure what it represents because it only bases it on what you have completed in Duolingo and you cannot become 'fluent' just by doing Duolingo. My 'fluency' keeps going up and down as well.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

It is normal, in the sense that why Duo invented this crazy statistic is beyond comprehension. ;)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiaLeonetta
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The fluency percentage is usually inaccurate, and I wouldn't take much notice of it. If you're keeping most skills golden and progressing through the tree at a steady rate, then you're making great progress, regardless of what the fluency statistic is telling you. For example, I completed my Italian tree months ago and I've kept the whole tree golden, yet my fluency percentage stands at a whopping....19% xD

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanFran24

Thank you all - will give it a darned good ignoring then :-). Apologies, as I've never ventured in here before so don't know the etiquette, do I give lingots to those who reply or is that reserved for top answers ...? ETA I've just discovered I can press the little up and down arrows too - I think perhaps I need to go read the instructions!!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiaLeonetta
LiaLeonetta
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Giving lingots is completely optional, and most people have run out of things to use them on :P If you feel someone's post merits a lingot or two, feel free to give some if you want, but it's never required :)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanFran24

Thank you again! In that case, can I hang on to mine as I'm saving them up to acquire "How to flirt in French" - partly to confuse my husband (who will, of course, be the main beneficiary ;-) ) and partly because Duolingo appear to have missed out the near essential caravan-holiday-option of "low level French cursing invaluable for bonding with your new neighbours whilst putting up the awning" ;-) :-D

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiaLeonetta
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Ahahah of course ;) Like I said, most users have run out of things to spend lingots on, and end up hoarding them :P

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanFran24

I am now firmly on course for incomprehensibility! After 19 days of virtuous practice, I have reached grade 8 and dropped down to 15% fluency - so I'm now nearly half as good as when I started! Surely this function should be disabled as it's not really much of a motivator!!

Thank you to whoever gave me lingots after my previous whinge, by the way!!

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Reply22 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Graeme359643

It is a powerful motivator trying to get it to rise...until you realize the whole indicator is broken. Gave you a lingot for getting so many good answers in one place!

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Reply10 months ago