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What language level does Duolingo give you after 100% finishing the course?

Just curious, I want to speak german. I kinda do but very bad.

January 13, 2018



There are only 4 lessons left to finish my tree and for sure my level won't change drastically. I reached B1 in writing/reading and A2 in listening/speaking. I think that's the max level you can reach learning all words that Duolingo offers. And also I've used many other resources to improve my German as soon as possible. Maybe just using Duolingo you can reach A2 in every ability.


You mean: according to the CEFR/GER (Common European Framework of Reference/Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen)?

I think it will certainly not exceed B2. But for a compensation you have a bit of playfulness (this is what gamification was called before being en vogue and hyped).

[deactivated user]

    I think it will certainly not exceed B2

    That's a stretch IMHO.


    I agree. I think people over estimate their CEFR level.

    [deactivated user]

      Duolingo's playfulness and accessibility creates the impression on some that it's actually easy to master a language, and while it's nice to feel empowered it's also nice to have a reality check.


      Indeed. I must confess I am relatively new here (ca. 10 days). So I found out only a while ago that punctuation, orthography, phonetics/phonology, semantics, didactics, and pragmatic considerations do not play too much of a role in task design, and that grammar lessons are rare or non-existent. I would go for a mixture of A1 and A2, with a focus on grammar (in which it maybe exceeds A2, depending on the language) and a lack in vocab (A1 there).

      My experience is mainly based on English, Korean, French, German as of now (I took a closer look at the trees there).

      [deactivated user]

        With lots of practice and effort I think you can reach B1 on the writing/reading front. The problem is really the hearing and the speaking as Duolingo doesn't offer you enough resources for you to practice those items. You will eventually be able to reach A2 on those but just barely.

        [deactivated user]

          Opinions vary.

          For me:

          Writing / Reading - B1

          Hearing / Speaking - A2

          Ignore the fluency percentage on Duolingo... it's as arbitrary as it can be. The xp points and thus levels are completely dependent on the amount of your practice do so it's not a precise metric either.

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