The New Website
We originally announced the Web Rewrite project in this forum post, and we're happy to announce it is now rolled out to everyone! There are a lot of posts asking questions about the new website, so we wanted to give you a place to get the latest info straight from us. You can visit this article in our Help Center to read about feature statuses, known bugs, and frequently asked questions. We'll be updating that article and not this forum post - so bookmark it if you want to stay up to date :)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the web rewrite?
Also known as the "new website," the web rewrite project was a complete rewrite of the website from scratch, using newer technology that wasn't available to us when Duolingo started. You can find more details here.
Why did you rewrite the website?
The old website used outdated technology and became difficult to work with and maintain. As a result, making improvements to the website was a slow process. This new website is much faster and lighter in terms of data, so it works better especially for people with slow or unreliable connections.
When will I get the new website?
We have finished transitioning everyone to the new website, so you have it! If you created your account within the past several months, you may have been on the new website since the beginning.
When I go to the Words or Discussion tab, the site behaves differently. Why?
The Discussion and Words tabs are still under the old website, so you'll notice things like notifications opening in a popup instead of in the middle of your screen. Since the Forum is still quite slow, we are now focusing our attention on rewriting the Forum as well!
Why did you remove the Activity tab?
This was unrelated to the web rewrite. The Activity tab was removed from the old website as well, but now the (non-functioning) tab does not appear on the new website either. You can read this forum post for information about the removal of the Activity tab.
What will replace the Activity tab?
We have nothing concrete to share... yet. But we do plan to replace this social feature with something better!
Will UserScripts work with the new website?
UserScripts that were written for the old site will not work with the new website. However, many popular UserScripts have already released updated versions of their scripts that are compatible with the new site.
Why don't I get speaking exercises anymore?
Speaking exercises on the new website only work on browsers that support the Web Speech API, the most popular being Chrome. Unfortunately, the old speech system was outdated and a burden on our system. If you use the Chrome browser, you will get speaking exercises again.
How do I report bugs?
The best way to report a bug is:
- Check the article to see if the bug is already known.
- Search on the Discussion forums to see if the bug has already been reported.
- If the bug is not known and has not been reported, you can submit a bug report or post a discussion on the Troubleshooting Forum.
What's coming up next for web?
We can't tell you yet. ;) But the fact that we took the time to rewrite the site from scratch means that we are highly invested in improving the website and have many ideas for how to continue enhancing the web experience.
Please see the article for the most up-to-date information about known bugs and feature statuses.
I went to the article linked at the bottom of the post, and it says the quiz is a feature "under consideration". This is what it says: "Progress quiz (we would rather focus efforts on creating other, more popular shop items)"
I hope they bring back the quizzes, as they were quite helpful in gauging where I am with a language. There's no other feature on Duolingo that tests you on many different aspects of the language at once. "Strengthen skills" practice usually focuses on only 1 or 2 subjects that need strengthening.
Also, once you buy the bonus lessons and timed practice, there's no way at the moment to use lingots other than to get more lingots (I find this pretty hilarious). I'd be happy if they came up with good new shop items, but until they do, they should probably have the quizzes available.
Please bring back the grammar explanations within lessons- I relied on those to help me learn. And please bring back the noun genders within the tip drop down- when trying to learn new words or especially when trying to understand how pronouns etc change in 4 different grammar cases I need to know what gender I'm working with!
I am not a fan of the new Duolingo's site. I am the author of a fairly popular Duolingo userstyle, which was popular with a number of heavy Duolingo users and late night learners. The userstyle was possible because Duolingo uses regular class names on its HTMLs, which allowed userstyles to target elements in the sites reliably even throughout various minor changes. I was committed to support the stylesheet as long as I am a Duolingo user and as long as it does not take up an unreasonable amount of my time.
However, with the new Duolingo updated page, the skill tree and lesson pages obfuscates the HTML class names. Class names that previously looked like
.btn-primary now turns into autogenerated names like
_1lig4. This makes it impossible for any userstyles to target page elements properly, as these names would break with every Duolingo release.
Please disable this html obfuscation.
I cannot continue supporting the userstyle if Duolingo obfuscates their HTMLs.
While it doesn't solve the difficulty makers of user-scripts may face with the new site I would like to point out to those "late night learners" instead of changing the website colours you can also use some software like f.lux to change the brightness of your screen for the late hours, or even inverse it in "darkroom" mode (red letters on black background instead of black on white).