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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](https://www.duolingo.com) 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 www.duolingo.com in the URL with a Forward Slash [ / ].


(www.duolingo.com) = (/ )

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


[...](www.duolingo.com/Hyllning) = [...](/Hyllning)
[...](www.duolingo.com/comment/12948453) = [...](/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 ` ?



` 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


Looks like it's working...


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.


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


For your information, your last link labelled 'Hyllning' (The italic text isn't a link!) directs to ' forum.duolingo.com/Hyllning '. I assume you wanted the link ' duolingo.com/profile/Hyllning '. You might want to edit...


And for those who are wondering how you did this: 'Hyllning' (the color without being a link), it's apparently done with this: [Color=LIGHTBLUE]*Hyllning*[/Color]

Subsequent edit: I didn't realize it at the time, but there appears to be a Formatting Guide to Color your Text


The code I actually used was [Color=DEEPSKYBLUE]*Hyllning*[/Color].


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: https://yaytext.com/underline/

Just to see if there was any other way.

i̲t̲'̲s̲ ̲u̲s̲u̲a̲l̲l̲y̲ ̲u̲s̲e̲d̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲h̲y̲p̲e̲r̲l̲i̲n̲k̲s̲.̲
via : https://thejh.net/misc/unicode-underline


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.


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


Woah. That post has 55838 Lingots!


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


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!](https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/12948453)


Also, it could be [Text]() = Text


Thanks for the tip!
After a bit of playing around it looks like an empty link essentially refreshes the page; so if someone wanted to link to this discussion from another one that wouldn't work unfortunately.

P.S. I've since learnt that there's a shortcut, when linking to another discussion within Duo; so the example I gave earlier could be shortened to:

[click here!](12948453)


That is a good explanation AdamKean.

Here is another explanation, that also goes into more detail, in this discussion. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28284738$comment_id=28319880


Thanks, Linda!
Viele Grüße :)


Vielen Dank .. \(•◡•) /


Immer gern :D


For some reason the image thing isn't working.. Here is the image I'm trying to post:

If it shows up now (or it decides to show in the future) then I'll remove this comment..

Edit: Let's see if this works:


I made the same mistake for a while, so don't worry :)

You used the URL of the page where the image was created, but not the image URL. You need to go one step further.
Right click on the image and click on "Open image in new tab". The URL from the newly opened tab is the one you want. A nice way to quickly check if the URL will work is to check if it has an image file ending e.g. ".jpg" for example:



It works! ありがとうございます‼ (Thank you very much)


Das ist sehr gern geschehen (you are more than welcome :)


Haha. Zal ik nog een taal in de mix gooien? (Shall I use another language as well?)

I can understand a bit of written and spoken German. But when I tried to reply to you in German I simply didn't know the words. It is similar to my skills in Frysian.

It is funny how I often forget that the Duolingo forums are also used by those who are learning other languages than Japanese, since it is the only language I learn through Duolingo.

btw, German is on my bucketlist of languages I want to learn. But I still have to recover from the torture of learning languages in high school..


The hardest part of german (in my opinion) are the possessive articles. Other than that it is pretty similar to Dutch, which is my native language. I mainly need to learn the vocabulary and I'll pick up the differences in grammar through experience. Maybe the hardest part is to avoid using sentences like "auf so ein fahrrad"

Some people look at me like I'm crazy for trying to learn a difficult language like Japanese. But my reply is always the same. I don't learn a language because it is easy. I do it because it is challenging.


Zal ik nog een taal in de mix gooien?

Shall I throw another language in the mix?
Soll ich noch eine Sprache ins Tal/Gespräch geben/werfen?

I can understand a bit of written and spoken German. But when I tried to reply to you in German I simply didn't know the words. It is similar to my skills in Frysian.

I can sort of get that with Dutch, but really only with written Dutch, I can't understand a word they say! xP

It is funny how I often forget that the Duolingo forums are also used by those who are learning other languages than Japanese, since it is the only language I learn through Duolingo.

Yep, same with me and German :P

btw, German is on my bucketlist of languages I want to learn. But I still have to recover from the torture of learning languages in high school..

Yeah, I love it, but it's not an easy language to learn. However, that's only really from our (native English) perspective, and in comparison with languages like French, Spanish and Italian. If you're learning Japanese, then German should be a breeze! :D


You told to delete it!











Duolingo Text Editor

A browser extension that provides easy and fast editing and formatting of comments or posts on Duolingo.

Chrome extension
Firefox add-on

This is cool

Very cool


Wow, this is very helpful!!


Oh my gosh!!! This was super helpful, Hylling! Thank you so much! Now I can make beautiful Forums thanks to you! ;)


happy lingots lets try to give people lingots :)


omg it worked!!!!! Thank you soooo much!!


You must be enjoying a lot of lingots. Thanks.



I'm really happy! :)


To quote Hyllning:

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

So upload the file to a site like Imgur, and then right-click on your image within Imgur and select Copy image address. If you paste that where you previously had the file path to your image (i.e. ![](here)), we should be able to see your picture.


![](Screenshot 2021-03-29 at 4.10.43 PM.png)


I believe the code you wanted is [Duolingo](www.duolingo.com)















Thank you so much

Link testing

Ayşedeniz - Libertango

It works! Thank you!


K it worked. thx

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