The fluency percentage is overestimating my German.
It says I am 43% fluent, that would mean that I can have many basic conversations, I've been doing Duolingo for only a month. I feel that this has overestimated my skill.
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
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 %.
I decided to check out my fluency level in German and I am very sure it is off. I have lived here for 25 years and am very fluent and yet I am only reaching 57% fluency on the site. In addition to that it puts my Italian fluency at 34% which too high in my opinion. (I find it extremely difficult to put a sentence together in Italian, whereas I am able to teach at high school level in German)
Despite everyone in forums disregarding the fluency scores, I've always found mine to be pretty accurate.
Around half the time I spend practising German is on Duolingo, and the other half is actually reading books, watching programs, listening to music and having conversations in German. This gives very quick real feedback on how fluent you are (when you do/don't understand something, it's very obvious).
My fluency score has gradually increased as I've learned German, and tends to reflect my own views of how much I'm understanding outside of Duolingo.
However this may be very different for people who learn exclusively with Duolingo, or who don't use Duolingo much but are actually very experienced in the language