Fluency percentage, how does it actually work?
I would like to understand how the fluency percentage works. I do Italian lessons here 2 times a day the last 2 years and I'm only 20% fluent according to this score. I just started studying German 3 weeks ago and it says I'm already 15% fluent. It doesn't make much sense, at least to me. Can someone explain how this actually works?
In Italian I've got all the last lesson balls yellow and I keep them using the strengthen resource. I always try to take the "non yellow" balls to the maximum as well. German on the other hand, I have only the first 5 balls yellow.
Please read http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Fluency
However, keep in mind:
Duolingo's fluency % is a nonsense number.
It says nothing about your fluency in the real world.
Duolingo's Fluency % is unreliable.
Recently appeared that the Duolingo staff had manipulated this "fluency %" for testing purposes (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22225104)
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".
In the comments of this discussion you can read some tips to improve your French:
However, I think Duolingo's courses are excellent.
Just enjoy the courses and don't worry about Duolingo's fluency %.
fluency for duolingo is relative... the sentences they teach like she has a big pear or things like that are not sentences you would use in real conversation but the idea is to show you how the words fit in the sentence so when you are ready you can make your own in conversations. there comes a point where it may feel like a plateau like your language level is seeming to not improve but thats because its like climbing a pyramid and gets harder and harder with more limits on what you can do to improve as you gain higher and higher to a C level. I have been sufficiently stuck in conversation level for 4 months in Czech but I can tell that I am making huge leaps in reading and writing. and also made a huge change in grammar this week it will keep getting better the more solidified you become in what you have learned and the more resources you use. I just found 4 new vocabulary courses for memorise last night that have a large amount of Czech terminology I am not familiar with. keep with it in both languages and just ignore the fluency and use the language as much as you can :)
There is an article about this in the Duolingo Help Center:
They don't. Level is only indicating XP gained. Fluency is supposed to indicate how well you are going in the course, and includes strength of words, how often you peek at answers, how often you make mistakes, among other indicators. You could have very high fluency with quite a low level or vice versa.