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

Holiday Bonus Skills

[UPDATE: 12/16/16 Due to performance issues, we'll have to roll these skills back today :( Sorry the Holiday Bonus Skills were so short-lived everyone!]

It's the holiday season, and many of you may be thinking about cookies, presents and snow this time of year.

Check out our seasonal bonus skills in the Lingot Store. Inject some wintery phrases into your Duolingo lessons and learn about holiday traditions in other cultures.

The Holiday Bonus Skill is available for learners of Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian and English for a limited time. While you're there, check out "Flirting" and "Idioms" too!

More surprises coming soon : )

December 15, 2016

94 Comments


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

Does your update mean the Christmas bonus skill is being rolled back for a day or two while you fix the performance issues, or rolled back until next December?

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermione256

It means we don't even get them this year either. :,(

December 18, 2017

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

Ughhhhh

December 23, 2017

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

Did someone who works at Duolingo say this? Or was it just a random user?

December 24, 2017

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

I've been waiting for almost a year to get this third bonus skill and now you're saying that we have to wait another year before we can access it again?

Here's what you should do:

1) Stop restricting it to a limited period around Christmas time and allow people to learn it whenever they want.

2) Go to 1

December 22, 2016

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

Are you bringing it back this year (2017)??

I've been checking diligently for 2.5 weeks!!!

Please bring it back!

December 18, 2017

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

I need to delete cookies again?

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ausaf5

Any chance we'll get Christmas Bonus skill this year, in 2017? I have been waiting for it eagerly since almost a year now.

December 19, 2017

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

I've been waiting since 15! Didn't have enough lingots then. 16 wasn't available. Hopefully for 17!

December 19, 2017

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

"More surprises coming soon"? Does that mean you are actually going to make lingots have some use?

December 15, 2016

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

Hopefully...

January 25, 2017

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

Anything for 2017 yet? Its December 18th!

December 18, 2017

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

HelpfulDuo,

Have the bonus skills(*) been put back?

(*) at least the non-"time of the year" dependent

[25/01/2017]

January 25, 2017

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

I'm so excited for everything that it's to come, but please if you have a plan to bring Christmas bonus skill back, please hurry at least i have lingdots for Spanish and want to collect for Portuguese too if there will be any :D. It will be great during celebration time :) :D

December 20, 2016

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

you got 100 lingots? on this reply?

December 20, 2016

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

yes i got them, i have now 128 thanks anyway to you if you gave me these or whoever gave them to me :D :D...sorry i have commented on your stream , thought i could delete it and only reply here but i can't, if u want you can delete my comment from there... :/ :/

December 20, 2016

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

i dont see it in my lingot store is it only for certain computers?

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweet.jesus

You have to make sure you do enough skills to get the Bonus Skills slot to open up on your tree first.

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicola567905

December 2017 is almost over and yet no Christmas bonus skill in the store. Will it ever be available? [2017-12-27]

December 27, 2017

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

No. Cf.

[UPDATE: 12/16/16 Due to performance issues, we'll have to roll these skills back today :( Sorry the Holiday Bonus Skills were so short-lived everyone!]

which was the last official update (hence the "current status") about this matter until yesterday when staff confirmed this current status in this discussion.

December 27, 2017

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

I received mine. Maybe they never made a German/French version?

December 27, 2017

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

When did you get yours? They had a German one in 2015. And a few got it in 2016.

December 27, 2017

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

Sorry, I don't remember. I just got back into Duolingoing.

December 27, 2017

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

Why only for a limited time?

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/18llesti

I can't wait to try that out.

December 15, 2016

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

Next year can we get a Black Friday sale where we buy all three skills for 75 lingots?

December 15, 2016

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

by next year you will be swimming in lingots if you keep studying

December 21, 2017

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

Don't you have lings enough to buy all of them?

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidM541876

Been waiting for this! Thanks!

December 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/br0d4
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Is there any chance for more bonus skills? And before that, more slots for more bonus skills?

December 16, 2016

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

"[UPDATE: 12/16/16 Due to performance issues, we'll have to roll these skills back today :( Sorry the Holiday Bonus Skills were so short-lived everyone!]"

I have the skill. If a new person wants the skill, is is available to them?

December 18, 2017

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

that sounds cool

December 15, 2016

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

I have a question.. why this year Duolingo did not make so many changes

December 15, 2016

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

sees 1084 streak

...

December 16, 2016

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

How do I unequip the bonus skills I have already learned and are there any more bonus skills that are available besides Christmas, Flirting and Idioms?? I keep updating the app to find the same features :/

December 16, 2016

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

No, just three bonus skills, and you can't get unequip them, either.

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/becky3086

Darn I was trying to get the Spanish one and just made it today to get the slots opened.

December 17, 2016

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

you were lucky! did you get it?

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/becky3086

No I did not. It was already gone. But I am glad I read how use it anyway, even if it does not get added to my tree and I am happy with that.

December 28, 2016

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

That's nice~!

December 29, 2016

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

Could you elaborate on what the performance issues were? I bought it during the two days it was available, and it seems to be working fine.

I'm struggling to work out how one skill could put an unacceptable load on the servers, when hundred of others don't.

December 20, 2016

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

Same for me. I bought the Spanish to English Christmas skill and didn't encounter any problems...

December 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FionaScott5

Will the Christmas Bonus Skill be coming out before Christmas again? Have 31 lingots that I would like to use a bonus skill, but would hate to use them on Idioms/Flirting and then find that the Christmas skill is back!

Merci!

December 21, 2016

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

I asked HelpfulDuo this question already three days ago. No answer yet.

December 21, 2016

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

Does this mean you'll be offering the "holiday" skills later than normal, through January, or does it mean not until Dec 2017?

What does this actually mean?

December 21, 2016

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

I asked HelpfulDuo this question already three days ago. No answer yet.

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lilyflower231

Is the Christmas skill going to be available again this year? I missed it and I can't bear having to wait another year.

December 22, 2016

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

I asked HelpfulDuo this question already three days ago. No answer yet.

December 22, 2016

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

IT'S OUT NOW!!!

December 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lilyflower231

No it's not...

December 22, 2016

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

You missed it!!!!!! It's gone now!! I got it before!!!!

December 23, 2016

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

Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 23, 2016

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

Duo, the Christmas bonus skill is gone!!!!!!!!!!!

December 23, 2016

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

Hi everybody! Maybe it's obsolete now, but I had the same curiosity and I've got some solutions here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/19888409

I hope that it helps you at least to feel the atmosphere. :) Happy Holidays!

December 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermione256

Any chance they will bring back Christmas anyways? I have been patiently waiting since I started using Duolingo in July.

January 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermione256

Okay my people... will this be the year we get the Christmas bonus skill?? Fingers crossed!!

December 6, 2018

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

Will you please unlock it for this year as well? I really want to purchase the Christmas skill!

December 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I-love-violin

oooohhh christmas skills! and i have enough lingots!!!!!

December 15, 2016

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

Skill gone!!

December 23, 2016

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

i simply can't believe my bad luck..pffffff :/ :(

December 23, 2016

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

Good stuff. Il-Milied it-tajjeb lilkom!

Looking forward to the other 'surprises'...

December 16, 2016

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

I think it´s very usefull for my knowledge

December 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HarsimranKaur12

is it possible to delete any of the new skills

December 29, 2016

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

No.

December 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cass643786

Hello will Christmas bonus skills be back this year ?? PLEASE !!!

December 15, 2018

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

Please bring them back

March 16, 2019

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

Great! I have already done a little bit of the Christmas skill, and I really enjoy it!

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/68dustin

I already got it last year :P

December 15, 2016

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

Out of curiosity: do you still have access to it now, or do you have to repurchase it if you want to do it again this year?

December 15, 2016

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

Once you buy a bonus skill, it stays on your tree for good :)

December 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/68dustin

I still have access to it now.

January 3, 2017

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

You acknowledge it is the Holiday Season but then only give a christmas skill?

December 15, 2016

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

Aargh... I don't have enough lingots! ( well I do, but I'm also planning on getting the others , so :S )

December 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harleyquinn00

french is so easy

December 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lingo6129

I guess Muslims were very quick to complain this year :( next year the Christmas skill will be retired completely to avoid potential offence. Sorry, I mean the 'holiday' skill. Have to be careful to use the right term, someone could get offended.

December 23, 2016

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

What have Muslims got to do with anything? The skill was withdrawn, as it says above, because of performance issues.

This business of people trying to abolish Christmas is trotted out every year by the more rabid parts of the press and social media. It has no basis in reality. No-one is trying to abolish Christmas.

December 23, 2016

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

Sure, sure. "Performance issues." Right. As if a company like Duolingo couldn't figure out some way to get around these "performance issues" in the couple weeks that they had before Christmas.

Hey, on another note, perhaps you'd be interested in making a little money? See, the Brooklynn Bridge costs the City of New York a lot of money to maintain, and they're looking to sell it to someone else who will shoulder the cost of maintaining it. Now, if you'd be interested in doing that, I'll help put you in touch with the right office to have some papers drawn up for you to buy it. You might be asking, "Why would I shoulder a two million dollar yearly cost to maintain the bridge?"

Well, 125,000 people use it every day. Imagine if you were to charge them each a $5.00 charge to use it. That'd be $2,281,250 per year, more than it costs to maintain it, and I'm sure you could figure out a way to bring the maintenance costs down, to sub the jobs out to other contractors. I mean, it's not like anyone's checking laborers to see if they're legal, right?

http://www.blogtyrant.com/the-man-who-sold-the-brooklyn-bridge-twice-a-week-for-30-years/

December 23, 2016

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

WOOT.

December 16, 2016

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

I was trying to get it my first year lol.

December 16, 2016

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

My main question for Duolingo is when are you going to get rid of duo2greek and his hundreds of accounts?

December 15, 2016

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

Why are you copying other people's posts?

December 15, 2016

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

Who, what, why?

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EthanPE64

you should make these more affordable

December 15, 2016

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

You should do some lessons so you can afford them.

December 15, 2016

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

Not to mention that the bonus skills are pretty tough if you don't have a fair bit of the language under your belt already anyway.

December 19, 2016

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

They cost a ton of lingots!

December 15, 2016

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

Study a bit and you'll have plenty!

December 18, 2016
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