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The crown level marker vs fluency marker

The new crown levels they added, did they replace the fluency marker that would give you a percentage of your progress in the language? Or is there some way to get it back?

April 6, 2018



Although I didn't think the fluency marker was a particularly accurate measurement, I found it motivating and useful as a relative indicator of progress. So far, I'm not too crazy about the new crown level method. I am now not required to type an English sentence in Spanish; instead, the program asks the use to select words from a collection of possibilities and place them in the correct order. This requires less thought/knowledge about sentence structure and vocabulary.


the fluency percent was a bad at best.


For some context on just how bad that rating was, even if we ignore the silliness of calling it a "fluency"measure, consider this:

I took Spanish for 4 years in middle+high school years ago. Starting last year I used Duolingo to refresh my memories of things and get me back up to speed a bit. In the time between high school and Duolingo, I traveled to non-touristy parts of 2 Spanish-speaking countries and though a very long way from fluent, I was able to communicate meaningfully in Spanish during my travels. In any event, I finished the course a few months ago, continued practicing some of the trickier topics regularly afterward, and immediately before I got the "Crowns" update, my fluency score in Spanish was 54%.

I started the German course shortly after finishing the Spanish course, completely cold. No prior experience. (OK, I knew how to say "Yes" and "No" in German, and I knew "Goethe" does not rhyme with "both", but that's about it.) I'm currently about 1/3 of the way through. Immediately before the "Crowns" update, my fluency score in German was ... 55%.

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