Why isn't Duolingo introducing these ideas?

There are a lot of ideas to improve Duolingo by other users, that got a lot of "likes", but were not introduced.

  1. Stop time after having answered in Timed Practice (gio.89)

  2. Bring Duels Back (Bob.Stewart)

  3. I would like to practice this more button (AGrey)

  4. New kind of question--using only language being learned (mlongori)

  5. Badge showing mother tongue (javiersfz)

  6. More effective progress bar (andrew974v)

  7. Possibility to improve old courses (andrew974v)

  8. Grammar tips and notes section in the mobile app (munderlohsean)

  9. Hours spent on language (letprado)

  10. Pen pals (pSeb287)

  11. Advanced Language Trees (CJRMartin)

  12. Possibility to correct your mistakes (Vedun)

  13. New items in the Lingot store (andrew974v)

  14. Lingot challenges, Betting on lingots with your friends and New items in the lingot store (Mr.Aaren)

  15. Possibility to choose a cretain practice field (Translation, Understanding, Speaking ...) (andrew974v)

I know the Duolingo team is always pretty busy, but this is just a list of really cool ideas, that haven't been introduced yet.

If you have more ideas write them into the comments and give this (or the original posts) an upvote , if you like the ideas .

December 11, 2015


I would like both male and female "teachers". There are some concepts that are better demonstrated by alternating male and female prospective. For example sono Italiano/sono italiana changes depending on the sex of the speaker.

December 12, 2015

Good idea.

December 12, 2015

You're a got introduces....

December 31, 2016

Yes!!!! Especially nine, that would be really cool!!! The other ones I really miss, love, or can only dream of would be the pen pal, stopping time when you comment in timed practice, and listening stuff.

December 12, 2015

Love some of these ideas! I even might have suggested one or two. An advanced Danish tree would be great! And I do understand why such a project does not pick up on most good ideas. I have worked on projects that were perhaps somewhat analogous to Duolingo, if at a much more modest scale. Every staff meeting and every focus group with users generated many good, exciting ideas for what we could do. The challenge always was to choose from among the many good ideas and the very few that delivered the most value and that opened the possibility for further development. So, I am completely understand why Duolingo might be, shall we say, "minimalistic" about adding features. This said, I just don't know enough to be able to figure out the strategic thinking behind where Duolingo seems to be concentrating its developmental energy. Anyone have any wisdom about that?

December 13, 2015

Many of these ideas have been tried and tested, and Duo was not happy with the results. Many of them may simply not be worth the time, effort, and money it takes to implement them, in Duo's mind. Duo is not a democracy, and does not base business decisions on the number of 'likes' something gets. With tens of millions of users, Duo simply can't explain the reasoning behind every decision it makes, nor is it obligated to do so. To be frank, not all of the ideas you list are "really cool." Do some research and you'll see that duelling was eliminated because many of us, well, hated it, and Duo admitted that it was introduced without enough forethought and testing.

December 11, 2015

Yeah, but you have to admit that new items in the lingot store would be pretty good (lingots would be more useful). Also it is really annoying if you can not see what mistakes you have made in timed practice. Furthermore 3., 4., 5., 12. and 15. are also very good ideas. PS: I didn't experience duelling and it sounded like a exiting feature. PPS: Duolingo is not obligated to introduce a new feature but if a post that suggest it gets many upvotes the chance rises that it will be introduced at a certain point.

December 11, 2015

Dueling was an "exiting feature", and that's why it exited. ; )

December 12, 2015

December 11, 2015

Richard is my surname. I don't have much choice in being a Richard.

December 13, 2015

They have to prioritize things, and not every idea is worth the $ or time involved to roll it out. Their programming isn't crowd-sourced but costs real time and money.

I'm sure before anything gets implemented they do a business case study and after that an AB test. To be implemented it would need to pass both thresholds.

December 11, 2015

The title is more like a rhetorical question.I know the Duolingo team is always pretty busy and that they can not introduce every idea, but with a little bit luck some of this ideas could be introduced.

December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

I would like to see an option to increase the frequency of a specific kind of question, or a practice session only using one type of question.

Specifically, I would like the option of practicing the questions that have you verbally translate an English sentence to whatever language you are practicing.

December 14, 2015

Pretty cool for you (and others) but presumably not for Duo!

December 11, 2015

I think differently. Incredible streak by the way.

December 11, 2015

I really hope all of those ideas get added! Sadly, Duolingo thinks it's better to remove than add features, so they're probably not coming soon, if ever. But hopefully, Duolingo will care about its users and start adding at least 2 features per feature removed. What would be even better is for Duolingo to stop removing features. Also, please add return of Activity Streams and Immersion to the list.

June 25, 2017

Stories were cool. I finished all in German, but they haven't added in months. And they aren't available in all languages

June 7, 2019
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