https://www.duolingo.com/van441

Yes or no: Duolingo should add more achievements, some specific to your language you're learning.

I think it would be great for Duolingo to add specific and different achievements for what ever language you're learning, I feel like this would be more rewarding and you could get lingots from them.

May 29, 2019

132 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Joannepown

More bonus lessons would be great.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hardrockhamster

bonus lessons in all languages would be great, in Italian there are bonus lessons but in Swedish there are none

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Billibob2283

could you tell me what bonus lessons are? I only started 12 days ago and up to now I've only done swedish.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jermy25674

Bonus lessons are lessons that can be purchased with lingots in the store.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Finlay745011

sadly there arent any in chinese :(

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SzeYingOng

oh that's sad, because I'm Chinese and there are many Chinese idioms and proverbs worth learning

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

if a lesson is worth adding it is worth adding to the actual real tree, right? not as a bonus skill.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenhil0809

Why are these lessons bonus (have to be payed for in lingots). Why are they not just main lessons. One issue is that, in French, 'i am called' is in a bonus.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/edwnx

it's not that hard to get lingots though.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GabePeace

I think it's helpful to distinguish things like expressions and proverbs from the regular process of language learning. Many sayings do not translate literally or do not make grammatical sense, and could be confusing for those beginning to learn the language. I think having it as an optional add-on is a great solution because people can learn it if and when they like. However I totally agree that "I am called" should be in a main lesson.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JohanShiju

That’s in the free lesson “Introduction” in German. Why is it not in French?

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/gpm0224

This too. I have slots for bonus lessons and none available and the bonus lessons I have done give me no real incentive to return to them.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DereDereChan

Agreed

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/stevehornby

It would be good to have something to spend lingots on

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Finlay745011

yea, I'm already starting to get more than I can spend, and I have only been going for just over a month

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/joni99999

Yes. I have 488 lingots and there is no point to them except as streak savers or weekend amulets, which I rarely use anyway.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lightning_11

I think that there should definitely be some more achievements! Here are some ideas:

Leagues - Star 1: Enter Gold League, Star 2: Enter Platinum League, Star 3: Enter Ultimate League

Lingot Saver - Star 1: Have 20 lingots, Star 2: Have 100 lingots, Star 3: have 250

Motivator - Star 1: Give 25 upvotes, Star 2: Give away 5 lingots, Star 3: Get 40 upvotes on one comment/post

Big-Timer - Star 1: Use Duolingo for 120 minutes, Star 2: Use Duolingo for 400 minutes, Star 3: Use Duolingo for 1000 minutes

Student - Star 1: Do 10 lessons, Star 2: Do 50 lessons, Star 3: Do 250 lessons!

How do you like these ideas? If you have any others, I would love to hear them!!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/van441

I love your ideas!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Z.SandovalGanoza

Just gave you the one lingot I won after one hour of learning German, that's how I did like your ideas.

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry

Some language learning companies offer accredited language tests that are equivalent to the A1, A2, B1, and B2 levels. If I could use my lingots to take a language test that would be relevant to my CV--that would be amazing.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/joni99999

That's a great idea! Even if you couldn't add it to your CV, but could still take the test to understand what level you have attained would be good.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Geerten16

YES, PLEASE!

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Spudra

I'm afraid there will be a big issue. They can not check if you are cheating = people abusing it = the test being worth nothing. If this wouldn't be the problem I would be very happy if this would be added (:

(Edit: I agree with joni99999)

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Anthy_Utena

I can't really think that those achievements would be apart from stuff like "did all the exercises about [insert tense]", which doesn't seem very rewarding. I like achievements but I wouldn't want them added for the sake of adding more.

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Coriander18

I liked the achievement of being able to answer questions in the language which we used to have in clubs. There was a phrase such as 'Use bicicleta in a sentence' or a picture you had to describe, or a scenario. Writing a sentence in the language gave you 2 XP too. And it is fun when friends join in. I gather that's gone with Leaderboards (which I've just transferred to today). I'll miss it. It used to make me think in the language (like kids do when they are learning mother tongue).

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Koolest

Yeah, I miss that a lot.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/van441

I agree but if they gave you different rewards then there would be and reason.

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessy841570

I also enjoy the badges/acheivements and would love for there to be more! For example, mastering all of the past tense verb conjugations or learning 50 words for food. I think they should also be more visible to others.

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EmmaLouG

This is just me being a spoil sport, but you can always make your own achievements and rewards.

Ex. Unlock entire tree, buy beginner book to read in target language.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lecho_Liberty

There are not a lot of ways how to waste these linglots

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Geerten16

Here, have some (:

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cjr37

Unless lingots become the new Bitcoin and surge to $10,000 dollars apiece, I have little use for them.

Extra incentives could help, but the problem with incentives is that they need careful design to improve language learning. I read that people are doing repeat exercises in the basics to go higher up the league tables. The design must be to encourage you to do more and repeat exercises where it is useful. This is probably working for most people but not all. The incentive of the crowns is useful if the exercises are designed well. I tested out to Level 5 in Italian just to find that the exercises were no better than at Levels 3 and 4. I am working therefore on German, which I am not learning from scratch, at levels 3 and 4. What Duolingo needs to do is carefully design and monitor its incentive schemes.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cloakedyoshi

Personally, l would like this but l don’t see much purpose in adding specific achievements, it’s really only for the sake of feeling good but the proposal that these achievements would reward lingots is interesting...I would rather we have bonus lessons that we can earn in specific ways. Either through crowns or lingots. -cookieyoshi

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rich333420

I think it would be better if Duolingo added more conversational material.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Khensani7

The stories they introduced are fantastic! Honestly the most engaging aspect of duolingo (it also helps that you can reach your daily goal pretty quickly buying doing 2 or 3 stories)

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GabePeace

Here's an idea: What if you could use Lingots to buy some time of Duolingo Plus? Even letting people buy some of the benefits, like a week of add-free or a month of free practice tests would be very nice. I know this might be financially disadvantageous, but seeing as Duolingo already has these special perks, they could easily put them in the store and give us something else to spend our Lingots on.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SandyJames10

Might not be financially disadvantageous because if we bought a "teaser" with ingots, we might decide to update with real money.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ChevyBarnes05

I like this. But can we just focus on improving the language courses?

I know this would be a real motivator, though.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonkobu

I don't think Doulingo needs another source of lingots, as they become useless at some point. So what you are asking for is basically the crown system, where you get rewards for completing lessons on specific topics...

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/van441

if lingots were more useful for learning the language like the idioms lesson that you can buy, then lingots would be more useful and therefore achievements gifting lingots would help

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ProgrammerPlays

Lingots are never useless. Streak freezes, donating to new people on the forums, etc etc...

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Curtis895216

Thats why they should add more things to get in the shop.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonkobu

Well, this kind of depends. At the beginning of the course, you should not get Acheivements quickly, because you are still working up the tree and this (at least for me) is gratifying in itself.

So, achievements should start later in the course, at which point you will have accumulated much more lingots. You have ~16 right now, so yes, they do have value. If you stay with duolingo, you can collect much more, and once you are above 500 they become useless (yes, the 10 for the streak freeze are still nice, but what do i do with a few thousand?)

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_ClaireAnna_

Like the fact I got 40 lingots today because I did a few lessons?

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ProgrammerPlays

How the heck did you do that? Achievements? Streak?

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Aquawyrm

I miss being able to take a progress test by spending lingots. I know it's part of premium now, but it was nice.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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Yes. There should definitely be an achievement for mastering the distinction between 'estar' and 'ser' in Spanish, the definite and indefinite verb conjugation in Hungarian, or the distinction between the は and が particles in Japanese, or for mastering the subjunctive tenses in any of the Romance languages (well, maybe except for Romanian where things are much easier!)

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/butterscotchmrrw

I would like it if they allowed you to use lingots to have premium access. Like using so many for an hour or a day. I think a lot of people would like this. Also, since they have started having leagues, why not have leagues specific to the language you are learning instead of just everyone together.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaybjones18

100% agree! I would love to also see bonus lessons in the dialect you are needing to learn in. Duolingo is teaching what is known as "high german" that doesn't make sense in the state that I live in, so I feel like, even once I'm fluent in german, I still may not be able to communicate with the people around me

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CWSCWS

YES!

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/i_eat_Carrots

BRUH!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Finlay745011

yes yes yes

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ShimmiSham

I believe doing this would greatly incentivize progress in your specific language, this should also be followed by a greater number of uses for the lignots once you are able to achieve these tasks and get rewarded.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivonna-Mae

Duo already gives lingots out a lot. They’re supposed to be a reward, but they are given out too often to count as such, I believe. More bonus lessons would be great! (For Russian, all you have to buy is timed practice, and you can’t do much with the lingots that have already piled up)

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/The0neAnd0nly1

That's a great idea! I think it would improve the learner's experience and their enthusiasm to continue on there path!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dandushy

How about language specific streaks?

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Koolest

It would also be cool if they had stories in Chinese. They get me learning.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Geerten16

YES! That's a feature I'm also really really hoping for.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/gpm0224

Yes Please! I find achievements to be way more motivating than anything like leagues. It would be cool to get achievement badges for things like streaks within lessons and such. Personally, it would be much more motivating for consistency and accuracy.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Katie909460

TEA!!! It's a very pretty site but in terms of solidly teaching conjugation and grammar rules it is severely lacking! it is ok to get a small, conversational ability but not much more

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Akumjung.Pongen

A more robust shop would be nice.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NeilRawat1

si

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SkyBlueBlur

I like it... I give a big YES!!

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SandyJames10

I've earned plenty of rewards (lingots) but they would be more motivating if there was something useful to spend them on. I feel most rewarded when I can read the stories and listen to podcasts and understand them. DL stories should be available in every language.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Feram18

More achievements and more bonus skills would be great additions.

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Khensani7

Also I think there should be more things to choose from in the lingot store. As motivating as the leaderboards are to make you practice more to win lingots, it doesn’t really help when you’ve got all these lingots and nothing to do with them

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CarsteCool

yep! i hear you!

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KJDaBeast

Agreed, agree and AGREE!!! I know what you mean. I have all of these lingots and for what? I dunno. It's not like I have anything to spend it on.

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CarsteCool

yeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss! someone who agrees!

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/komatedon

Yeah' gamification should be more detailed!

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Conn1998

Could work well, I'm not sure what the achievements would be though, other than perhaps if they had an amusing quote or image with duo or something.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Audreystab1

ya

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LukeN135310

Yes

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LDLetsPlay

Yeah, good idea.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KelsSan

yup, i agree!

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/i_eat_Carrots

bruh minecraft? minecraft bruh

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JohanShiju

bruh ugandan dora? ugandan dora bruh

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/So_miekosan

YES.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pipes.

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Brianna553973

yes!

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry

Also, I think it would be great if there was a way to denote to others that you have completed a course. Maybe the flag and level could be displayed in a golden background then.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RobbieDoubleU

Yes!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Abigail24680

Thumbsup

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Labbits123
June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/drwilson66

I think more achievements would be great. Some easier ones that keep things fresh

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KevinKlein795572

Yes!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/van441

Thank you everyone for all the support!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Arngrimur115

Do you have any ideas for language specific achievements, i would like to hear them.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AJFuentes3

aj

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/bentley_Stephens

yes, indeed they should

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NekoAnimeGirl

Yes, that's a great idea! Japanese needs some more bonus lessons.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Katie909460

Also! The format of the lessons and repetitive nature of phrases and sentences is not necessarily ideal :(

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaybjones18

Personally, I like the repetitive lessons. It helps me memorize the meaning and the spelling, two things I struggle with

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/carinapuppylove

I think they should do a lot more bonus stuff.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/gonabarcas

Totally agree. More achievements would be great, but new achievements related to the language you're learning would be awesome!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Declan_Smith

I would definitely would love to see more achievements other then the few they have

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MohamadEza2

yes

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jay709846

I certainly like the lingots part! And the challenge. Great idea!(:(:

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SMASHBRO101

Yes, there should be more costumes, mini-games and achievements and have languages specific rewards for what languages you're learning. This might help people to learned other languages other than what you're intending.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/butterscotchmrrw

A clear marking in the tree of where A1, A2, B1, etc. begins/ends. This way you can easily see for yourself how far you are into a particular section. By the way, I'm glad Duo is aligning with CEFR and I hope they continue to add all the levels.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CandySpani1

Yes

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ada139314

i'd personally like it, it'd give more of a challenge and i like achievements (don't judge me)

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DereDereChan

yesss

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FaithLaRue1

Si, dovrebbe (Yes it should)

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Shelby.AM

I love this idea!

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SweetPaw

NO.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Firefox05

Yes!

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HippieRas

Medals, Badges, yes. Not sure about specific language, these things take time. But more medals, badges etc would be nice. ps. follow? (only if you're active)

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CiaraCampb9

I completely agree

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Amy385625

Yes definitely

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephHilt6

I think that is a great idea

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ikbengorge

Yes.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Labbits123

Yes.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/fireBaguette

yes it should

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/miaou-meow

yezzz ♡♡♡

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/WarrenStates

Absolutely yes!! Language learning is a life long process!

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Alecpinch

I agree!

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GabijaLuko

yes

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/slowee

Yes!

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/roman899262

yes I agree with your thoughts. it is very hard to earn lingots just from learning the material. i want duolingo to challenge us in ways where we could earn much more lingots just by completing harder challenges. i just hop it turns out ok and duolingo doesn't put in challenges that gives only 5 lingots a challenge

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kazuto835553

Would be great

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DarkQuest1922

This Would Be Great Please Happen Now !! ٩(ᐛ )و

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KJDaBeast

Actually, I don't think it would be a bad idea! Basically... sure!

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Styler001

Personally, I'm not here to "play a game". Winning tokens, or people following me, etc., doesn't matter. I get an email telling me some guy is following me and has 60,000+ more points (or whatever they're called) than I have. So what? I'm just looking for another way to help myself learn Spanish. If I'm studying Spanish, would one of these "specific to your language" achievements be a taco icon that I can't do anything with in real life? Just add more lessons. I guess the game aspect would be appealing to the children, though.

June 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaybjones18

I just have to disagree with your whole comment. While you may not be here to "play a game", as you put it, that is exactly the style that Duolingo teaches in. Games are proven to help us learn, no matter what your age is. Plus, it's a lot easier to keep coming back to do your lessons if it feels more like a game than a chore. I do my lessons mostly when I'm bored, sitting on the toilet, or waiting in the ortho office for an appointment. If you'd like a language learning app that has no game aspect, maybe try Babble?

June 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Fatluggage

This is poo

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cjr37

It depends on how it is used. Properly used it can be a good soil conditioner and lead to better results in future. Wrongly used it can cause pollution and ecological damage. I therefore agree with your analogy with incentive schemes.

May 30, 2019
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