The difference between Fluency and Levels...
There is no connection between your level and Fluency. Fluency is nothing but the more practice you do, the more your fluency increases. Level is something which tempts you to gain more to complete it and earn lingots (Even lingots are for tempting people!!)
So when it comes between fluency and your level, it wont matter because even though you might be in level 5 but your fluency could be at 20%... The reason behind is only your hard work, interest and more and more practice!
Practice and hard work make a man fluent!
Hello. It's great that you are interested in learning a language and are practicing and working hard to meet that goal.
You are also correct that there is no direct correlation between your level (based on number of XP) and the fluency rating (theoretically based on word strength). Your rating will probably continue to go up as long as you are learning new words. However, the rating will eventually slow down and stop no matter how much you practice. Most people who continue to finish their trees get no higher than 50-60ish%.
Many newcomers are excited to see the number go up when they first start, then become confused, frustrated, disappointed, or even bitter when it slows down or stops as they continue to practice. Most will tell you that the rating is meaningless and inaccurate. It's mostly ignored.
I think it's fine if the rating motivates you, but don't take it too seriously. There are problems with how how word strength is measured. It mostly measures how many words Duolingo thinks you know and how well you are able to translate into English, but is much less of an indication of how well you are able to speak the language or have a conversation. Plus Duolingo doesn't know of any practice outside its boundaries.
So, keep up the good work but it also helps to start to explore other resources to improve speaking, listening, writing, and reading outside of Duolingo. One app or website will only take you so far.
ok - i get that - but everyday i practice what i need to - but the new stuff never becomes available ... it does not light up - stays grey .... i click on it and nothing happens. ie: I am still on Phrases - in the The Basics ... next one is Menu - or food items - is not activated. I think I am on Level 5 and says i am 16% but never go beyond ....