Duolingo Stories Update
Thank you to everyone who has left feedback for Duolingo Stories. We've listened and have just released an update based on one of your top requests. Not only are stories fun to play through, they are also a great way to improve your language skills, so it's only natural that you should earn XP by doing them. As of now you will get awarded with 2XP per correct question upon completing each story!
There are also some bonus surprises:
- 10 new stories in both Spanish and Portuguese, bringing the total to 40 stories in each language.
- New recordings for most of the first set of stories, so it might be worth giving them a listen again.
We know you will ask, so it is worth noting that we are still polishing it in Spanish in Portuguese until we are happy with it before adding new languages.
Let us know what you think of the changes, and if you notice any bugs.
Thanks and enjoy!
It seems we won't be getting these stories in other languages for awhile, but I'm patient enough. Do whatever you need to polish and perfect this feature. I can definitely tell the team just wants the absolute best for the users. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!
Man, you guys are working on this stuff FAST. Very impressive and nice to know that you're putting a lot of effort into helping people learn their target languages. I cannot wait until you get more languages up and running, but at the same time, I want it to be done right. Doing it the right way is the most important thing. Awesome job guys!
thank you for the great effort exerted, and i look forward to read stories in my favourite language, German
No matter how terrible I feel about something, there's always a positive way to give negative feedback; it's called Constructive Criticism, and it's way better than your Destructive Approach. Meanwhile, expecting others to not express their opinions, because it is different from yours, is totally inappropriate.
I love the Spanish stories, and I am glad for the XPs.
Most people who comment. Most comments in the immersion thread were disappointed about the deletion but the feature itself was only used by a miniscule amount of people.
I'm not saying stories are necessarily bad. They are way below my Spanish level and not available on my other languages so I can't comment on their usefulness for those who are still in the middle of their tree. What I am saying is that the comments here and in previous threads only represent a small percentage of all users and the fact that they are developing it further is a better indicator, but not a foolproof one. They have already invested a lot of time on this so even if the metrics aren't that good, it's reasonable to try different things and see if the metrics improve instead of scrapping it immediately.
Oh damn, this person better apologize for praising the staff! We forgot to ask about your opinion before we had anything nice or encouraging to say. So sorry.
Why are you dragging a compliment? Your reply could have been a comment in and of itself and it would've been fine. Maybe you should take your completely uncalled for, pretentious nonsense back.
Thank you guys so much! I tried it and it was awesome! BTW, any idea when it'll come to other languages?
What a surprise it was, when just now I did my daily story and got XPs for correct answers! And these XPs even count towards the daily study goal. Just so you know, I would be willing to spend lingots on opening new sets of stories. 40 stories are awsome, but they only last for a couple of months.
RIP the awesome funny Portuguese voices. Did people really dislike those??? The new voices are a lot more monotone / boring in my opinion, like the soul of the story is gone.
It probably won't stop me from using the stories feature but it will absolutely be with less enthusiasm. Previously, the voices were what had set the Duolingo stories most apart from those you'd find anywhere else in a positive kind of way.
Ha! The old voices were staff & friends. I was one of them :D We were definitely not as good as pros, and our recording quality was poor... recording takes a surprisingly long time, so we could not keep it up on the side. Now we have pros, so I expect it to only get better and better—give it a chance, it is possible that you simply got used to our friendly poor-quality tones. But this comment made me laugh a little. :D
But the staff could also get better and that way have to spend less time :P. Such a relaxing job which the staff really enjoys doing, it increases productivity you know ;).
I absolutely LOVED the old voices (can't be stressed enough) and the professional ones as you call them simply can't live up to them in my opinion. I guess it's partially because the staff did it with more passion / enjoyed doing it. The new ones are rather as dry as your average recording used in classrooms. This especially applies as the new voices seem the be the exact same ones in each story (as I know they are in set 3 = further increases how boring / monotone they can make the stories become).
Hup, hup, back into the studio you go xD. If all else fails, you can always try cloning (shouldn't be a challenge for Luis, it's probably what he has been working on in his spare time), that should solve the time problem ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
You could also make a split between the professional and staff ones, to not take up too much staff time while maintaining some diversity and still having some awesome ones.
Guys, I want to say thank you! I love the stories and it is perfect for the listening comprehension skill mix. The amount of XP's is perfect. Don't get too insulted by the people who are talking it down, it is one of the best features to keep motivation high after finishing the tree and maintaining it golden.
just found this feature today and I'm very excited to start trying it out with my daily practice. The stories are simple and at a childlike reading level, which I am at this point, so very helpful. I hope as I progress in my speaking and understanding the stories and context of the stories do too!!
I have only tried out one story in Spanish and I intend to do more. I found value in the way the story developed and it required me to work across several knowledge areas. It's a very promising concept and more challenging than I thought it would be. That has to be a good thing, surely.
I have a small suggestion that I just thought of. Consider putting 5 stories in each set rather than 10. I like the feeling of "progress" that Duolingo provides, and having more sets with less amount of stories in them feels more like you're progressing more and it feels much more satisfying. It's like "wow I'm on Set 7 now, I've come a long way", or "YES I've gotten past Set 5!" Having 8 sets of 5 is much more awesome than 4 sets of 10. Also, more stories in a set can feel a bit overwhelming. I don't know, it's a mental thing I think. This might be a very strange comparison but it makes me think of those Guitar Hero games where each set would have 5 songs and it would get harder as you go on. I remember there was a feeling of satisfaction when you got to a next set. Then in the later games they just gave you a list of songs and it wasn't nearly as satisfying anymore. I would rather have each set stand on its own as a small "batch" rather than a big wall of stories. Also, for convenience it helps to narrow down the stories' difficulty even more. Again, it's a small thing but I thought I'd throw it out there.
I enjoy the stories, but as a deaf person it's immensely frustrating to be asked to type words that are spoken out loud. When it comes to regular Duolingo lessons, it's possible to make everything deaf-friendly by going into Settings and selecting "Microphone: Off" and "Speaker: Off". It would be so nice if those settings carried over to the stories. As things stand at present, the only way to get three stars (and therefore be allowed to move on to the next batch of stories) is to guess randomly and be graded poorly, then repeat the story.
I gather that people with low vision are also experiencing problems with the stories. See somelauw's comment above for a description of that. It would be great if both these disability barriers could be fixed.
Just discovered that once you have listened to the spoken sentence if you click on the "speak icon" again the sentence will be spoken again slightly slower. Click on it again and the sentence will be spoken even slower!! I use this to try and speak at the same speed/pronunciation as the speaker. Hope this will be helpful for others to know! Genius programming!!
I LOVE the stories. I really like the fact that 1) you give XP points, 2) the new voices are great, 3) I like the fact that they are "real" conversations 4) 40 stories is awesome.
Also, in general, I like the fact that they use the future and conditional tenses and they build on word that we already know from regular Duolingo. The stories are kinda like a Real World Test. A month ago, I couldn't understand the stories (even with the hints). I tried them again and WOW I have learned a TON from Duolingo. It made me so happy that I could listen/read and know what they were about.
I find that just trying to memorize words and tenses is difficult, but when they are used in context, it's simple. I also learn some of the phrases from the stories that I try in real life.
Thank you VERY MUCH for the update to Stories.
Hi ChileJam. I wish I was having good luck with the Duolingo Stories like you. Ever since the weekend (Oct. 7-8), all of my completed stories indicators (3 stars) of the first Set and part of the second Set have disappeared (including "Alguien me persigue" and "Una cita misteriosa" from Set 2. Before that, I wasn't receiving any XP for the last 3 stories that I had completed. Is anyone else having this problem with the Duolingo Stories?
similar here – I see my profile icon on top and still XPs do not add to my count...
PS: I think, I figured it out... all those XP went to my 'lower leveled' Spanish course with English base, so I did not see the XP in the profile grow, where only my higher Spanish level with German base is shown. When I switch courses and reload the stories page, the XP count is increasing correctly.
One thing that I have noticed on mobile is that the points you get from a story WILL increase if you belong to a club, BUT those points were NOT transferred to the daily total. So, the only way to get my minimum 30 XP per day was to do the actual lessons and not simply complete the stories.
I "think" this has been fixed, but I'll check again.
On a similar note the golden owl or other badges earned if implemented should be put next to your name on these forums. The streak thing for a lot of people isn't important but seeing someone has finished the tree I think is more interesting to most. I never care if I take a day or two off and lose the streak.
I enjoy most of the stories. The surprising twists add to that enjoyment. However, there seems to be an agenda to some of them. One I will not even open, much less complete. That puts me at a standstill to complete the stories. An individual option to delete a story would help (or some other way to continue).
We know you will ask, so it is worth noting that we are still polishing it in Spanish in Portuguese until we are happy with it before adding new languages.
So before they are happy with the current offering, they won't even start to add any new languages. And I doubt anyone can predict a timeline for when they will be happy with Spanish and Portuguese, so nobody can answer your question.
Thank you Duolingo for the Stories. I have done many stories in the last month, and now I understand that XP are being given for successful completion of them. On Sept. 28, I completed "Alguien me persigue" and "received" 16 XP. Today, I completed "La cita misteriosa" and was "given " 14 XP. However neither of these amounts were added to my existing XP. Am I missing something? Thanks a bunch!
That's strange. I just checked our database for Stories and there are no records of any stories completed for your user account. Are you sure you are using Stories with the same Luchita347407 account? When you visit stories.duolingo.com you should see a username at the top right corner of the page, can you please confirm what username you see there.
I think the Stories should be visible for those whose Duolingo interface is not in English. I started Duolingo by taking the course EN->PT, then when it was available in French, FR->PT, and even PT->FR to practice the other way around. For some reason I came back to the course EN->PT and discovered the Labs button, which does not appear when using Duolingo in French or Portuguese. I think a lot of Duolingo users speak pretty good English but use the website in another language, missing some features that they don’t know exist. And Stories are GREAT, so make them more visible !
i love the stories! -- am having a few problems with them and am not sure if this is the way to report bugs or not...... (spanish) first- in set 1 - I had trouble getting 'complete' - even though I completed the whole set, the last story would not show as complete and move on to set 2- took the last story over 4 or 5 times......and only when I came back to it a few hours later did it finally show as complete and open the set 2
now in set 2......and in each of the first 2 stories in that set, as I get partway through the story, all of a sudden it starts itself all over again at the beginning of the story and reads the whole story all over again.......not sure what's up with that....don't know why it did it......doesn't seem to be any way to stop it other than to listen to it all over again.......
Can I contribute a short story? You may choose to use it as you consider fit. Also, here is what I do when have students listen to them: prepare a list of new vocabulary-go through it, name of characters, list all the questions after the arrows, write down a summary of the story, and prepare a graphic representation of the story. I can insert something else...Example: in the "los tres deseos" story, I ask them to write the name of the famous gene (make connections) and write down 4 wishes of their own (before start listening/watching the story). I print copies of the doc and give one to each so that they write their answers along the story.
I love the Duolingo stories, and when I showed them to my students and did one with them in class, it got them really excited to learn Spanish.
My one question is, do the XPs earned count toward assignments? I have included myself as a student in one of my classes and tonight I did a couple stories. I see the XPs I earned on my regular account and when I go into the teacher side of my account, they show up on my activity log, but it still says that I have not started the assignment.
Thank you for adding this feature! My students enjoy reading the stories, and are adamant about the XPs being applied to their XP goal assignments. I started manually recording their story XPs, but it takes FOREVER! Could the XPs they earn in stories go toward assignments like they do for the Bots? Please help!
I use Duolingo for Schools with my classes and assign 100 XP each week. My students would like to use Stories for some of their XP, but it doesn't seem like it counts towards their XP assignments. Would it be possible to make the XP earned in Stories count towards XP assignments in Duolingo for Schools? Thanks!
I have tried to open Duolingo stories on my tablet many times and it just doesn't work. I click on the story, the audio loads, the set up appears (the beginning of the green bar and the audio icon) and.... That's it. No words, no sound. No progression. I was able to do one on my obsolete phone that I never use, and I love this aspect of Duo. So it may not be my account but my tablet. I ran a scan and reset it. Is there a setting I should change? I hope I get a response but I never have before.
I see that you were able to get it working. One thing I recommend is asking the community for assistance in the Troubleshooting forum. (Though, look through the Help articles first in case one of the articles there can answer your question. More on this at the bottom of this comment)
If you don't find your answer in the help articles and you decide to ask in the Troubleshooting forum, it's helpful if you make the title of the post very clear about what your question is. Then, in the body of your post make sure to list what operating system (ios, windows, linux, etc.) and platform youre using (Desktop, app, if app which app, is it the latest version, if not which version.) If you're experiencing the problem through a browser, which browser you're using. (Duolingo's desktop version is optimized for the latest version of the Chrome browser.) If you can, also include a screenshot of what is happening when you encounter a problem.
Note on finding the Help articles without a direct link. On desktop version, click on the Duolingo "Home" tab in the blue bar at the top of the screen. From there, mouse over your username where it appears in the same blue bar. A menu will drop down. At the bottom of that menu is an option titled Help. Click that and it will take you to the Help articles.
Why go to the Home tab first? If you are elsewhere on Duolingo and just hover over your username in the blue bar and the menu pops down, it won't have the Help option for some reason. Once you try and end up on settings, you can hover again over your username and Help will appear. However, to get it to appear the first time, go to the Home tab.
I hope this helps in the future. :)
I have tried to open Duolingo stories on my tablet many times and it just doesn't work. I click on the story, the audio loads, the set up appears (the beginning of the green bar and the audio icon) and.... That's it. No words, no sound. No progression. I was able to do one on my obsolete phone that I never use, and I love this aspect of Duo. So it may not be my account but my tablet. I ran a scan and reset it. Is there a setting I should change? I hope I get a response but I never have before. Anyone have any ideas? My tablet is a Samsung Tab A.
Update: I fiddled with some settings and its working. Unfortunately, I am unsure which setting change fixed it, or if someone fixed it for me. Now if I can just link stories with my tiny cards account.... I will just revel in the new found joy of having access to stories for now.
There seems to be a glitch with Stories right now. My students do them and, at the end, it says they've been awarded XP. But the XP never adds to their running total. If they start a story with, say, 100 XP, and then get 10 XP from the story, their total remains at 100 instead of going to 110. Is anyone else experiencing this?
is the base language the same as for their 'normal' studies? if not, that might be the problem... e.g. I'm learning Spanish with German base most of the time – as the stories are only available with English base their XP do not show up in my 'highest' XP count for Spanish, which is the one on base language German...
Hi Steve. I HAD done all the stories as I've been doing them in order but one just appeared before Puss N Boots that was not done (or maybe it was orange anyway so I didn't notice but I went back again and again to try so I don't know how I missed it!). Anyway, it was undone, and was I did it Set 17 magically opened! Thanks.
I recommend posting your question to the Troubleshooting forum. These old popular discussions have a lot of comments, which makes the page slow to load for a lot of folx and can discourage people from clicking in to help. When using the Troubleshooting forum, please give as much information as possible about which platform your accessing Duolingo from (ios/android/windows, what browser, chrome, safari, etc.) As a note, Duolingo is optimized for the latest Chrome browser. You might experience some technical difficulties with other browsers.) If you can attach a screenshot of what you're seeing, that is always super helpful. Thanks! :)
I did a lot of stories in all 4 languages in Dec 2019/Jan 2020 and everything worked great: when I finished out, it's tile colored up, and when I finished all tiles in a set, the next set opened up. But since that time, all the tiles in several sets lost their color and re-doing them doesn't color them up again. As a result, no further sets will unlock, so I can't make any further progress. PLEASE FIX!
I disagree with this idea and think it is bad.
- Firstly, 2XP per correct answer is barely enough to do a story for when the stories are actually hard. Boost that up to 10XP.
- Secondly, polishing the recordings right now is useless as most people have already finished it and now have to waste time re-doing it.
- Thirdly, fourty stories and stories have been out for so long. I expected 80 by now.
- Fourthly, still only two languages?
- Still polishing the first two languages when you had so much time to do it?
10XP per answer? They're not that hard, that would be far too generous - I'm even thinking 2xp per answer is over-generous.
It's only in a test phase, so 40 stories is pretty good and fair enough only two languages while testing. It could take some time to get stories in place for the volunteer-driven courses when this goes mainstream - which I'm sure it will as they are pretty good so far.
Ok, that is your opinion. here is mine. I think is always very easy to criticise and very difficult to understand. Therefore you are doing the easy job and you are not going to do anything good doing it. If you think Duo staff is making little process, why don't ask (instead of criticise their work) something like: How do you make the stories? what do you need to make new stories in different languages? What things do you need to make better stories? what problems are you currently having making these stories? Are you going to keep making and maintainig these stories or is still unknown?
In that way you understand a little more the process and can have a informative answer and perhaps a constuctive one!
I believe you are missing the point of "Labs" when you express that your time is being wasted.
Labs are an opportunity to look behind the scenes and participate in what staff would be/is doing at Duolingo headquarters.
Behind the scenes, staff tests various aspects and versions of features before they release it, feature like voices, colors, fonts, menus, interface, etc. It would be happening right now whether we were invited to participate or not. There is zero obligation to participate. So it is not applicable to call it a waste of your time. :)