Duolingo Stories Update (Nov 2017)
I’m excited to announce a new update for Stories!
There are four main changes:
- The homepage now contains small illustrations of each story.
- If you complete all the stories in a set, the next set will unlock regardless of the score you got in each story. We didn’t think it made sense to force you to replay a story when the content and challenges stay exactly the same. You are still very welcome to replay them to get a better score but this is now optional instead of required. You will still only earn XP based on the number of questions you got correct.
- There are now longer multi-part stories. One has been introduced in set 4, and there are three more in set 5. These contain cliff-hangers to keep you coming back for more.
- Set 5 has launched with 10 new stories!
We are interested to know what you think after trying the new update!
(For now Stories is only in Spanish and Portuguese, we are very aware that people want these in more languages so there’s no need to leave comments about that.)
These is great! Duolingo is finally using our sacrifices (ex. Immersion) for the greater good. I'm still look for Bots on Android and Web. Also, looking for FRENCH Stories. Since French is the 2nd highest learning language for English Speakers; you should really consider that next.
Best of Luck,
I look forward to them adding French. I recall, back in the day when I was a prospective student visiting UT Austin, I found their French department website with a free online course in French using stories based on animals representing UT Austin, the enemy Texas A, etc. I recall an armadillo. OMG, the Texas A animal speaking French was sooooooo funny. They basically made fun of their rival school by giving them a heavy Texan accent while speaking French. I imagine it's still around, you should look into it... Tangentially, I also attended a play put on by UT's French department wherein there was a fruit and a vegetable character. And this tomato is all like "je suis bi!" because she dates both fruits and vegetables. XD
I LOVE these stories! I appreciate the addition of the small illustrations! They'll really help my students who are trying to push themselves with more challenging work. I also like the fact that you don't have to repeat the stories, unless you want to. While the repetition would not hurt, and some students may do that on their own, I think that the ability to continue will motivate more of my students! I sincerely hope that these stories do not go away! I think they're great! So do my students. The only real complaint I have is that the XP does not count toward the XP assignments I've created for them. I think this is a useful way to practice, just as much as any lesson in the DuoLingo tree!
The stories are very fun! Unfortunately I lost my streak of 45 days because of them. Yesterday I completed two stories and thought that the XPs I gained in the stories also count towards my daily goal but when I started duolingo today my streak was gone. I am quite sad because I was working hard to keep up my streak.
Edit: I was able to save my streak by paying real money. I'm happy for not having lost it because of a program mistake. :D
Great job with stories! it's really a pleasure and a breath of fresh air to learn in this (practical) way. I hope you make more stories soon :) Cliffhangers are really addictive (effective), you just have to continue and see through the story. I hope that Duolingo stories will soon become standard offer, not just a pilot project :) Thank you! :)))
Thanks Duolingo! At my current level, the Duolingo tree has become no longer relevant or useful for me including earning XP for lingots which I never use. At this point keeping the Duolingo tree fresh has become a tedious repetition of what I already know and not a productive use of time. As a result I went elsewhere to improve my Spanish. Now, thanks to the stories, I am returning to Duolingo for just the stories because it gives a better context for learning and reinforcing my vocabulary and grammar.
One thing that would REALLY improve the stories section would be an option to play the audio/text from start to finish in one go. As it stands, if we want to listen to a story again we have to scroll through the entire thing line by line.
Shouldn't be too hard to add, and would be a really great tool to cement learning.
Thanks in advance!
One problem, I can't see which ones I need to do to unlock the next set. :(
I have to do the, all over again? I had one left, but now I have to start over!
Me too. Waking up in the morning and finishing my dream/thought in Spanish. Very unusual the first time it happened. I love the Duolingo stories. Even though I have finished Duolingo Spanish for English speakers and now am doing English for Spanish speakers, I find the stories to be a challenge that I really enjoy! I would use them a lot more if I hadn't almost completed the ones that are available. I hope there will be more stories soon! Ed
I have completed the Spanish "tree", and it is not nearly enough to be conversant in Spanish. The tree is a good beginning tool but if you have been studying Spanish for 6 years, the tree might be a good refresher but not much more. For me, after finishing the tree, spending my time outside of Duolingo to read and listen to Spanish has been much more helpful. Duolingo is great but it is only a start.
My experience with DuoLingo differed. It's true that if all you do is complete the tree you will not be conversational, but if you review it regularly you will learn the same grammar and vocabulary as in a class and can develop a lot of conversational skills. I'm very conversational in Spanish, moreso than some of my friends who have done many more years of formal Spanish education than myself.*
*Caveat that I am trying to learn a non-Romance language on DuoLingo for the first time and will have the opportunity to see how well this holds up.
If you do the lessons but don't practice speaking you will, of course, fail to become conversational. But that's true in any learning setting.
I really like the idea of multi-part stories with cliffhangers. I just tried the one from set 4 and liked it.
What I would really like is, if you could make stories around famous duo sentences (different for each language I guess). Maybe a story about that bear who likes to drink beer from the Spanish course... (And I would really like to find out about the Norwegian architect in the bed of the Swedish course^^)
You could link to Duo stories when people pass those specific sentences in the course... That would be really awesome!
Hi Steve! I am really enjoying Stories--just discovered them. However, I was working through Set 1 and got stuck when two of the stories had no blue arrow button to continue beyond the opening title or introduction. ..which means I can't go to Set 2. Is there any way to go to to Set 2 without completing these last two stories? Thanks in advance. ( I am a paying member--really enjoy Duolingo and all you all are doing. ) Jodi/ aka J77G (the two stories are Stuck in the Bathroom Following the Flechas..) UPDATE: I kept reloading again and again and/or just starting over..eventually the blue arrow appeared. Now stuck on level 3 with the Cumpleanos story..can't get beyond first line as no blue arrow. Bummed. The stories are such a fun way to progress & learn. But I know you are still in Beta. Please fix.
Playing with your stories is the closest I have come to feeling immersed in the language, which I believe to be critical to learning any language. Please keep doing them! Also. I would like to see a separate section of stories that are longer (maybe another for some that are shorter for those who may be under time constraints)
Bottom line....please keep it up!
I haven't gotten super far through the stories, so I can't answer all of your questions. The stories are not difficult themselves, but the vocab is definitely beyond the tree. However, you can click on each word for the definition. You'll probably intuit when it's good to start - about 3/4 of the way through the Spanish tree, I started to get a little bored, tbh (I was binging), and I think you get most of what you need for the stories by then. But whatever your level, try them out! Everyone is different and learns in different ways. They've made so many improvements to the stories platform since I first tried it. It's really fabulous now and takes your learning to the next level, imho.
how difficult would it be for your team (speaking about the technical / programming side) to add different challenges to the stories.
So when you review a story, where you have only gained 1-2 stars, that the challenges (questions, answers,) are not exactly the same thing?
Is it very hard-wired as the BETA labs / stories project is running right now?
Any "dynamic rule engine", where you can control what type of question, answer, fill in the blanks, "choose from a variety of different past tenses", multiple subjunctives, etc. is used and added to the story?
BTW: This would be a nice posting on your blog http://making.duolingo.com ;)
The biggest problem on DuoLingo with the Portuguese tree is NOT the large amount of skills, but:
that the more difficult (good) explanation examples from the "hints and tips" are not added to the lesson content from the contributor team
that the "Strengthen skills" button does NOT mix multiple grammar skills in the same exercise session, so you will be tested if you choose the right grammar form (from different skills/possibilities).
The global strengthen button is really dumb:
It just select ONE skill from top to down from the tree, if all skills are not fully golden.
I am not finished with all stories, so I can not be sure, but my hope was that the stories would force a learner to think about the more difficult grammar tenses and actively mix multiple skills in a single (advanced) story and it's challenges.
I think it has been requested already by others, that stories should contain a flag, what difficult level one can expect from it and it's challenges (e.g story description).
Pardon me, if the above grammar concept (e.g fill in the blanks, select the correct grammar verb tense from 4/6 or 8 options) was already established in a few stories by your team.
I hardly remember the content of my six completed stories.
If not, this could maybe be a great enhancements to the difficulty level of more advanced stories?
Thanks to your team for your work and openness to suggestions.
Your stories project definitely has been a real motivation booster for me to fight for finishing my Portuguese tree!
I did about 3-6 stories before I even had finished my tree :-)
Once again I am having trouble with Duolingo Stories. On Sunday I completed "Es el" which showed up as the 3rd story in the 4th set. Now it has disappeared and has been replaced, apparently, by "A escondidas". So I guess I shouldn't complain since I end up with an additional story to do. Thanks for all the fabulous work you do!
i had finished set 4 previously but set 5 doesn't open. Do I need to do them all over again even though they still have the lit star on them? Of course I can use the practice but I am excited about the new set and want the new stories. Love the listening practice with these and I practice repeating the sentences.
Thanks for the info Steve, however, I am curious if "Es el" will show up as completed when I eventually get to Set 5, since I had completed it in Set 4. So I'll see what happens when I get there! Tthanks for all your hard work. I was involved in software testing in my previous life and I can appreciate everything that goes into a new rollout. Bye for now!
I love it!! I especially love the cliffhangers! I'm not sure if I posted about this before (I believe I did) but maybe if you could start doing whole stories with no text at all. Just a listening exercise with questions at the end. Other than that I think it's a great learning tool!
Tyvärr bara spanska och portugisiska, jag vill ha stories på svenska, engelska, tyska eller franska! Jag lärde mig inte spanska eller portugisiska! I don't speak spanish or portuguese. I like to have the stories in languages I know, e.g. english, german, italian and french. Or in my native languages dutch and swedish, that could be a hilarious experience, I think.
Hi Steve, Love your site. I took a few months off over the summer but came back this week, and really like the changes. I got to about 40% earlier this year and started trying to read El Mundo. That was good, but not as good as the story I just did for the first time on your site. It was perfect for my skill level; it was challenging and has an interesting twist at the end! Great job Steve. Keep up the good work.
Also, to you and your co-workers... Thank you for this site.
The stories are a great addition! The only thing for me is that I am learning both Spanish and Portuguese and the stories are the same, I think. I always read in Spanish first, which reduces my motivation to read the Portuguese versions, because I already know the story....
I Really enjoy the stories. It's a great way to learn idioms and slang, too. I'd never heard "Vamos" used as "Come on Don't you get it?" or Ves used as "Don't you see?" Labs are a Great addition, but I REALLY miss the tests. I'd save up ingots and often test myself...but alas...they are gone...(Boo-hiss)
I hate how DuoLingo releases new verisons of things without fixing ANY of the bugs I reported. I submitted detailed bug reports with extensive information like browser versions, screenshots, etc. and NONE of the bugs I reported are fixed.
Stories STILL don't work for me in Chrome (I have to open firefox), and there's still an unpleasant echo effect in the slow audio.
Do you all even try? Do you all even read or listen to anything I submit? Do I matter to you at all?
I hate you all. I think you are really incompetent. You piss me off to no end. It's so frustrating to see bug after bug go unfixed...I've probably reported 2 dozen bugs in DuoLingo over the 2+ years I use this site, and now I'm a paying subscriber. I try to show you gratitude and give back to you by helping fund you because I'm grateful to you for the service you provide.
But do you ever care? No no no on no. You're just one big fail.
It's so condescending the way you come in here and post these gradiose annoucements and garbage like this, when you don't fix the basic bugs.
Always trying to do more, always launching new courses, new features, changing this changing that, but never fixing any of the bugs that I report.
How do you think that makes me feel?
Sorry that Stories doesn't work for you on Chrome. It's surprising since I use Stories on Chrome every day since that's the main browser I use for developing. Please let me know exactly what doesn't work when you try to use Stories in Chrome. Also, let me know the exact version number of Chrome you are using, which you can find using these instructions: https://www.howtogeek.com/299243/which-version-of-chrome-do-i-have/
The slow audio is all done using the browser's in-built audio processing so it will depend on the browser. It's possible we could change how this works in future, for now if you want to repeat audio with it being slowed down you can click to replay the previous line and then replay the current line again, this will reset it back to normal speed.
The title of the bug report in which I explained this is "Stories work in Firefox, not in Chrome", if that helps you search for it in your system. I think I filed two bug reports, that one probably contains more info.
The first time I reported it I just said: "Stories Doesn't Work - Blank Screen" and I don't think I provided as much info.
Please note that I'm a volunteer, not an employee. I'm commenting strictly as a user here and don't represent the company in any way.
I'm a bit stunned by your comment, tbh.
I think it's important to recognize that there are different departments and jobs (with different skill sets) for each product or service a company offers. For example, if you report something to Stories, that is completely unrelated to launching a new language.
Every single person I've encountered at Duolingo has been wonderfully supportive. Their employees are among the hardest working that I've seen, and their interactions with everyone that I've witnessed have been extremely patient and gracious, as exemplified in this very thread.
It's up to us, as a community of users, to foster this same type of environment in the discussion boards.
I kindly ask you to re-read and evaluate what you wrote here to see if it meets that criteria.
"as exemplified in this very thread." Amen to that comment, thank you for your volunteer efforts, for patiently explaining that progress in one area does not mean focus has been removed from another area, and commendations to Steve for prompt and courteous efforts to solve the concern.
I love the stories in Spanish! I might even get more intense about doing the Portuguese again since they also offer stories.
I really hope the other languages get stories soon. I know it's a huge undertaking so this isn't about pressure or anything, just saying, the stories feature has me REALLY excited and I would love to see more, more, more! (In Spanish as well as other languages.)
the stories are great......but something is not working- I can't complete the last story in first set no matter how many times I do it and get the message that I have completed it........have done the story 4 times now--always get the message that it is done....but it never gets marked as done and I can't move on to the second set...........