Fluency shield not accurate.
I question the accuracy of the fluency shield. right now I have a 55% in Spanish which I have been speaking fluently for years (my wife is from Mexico). I´ve finished the grammar tree and do well in immersion. At the same time I have a 56% fluency in Italian. I have studied Italian for a while but it is in no way as good as my Spanish. Any ideas about this?
Dr. Guero: I also have a 55% shield. I am nowhere near fluent. In fact, I am an intermediate student with constant verb challenges. How could we both have the same score? Talca
Yeah, I just decided to ignore it. Suspect it has something to do with how many typos I made in the previous session (?)
Mine just seems to float around 50% regardless of what I do. I would agree that it is just a pretty addon at the moment and not something to be actually paid attention to.
Well, obviously if you've been speaking Spanish fluently for years, and just started working on the tree, it's not gonna be accurate. It's not in general, but it's even less in your case. Duolingo doesn't know that your wife is Mexican, it doesn't know what you do outside of their website... If I did 10 minute of French, which is my mother tongue, they might tell me 1% fluent even though I'm 100% fluent. They probably calculate it with how often words come into common conversation anyway...
Let me explain further. I certainly understand that the fluency badge does not in any way reflect my actual fluency. But I have finished my Spanish tree and kept it golden for about three weeks while also doing quite a bit of translation. On the other hand, My Italian tree is only about 2/3 done. While the program has no way of knowing how fluent I am in real life, according to the work I have done within the Duolingo program itself, I should have a higher fluency rating in Spanish than in Italian.