Duolingo - Formatting Guide

Duolingo - Formatting Guide



Regular ¹

Italic Text:
*Text* becomes Text

Bold Text:
**Text** becomes Text

Bold & Italic Text:
***Text*** becomes Text

Strikethrough Text:
~~Text~~ becomes Text

Code-Breaking ²

Code-Block Text:
`Code` becomes Code

Backslash Text:
\Code becomes Code

  • ¹ If you'd like to have a space between formatted text, just close off the symbols and start again where you want to have it.
  • ² For where it says "code", you will need to substitute your code (including symbols).


Line Spacing:

There are two types of spacing that you can use between lines of text or images.

Double Spacing

A very common way of spacing. Press the [Enter] key twice³ after a line of text / code. This should result in a blank space between your next line of text / code; this is how it will appear in final form as well.
Enter + Enter


Test I

Test II

Single Spacing

Single Spacing is what you'd use to have text right underneath the previous line. Press the [Space Bar] twice, or have two spaces after your text, and then click [Enter]. That will result in no space between the two lines of text.
Space + Space + Enter


Test I
Test II

³ You must press [Enter] twice, if you press it once it will not create a space.



Titles are often used at the beginning of Discussion posts and at starts of segments in posts.

Title No. I:


Title No. II:


Title No. III:


Title No. IV:


Title No. V:



To make a Quote, you'll need to use [>]⁴ for each one that you would like to create. You can make it one line, continuous, or nested (see below).

Basic Quote



> Quote

(If you only want a quote in a line and want the next line to be normal, just don't use the [>] in the next line)

Continuous Quoting

This is what you would use for multiple lines (each with quotes) in a single paragraph, forming a nice, clean, uniform line.

Line I

Line II

Line III


> Line I

> Line II

> Line III

and so on..

Embedded Quoting

Embedded quoting is what you would use if you'd like to have quotes inside another. In order to do this, you'll need to increase the number of [>] by one for each line you want to embed.

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3


>Test 1

>>Test 2

>>>Test 3

and so on..

⁴ On some platforms, your [>] could not show up. Just edit your post by replacing those again and it should fix to become correct quotes.


Used for organization and for listing items.


  • Text
  • Text


* Text

* Text

and so on..


Same thing as embedded quotes, but for bullets instead. The number of spaces before each point is crucial for this. Basically, each new Main Point needs to start with [ - ] and every embedded bullet thereafter needs FOUR spaces for each layer (2nd layer needs EIGHT, 3rd needs TWELVE, etc.) followed by an asterisk ( * ) and yet another space before your actual text. For another main point, just start the line off with [ - ].

  • Main Point
    • Test 1
      • Test 2
        • Test 3
    • Test 4
      • Test 5


- Main Bullet

[4 spaces]* Test 1

[8 spaces]* Test 2

[12 spaces]* Test 3

[4 SPACES]* Test 4

[8 SPACES]* Test 5

and so on..


For automatically numbered bullets, the first line must be pre-numbered. Type [1.] (and your text) for the first line, then every line after that, you'll only need to type [-] for it to number itself. Just an easy shortcut.

  1. Test 1

  2. Test 2

  3. Test 3


1. Test 1

- Test 2

- Test 3

and so on...

Separator Lines:

Used a lot for organization in Discussion posts.

There are multiple codes for Separator Lines, [ - - - ] is one you can use. Just make sure to use it in its own line.


- - -




Basic Link
[Name of URL Displayed](URL Link)

[Duolingo]( becomes Duolingo

  • You can always just use the regular URL Link, if you'd like, but this is how to name and hyperlink them.

Duolingo Linking

Duolingo Links are the same as regular links, but replacing in the URL with a Forward Slash [ / ].


( = (/ )

You can use these with Duolingo pages, just start with [ / ] before your "link text".


[...]( = [...](/Hyllning)
[...]( = [...](/comment/12948453)


A simple way to show images in Discussions.

  • Use image links that have .png, .jpg, .gif, etc. in their URL. You cannot use images from your computer, you'll need a link.

![](URL of image)

"ALT" Text
!["ALT TEXT"](Image's URL)

[!["ALT TEXT"](Image's URL)](Redirect URL)
[![](Image's URL)](Redirect URL)



⁵ The "Redirect URL" is the link that you want the image to go to when clicked.

How It Looks..




- Hyllning

January 16, 2016


Thank you very much for sharing all of these extremely helpful tips with everyone on Duolingo! I'm sure you enjoy your 2174 lingots from doing this. You certainly deserve them.

I gave you a lingot, by the way.

However, I have one question.

What if you want to start a line with ` ?

September 3, 2018


` If that worked, then what you need to do is:

\ `

My illustration doesn't seem to be working so I'll try it another way:

backslash + aforementioned symbol
\backward apostrophe

September 3, 2018

Looks like it's working...

September 5, 2018
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What a great question ISpeakAlien, and a great and also timely response. AdamKean.

Just because terminology can matter, I feel the need to elaborate that when used as a code, in programming, the name often used to refer to this mark is the backtick. In grammar, it is often referred to as the grave accent.

Yet I agree, it appears very similar to the backward apostrophe key.

Again, thank you for this discussion.

Also, just to mention, there have been some updates over the years to how the markdown code works here on Duolingo.
If you could be interested, it can be worthwhile to check out the uptodate reference of markdown code at :
[Guide] Formatting in Duolingo.

December 7, 2018

Thank you for your kind words and the useful information :)

December 8, 2018

haven't seen a single post with over 2000 lingot. here will become a sacred place

January 11, 2019

Thank you!

November 5, 2018
This is cool

Very cool

November 5, 2018

Underlines, anyone?

January 16, 2019
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Markdown in Duolingo syntax does not have underlines.

Perhaps because:

it's usually used for hyperlinks.
i͢t͢'s͢ u͢s͢u͢a͢l͢l͢y͢ u͢s͢e͢d͢ f͢o͢r͢ h͢y͢p͢e͢r͢l͢i͢n͢k͢s͢.͢

The typing above was created by copy and paste from and editor at:

Just to see if there was any other way.

i̲t̲'̲s̲ ̲u̲s̲u̲a̲l̲l̲y̲ ̲u̲s̲e̲d̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲h̲y̲p̲e̲r̲l̲i̲n̲k̲s̲.̲
via :


If you are interested, this link takes you to my more formal reply in the Duolingo discussion forum referencing this workaround to do an underline.

February 18, 2019

Wow, this is very helpful!!

April 15, 2019

Basic Link Name of URL Displayed I am still confused about linking

May 3, 2019

Okay, say you want to write a comment on another thread in Duo that says click here! and links to this page; you would copy the URL from this discussion and then type the following:

[click here!](

May 3, 2019
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That is a good explanation AdamKean.

Here is another explanation, that also goes into more detail, in this discussion.$comment_id=28319880

May 3, 2019

Thanks, Linda!
Viele Grüße :)

May 3, 2019
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Vielen Dank .. \(•◡•) /

May 3, 2019

Immer gern :D

May 3, 2019
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