https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mike743510

Fluency

My wife and I are both doing Duolingo french. She is further ahead than me, but her fluency rating is 16% while mine is (supposedly!) 44% . Can someone explain why this is please?

July 26, 2017

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prenom.Pierre

Duolingo does not know how to count. Duolingo is very strong in languages, but in mathematics, oh my god ! Duolingo is not worth a scrap!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

The fluency meter is designed to encourage learners, but it is quantitatively worthless.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pentaan
  • Duolingo's Fluency % is unreliable.
    Recently appeared that the Duolingo staff had manipulated this "fluency %" for testing purposes (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22225104)
    You and your wife might be in two different Duolingo test groups.
    That is why I only use the decrease of fluency % as a warning. When the % is decreasing, I do too few lessons or strengthen in the web version of Duolingo.

  • Duolingo's fluency % is a nonsense number.
    It says nothing about your fluency in the real world.
    But when I use Duolingo's web version (www.duolingo.com), I see Duolingo's Fluency % much faster increasing than in the App. That is because you learn much more from typing the answers than from choosing predefined words.

  • Duolingo will only bring you to an A2/B1 skill level in reading/writing and A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.
    Info about language levels: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
    Read from "Common reference levels".

However, I think Duolingo's courses are excellent.
Just enjoy the courses and don't worry about Duolingo's fluency %.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mike743510

It would seem the general opinion is that the "Fluency" indicator is a bit of a gimmick and not to be taken too seriously. My wife will be pleased about that. Of course, if I really was 44% fluent, I would be writing this in French!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoaoDSouza

She isn't practicing the old lessons.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mike743510

Actually she is. She catches up on them daily, but doesn't seem to move forward with the fluency.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BoredWithDuoNow

I find the fluency score confusing also. I was at 54% for nearly a year, then it suddenly fell to 44%, it slowly crept up to 46% and then jumped back down to 44%. I despair!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiriamPitt5

You get fluency if you strengthen a lot, it doesn't mean that if you are further ahead that you strengthen more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LayABase

I sort of agree with MiriamPitt5. Do you do more 'Strengthen' than your wife? I think I'm gaining fluency number when I do the 'Strengthen.'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eduard440611

Hi mike,

I assume that the repetition exercise intensity is important for calculating Fluency. If lerns someone who has a very good memory or previous knowledge. He does not need to repeat so much, and his percentage of Fluency will be lower.

Eduard


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/azzachraf

I lost my serie of more than 530 days, how to recover it? please, I'm ready to pay.

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