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I may be late to the party but, why exactly did they turn off "Immersion"?

It was a great f-ing way for a not-so-advanced learner to improve their skills. I used to translate dozens of articles in a weekend. I didn't even use the main learning system anymore, because Immersion I learned so much more in less time, and it was more fun.

I searched for why they turned it off but didn't get any satisfactory answer. Has anyone figured out why duolingo did it?

August 7, 2017



It was way too much of a strain on the system, about 0.05% of users actually used it, there were copyright issues and it was full of spam


Apparently only about 1% of users actually used it. Someone also mentioned a large sum of spam being dumped into immersion. Everyone who knew about it and liked it are still rather upset about it.


Hi marco_pollux,

Could you relocate this discussion in the “Troubleshooting" forum? Which is the place meant for such discussion. Thx!

To relocate it (*), edit your original post then select said forum in the drop-down menu on top-left of the edition area (see here for details).

(*) \/!\ please, don’t create a new one \/!\

Have a look to this short guide to help you knowing where to post your (future) discussions on Duolingo’s forums.

Has anyone figured out why duolingo did it?

See the Support Pages' article "What happened to Immersion?".

I searched for why they turned it off but didn't get any satisfactory answer.

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I think the other answers were pretty much correct. DL folks said it wasn't worth the work and many issues that came with it.


I only heard about it from other users, but from what I heard, there was an extreme amount of spamming, plagiarism, and cheating. Just way too much. It sounded like a great way to learn though, not including the spamming. The post that announced it's end had over 1100 downvotes. I hope this helps.

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