Hi, I am on a 280 day streak learning french and it is fun and I improve all the time. But the fluency is stuck on 11% for several months which is not encouraging. My boyfriend and I both do this but he is 19% even if I have higher level. How does this function work?
Don't let it get you down! It has been a constant problem here. If you want, you could delete French (Settings>Learning language>reset remove languages) then start it again, but test back into it to get a higher percentage. It works, but I wouldn't recommend it since it kills the XP you have built up, you go back down to like level 12 or so at best and you have to re-complete all the levels you don't test into (and it might kill your streak, not sure though).
Have you tried taking a French progress quiz, that may be a better gauge of your level in the language?
Consider DuoLingo your starting point in French. The more immersion work you do (speaking the language as often as possible, reading, writing, watching videos, etc.) the better you will be in French. Then you can just laugh at the fluency percentage when you check your phone while discussing cuisine or politics in French with your French friends at Plume Bakery & Coffee on the Rue de Cheverus in Bordeaux.
I don't think the feature is a joke, I think Duolingo doesn't claim to make one fluent. But I have no idea how the algorithm calculates the number.
A] it's DL's fluency rating - it doesn't really matter, and isn't likely to be remotely representative of how well you could understand, or make yourself understood in France.
B] It's going to be about far more the streak lengths - let's face it, you get a 280 day streak by getting all of 1 XP per day and never moving off the first exercise.
C] Assuming you've completed the French tree; then it's most likely to be your average rating for all words. Which means not just putting in lots of days' work, but putting in a lot of work each day; keep all exercises in gold, run through all of them a few times; run through strengthening a lot; until your word list is both complete, and all in gold. You can see your word list on the website version (not ap) along the top. I've been through each exercise at least twice; and I still got a new word today; and there are plenty of words that simply haven't come up for me in 10 months - which is as long as I've been doing Duolingo. I get a good 2/3 of my list rated as "Still Strong"; with the last 1/3 "overdue"; though the top 2/3 include plenty of words that aren't rated that highly spread throughout; which matches pretty well with my fluency rating of 58%
I have only used duolingo for about a week now, but I am already up to 35% fluency. I only use the browser on the computer, not on app or phone. Maybe thats why? And yes, I learn fast haha :)
Thank you for your comments! I will ignore the Fluency %. Fun to see so many from different places using Duolingo! I am happy with my progress and was able to use some french when visiting France in May. I am able to read Tin-Tin with Google translate as my aid. My goal is to understand and speak simple french ordeing at restaurants or while shopping. It is not to get to the same level as my english, which is my second language. Good luck with all your studies!