https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose

Basic Rules and FAQ in Duolingo (If you're new, please read this!) - Help Center Summary

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Hello everyone,

Here is a basic summary of how Duolingo works.
Most of the links in this post will link you to the Duolingo Help Center.
The Help Center can also be found in a few different languages.


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.
  • 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

A Tree

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.

The Crowns

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).

Daily Goal

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.

A Streak

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.

Streak Freeze

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

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!

The Leaderboard

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.

Blocking Someone

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.

Following Posts

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!

Timed Practice

Time Practice will give you the option of finishing a lesson under a certain time.
You get this feature once you get 5 Crowns!

Bonus Skills

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.

Labs

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.

Duolingo Stories

The Duolingo Stories now has it's own Tab. It currently has short stories in 4 different languages.

Duolingo Events

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.

Duolingo Podcasts

The Duolingo Podcasts is only in Spanish!

Duolingo Dictionary

The Duolingo Dictionary can be found in a milliard different languages. I will list the languages (from English) below:

Coming:

Words

The Words Tab lets you see the words that you've learned in a specific language.

Not all languages have this Tab.

Help

The Help Center gives you most of the explanations about things you want to know.

Settings

You can find Settings when you hover your mouse over your username in the top-right corner of your screen!

Notifications

Check out the Notifications. They might be useful to check out and set!

Duome

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

This will take you directly to their Duome profile!

Your and Others' Progress

Your Progress
Others' Progress

The knowledge is thanks to FredrikVC.


HELP CENTER LINKS


Using Duolingo

Account

Technical Problems
Reporting Issues
Clubs
Duolingo Plus
Purchases
Tinycards

About Duolingo for Schools

General

Fun And Important

Formatting Codes in Duolingo (Markdown)

I hope you find this useful, and if you're new here, WELCOME!!!!

Thank you! AP4418

October 28, 2018

44 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

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"

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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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!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael189866

Glad I checked before reporting this. It's wintery here.

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

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...

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Summery - Wintery!
Lol!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Brilliant! A daily posting of this would negate the constantly repetitive questions. Well done.

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanni0604

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.

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

What a grrrrreat idea! Duo, please take note.

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/cleetus.4

what do you mean?

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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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!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanni0604

Haha, thanks for the addition. Now I'll be honored if they sticky it too!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

What are Crowns?

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Yeah, good question! Btw, what are Gems??

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

What is love?

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/compsognathus
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October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TJTitmus
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The answer to the universe

March 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Thanks Linda! :D

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Gwaugle

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!

Thanks!

Gwaugle

January 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Thank you so much, Gwuagle, I'm adding them now. :)

January 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gwaugle

Hey, thanks! Happy to help, and to see the early response. I feel so honored! Happy to see it's there now, thanks again!

January 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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^^ 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. ;)

January 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gwaugle

Well, thank you for inputting them!

P.S. I love your "Teehee"! ^^

January 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Saved_by_Christ
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Thanks for posting this post Dessert-Rose! We need more people like you on Duolingo! :) Many thanks and Happy Learning!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Thank you so much and you're welcome! :)

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Peggy623097

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.

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Hi Peggy! You can check the post. There is a link there about reporting issues somewhere, out there!. Actually, never mind. Here's the link!

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/compsognathus
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Awesome guide! I will link this to anybody I find asking or saying "I'm new here!" Thanks for sharing! :D

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Thanks and you're welcome!

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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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

November 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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UPDATE: I added an extra section to the "Duome" section, which explains how to see your own or another's progress on Duome.

The knowledge and this update is thanks to FredrikVC.

November 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/J_J_max
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Even though this post is a couple months old, could you add in the Labs section the Dictionary?

January 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Sure! Thanks for pointing it out, JJ. :D

EDIT: Adding it now (may take a while).

January 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MiloBem
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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.

February 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul153436
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Wow. Thank you very much. I just managed to delete a language I had accidentally added. Have a lingot or two on me!

October 30, 2018

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Thank you and you're welcome!

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FinnickBlazeYT

Thank you very much! I needed this!

February 28, 2019

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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.

March 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Hi Carmen! Yes, Duolingo has a Microphone thingy for lessons. You can turn it on here. :)

March 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JimOser

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.

Thanks.

March 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cleetus.4

i do not under stand can you exspain please.

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Cleetus.4 The title explains everything.

November 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessert-Rose
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Hi! Sorry for the late comment, but what is confusing you?

November 15, 2018
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