Duolingo and the New Crown level System
I am at level 25 in German for the last 4 years. My crown level is 378, my earlier fluency level fluctuated between 68-72%, and I have 570 days streak. This streak has been zeroed 3 or 4 times previously for varşous reasons. I have been with Duolingo for more than 5 years. My German level is B2 according to several tests I have taken and this has not been upgraded for the last 3 years.
I still do Duo exercises just to keep my B2 level and I do not think Duo is designed to make me go any higher. Should I expect more advanced levels of Duo in the future? Your previous ''immersion'' was fine but unfortunately, it is no more. I am very thankful to Duo though in the final analysis.
I would like to hear your suggestions as to what measures I should take at this point to make things more challenging for me. I was disappointed when Duo introduced these crown levels which in effect suggested that I go back to basics and increase my level to 5.
Thank you for reading this
In your position I would sign on again with a new name. Begin at basics and do each blob to level one. As fast as possible. Give yourself 30 minutes or an hour. See what experience you can score. Do it again tomorrow. Once your entire tree is at level one I would shift to just doing an exercise from each skill. Against the clock and against your previous best is about it. I guess.
Personally I would be struggling with the tedium.
I do not think Duo is designed to make me go any higher
You said it. It wasn't and surely it isn't now, and sincerely, I don't think you can reach B2 with Duo alone, the word count may suggest A2 (read and write) and the lack of spoken training I would be surprised if I would get any better than A1 in speaking and listening. Sporadic practice of the most advanced Duo lessons may still help a little (given that you use the keyboard input and not the pre-made word list, of course), but you need much more challenging material to get a tangible improvement. At B2 level you should already be able to read books, watch tv and talk to people, which would be beneficial (for language learning), entertaining (for fun) and useful (to learn the stuff you are interested in). Please don't damage yourself repeating "Die Frau trinkt Wasser" again and again and again.