What level am I expect to be at ?

After finishing the whole tree in German, what level shall I reach in German ? I mean in the German courses there are A1, A2, B1, B2 .... which one is equivalent to the tree ?

Danke Schön =)

December 28, 2012


I've taken the duolingo exam and I have a certified C1. From my point of view I would say this software is a point between A2 and B1. With some external reinforcement in terms of speaking and listening I would say B1 is nearer than A2: pretty good grammar lessons (use of german), big quantity of vocabulary, and helpful for learning to write and syntax. Listening is pretty bad since the audio regularly does not vocalize properly and Speaking is just insufficient from my POV.

December 12, 2013

I'd say A2.

December 30, 2012

Yes, that would also be my estimate. @Drekir: C1 means fluency in the language. I doubt you'll ever be able to reach that level with mere online tools.

December 30, 2012

Hmmmm... well maybe... I dunno... Haven't reached the end of the tree yet.. :) I kind of guessed where it would lead.... But still A2? You sure? Yikes.... :D

December 30, 2012

If you have a look at the CEFR level descriptions, you'll see that they focus very much on communicative skills. Duolingo, on the other hand, doesn't focus on communicative skills at all. That's why you can't advance beyond A2, if you're using Duolingo only.

December 30, 2012

I agree. I am studying German outside Duolingo and I have to say this has the potential to grow a fantastic tool (not that is not great, but it's ongoing work) but, unfortunately as a complement. You can only structure the fabric of the background grammar and improve some word witting. For the usage you have the translations, sure, but that is pretty limited for any language. In any normal course, by B1 you will be far ahead from Duolingo alone. People with B1 can roughly get by (with a lot of langsam bitte and nodding and smiling). I feel that, whilst a good and fun way to reinforce... you cannot by any means compare this to the standard course grading (and I wish it would!)

January 4, 2013

Totally right, I have B1 and I can hardly communicate, reviewing the whole tree to see if there's something I missed on the other courses :S

December 7, 2013

I was personally hoping for better, but maybe you have to be really good at learning languages for that. You could use other tools in combination with Duolingo to go further.

December 30, 2012

mmmm if thats right i think A2 is too low compared to the work achieved :( ok thnx

March 24, 2013

I thought it would be something near B1 or between A2 and B1

December 30, 2012

It probably can be if you use the status updates to engage with others in German.

January 2, 2013

This is a really interesting question, and I would also like to know the answer !

December 29, 2012

me, too.

December 30, 2012
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