how about nicknames/titles when you level up.
Won't it be great to move from a starter to a native. We can start from something like "novice learner" to end up as a "native speaker" with dozens in the middle. It will work like a title which could be used with pride inside the site. Won't that be great!
Uh, Samsta's absolutely right here. A native speaker can only only ever be someone who grew up speaking the language from birth. A more appropriate title for the end would be fluent. It would be entirely to confusing to label not-native speakers as native speakers because users might look to the "native speakers" for help, only to find out that they only have advanced knowledge of the language.
I disagree. Levels are pretty much meaningless. See my discussion here: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/837212
I think at best with duolingo we may be able to become intermediary. Mastery of a language is dependent on 4 skills (write, speak, read, and listen) or combinations thereof. Duolingo tests 3 of these abilities reasonably. However, the ability to speak is not being tested properly, and is entirely optional.
So anyway, assuming duolingo taught those 3 skills perfectly. It would still only be 3/4 = 75% of the skills required, and that would only happen if you learn it perfectly.
The levels should in my opinion be reworked, a level cap should be put until you pass a number of modules with a test.
I'm well aware that the levels we have are not a good indicator of how well you know a language. However, they do represent, to a certain degree, the amount of work you've done on Duolingo and they're not as misleading as titles like "native speaker". No-one is claiming that you'll be fluent or magically turn into a native speaker once you've reached level 25.
nope, Levels don't really mean much. I am a higher level than many people who are farther along in the tree than I am, because I do new lessons less often, instead I do immersion translations and practice old words, which gives me lots of coins and allows me to level up without learning much new material
I think this is a good suggestion. As others have argued, they'd need to be careful not to use misleading titles though. And maybe that's the problem. Anything meaningful to language learning might imply a degree of language functionality that isn't really implied by the level. But if they come up with just fun titles like fake military titles or something, that might be good.