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I finished German and the fluency percentage level topped at 68%. Any reason?


I'm sure this question has been asked before, but if you don't mind me asking again. So I finished the German tree but the fluency level topped at 68%. Is there any reason for this? Why 68? Does it not go to 100% on purpose because we need to go past Duolingo to achieve fluency? Or does the percentage also depend on how long we've been using the program? Meaning, one can't get fluent in 75 days and you need to keep at it longer to internalize the words..

PS: I haven't practiced in a few days and the meter dropped to 65% now, which is normal.

February 24, 2018



Does it not go to 100% on purpose because we need to go past Duolingo to achieve fluency?

Explanation in the English Duolingo Help Center:

In the real world:

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


In the real world fluency % is a number that encourages many people to keep going. Your second point supports my idea, as it's clear that with A/B tests has been tinkering with different formulas of fluency meters to improve learning outcomes.

OTOH, I don't agreed with your first point, because the reality is that this fluency level has MUCH sense. The more you work on a tree, the more this number goes up, but it's harder and harder to push it above. This exactly what happens in the real world. The only problem is that it's impossible to give an exact number of fluency, so this is only a rough approximation.

Regarding your third point I think it's only opinion. What real data do you have to support your affirmation? I think there is a big difference of the listening outcomes depending on how you do the DL exercises. If you get used to rely on what you read, instead of what you hear, your listening skills will be poor. But if you do the opposite, I think your results can improve a lot. You just have to take your time, and the results will be even better if you resort to other resources at the same time that you do duolingo. My favourite ones: youtube, wiktionary (for IPA), and forvo.


The fluency level is not a reliable gage of your knowledge. If you keep practicing on a daily basis, it will go back up. But since it's untrue to your actual knowledge of German, I'd just ignore it like most of us do. I think it's very impressive that you reached 68% by level 15. I'm sure if you persist in getting to level 25, you'll see a marked change in your FL. Alles Gute!


Just now I have 71%, so you can improve even more your Duolingo vocabulary freshness (i.e. German Fluency). No course has a number of 100% of fluency, because with a basic course in Duolingo you won't be fluent, so course contributors select a magic number as the maximum fluency you can get here, that is fairly arbitrary, but IMO you should aim to get it as high as possible.


Fluency percentage doesn't mean anything.

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