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Getting 100% Fluency?? Stuck at 56% for Spanish.

Hi Guys, I've finished Spanish a few months ago and review or refresh the lessons often. I hardly have any lessons to refresh and I notice that I'm still at 56% Fluency. I have 33164 XPs for Spanish and I'm level 19. Is there a level I need to achieve or XP amount of points before I can increase my fluency percentage?

June 26, 2015

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/thraenthraen

Duolingo alone can't get you to 100% fluency, and it cannot track what you do outside of the site. Since Duolingo recognises both of these things, it's not possible for your fluency meter on the site to reach 100%.

June 26, 2015

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Hi There - I do use outside sources so in your first point, I get that. But what's the point of having a fluency meter on this application or program if it cannot reach 100% -- at least it could be 100% according to this specific program's standards.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/thraenthraen

As I'm not part of the development team, I don't really know why they added the fluency meter, but they did initially test the feature in an A/B test and found that, on average, it positively impacted user experience, so they kept it. Before the fluency meter, there was a screen after lessons which would say something like "You can now read 28% of all Spanish text!" so it's possible they're using a similar algorithm for fluency. This is just my own speculation, but Luis von Ahn (the founder and CEO of Duolingo) has said that they plan to create more advanced content, so maybe the reason they've created a meter that doesn't go up to 100% is so that when the tree is extended, it doesn't make folks fluency levels suddenly drop. Maybe they plan on eventually having so much content that you could reach "100% fluent." I don't know though, only staff would know that.

Regardless, I don't think the meter is something to take very seriously. Mine says 42% for Spanish, and I haven't even finished the tree or worked on it much at all.

And to answer your question below, no, I am not a moderator, just a member of the community here. Moderators have green rings around their profile pictures. There's some more information about them here, and there's an unofficial list of all moderators here.

June 27, 2015

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Are you a moderator?

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Onntastic

Thanks a lot for all the info. The Fluency Meter was a motivator for me until I found that now it's not budging at all but still, this program is INVALUABLE to me. I recommend it to everyone! I never thought I'd get so far in Spanish let alone trying and learning other languages simultaneously. Ppl are always focused on physical health, which does help the brain, but we need a way to also focus on our brain health and I think learning languages is an excellent way to do that along with physical health. And hey, are you planning to get certified for any of your languages? If so, let me know if you can recommend where I can do that. That would be great. So far, I've gotten basic certifications for free via Alison.com - it's a free online learning forum based in Ireland where ppl can get diplomas with a certification in many fields from business, psychology, graphic design, project mgt, and many more. But the language certs are for basic levels. I'd like something for fluency. Anyway, Thanks again!

June 27, 2015
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