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How well does one know a language on the 25th level?

When someone on Duolingo reaches level 25 on a language, how well do they understand/speak/listen to it? Do they become almost fluent?

August 31, 2013



I don't think the skill levels mean all that much. You are only level in 8 French but you are not that far behind me. By level 25 you should be quite skilled at your language, but i don't think you will be fluent. Duolingo is mainly a reading and listening site. I think by the end your reading would be the strongest. If you want to speak you need to go out and talk with people. Duolingo can't teach you everything. But i am not lvl 25 yet so guess i'm not the qualified to answer.


Well now ur at level 25, hpws the experience?


I agree with you. I can read Spanish, but formulating and articulating verbally is something else. You really need to speak Spanish with people.


I’m almost at level 25 with Portuguese but I cant read or converse yet. I can’t understand what people say either. I’ve been studying for 4.5 years and been to Brasil 14 times. I have had a Brasilian girlfriend for 4 years. It’s very frustrating. I have to translate almost everything. I’m doing something wrong. It’s like a secret code. We never learned English grammar terminology which is referred to a lot. Any ideas? Thanks


Why not learn grammar terminology then? Step by step. Just read some materials in encyclopedias about syntax, parts of speech, Romance languages and the history of Portuguese. It will help you understand grammar rules better and will help you guess what native speakers are going to say before they finish their phrase. This is important for listening skills.


I’ve tried to read about Portuguêse grammar terminology but they explain it by using English grammar terminology which for some reason I only learned when I was 8 years old or so and none after that. We only learned nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Very basic at that. I’ll keep trying. Because after another trip to Brasil I still wasn’t able to converse or understand what people were saying. Thanks!


Like IAmJon said, you mostly learn to read from Duolingo. I think that it is very important to watch movies and listen to music in your target language so that you're not shocked when you find out how fast everyone talks.


Don't take this the wrong way, but it could take years or even decades to become fluent. It's really hard takes lots of practice. We'll all be at a slightly different stage at level 25, but if you get to the end of the tree and practice till you get almost all questions right then you should be able to survive in the country reasonably easy.


Alright thanks for the replies :D I guess once I reach a high level, it might be a good idea to watch movies in that language with the subtitles of that language! The subtitles will be understood since reading should be easier after Duolingo and it will strengthen how one can understand another person speaking in that language.


I also started reading the Harry Potter books in Spanish since they're not too hard to understand and if I don't know a word I can get it from the context.


I tried a Duolingo test in English which is my mother tongue. I consider myself very fluent in my own language, but you would be hard pressed to attain 100% fluency. Don't let the percentage of the language you know put you off.

I have to say that I have found Duolingo one of the best sites for learning Spanish, and have recommended it to all my friends.

Muchas gracias


Note that Duolingo recognizes the limitations of its platform and will not tell its users they are 100% fluent. The highest fluency score you can achieve is around 60%

Of course, that's just a number. What you have achieved outside of duolingo will determine how fluent you actually are.


I'm level 20 and I can understand and read basic to intermediate Spanish. As for speaking, it's just a minimum.


I lost my original account with just French and Spanish and I'm starting over with some new languages. I have notice that since the first time I've tried duolingo they have added new features. The podcasts for example are a good way to improve your listening skills. I also find if you repeat the monologues from the lessons aloud it helps you with pronunciation. While duolingo helps the most with reading the language it is more about how you use it. Nothing can take the place of actually speaking with natives or total emersion however.


This is an interesting question. I can't answer it, but I have heard that Duolingo alone is not enough to achieve an advanced level. I recommend using grammar books and also reading and watching videos in your target language on a daily basis when you achieve an intermediate level. Duolingo lacks sensible contents. It provides good exercises to practise your skills and learn vocabulary, but you need to use it in a sensible way.

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