https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis

6 Holiday Gifts from Duolingo

You asked us for quite a few features this past year... and we listened :)

Duo has wrapped 6 surprise gifts for you this holiday season. Can you guess what they are?

Stay tuned as we unveil each one throughout December!

December 5, 2013

120 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olimo

Blue is for Incubator, obviously - I guess the ability to add English to [language] will be added.

Green is for Android. I hope iOS will have something new, too, as they go hand in hand now, both iOS and Android apps are approximately the same.

Red is for lingots. New stuff to shop for? That's cool!

Dark-green for some added settings... could it be customized practice?!

I fail to guess what grey is for... and yellow with stars - maybe this is for new web version design that has been mentioned a few times?

Anyway, I'm excited :-)

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aglb100

Grey looks like a whistle- maybe a new kind of test?

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/porquepuedo

I thought the grey one was toiletpaper, thank you for letting me un-see it :)

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olimo

Oh, really. New timed practice?

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I was thinking it looked like a whistle too until someone did something in Immersion and their puzzle piece, while not gray, had the same shape. hrm... but, with the gray off color, it's more likely a whistle.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessamator

Indeed, I think it is safe to assume that it may be some form of game/competition. Whistles are generally associated with competitions involving more than one person. So I'm 99% certain it is the hack-a-thon multiplayer timed practice or something related to it.

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/porquepuedo

I had completely forgotten about the multiplayer. I really want to play with other people! :O

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vindalf

I hope so but I am inclined to believe wonderboy6

December 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brightgoth

It would be so much fun if we were able to play against other people. I hope that is what it is.

December 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/livsoccer02

I think it was timed practice!

January 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

Grey is revision to the current speed practie hopefully ^^

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hodgebergs

I think that the dark green is the new interface that Duolingo will be implementing ;)

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/asdafasfsafsa

Same here :)

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

I think that's yellow.

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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ahh I did not even see the wrapping paper! Nice observation!

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olimo

I didn't think about them at first, but then I noticed the blue Incubator eggs :-)

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alsocass

Yellow stars - It will be to do with levels (maybe over 25) or advanced.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pada.online

Stars might represent the score of your certificates on your profile.

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

Definitely not. I don't think they have any intention of making that possible.

December 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sommerlied

Maybe the dark-green settings box will solve the language direction issue, where you have to go to the settings each time you want to use a different base language? :D Would be a good preparation for all those upcoming incubator courses :D

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Druckles

Grey is for review, the ability to review our answers in timed practice.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbraxunsIllusion

Maybe the starts mean a new point system or something :/ no idea.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RafalLuczak

customized practice would be AWESOME!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/underwood.jones

If blue is English to [language] in the incubator...I hope it's opened first! :D I can't wait!! Who says growing up means Christmas has to be boring, eh?

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elizabeth0

Customized practices? That would be awesome!! I hope you got that one right! :)

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProfesorAntonnio

Maybe stars mean new rewards... and grey... I see a kind of cups on the box... I don't know.

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SD-77

Those are whistles on the gray box.

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProfesorAntonnio

Oh yes, whistles! I see them now! LOL! For sure they are related to competition!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nateVONgreat

where are these colors from?! everyone says something about colors! i dont see any!

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nateVONgreat

"problem loading page" :(

December 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pada.online

Which Browser are you using?

December 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nateVONgreat

mozilla Firefox! all the way!

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

Not sure if the blue is for English -> [language]. If it's about incubator (very likely to be) then it could be, according to the email I received, also for [One of the 6 already existing non-English languages] -> [One of the 6 already existing non-English languages]. :)

Spanish -> French soon in the Incubator! :) :)

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

applause

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

Dark-green: maybe the possibility to set the interface in the language you want (not only English when you learn from English, French when you learn (English) from French, Spanish when you learn (English) from Spanish, etc.)

December 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

We now know that grey is for the coach (with the whistles).

December 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/makemusic

Woah! Gifts from Duolingo? As if what you have done so far wasn't enough! Another example of Duolingo being over the top. You guys are awesome! :)

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YGlen
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Nuts! Shaking the devices that I use with Duolingo doesn't provide any additional clues.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dnovinc

My guesses are:

  • grey box: redesign of discussion area and/or a way for us to track our comments
  • light green: android reporting facility and/or sentence discussions
  • blue: new incubator courses
  • yellow: review system from hackathon
  • red: some new way to spend lingots
  • dark green: pop up dialog preventing us from accidentally leaving the practice session
December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Markmcopc

The artists are great, here. Such effective use of images to communicate and entertain is a valued part of the experience. This announcement is a good example.

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chumpatrol1

Thanks Duo! I think the dark green will come first, because it is already half open.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arekolek

And "first surprise" text is the same colour :D

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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I can promise you THEY WILL NOT ADD NEW (finished) LANGUAGES! All languages are now added through the incubator. I am hoping for the hackathon projects to be implemented.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkn15

What's "hackathon"? I just started Duolingo recently and I don't know much about it yet.

December 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nkn15

(Again,) Thanks.

December 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miriambouch

So excited!

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ontalor

This might be like the best Christmas ever. Thank you Duolingo!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrben83

The grey whistle could be for the competition mode against online friends?!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wonderboy6

hoping green allows for the discussion threads in-app

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sigmacharding

Estoy seguro que es sobre el Hackathon

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samsta

*Estoy seguro de que.

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

¡Estoy de acuerdo!

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SD-77

¡Yo también!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magiaaron

Sí. Creo que tiene razón.

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soolrak

¿Qué es el Hackathon?

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soolrak

Merci beaucoup, ami :)

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rickvanuden

The light green has something to do with the Android app.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gergoo

open in new tab if i use cmd-click?

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElOtroMiqui

Don't forget the "idiom alert" sign :(

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr.Manhattan95

I don't know about you, but I'm so stoked!

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StuffieStephie

Heck yeah! The first surprise will be on my birthday :D

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gorilla800lbs

Something is wrong with the NUMBER of the gifts. 6? This is less than one for each 12 days of Christmas. Even less than one for each 8 days of Channunah! WHERE ARE OUR GIFTS, DUOLINGO?! :D

(or maybe the remaining presents are 6 bags of coal? ;))

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption

That last comment sounds painfully likely!

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbraxunsIllusion

For me? You shouldn't have.

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/echosongC4

Blue= language incubator-new languages, and one can contribute if he/she is bilingual.

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathan_pietjes

yellow maybe the all time hall of fame?

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mitchell_MT

So Excitited!!! Can't wait!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/corpsy

The dark-green is probably the first one to be released (it's open).

The size probably matter, so the big red gift must be the big changement; but the blue one is suspicious... It can be the full incubator— every languages to every languages, as they said in the past. There are few people working to add languages for now, so this is perhaps a possibility to add more people, hence the small box is justified?

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ichilingo

Well, the one on top is the open one, and probably released first. Maybe how high the boxes are indicates the order released, from top to bottom.

December 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MelissaM1212

12/12 is my birthday. So this will be DuoLingo's present to me!

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProfesorAntonnio

Oh! thank you! I'm expecting some pictures in the sentences which help us to remember the vocabulary!

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/destinywalton_4

this is exciting...what would yellow stand for?

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vedun

Don't be so evil, we can't wait!!! D:< D: :D

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lexlanson

I can't wait! December just got even more exciting! :D

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roddy_

yellow is for more levels?

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ljeanxo

Wooooooo so excited!!!!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tonywangtj

I would bet for tons of new stuff in the Lingot store ;)

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eshaan96

Finally 'practice skill' back on the phone!! ..well hoping :P

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanni8089

Natural voice synthesis!

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ifphigenia

I hope you're right ... sometimes I get things wrong because the voice synthesis is hard to hear. :-)

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaz-91

a new language???!!! :DDDD

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/centime

Unfortunately I don't see any presents under the tree for me :-(

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HittiteKing

cool, i wander what the gifts are!

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HittiteKing

I can't what! this is so exciting! Only 5 more days!

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HittiteKing

it just adds to my christmas presents really!

December 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ddesgagne

Light-green has the Android symbol; maybe additions to the app?

December 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laughalot02

Grey for like timed questions or maybe ore points for speed?

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldfish23

Danke sehr! Es hilfe mein Deutsch Praxis.

December 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sinadincer

to fix android app? Please do that as gift. I can not use android app well.

December 6, 2013

[deactivated user]

    The app on Android has updated today with a completely new design and interface, maybe the same will happen to the main website, much prefer the new layout that's on the app

    December 6, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UnimpressedOwl

    6 days and we will find out the first hidden suprize! I hope the red one is lingots, I can't guess the rest thought!

    December 6, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nickomoknu272

    Does the Green one contain a robot? :?

    December 6, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SongbirdSandra

    Could the Yellow Stars represent 'Favoriting' lessons? Anyway...thank you, DuoLingo! Joyeux Noël. :-)

    December 7, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roi99

    I hope the blue one or the gray one it's the first surprise :) I can't wait :D

    December 7, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MixVas

    Can't wait for something new! Wish a festive mood to all! ;)

    December 7, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/duttagupta35504

    I have no idea what they actually are- but I would be really, really, happy if they implemented the hack-a-thon projects. Preferably the 'chat' function where you can chat with Duolingo in the language you're learning. Maybe you can purchase it with lingots? Duolingo is awesome but I would love the chat as it would give me more practice. Thank you Duolingo for all you've given!

    December 7, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laughalot02

    This is SO cool!!!! I am wondering what the yellow one stands for! Hmmmmmmmm?!?

    December 7, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heardahe

    Actually the green one is about android. red is the biggest so it can be about lingots :) Blue box's cover design looks like an egg maybe it can be a new language:DP no more forecast :D

    December 7, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nohman

    Seeing as I've been thoroughly enjoying Duolingo for the past few months, I can only say I am very excited for these new upcoming features!

    December 7, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Obelloe

    incubator eggs roasting on an open fire.......

    December 8, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vindalf

    I'm hoping one is chatrooms :DD

    December 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/novicplay

    I am looking for them...

    December 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magicschoolbus1

    gray is the Coach

    December 14, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rickvanuden

    I think the blue one will be a new course.

    December 5, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/al.hound

    I hope they improve the android app to a more desktop-like, even though I love the new android interface. And we need more things in the store.

    December 8, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ella246

    >.< Ohh can't wait, Duo does need something new!About time!! :D

    December 8, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prky
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    Unveiling New Duo?

    December 8, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacquesDes

    Let's hope SantaLingo will have mobile vocab trainer apps.

    December 8, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

    maybe discussion possibilities for mobile?

    December 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aaditsingh8

    Whatever the updates are, I'm sure they'd be awesome!!!

    December 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HittiteKing

    Me too!!!!!!!!!! I can't what!!!!

    December 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HittiteKing

    3 days left! can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HittiteKing

    I;m glad it is only two more days for the first one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D

    December 10, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/porquepuedo

    Wait... these features aren't coming out on PC!?

    December 12, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessamator

    I think going by the first gift they unwrapped, this is going from the closest present to the furthest away. So the next one is likely the android gift, and then the stars for the webapp, then something for incubator, lingots, and lastly the "gears of war".

    This gear is interesting, it could be extra functionality or perhaps the much asked "API", though I doubt it. It is most likely some new feature/setting for the webapp, especially because it seems to have the smallest box, and the lingot looking thing has the biggest one.

    Also, I think that given that there are 6 presents and only 2 weeks left this month, there must be 3 on average three presents per week.

    December 14, 2013

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ETIHAN

    how do u get the give lingot thingy

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