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Welcome to Duolingo! (Tour for Newbies)

Hi everyone! If you're new to Duolingo and can't find your way around, well here's more or less a walkthrough of the major features on Duolingo. I hope you find this useful and are able to use this great site more easily and effectively!

This is basically what your window will look like when you login:

home

The following images give you a brief description of the features on this page:

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<h1>Markup</h1>

If you want to mark up your posts to discussions, like apply bold and so on, use the following before and after the word or phrase:

  • For Bold, use **

  • For Italics, use *

  • For Bold Italics, use ***

Other Markup Syntax

  • For unordered lists, like the one above use - or a single * followed by a space before each line.

For Example:

- First

- Second

- Third

Produces:

  • First
  • Second
  • Third
  • For ordered lists, just start with the number followed by a period, e.g. 1.

For Example:

1. First

2. Second

3. Third

Produces:

  1. First
  2. Second
  3. Third
  • To add a link, do it thus [alternate text](link)

For example: [AyePete](AyePete) produces AyePete

  • For an image its about the same thing, but a little different: ![alternate text](image link)

For example:

![Example](http://i.imgur.com/FqCm3F5.png) Produces: Example

  • For headers, prepend the heading line with 1 to 6 # signs depending on the level of heading you want.

For example:

#Heading 1

Produces:

<h1>Heading 1</h1>
  • To indent, prepend the line with a number of > signs, also depending on the depth of indenting you want.

For example,

>Example

Produces:

Example

  • To escape a markup character, use backslash, like this: \[

For Example, \[ produces [

  • You can also escape a markup character by placing ticks (`) before and after the phrase.

For example:

`*Example*` produces *Example*

PS: Everyone is welcome to share any tip they may have found useful on DL!

Duolingo uses Markdown as its markup language ;).

December 24, 2013

59 Comments


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

This is fantastic!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

Images won't load for me.


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

WOW. That's serious. I can see the images here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

OK. I can see the image of the homepage, but not the others.


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

Can you see the second one now?


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

I see no images. I believe the issue is with using Dropbox. (Maybe try something like imgur to host them for free?)


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

\1. For unordered lists, like the one above use - or a single * followed by a space before each line. After two consecutive newlines (press twice enter) before the first item of the list and one newline between items.
2. New paragraph: two consecutive newlines (press twice enter)
3. Newline without creating a new paragraph: two consecutive spaces then newline.

Some other discussions about markup syntax:
- http://www.duolingo.com/comment/895821
- http://www.duolingo.com/comment/781395


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

I'm not new and I still learned a lot. Thank you. Here.s lingot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mGonz96

I love BOLD, thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Life.sux

I think it is different formatting now. so it didn't help much


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

Indeed. This seems to apply to an earlier version of DL on a PC. And I got to this page by a link in a discussion of a question - I have no idea where DL hides useful Support material like this.


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

Go to http://duolingo.wikia.com for generally more up to date stuff. :)


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

Just wanted to give folks a heads up, if you're on beta layout, you will not likley be able to see the images right now. And, it might come and go as staff works on the test design.

Sorry for any inconvenience. With great test group powers, comes great effort to improve and all the stages along the way. ;)


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

Thanks! That explains things a lot!


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

Hi, everyone. The images have been fixed. I have changed the host from Dropbox to imgur. Thanks, chcameron! :)


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

WOW. I've been trying to find out how to do the mark-ups in the comments section since I've first joined (I think last year), and only managed to find out how to do italics. Haha. THIS IS AWESOME. Thank you for your help (and for the person who gave this link in the first place hehe). Here's some lingots from me to you with all my gratitude! <3


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

¡Gracias! Merci Beaucoup!


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

Great guide! One tiny clarification:

For example: [AyePete](AyePete) produces AyePete

This will actually produce broken links from pages that are not in the root directory.

You need the reference / at the beginning of the second tag for links from discussions otherwise you will end up at https://www.duolingo.com/comment/markkore (which is broken) instead of https://www.duolingo.com/markkore

Use this syntax [markkore](/markkore) to create valid links to user profiles.

I linked to this guide from the Platinum Tree Discussion: Gain FLOW & skill using the timed practice power-up, backspace fix and userscripts. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6231894


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

Ah, right. Thanks.


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

@Pete, that's so nice! I'm sure the newbies will appreciate it. :D


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

Btw, I was waiting for you in the 6th Gift's discussion: Here, have 10 Lingots! :D Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël und Frohe Weihnachten! :D


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

WOOOOOOOOW! TEN lingots! DANKE SCHÖN! MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS! MERCI BEAUCOUP! xD


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

Haha! Don't be so surprised! You know we are friends :D


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

Ha! Yeah, you're a good friend. A Friend in d need! ;)


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

Can you embed videos?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria_321-

You said you can search for people by their username. Does that still work? I don't see that option on my desktop


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

Hi Maria_321-,

I was still able to use the search feature. I've taken a screenshot and posted it here: https://i.imgur.com/YdWbEWC.png

The search feature is located on the website's Home tab. I located the feature by looked at the right side of the page while scrolling down. It was under the leaderboard. I hope this helps! :)


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

Right... Working on the others...


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

Sorry for the hassles, guys, the page is still under construction. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Podus
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It's still useful though, especially the Markup stuff. I've happily donated a Lingot further up in the discussion for all your time and effort :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/856pm

The 2nd now shows.


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

Thanks. All done!


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

Nailed it - Gracias Ayepete.


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

Very nice to do this, but all new members have the new UI. Might want to update for any changes


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

Yeah. I have seen the new UI. I think the basics are still the same. However, there's no Vocabulary section. That's a downer for me.


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

Anyone know why the vocab section was removed? I don't have it either ... is the idea to create a certain learning environment?


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

The vocab feature is getting upgraded. It will return. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

yesterday, I saw the images on my tablet. now on the desk top no images. What am I doing wrong?


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

I am experiencing the same problem. I think it's a DL glitch or sth. Hopefully, it'll be resolved soon. Look at Usagiboy's comment.


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

I can't see the images :(


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

I wish we could bookmark comments and discussions; would be nice to have this one always handy. Thanks!


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

For the time being you can bookmark it into your browser.


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

Hi. How's the DL going?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xyphax
  • practicing formatting
  • a second time
  • and a third!

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

Just practicing http links, trying to overcome a difficulty of displaying side-by-side versions of the bible.

.

http://mobile.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1:1-58=NR1994;NKJV

Google

.

this displays the two versions of the bible side by side

  • this is a manual workaround
  • it works on my desktop if I copy it into firefox manually

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+1:1-5&\version=NIV,NR1994

.

this displays only first versions of the bible side by side

  • but the same thing in a link click here
  • duo seems to change what I copied in to

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+1:1-5&%02klzzwxh:0003%03ersion=BULG,NIV

.

ASCII code

  • now I know that %02 and %03 are ASCII code for start text and stop text, respectively.
  • and if I backslash a couple of characters an intersting pattern deveops:

try for three:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalms+42:7-8&\version=NIV,NR1994,KJV

.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiFicreator45

let me try test 1 test 2 test 3 it works!!!

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