How can you tell how fluent you really are?
I've been able to tell that the fluency meter isn't the most accurate representation of how fluent in the language you really are. Sometimes if I finished one lesson my fluency would go up by 5% and then if I did 5 skills it wouldn't go up at all. I've also read that the fluency meter only goes to about 60% and then it just doesn't increase anymore. So, are there any ways to tell how fluent you are in a language besides the Duolingo fluency meter?
You could take a proficiency test online to determine your CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level, which is a common framework used to measure fluency in a language. Read the descriptors here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
TV5Monde has an online test you can take, but there are plenty more out there. http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/fr/apprendre-francais/accueil-tcf
I do this several times a week. It really helps! Specially for spotting problems with verb conjugation.
Monologues are how I learned to speak English, since I've never had a friend to practice with. My (English) pronunciation isn't that great, but it flows naturally. My French is not nonstop, but I can already string pretty long sentences without thinking that much, hitting bumps only when a specific word is forgotten/unknown.
Talking with people, mainly. The fluency meter is just a number; how much you really know is your real fluency "meter".
Although this isn't an "official" way of telling how fluent you are in a language, I like to speak with native speakers and try to say as many sentences as I can without thinking about what I'm saying.
Try talking with people! With me for exemple :) I'm fluent in French even though DL tells me my flency is 55% :')
If you can talk without problems in a language, it means your fluent :3 if talking is a bit difficult, it means you need more practice! An application can't tell if you're really skilled or not... DL only can teach you and help you practice ;)
No, I lived in France for 8 years so I can speak french very well. I use this language every day. DL don't know how fluent I am, or it just doesn't wanna admit that I'm just good in French xD
If you want to try to speak in french with me, just tell me ;)
Then go back to studying and when you'll be fluent enough I'll help you :)
Even if you are not that fluent I still can help you and I'd love to ;)
It tells me I am at 25% and I can barely make a sentence so I wouldn't trust it and just take it as a progress bar for the tree. I am aiming at preparing for an exam and have bookmarked a checklist for self-assessment, hope that helps: http://www.french-exam.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/French-Exam-checklist_EN.pdf