Idea for the Duolingo store
Wouldn't it be cool if there was the option to buy a little statue once you've finished a tree? I know I would buy them. It's a literal trophy for all of the work that you've put in. The price could be, like, $5 maybe?
Also, how about printable certificates for finishing the tree? We don't have those currently, but it wouldn't be too hard to implement.
What do you think? Upvote if you want this to happen as bad as me!
I like the statue idea, maybe have two types, one that is a little Duo owl with the appropriate scarf around his neck which can sit proudly on your desk and the other a bit larger in size made of that 'stress release' rubbery plastic so you can squeeze it or throw it against the wall when the going gets tough ;)
I love the printable certificate idea! Maybe with an option to print it yourself for free, or pay a little something to get it printed and mailed it to you.
IMO bad idea. For few reasons. Here you have two major issues: -Selling stuff is troublemaker, you need to find way to provide statue to every place in the world. Good luck! -Printable certificates? Hell no, Duo is trying to become major certification centre, cheaper then others and more accessibly for people from poor/developing countries. "Pay 50USD [if I am not wrong] and get certification". Free certification would make unnecessary confusion.
I understand where you are coming from and you are right. But anyone with access to Duolingo could download these and print them out. And they wouldn't be a certificate of fluency, but merely a commemorative reminder of the part Duolingo played in your language learning journey. By no means are we saying that by finishing the tree are we fluent in another language but this would be the certificate you would get after you finish the tree.