Basic Rules and FAQ in Duolingo (If you're new, please read this!) - Help Center Summary
A Few Notes & Frequently Asked Questions
- You get an "Owl" when you finish a tree (explained below). You can see your and other users' trees on Duome.eu (explained below).
- Duolingo will not help you get fluent in a language. You will get pretty far with Duolingo, but it cannot be the only tool to fluency.
- The Lightbulb next to a lesson (on the Homepage, when you click on a lesson) is called the "Tips & Notes". There you can learn all kinds of interesting facts, tips, and helps for the lessons you're about to plunge in to.
- The Key next to a lesson (on the Homepage, when you click on a lesson) is a test. Doing that test is called "Testing Out of a Skill".
- Duolingo is sometimes abbreviated to "DL".
- There are often XP contest or competitions here on Duolingo. You will see them in the Forums. There are a few rules concerning making one. Rule 1 and Rule 2.
- And also: Contests are being moderated!
- The Reverse Tree. Let's assume you're learning French from English. Then the reverse tree would be learning English from French.
- Laddering. Let's assume you're learning French from English. Laddering would be learning another language from French.
HOW EVERYTHING IN DUOLINGO WORKS
On the Home Page there are a bunch of lessons or skills (the round balls) in the language you chose when you logged into Duolingo for the first time. All these balls teaching a specific language is called a "Tree".
A Reverse Tree
A "Reverse tree" is when you 'learn' your native language from your Target Language (the language(s) that you are learning).
So, for instance, I am learning German. Then I would learn English from German, instead of German from English. That's a reverse tree.
You get a Crown when you completed one round of a lesson or skill. You can see how many Crowns you have on the right-hand side of the Home Page (on the website).
Your Daily Goal is a certain amount of XP (experience points) that you make in 24 hours. This time goes from midnight (in the time zone that your computer/laptop/phone is set to) to midnight.
You can set your Daily Goal here.
If you complete you Daily Goal every day you make a Streak. Your Streak will be the amount of days that you did your Daily Goal in a row. Your Streak will break when you miss a day.
If you want to keep your Streak even if you didn't do your goal for a day, then you can buy a Streak Freeze from the Shop. Everything in the Shop can e purchased with Lingots.
Other things you can by in the Shop will be discussed soon. :)
Lingots are Duolingo's virtual currency. You can earn them by, for example, making exceptional comments and give them to others when they do the same. They do not cost real money. To give someone a lingot, select "Give Lingot" under a deserving comment or post that they created.
You can also use them to buy cool stuff in the Store :)
(Scroll down to the bottom of the Store page to see other ways you can get more lingots.)
Plus that, another way to get lingots is to make good and useful posts and comments. Everyone appreciates them!
On the Leaderboard you can see the amounts of XP the people you have followed has gained.
Following & Searching Someone
To follow someone, you click on the "Follow" button on their profile. You get to their profile by clicking on their username when you see them in the Forums or you can search them up.
To search them you can click on the Search button below the Leaderboard.
If you want to block someone, click on the little gear in the top-right corner of their profile. This won't stop you from seeing their posts and comments in the Forum, but this will stop them from Follow/Unfollowing you.
If you want to follow a post someone made, click on the "Follow" button in the top-right corner of their post. This will add their post to your "Followed Posts" section in the Discussion Tab.
Double or Nothing
Okay. Back to the Store! In there you will find "Double or Nothing". To do this you will wager 5 Lingots, and then try to keep your Streak for 7 days. At the end of 7 seven days, you will get 7 lingots for the 5 you wagered!
Warning: If you lose your Streak after wagering your lingots, you will lose those 5 lingots. You won't get them back!
Time Practice will give you the option of finishing a lesson under a certain time.
You get this feature once you get 5 Crowns!
The Bonus Skills differ in different languages. Some languages have more than others, and some only have some in certain times (e.g. A Christmas Bonus Skill in the Christmas season).
The Bonus Skills only have 1 level, whereas the normal lessons in the Tree have 5 levels.
"Search"ing the Forums
There is a Search option in the Discussion Forum, where you can search for words.
In my opinion, it's not that good, so don't rely on it fully, though it can be useful if you're looking for a certain sentence, word or username. Something specific.
The Labs can be found among the Tabs in the blue bar at the top of the screen.
In the Labs there are Duolingo Stories, Duolingo Events, Duolingo Podcasts, and the Duolingo Dictionary.
The Duolingo Stories now has it's own Tab. It currently has short stories in 4 different languages.
The Duolingo Events lets users connect with other Duolingo learners around you in real life! Practice your communication skills and meet members of the wonderful Duolingo community.
The Duolingo Podcasts is only in Spanish!
The Duolingo Dictionary can be found in a milliard different languages. I will list the languages (from English) below:
- Spanish (From English)
- French (From English)
- German (From English)
- Japanese (From English)
- Italian (From English)
- Korean (From English)
- Chinese (From English)
- Russian (From English)
- Portuguese (From English)
- Turkish (From English)
- Dutch (From English)
- Swedish (From English)
- Greek (From English)
- Irish (From English)
- Hebrew (From English)
- Polish (From English)
- Norwegian (From English)
- High Valyrian (From English)
- Vietnamese (From English)
- Danish (From English)
- Hindi (From English)
- Romanian (From English)
- Klingon (From English)
- Swahili (From English)
- Esperanto (From English)
- Hungarian (From English)
- Welsh (From English)
- Ukranian (From English)
- Czech (From English)
- Hawaiian (From English)
- Indonesian (From English)
- Navajo (From English)
The Words Tab lets you see the words that you've learned in a specific language.
Not all languages have this Tab.
The Help Center gives you most of the explanations about things you want to know.
You can find Settings when you hover your mouse over your username in the top-right corner of your screen!
Check out the Notifications. They might be useful to check out and set!
Duome.eu is a "Unofficial, but still amazing" website stemming from Duolingo, that gives all kind of interesting information about people's profiles.
If you want to search for someone on Duome.eu, you can either search for them straight from the website, or you can search for them by
- Going to their profile
- Taking the link at the top of the browser and changing it from https://www.duolingo.com/THE-PERSONS-USERNAME to https://www.duome.eu/THE-PERSONS-USERNAME.
This will take you directly to their Duome profile!
Your and Others' Progress
- Go to your HomePage
- Hover your mouse over the flag next to your Profile Picture and username.
- Select the language in which you want to see your progress
- Go to their profile
- Take the link at the top of the browser and change it from https://www.duolingo.com/THE-PERSONS-USERNAME to https://www.duome.eu/THE-PERSONS-USERNAME/progress.
The knowledge is thanks to FredrikVC.
HELP CENTER LINKS
- How do I switch my Duolingo course language?
- How do I delete a language from my profile?
- How do I block someone?
- What is a streak?
- Why did I lose my streak?
- How do I delete a language from my profile?
- What are skill points, or XP?
- What is a Lingot?
- What are Gems?
- My account is in a language I do not understand! How do I change it back?
- How do I change my username or email?
- How do I change my profile picture?
- How do I reset my password?
- I forgot my password, how do I reset it?
- How do I block follow emails and other notifications?
- Crowns FAQ
- With Crowns, what does the “practice” button do?
- How do I report a problem with a sentence or translation?
- How do I report an issue with the course?
- How do I report a bug?
- How do I report abuse?
- What are Duolingo Clubs?
- How do I create a Club?
- How do I invite people to join my Club?
- How do I remove people from my Club?
- What is Duolingo Plus?
- My Duolingo Plus subscription isn’t working.
- How do I request a refund?
- How do I cancel my Duolingo Plus subscription?
About Duolingo for Schools
Fun And Important
Formatting Codes in Duolingo (Markdown)
- A Million Codes
- A Few Codes
- The Duolingo Community Guidelines
- Duolingo Wiki & FAQ
- [Guide] In which forum should I post my discussion?
- [GUIDE] I would like a new course: What should I do?
- Unofficial Language Courses List
- How TinyCards Work (Basics)
- Duome Profiles, Duome Links, Duome HOF (Halls of Fame)
I hope you find this useful, and if you're new here, WELCOME!!!!
Thank you! AP4418
Sure wish this could be prominently posted for folks to peruse before posting. It would clear up the clutter here.
BTW: Errata in your title "Summary"
Yes! I thought of linking everyone who asks these kind of questions to this post. I do not think many people think of going to the Help. Anyway, I'm glad you like it!
Lol! Thanks for pointing that out! Edited!
Reporting for what? Wintery where? Why have winter when I can fly around the world to a country with not much of a winter. Who wants to go with me?
Having fun with the five w's...
Brilliant! A daily posting of this would negate the constantly repetitive questions. Well done.
Yes, I recommend changing the title of this post to "IF NEW TO THE FORUM PLEASE READ" and maybe it could get Stickied. I doubt this will happen, but it would definitely help to get rid of all these questions.
Good suggestion Giovanni604! Check the title!
I once read somewhere that Mods only can sticky posts. I don't know whether that means only their own posts or others' posts as well, but I would be SO honored if it will be stickied!
Haha, thanks for the addition. Now I'll be honored if they sticky it too!
I really love the time put into this, but I think there are some things that could be added as well. :)
Again, these are just ideas, but I think these could really help people. (if anyone actually reads this whole post, lol) I'd just add that into something like "Helpful Discussions", "Guides", etc. Anyways, great post, Dessert-Rose. Have a great day!
P.S. Just gave this 21 lingots! So glad you wrote this all out!
Hey, thanks! Happy to help, and to see the early response. I feel so honored! Happy to see it's there now, thanks again!
^^ Teehee, I had the link to your comment in a notepad for 3 days before I got to linking it...lol! :) Anyway, thank you of linking them. ;)
Thanks for posting this post Dessert-Rose! We need more people like you on Duolingo! :) Many thanks and Happy Learning!
I am on level 12 in the Dutch course and it seems to have a problem when I type in the words, it is very slow. Is there anything I can do about it? I have checked that my keyboard is working correctly and my computer is also fine. What can I do to speed up the typing, thanks.
Awesome guide! I will link this to anybody I find asking or saying "I'm new here!" Thanks for sharing! :D
UPDATE: I just added a new section to the post "Basic Rules and FAQ in Duolingo (If you're new, please read this!) - Help Center Summary (Updated)".
Check it out and tell me what you think! :D
Even though this post is a couple months old, could you add in the Labs section the Dictionary?
Sure! Thanks for pointing it out, JJ. :D
EDIT: Adding it now (may take a while).
small correction. the dictionaries are not "from English", they are from your current language. So when you are laddering or doing the reverse tree the dictionary will change.
Wow. Thank you very much. I just managed to delete a language I had accidentally added. Have a lingot or two on me!
People are posting as if Duolingo has you talk into a microphone. Is that only for some languages? I didn't realize I could do anything but translate what was written, and type what I hear.
Other people in this thread have commented that Dessert-Rose's post should be made a sticky.
Please upvote https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/31315758 which requests that Dessert-Rose's "Basic Rules and FAQ in Duolingo", which is the post that you are reading right now, should be a sticky.