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I'm new on Duolingo. Can I ask for a normal learner, how many lessons should I complete per day?

And what does this XP mean? My setting is 20xp/day, if I learn 2 languages at once, does it mean I have to complete 40xp/day? Why my xp score is all the same for all languages I'm learning?

August 28, 2017


  • No you only have to get a total of 20 XP
  • Your total XP gained for today will be in your daily goal section on the right
  • You can check your separate XP for each language on your profile.
  • There is also a leaderboard showing how much XP you got this week,month and all time.
  • The friends you add will also be on the leaderboard.


I find less than 3 lessons a day to be insufficient for me to learn. Incidentally, I prefer at least 2 of these 3 to be revision. That said, I find more than 3 lessons better, so 5 or 6 perhaps, with one new one. However, there are no quantities which we can say will work for everyone. Some people will find less will work for them, some people will find more will work for them. Also, if you already know some of the language (before coming to Duolingo), it is possible to get through a great quantity of lessons over the first evening or weekend, then slow down to just one new lesson a day with no extra revision until you really feel you are encountering enough new material. Sometimes a language is difficult enough that it feels like it needs more daily revision than you normally put in, so if you can, be a little flexible.

XP is experience points. It is part of the gamification of Duolingo. You get from 10 to 20XP per lesson - that is 10 normally, and if you buy Timed Practice in the lingot (Duolingo gamification currency) store you can get up to 20XP in one lesson (or maybe 0 if the clock runs out before you get a translation right). Mobile apps may award XP a little differently.

20XP/day means 20XP total. So you could do 10XP in one language and 10XP in another, and this would total the 20XP you need.

When you meet your daily goal, your streak goes up by 1. Otherwise it drops to 0. You can protect your streak in advance by using lingots (the ingame currency) to purchase a Streak Freeze; that will protect it for one missed day only, after which you have to purchase another Streak Freeze from the Lingot Store. The streak is just a number in the end, so it shouldn't matter overly if it does get lost, but I guess it keeps me coming back each day, which is its purpose.

Your XP score is different for the different languages. It can be seen to the right of your profile page (presuming your screen width is wide enough): https://www.duolingo.com/xversion1

Your level is currently 3 for all your languages. Level is based only on XP, so is a reflection of how many lessons you have taken (either new or strengthen lessons). It just happens that at the moment you have between 120 and 199XP for each of your languages, so they are each showing the same level. The amount of XP you need for each level is as follows:

  1. 0
  2. 60
  3. 120
  4. 200
  5. 300
  6. 450
  7. 750
  8. 1125
  9. 1650
  10. 2250
  11. 3000
  12. 3900
  13. 4900
  14. 6000
  15. 7500
  16. 9000
  17. 10500
  18. 12000
  19. 13500
  20. 15000
  21. 17000
  22. 19000
  23. 22500
  24. 26000
  25. 30000


Thanks! Now I only do one lesson/day. :D


If you mean one lesson/day to reach your daily goal, this is indeed possible - and even with one lesson/day it is also possible (if you want) to keep a streak increasing if you set your daily goal to 1XP or 10XP.

If you are referring to where I said "slow down to just one new lesson a day with no extra revision" this is an observation about how you can approach Duolingo if you come to it already knowing some of the language, and have still not yet encountered enough material new to you that you feel revision is in order.

If instead you mean one new lesson/day, based on where I said "with one new one", this is a decent steady pace to approach a course with, but it's also okay to be flexible. And some people will prefer a slower pace and some a faster pace, and any of these are fine.

If you mean that you feel you can progress on one lesson/day total, that's great. As I said at the start of my post, I don't really see progress with less than 3 lessons a day - each to whatever works for them.

Hehe ;-p I wasn't sure which you meant.


Wow! Look at you! How long have you been studying?


Not as long as some of these people: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24198105

With Duolingo at least 337 days - you can tell this from the streak listed somewhere at the top of my post.

Outside of Duolingo, haven't we all been studying since childhood?

Languages ... they started me on them in school, but I decided after that to arrange such matters for myself.


Goal setting applies to any language(s); you could get 1XP each in 20 languages and it would be met. Don't rush if you want to remember.


Hell no! I can't believe you learn that much.


When I started out here, I tried to complete at least 2 lessons or 1 skill per day. Today, I try to complete a row of skills on each language that I'm serious about every day. You absolutely shouldn't binge the whole way and rush through the tree just to get a 'trophy'. This is about learning languages after all, and retaining what you've learnt is a core part of knowing a language (or anything lol). So whatever pace works best for you.


It sort of depends on your learning style and the amount of time you have. When you first start, a skill per day per language isn't unusual (1 to 10 lessons), but as you progress, you'll need to review as skills decay. For me, the real key is the review. I practically never remember everything the first time through, but after repetition, things start sticking without trying.


Is it enough if I just always make the strength level full all the time?


Yes, that works, but you need then to do a new lesson (not skill) every day in addition or you get stuck. Depending on how fast things decay, you could be spending more time than you have trying to keep everything gold all the time. Review is critical in my opinion, but balance is also important.


Personally, I think that 30 XP per language per day is a reasonable goal. This usually consists of one new lesson and two practice sessions.


I'm new to duo, but I think the most important thing is to just keep practising. It's nice to do as much as you can, but if you have partner, kids and a dog that needs walking, setting yourself up to do 20 lessons on a weekend might be setting yourself up to fail, and really what matters most is that it's fun IMHO.

I aim to complete about 15 lessons a day during the week, which seems to take about an hour total. But I split them up between my PC and my phone, and over the course of the day. Come the weekend and realistically it's been more like 5 lessons per day.

I agree with the others that 2 lessons per day (20xp) isn't really sufficient, especially if one of those were a new topic, but it's a good goal to set if your life is busy, as it's easy to exceed. I set my goal for 20 xp on duo even though I hope to do much more, just because I know somedays I won't have time to do 5 and see no need to stress about it :)


Do it at your own pace how ever much you want


I'm afraid that if I do too less, I'm not be able to remember words and phrases.


If that's what you are afraid of you should make sure you practice things you have learned. So don't rush through all the lessons.

Also, since I see you are learning 4 languages, it helps to focus on one or two languages.


Well, thanks! But why you learning 9 languages?


I am not actively learning 9 languages, the main focus has always been French and German.

  • French and German tree are finished and always have
  • I am a contributor for the Dutch course (and English from Dutch course) and have done the English trees from French and German as practice.
  • I've done a little bit of the Spanish and Italian tree but never too seriously.
  • Esperanto and Greek I have only done a few lessons of to see what they were like.


Understood. Danke!


For me it works better to think of daily study time instead of lessons completed. I feel a sense of accomplishment and progress if I study at least 30 minutes a day.

The number of lessons per day varies. If I'm studying a new language concept, then sometimes I study only one lesson because I need to stop and read the discussions for each Duolingo answer, or I need search online for additional study materials. If I'm practicing a language where I've already completed the skill tree and am just reviewing or strengthening, then it is possible that I cover quite a few lessons in half an hour.


20 xp a day is normal


I usually learn do a lesson every couple days, sometimes not even. I practice a lot more.


On Memrise you can choose to learn 5/10/15/20 new words in a learning session.
My personal setting is 15 words.

You could try 15-30 words / day for a start and see how well you go forward (too fast, too slow). Try to find our own learning technique.

One DuoLingo lesson usually consists of ~7 words.
So this would be ~2 new lessons per day.

Plus several lessons to review / strengthen the old skills.
I usually use Memrise to regularly review (water) learned (planted) words - including 4-5/12/24h+ shorter-term review intervals - and pick my own strengthen skill excercises on DuoLingo how I feel.

As DuoLingo concentrates IMHO too much on translations into your native language (L1) for normal/forward courses, you can not test your L2 target language RECALL capabilities.
Memrise with Cooljingle's "all typing" script (on the web) actually prompts you for L2 target language translations (but do not use the app or activated multiple-choice).
Multiple choice excercises make IMHO no sense for review at all!! (but DuoLingo also uses them for reviews, and I can not turn this excercise type completely off).

The L2 translation rate is better on DuoLingo reverse trees (e.g PT-EN instead of EN-PT).

If you learn a single skill with 7 x 10 = 70 words in a single day, it will take you several strengthen exercises the next days to review and remember / recall all those new words.

Therefore the ~2 new lessons / day will greatly depend how well you can recall old words / phrases / grammar.

Sometimes you really want to learn this big skill (Memrise course level), but use the next days just for reviews and nothing more....

However, it is not burned into stone....do what you can / what you remember or recall and still have fun.


Thanks! I dont know Memrise. I'm gonna try it.


do about five lessons per day plus discussion and other fun things like strengthening and buying things on the lingot store.

Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.