Can Duolingo Make You Fluent in 2024? (My Personal Experience)
Learning different languages is becoming very important in the current world. It not only helps you to communicate with other native speakers but will also help you to get a good job and admission to universities easily. Thus if you also want to learn a new language but do not have much time, you may think of using Duolingo. If you also want to learn a language using it, you may have a question ‘Can Duolingo make you fluent in the language you have chosen or not?’ Thus here we will be discussing the fluency level that you can get with the help of Duolingo.
- Duolingo is a platform which helps you to learn a new language by sitting at the home.
- You can only get the A1 and A2 levels in the targeted languages. It means that you can not get proficient in the targeted language.
- Fluency is the ability to communicate in a language with a native speaker in a proper manner without making the other person uncomfortable.
- You may get to learn a language above the A2 level based on the language you have chosen. Studies have shown that if you are studying French on Duolingo you may be able to get a B2 level in the language.
To know more about the fluency level on Duolingo you must read till the end so that you do not miss any of the important facts related to it. Although we will be discussing it in detail before that let us learn more about the Duolingo platform.
What is Duolingo?
Duolingo is a platform which helps you to learn a new language by sitting at home. On this platform, you have to take a course and follow a new learning path which will help you to learn the language from starting. When you will complete a lesson or a league you will get gems which will help you to unlock a new lesson. Further, you will see a streak score which represents the days taken by you to complete a single lesson. Thus once, you complete a year on the platform, you will be getting the VIP status and unlocking the streak society.
There are many other features like legendary levels, podcasts, stories, timed-challenges, audio lessons, etc that help you to learn a new language. Although it helps you to learn a language, it is important to know the level at which you will be learning it. Therefore further we have discussed how fluent can you become with the help of Duolingo. Duolingo is the best platform which will help you to stay motivated in the language leaning journey.
Can Duolingo make you fluent in the language you have chosen?
Duolingo is a platform on which you can learn different languages through various activities. However, it does not allow you to get an advanced level in the language. You can only get the A1 and A2 levels in the targeted languages. It means that you will only be getting the language till the intermediate level and thus you will not be able to become fluent in the language you have taken.
According to me to become fluent in any of the languages, we need to get into conversation with native speakers. There is no such option on the platform and therefore according to me, you are not able to get fluent in the targeted languages. If you have taken a course which you are not finding worthy, you can always remove the course from your Duolingo. You can also use some other platforms that are good resources to use along with Duolingo. However, you must know what is fluency so that you can decide if it really helps you to become fluent in the language or not.
What is fluency?
According to me, fluency is the ability to have a conversation with the other native person without making any mistakes in it. Thus it is defined as the ability to write and speak the language easily and accurately. If you are able to speak on any of the topics without any hesitation and with full confidence, you can consider yourself to be fluent. You must also not take many pauses between the conversation along with the accent for it.
According to the CEFR, you can check your fluency at different levels from A1 to C2, A1 being the beginner and C2 being the advanced level. You can also take an English test to learn your fluency level in the English language.
Can you actually learn a language on Duolingo?
Duolingo is a platform which helps you to learn a new language. Thus there is no doubt about learning a new language. However, according to me, it will not make you fluent in it. Thus if you are a beginner and want to learn a new language like Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, etc, you must try taking up Duolingo for learning the basics. But again we should not miss that you will only be able to learn the language at the A2 level. Therefore further we will help you to know how much fluent you can become in a language in detail.
How much fluent can you become with Duolingo?
If we consider what level should at least have in a different language to apply to the university or at a particular job, it must be at least B1 or B2 level. Although Duolingo will not help you to get to this level, we have discussed how far will it take you to reach the level. To know it there are different factors that we need to understand-
Duolingo makes sure to do various research in its course. If we talk about Spanish and French (the most popular courses), the research helps to compare the course content with the university courses. They pick up the users who were studying Spanish and French and check their progress in listening, speaking, and reading skills.
With the research, they find that the 5 units on the platform are compared to 4 University semesters. For speaking skills, it was seen that the users were able to get 50% in speaking skills. It means that you can be in a basic conversation with a native speaker.
2. The language selected
There are a lot of languages and it will depend upon the courses you are studying. Again if you are choosing French and are taking all the lessons, stories, podcasts, etc too seriously you may be able to get B2 level. However, if you are taking an Italian or Japanese course (for example), you can only attain an A2 level. It is because the content in the course is less updated and there are not many features like stories for the course. There are courses which have fewer units and thus have fewer legendary levels.
How much XP do you need to become fluent in the language?
Honestly speaking there is no relation between being fluent and an XP score. Your XP score is the representation of how much active you are on Duolingo. It means that even if you are revising the old content by going on the old lessons, you will get some XP. Further, you can also increase your XP by completing a lesson in the Duolingo Happy Hour or by taking up an XP ramp-up to get more XP.
Therefore there is no connection between both them. However, there are people who started feeling confident or we can say fluent when they reached 10000 XP or 15000 XP.
How many crowns are needed to become fluent in the language?
If you are not on the new learning path and are on the Duolingo tree, you may still have the crown system. As there are different crowns, you may start feeling fluent once you get the golden crown. It will help you to regain all the vocabulary and grammar for the language you have chosen.
Will you get fluent in the language once you complete the tree?
If you are on the Duolingo tree and are at the stage of completing it, you may be in doubt about if you can become fluent in the language or not. There are a lot of ways to complete the tree and you will need to take time to complete it. However, it is important to know that you will not be getting the fluent level once you complete the course. Again it will depend upon the course you are taking. If you are taking the French course you may be able to get the B2 level.
Thus we can say that you will not be able to get fluent in the language you are studying. It is very important to know who create the course on Duolingo. Further, we have discussed who created the course on Duolingo for your better understanding.
Are the courses developed by real people?
Courses on Duolingo are developed by real people who are also known as specialists and are native speakers of particular languages. However, you must know that these courses were earlier developed as a part of the Duolingo incubator, which was a voluntary program. At that time people on their own will created various courses and help the goal of making people educated in the targeted language. However, in 2021 this program was closed because the people were not getting paid and Duolingo itself was making money out of it.
Duolingo is a platform on which you can learn different languages with the help of different activities. However, if you are also thinking of learning a new language on Duolingo, you might want to know if you can become fluent in Duolingo or not. Generally, Duolingo does not allow you to become fluent in the language. However, it will allow you to get A1 or A2 level in the language. Further, you may also get a grade higher than it if you are studying the French course. Also, you must remember that there is no connection between the XP and the fluency level.
Can Duolingo get you to B2?
Currently, the courses on the platform are developed at a level of A1 or A2 except for French courses. However, the team of Duolingo is regularly working on creating the course at a level of B2 which is further sharable with the employers.