https://www.duolingo.com/Matti752017

Fluency?

What is meant by fluency? There is a lot of talk about fluency and the time niiden to achieve it, some say they will do it with Duo in few months. What is fluency in terms of CERF scale? I'm myself 59year, learning French and starting from my old A1 level. I'm workin with Duo to get to a point by the end of this summer where I can feel myself to be fluent. That is to read newspapers, watch tv and films, follow normal conversations and to express myself without major effort in all situations I will meet as a casual traveler in France. I would consider this type of level to be somewhere between B1 and B2. With real fluency in my opinion we are talking about skills far beyond that. My guess is that for me to achieve C1-level it will take 3-5 years of constant work, and C2 not even possible any more at my age. I

April 21, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/danlipsa

If you move to France you will progress faster.

April 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ngraner42

From Wikipedia these are the B2 descriptions (except for writing):

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

I would call this fluency. I like your description even better:

That is to read newspapers, watch tv and films, follow normal conversations and to express myself without major effort in all situations I will meet as a casual traveler in France.

For sure I would call that fluency.

April 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

C2 is not possible for many native speakers. I wouldn't worry about C2, personally. But everyone has different goals and standards.

April 21, 2018

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