New Leagues in Duolingo

I do not like the new leagues in duolingo. I feel that it does not have enough privacy. For one, they are putting your real name as your name in the leaderboard. Also, we are not able to compete with our friends. I think that it would be better if they added the lingots for top 3, but kept us in our own clubs. Now, I have no way of communicating with my friends on duolingo. Please tell me if you feel the same way, or if it is just me. Thanks!

May 22, 2019


What is the point of leagues and friends? You cannot communicate with friends, and they are in your league one week and then never again. How do leagues and friends improve you language skills?

I see no motivation at all in competing against strangers who are learning a different language and are here one week and gone the next. It is not comprehensible to me why some people see any attraction in cheating or piling on points to get ahead of strangers who are not interested in this game. And to do it in a league for a week, then start again the next. Senseless self stimulation.

It would make more sense to have language based groups, with subgroups on specific topics, that people could join and communicate, with a focus not on points but being able to communicate in a language.

May 26, 2019

very competitive. I just left my title as first place in the sapphire league and entered the ruby league just now and this Alessia user desperately tried to beat me but here were the top 5 in the Sapphire League: 1.reimesombrero (me) 2.Alessia 3.Cindy 4.jhoni 5.Denin Triana Also, Where is my first place prize?

July 15, 2019

Here is your prize - have a lingot!

September 3, 2019

I totally agree, but by now I think that the Duo people are going to keep leagues.

September 3, 2019

I don't have friend here anyway, so I don't care. imho it's quite motivating to compete with strangers!

May 24, 2019

I completely agree! Leagues and clubs should be kept as different sections/pages, and for clubs to be BACK! I remember doing Duolingo last year with clubs and it was amazing. Now I came back this year and they're gone, replaced with "leagues". Clubs were a major asset where you could communicate with other members, participate in activities, and altogether help you with your learning. For competitive people, I get it. Leagues shouldn't be removed entirely, people can compete and have fun like that if they'd like to, but having clubs just removed is outrageous... If they could bring back clubs and keep leagues running separately that would be perfect.

August 20, 2019

You don't have to enter your real name anywhere; I certainly don't.
Otherwise, I entirely agree with you.

May 22, 2019

Garpike, even if you do not enter your name, it still shows at least your first name.

May 26, 2019

Pentaan, The thing is that then there is zero motivation to do duolingo besides learning the language. Learning the language is a pretty big motivator, but having lingots fels good. I think they should add the lingots system to the club leaderboards.

May 26, 2019

I don't wish to be in this community either and I didn't have a choice. It just showed up! I agree 100%!

May 22, 2019

I completely understand you! I don't wish to have other users feeling the need to compete with me, to know my name, and to see all my points and XP! I wish there was an option to leave and not participate!

May 22, 2019

There is an option to leave.

Uncheck "Make my profile public" in

On a phone or tablet you need to switch your browser to "desktop mode" to see that option.

May 22, 2019

Also, thanks to everyone who gave me a lingot! :)

May 26, 2019

I hope you know that your real name is visible on your profile anyway.

August 13, 2019

Yes, that is part of the problem.

August 14, 2019

Why isn't it showing the same name as in the Duolingo forum? I think most users will agree that they do not wish to share their name with the community, we chose a user name for a reason. Although I am very happy that they introduced this league system and I feel like learning languages is starting to feel like a game, making me learn even more. Congrats to the team for introducing this shizzle.

May 23, 2019

I also totally agree. At least in clubs you were 'competing' against those learning the same language and could interact with them. I'm certainly not a fan of these leagues. Was any research done before they were introduced? Where is the value, because I don't see it. A definite step in the wrong direction IMHO.

May 25, 2019

I feel like i am improving better with this system. Not really into communication competition is a real motivation so it's easier if they are strangers, i would hate to do that with friends. I like the idea of a rewarding system

August 31, 2019

Pseudonyms always everywhere, and also never a picture of your face and even less of a member of your family.

September 3, 2019

I also preferred being in a club with actual real life friends so we could see how each other was doing, as well as all the other interactions/comments etc it provided.

Maybe they will bring them back, I am not too keen on the leagues myself but they should probably keep them. That sort of thing tends to motivate people a lot although now there are 9 leagues to work through it seems even more daunting.

September 3, 2019

I like the league. It's essentially just a leaderboard. I found that it motivates me to stay in Ruby leage.

What do you mean by privacy? It shows whatever username you used to sign in.

September 6, 2019

I totally don’t understand what this is about. Where do they get these xp points? They don’t bear any relationship to the actual points I earned today. If anyone can explain I will be grateful.

May 22, 2019

XP points do have a relationship to the points you earned today. You get 10 XP points for completing a lesson. If you do a duolingo story, you get 10 XP plus the extra you earn from answering questions. You can earn 20 XP if you test out of a skill. In these new leagues, whoever has the top XP points in the league, get a promotion. If you are in the top 3, you get lingots. Your XP points were also used to win in your club earlier.

May 26, 2019

Very much later, sports80 When I put that post things were exactly as I described. And I understood how XP points are awarded. It must have been a temporary blip, as I am credited with them all nowadays. I am not sure whether it is a good or bad thing that the leagues are an incentive to do every lesson at each level in order to progress through them, as you only get 20 points for testing out. Endless repetition good? Bad? Boring?

September 3, 2019

I agree with you Suzanne, the person on the top of the amethyst leaderboard last week had over 200,000 points for the week! How's that even possible?

September 2, 2019
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