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https://www.duolingo.com/Mike3927

Is the fluency badge bugged / How long does it usually take to become fluent in a language?

I'm asking because I've really only put a week of real effort [And a few days of playing around a month ago to see how the system worked, but I'm not counting that] into the Spanish course, and the little shield says I'm now 39% fluent in the language.

For reference, I've never taken a formal Spanish class before, and I had virtually no practical knowledge of the language either. I like to think I'm pretty smart, admittedly, but I have a hard time believing that I'm anywhere near 'Fluent' with a language after studying it for literally less then a week.

Is this some sort of bug with the fluency badge? Has anyone else noticed this problem?

3 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/LorenzoCabrini

Don't get too hung up on the word fluent. Just take it as an indicatore of, more or less, how far you've progressed with the course. I find the choice of 'fluent' ill-chosen.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike3927

Ah, so it's simply a progression bar then? That makes sense.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

The fluency shield is poorly named. I think it replaced the "you can now read this much" screen that would nudge you towards Immersion.

If you are interested in learning more about the concept of fluency and approximate milestones, you might appreciate this. It's looking at English Language Learners, so usually children who are exposed to their target language all day at school. An adult studying on their own is most likely going to experience the milestones at a, uh, different rate. This is another page with similar information.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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Those are some helpful/insightful links! Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Soz180

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE! I have been on DuoLingo learning Spanish for only 1 week (7 days) and I am already 42 - 44% fluent in Spanish. I do not have a lot of experience with this language, but I have a few friends who taught me a few words. I don't think it's a BAD problem, just be happy the badge says you're fluent! Good luck with your Spanish! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Good for you! I finished the German tree and have been using it for an age and am in about the same place with German. Methinks something doesn't quite add up...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pseudocreobotra

It's not really about fluency but about the percentage of words you should recognize in an average text. Of course, few of these words are actually useful for understanding the text. Most just connect other words (usually the words you don't know)...

"- is a - - - with - ten -." 40% of the words are readable... But could you tell that it means "This is a simple example text with exactly ten words."? Probably not.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Actually fluent? A decade, maybe, if you're using it.

3 years ago