Welcome to Duolingo Cupcake303!
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Here are some lingots to help you get started! ^_^
You are very generous Usagi. And I will contribute to this generous display with another five lingots :)
Keep this up and Cupcake303 is going to have more lingots than me! I'll contribute one to that cause.
Me and my 21 lingots are also curious ;) I might have to check out that lingot giveaway contest.
It is rather easy to get a lot of lingots, assuming you are already fluent in two existing languages. You can just go through the language, and easily blast through most sections earning lingots as you go. In fact, the more languages you are doing, the easier it is to get lingots, the other simpler method, is to keep a nice streak going. Since you've obtained a streak of 149, and have earned more than 40 lingots just for keeping that streak.
Aside from that, now we earn lingots whenever our uploaded articles are upvoted. I've personally received an excess of 70 lingots, for nothing other than uploading an article that is perceived as simple, and interesting.
Hi Cupcake303, welcome to Duolingo. The general discussions aren't very well suited to these kind of posts; posts to say 'hello' are probably better reserved for a specific users' stream. For an overview of where to post what, see this guide.
Good luck with your language studies!