I finished the tree! But i am only at 59% - if i keep strengthening skills will my percentage go up eventually?
It is impossible to reach 100%. The actual maximum seems to depend on the tree, but I think it is around 70%, the highest I've seen is around 65%. 59% is a good "score".
The fluency percentage does not measure how fluent you are (how would that even be possible?), it is just a measure of how well you are doing on Duolingo.
According to Duo's Help section, the highest fluency is 50 - 60%. I've gotten to 58% in French, Spanish, and Italian, then seen them all decline when i started in on Russian. My strengthening became irregular, so, although I was keeping all my bars full, i wasn't doing it every day. I've dropped down into the upper 40's.
Oddly, French seems much more demanding than Italian or Spanish - even though I am away from each about the same amount of time, when I go to French to bring my bars all up to 5, I have to do 3 times as many modules - which may explain why my French fluency is constently around 56%, while S & I hover between 48 - 52%
The highest percentage I have had is 62%, and I've seen many people claiming scores in the 60-70% range. Maybe the help section hasn't been updated in a while.
I've also noticed differences between trees. The fluency for the English for Russian tree seems to increase more easily than the German for Russian one.
Thank for that. I started out with Italian (which is the language I'm studying properly) but decided to give French a go, to brush up for a short course. I do actually have a decent degree in French, not too long ago, so when I did the placement test, I got 61% fluent. Since then it just decays, even if I do a lot. I'll soon be down to 51%, which obviously doesn't match my ability to speak French. It gets tedious- going backwards!!
I got my fluency up to 59% in Italian by the time I finished the course, but then when I was only keeping my bars full, it dipped to as low as 49%. It's back up to 52%, after doing a lot of strengthening even with all my bars full. It really seems to have a lot to do with how many exercise sets you do in a day, and how accurately you do them. I keep making stupid mistakes, largely due to haste - leaving an "s" off of a verb that requires it, for instance, so I rarely get 100% of the exercises correct.
Still, my French fluency is now 57%, Italian is 52% and Spanish 50%, even though I spend as much time with Spanish as Italian and only a little more with French, making about the same number of dumb mistakes in each. Still, I never get more than 90% of the exercises wrong, so my fluency is not the equivalent of a grade.
It's probably time to move on to something more challenging and broader in scope. I just have to figure out what that is. I'm lingot-rich, though, whatever that means.
It will go up only if you do a lot every day. I redid the tree and the percentage increased. But 59% is a lot, congrats.
If you learn on a tablet, the fluency does not change. FYI.
I usually just strengthen on my tablet, but do my daily minimum and new material on my computer.
I'm learning on my iPad mostly iPhone occasionally, but I do get increases in fluency. Wonder if I'd go faster on my Mac?
Thanks for your advice on tablets. However I have found that if I work on the website on my iPad I do get much faster results than if I do it in the App, where my fluency increased only very slowly. Before I'd only used the website for quizzes and to check progress. And now I've found the grammar summaries as well- which I particularly need for German with all those cases, easily forgotten over a few years absence, though of course, understanding of another language is harder to lose.
One thing though I don't seem to get my daily reward on the website, so I do my minimum on the App first.
That would explain that during the weekend, when I use my tablet, my fluency decreases, while during the week when I use my laptop, it goes up.
Don't worry about the fluency meter - it's inaccurate.
From what I have heard, the fluency meter maxes out in the 70s.
If you strengthen your tree, you will remember the words better. I finally switched and went for the reverse tree.
Congrats Spyrunner :-) You'll be able to order McDonald's in Montreal in no time ;)
Montreal is in Quebec :-) Here are two sentences from Google.
Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and Canada. Montreal is the second- largest primarily French- speaking city in the world after Paris.
Quite interesting, but this is not a surprise. The experts indicate that Duolingo accounts for about 2000 vocabulary words; however, it is my understanding that true fluency requires another 2,000 vocabulary words. Thus, is Duolingo advertisement deceptive? Perhaps a quote will help:
"With Duolingo, you learn a language for free." That is a direct quote from the developer. The question is how is "learn" used in this description. It may easily be construed as learning to a level of fluency. The problem is that the developer does not define "learn" and it is, therefore, vague and ambiguous.
Also, the concept of "free" has long since disappeared. Any time money is required for anything within the application, the notion of no cost is not applicable. A user can pay to remove advertisements and a user can pay to be gems to increase health in the mobile application.
So, please form your own inferences, but the evidence is there to support a lack of fluency and pay as you play application. What troubles me is complete failure to divulge regarding monetization. The emphasis was on the daily overhead of $60,000.00. I am not debating that figure. However, if each user was charged a mere $5.00 a year as a subscription, the profit margin would be in the millions of dollars and the rest of the nonsense to be tossed into the scrap heap where it belongs.