https://www.duolingo.com/RLaurier

If you have spare lingots (no, I'm not asking for any, I have plenty)...

...don't forget to buy the Christmas skills while you can if you have any interest in them. Most of us who have been doing Duolingo for a while have more lingots than we'll ever spend, so I thought I'd post this for anyone who doesn't know that the Christmas skills are only available for a short time (or that they're available now, as of this writing).

Students who have reached the required checkpoint for each language which offers the Christmas skills can get them in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and German. I myself would have forgotten about this entirely had I not seen the thread at https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12297066 - hence, my friendly reminder. I would have been seriously irritated at myself for a full year had I missed out.

And for those who celebrate Christmas, I wish you all a merry one.

Cheers!

RLaurier

December 13, 2015

60 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jovanuno

Thanks for the reminder!! I feel there should be a message sent to those who want reminders so they have time to level up and save up the 30 lingots for this, especially to those new to DuoLingo. I missed the entire window last year not knowing when it was available!. Thankfully, this year I finally have my Christmas skills to learn in my target language and leveled up in time in my "reverse" tree to also get the Christmas skill going from Spanish to English.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrevorKnorpp

nice b8 m8 i r8 8/8

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IceDemonSlayer

is there a way to get lingots faster i only have a few cause i just started playing

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ofred19

Once you hit level 15 for the translation tier that's a fairly easy way to get them. They removed the streak bonuses, but hitting new levels will get you lingots fast enough. There's also streak wagers. There are so few things to do with lingots that you'll find earning them becomes a lot less important as you go along.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

I still have the streak bonus.

I think it was an a/b test for a while... though I thought that the test had ended and they had decided to give everyone the bonus?

Have a look in the lingot store - at the bottom, it says how you can earn lingots, and see whether it mentions something about keeping a streak for 10 days or not.

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IceDemonSlayer

except the bonus skills

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/awesomekitty101

thanks but i only have 12 at the moment because i stupidly spent them on flirting

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebM9

Hey! you also learn words from it. You do not need to use it as intended

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wj677

Thanks for the reminder. If anyone would like to "buy" the Christmas skills but doesn't have the required number of lingots, just message me as I have thousands I will never use and happy to help.

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BlackBelt2.0

Hi, could I have a few?? I don't have nearly enough... :/ Thanks for the generous offer!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebM9

I only have seven, I think I need some more

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SufficientGrace

I'm not sure how to message you, so I'm posting here. I would love to have 18 if you can still spare a few. Those Christmas skills would be nice to have :) Thank you!

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/awesomekitty101

meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

December 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IceDemonSlayer

thank you, whoever gave me the lingots it is much appreciated.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnnyDias28

good luck in german it is a very good lauguage

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/IceDemonSlayer

thanks what are you learning?

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnnyDias28

French and portugese

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ThomasTarr1

I appreciate the notice. I was totally unaware of the Christmas bonus skill!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/alenamoltasova

thank you, i didn't even know it exists;-)

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannah470389

Dad, please may i have some Lingots for the Christmas skills please :)

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Chimbre

There you go Han tan :) Keep up the good work!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ReynaAvelyn2901

Sweet Mother Theresa on the hood of a Mercedes-Benz, thank you to those who gave me Lingots. I like, 40+ more. That's more than enough. Thank you so much.

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doctorbird

Thanks I got them. Feliz navidad!

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones

They'll go away? What's the logic in that?

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

The Christmas skills are only during the Christmas season. They go away shortly afterward and the ability to buy them comes a year later when it's the Christmas season again.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones

Okay, so that's how they work, thanks. Again though, why? What is the advantage of restricting access to this content that has been already created anyway? Seems more like an inconvenience for users than anything else.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

You have a point. But I suppose it's made to seem like a novelty. Plus, I don't think anybody whether they have the skill or not is looking to study the skill a while away from Christmas. But then again, if companies make a profit on Black Friday, why don't they keep those prices all year round? In the end the market wants what the market wants.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones

I guess something like that has to be it. And you raise a good point with the timing and the interest.

But I can't stop myself from pointing out that the Black Friday analogy does not work when Duolingo is a completely free product. :D

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hojinkie

But the skill is not. ;) I agree it doesn't completely apply.

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones

Hahaa, true! Lingots are a form of currency after all. You got me on that one. :D

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MabusTheGreat

Thank you for mentioning which languages it's available for. I was going to wait until next year to start the German course, but I'll start now just for the Christmas skill.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/awesomekitty101

did any of you give me lingots because i went from 18 to 40 in a couple minutes and bought the Christmas one

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlotte-Brony

What are the Christmas skills? :/ LOL, I'm kinda new.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Bonus skills with extra vocabulary related to Christmas.

I've never done one myself but I imagine they will have words such as "Christmas", "elf", "reindeer", "mistletoe", or the like.

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlotte-Brony

Ah, okay. Thanks!!

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doctorbird

No elf, no reindeer, and no mistletoe

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PlatoFunFactory

Thanks for the reminder!

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Harriadon

Do the Christmas skill set have any funny sayings (french please)?

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Margaret585145

Thanks very much! That was fun!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ReynaAvelyn2901

Thanks. I totally have to work overtime then. New as I am, I spent mine in Idioms and Flirting. Haha. Must. Earn. More. Lingots.

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slatour

Thanks for listing the languages! I was debating whether I should start Irish and Italian to grab them. Looks like it's just Italian for now!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

I'm kind of like you! I think I will eventually do Italian, so I just want to start it now just to grab the Christmas bonus and not have to wait so long for it to reappear again. But I already have too many languages and I don't want to confuse myself.

Granted, I can just get Italian now with the Christmas bonus, and leave it alone till I am ready next year. Oh the decisions! I'll likely wait till the next holiday season.

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slatour

That might be smarter- by the time I finish German and Spanish it will probably be next year anyway!

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/earlymauvs

I knew that it would be available only for a period of time that's why I did not hesitate to buy it. Yay for me! Ha! Ha! But wait, I only have 1 space left for an extra skill. If I buy another one and then a new skill is available (let's say Summer themed one), would I be able to unequip an old skill and equip the *Summer one?

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

So far, I haven't seen other bonus skills with other languages yet. I assume that if there's a fourth bonus skill, a fourth space will pop up.

I also noticed that the language trees are specific with the language. For instance, with the Spanish tree, you can purchase bonuses immediately. But the newest version of the German tree (which I have), the bonuses are locked till you complete a certain number of courses. This is why I assume each tree is really customizable, and a fourth slot can open up if necessary.

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/commedown

I only have 21 at the moment so let's start the grind. Can someone tell me what's the best way to get lingots (sorry for the newbie question)?

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

I would say: studying.

2 lingots for every skill completed adds up after a while - though how quickly you can finish skills depends on how much repetition you need.

Also, the "double or nothing" wager can be useful (pay 5 lingots, get 10 back after a week if you managed to study every day) and the streak-related rewards if you have them - check your lingot store to see whether it mentions 1 lingot for 10 days in a row, 2 for 20 in a row and so on.

Especially at higher streak lengths (e.g. 25 lingots once you've had 250 days in a row) that starts to get significant. You'll have lingots coming out of your ears by then.

Also, Adjack is giving away 50 lingots each to the first 57 to comment on his post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12072542 . Post a comment there indicating you would like some as well - I think there haven't been 57 requests yet.

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/commedown

Thanks for the reply! Guys I'm blown away by this support, thanks for the lingots, it's sure as hell nice to be part of such a supportive community! Now onto the christmas vocab!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xantonio88x

Spent my lingots on a quiz not realising the Christmas module would become available.

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/A.H.14

thanks for that! :)

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Julia.Rose.1114

There should be a reminder (great idea :D. I only have 9 lingot's right now, how long does this Christmas option usually last?

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

I had the same question and got a couple of responses here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12339277

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Julia.Rose.1114

Thanks so much :D

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lariifariii

Oh thanks for reminding me! :) May i have some Lingots for the Christmas skills too? Please, would be a nice duolingo christmas present ;)

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Ask on Adjack's post -- see my comment to commedown further up for a link :) He's handing out lingots in sets of 50.

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lariifariii

thank you very much!! Danke! Das waren frohe Weihnachten! :)

January 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Michele129966

The Christmas skills was a lot of fun! Thanks for the reminder about it!

December 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/a4ablackwell

thanks for reminding us, it is a bit silly how you have to pay for the bonus skills because if you have just started and you want to learn a bit about Christmas in french then you can't because you can't afford it so then you have to wait another year.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ClionaJoyce

Anyone need lingots? comment for them

December 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CalebM9

I'd love some

December 19, 2015
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