Stories rolling out on iOS
Stories fans, I’ve got some good news: We’re finally testing bringing Stories to mobile! In the coming weeks, some users on iOS will start noticing a new Stories tab in the iPhone app. Thanks for helping Stories evolve into the fun and effective practice mode it is, and we hope you like the new mobile experience as well.
As always, we roll these tests out gradually, and pay attention to how it does. Our hope is that Stories will expand beyond what it is today and be useful for more and more learners, and this is a leap in that direction. Let us know what you think of the new tab when you see it, I’d love to read your thoughts. Enjoy!
Our hope is that Stories will expand beyond what it is today and be useful for more and more learners, and this is a leap in that direction.
At the risk of channelling the spirit of a stuck record, may I ask you if there are any plans to introduce stories for languages other than the current ones?
There probably are, because so many people want it. I certainly hope there are! (Although it would probably be only popular ones eg. Italian, Norwegian, Japanese(?), Swedish, and maybe English from Spanish or Chinese.) still, more would be good.
very many people also want the health removed and clubs and testing out XP back but that's not happening is it?
If they remove something, they probably won’t add it back, but they always add new things. I don’t have health so I don’t know about it.
What is this health you speak of? I've been using Duo for English to Spanish (Play Store app/Android) for a few years now and I dont remember ever seeing a health section/feature.
It’s how Duolingo discriminates against iOS users. Every wrong answer you lose a health point. Lose five health and you can’t go on unless you’re a “plus” paying subscriber or pay gems. It’s only done to penalize people who use IOS devices. Health is not on the website interface nor on Android devices.
- Yes it is on Android as well now. But can't you just practice to regain health? I thought that was a feature?
- It encourages you to be careful about your answers rather than just rush through them. That being said I still think it's a pretty bad feature
Also it is not for everyone on iOS. I am doing English to German and do not have health.
English to Dutch on iOS, no health for me (but I mostly do web/PC anyways, seems much more effective)
It is on the app only (I think, I don’t have it). It’s kind of like strength and can be bought with lingots.
BulbulKaro weren't you listening to the other comments? It's like hearts on iPhones, and you have a maximum of 5 hearts and every wrong answer you put you lose a life. You can't answer any more questions if you lose all five hearts. Unless you have Duolingo plus, then the hearts are unlimited like on Android and laptops and computers.
you get 2 lingots for telling us. And, does French have stories yet? i want to learn part of that language one day.
Yep, French already has stories! The four languages currently supported in Stories are Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.
Oh, sorry, I had the impression you did from your knowledge of Duo's plans.
Listen @Hip, it's great and all you want friends here but please stop spamming, and no one cares you are from Vietnam okay?? Go tell that to the dogs. Though, imo your English is not bad.
Don't worry, that's only their opinion, they know no more than anyone else does about it.
Considering that they started with only Spanish and have now expanded it to a total of four languages, I personally consider it likely that it will be extended at least to Italian and probably further to large courses like Russian. How far and whether or not there will ever be stories for all languages I don't know, but frankly I'm dubious that they'll consider the benefit worth the cost for small languages like Czech.
I'm interested to see what happens, if anything, with English stories for speakers of other languages...
Good point. I do hope they expand it to other languages. It would be nice to see stories in non-European languages. Perhaps Chinese and Japanese?
you can also consider the words tab or bonus skills that only expanded to 5 languages
Yes, that's why I'm saying I expect Italian at least to get stories, as it's one of those 5 languages. I also don't think the reasons those have only ever been on 5 languages apply to stories, hence why I expect them to at least do large languages like Russian eventually.
the only reason is that they don't want to add them, everything else is just excuses
I think they should add them in Chinese and Japanese as well because they are next in terms of the number of learners on Duolingo and far more widely spoken. In fact, Chinese is the most spoken language in the world (besides English).
I seriously hope they would expand stories to Italian, however, as little has changed in the English to Italian tree in five years, I'm not holding my breath for any enhancement.
That's a great start! Hopefully to Android soon so I don't always have to go to the web browser on my phone to pull the stories up. Thanks for the heads up!
Finally that's a very good news :) thank you all! and now maybe next good thing can be "dark(night) mode" :)
Never thought about dark mode, but that would be an awesome addition, especially since learning just before sleep is most productive (at least according to Duolingo)
I use a dark mode extension on the website, but I would absolutely love an official dark mode & one for mobile!
Yes! I do most of my duolingoing on my iphone right before going to sleep and I have often thought that this should be an option!
No there is not for Duolingo it's self, but in the app store you might be able to find one
Just a question.
If you get something wrong in the stories on IOS will you lose health then?
What in gods' name is "health"? I see people mentioning it but I've never seen anything like that.
I think it is referring to the heart system. It is not used by the web version and appears not to be by the android version, but is used by the IOS version (ipad, iphone). When taking a new lesson you lose a heart for every mistake you make. When your hearts are gone, you can not take any more lessons until you either do something to earn more, or wait for them to be replenished. You can earn more by practicing lessons you have completed. The most hearts you have at the start of a lesson is 5. I hate the heart system. Have just about quit using my ipad (IOS) for new lessons because of it.
Thank you. Looked it up myself (after I'd asked the question here) and your reply does clarify it further. No, we don't have it on Android or in the web version. Thank God for that. The only thing that comes close to it is when we try to skip a level - we get 4 mistakes and we're out. That's not so bad, though, if one makes more than 4 mistakes when skipping a level, perhaps one should not be skipping said level anyway. The iOS version sounds a lot more painful.
Depends on whether you lose the hearts because the computer brain doesn't have enough synonyms or not!!! LOL It' happens to me in French ALL THE TIME. I do make mistakes, but I have lost hearts for saying "alone" instead of "by yourself" for "seul" and THAT is just plain WRONG!!!!! LOL
Health is on Android. Health is also on iOS. The reason that some people have health and some people don’t is because of the A/B server-side testing that Duolingo does. Random accounts will get health, random accounts won’t. The only place that health will never be is on the web interface.
Just to clarify, as far as I've been able to tell, on the iOS app you can practice specific skills that you have already brought to level 5; or do global practice and let the program decide what you need to work on. I haven't tried the skill-specific practice; but at the end of a global practice session, if the health point you gained still leaves your total less than 5; you will usually be offered the chance to earn another health point by watching a short ad. And sometimes at the beginning of a lesson, if you have less than 5 health, it will offer a health point fo watching an ad.
Other ways to restore health are to buy a refill using gems; or to upgrade to Plus, which comes with unlimited health. Although I don't know the mechanics of the unlimited health. It could be that you just don't see the health system at all; or it could be free refills; or something I haven't thought of. Maybe someone with Plus on iOS will enlighten us.
Also, I've seen some posts that indicate that the health system is starting to roll out to other platforms; starting with Android.
And I, for one, love the health system. It is one of the reasons that I'd rather use my iPad than the web interface. When I get low on health; I take it as an indication that I'm moving too fast; and need to take some time to run a few practice sessions before returning to the lessons. (And/or that it's time to take a break and do something completely different for a while.)
We are all different, I really hate the heart system. I hope it does not roll out to the android or the web version. I have one friend that has pretty much quit using duo because the hearts. It also appears that on the IOS version on my IPAD the discussion for the questions is not very useful. It will let me see the comments posted , but not the response to the comments and will not let me post. Maybe I am doing something wrong.
Yikes! That sounds horrible. Yeah, the heart system needs to be done away with. It sounds very discouraging to say the least. Is there a way to contact the Duolingo developers (staff, whatever) directly?
Since you would kindly love to read our thoughts.
First of all, thank you for finally putting the stories on mobile, many seem to have missed them completely. So here’s the thought that I hope you will love to read even though it isn’t about stories (apologies) but extremely important none the less:
- when can we expect to see a manual option to go through a tree lesson in a "100% typing in the target language" mode ?
Lingodeer for example has a challenge mode for all lessons. After a certain period, I would love to challenge myself more, and cut out the super easy Image, Match the pairs, Choose the correct answer, Fill in the blank, type of exercises. I only like them in the beginning because it doesn’t get too difficult too soon, but there is no opt out available when they become a boring hindrance.
Heyyy I am a native speaker in two languages : English and Turkish And I would love to do or improve or have a part at turkish stories. How can I apply to make Stories in Turkish?
Currently, there is no Incubator system for translating stories. There may be in the near future, though.
Definitely, it’s probably the next one they’ll add though (if they add more).
You technically can start a sentence with 'and' and be correct.
"And" is a commonly used word in English.
No you can not be. I learned this in 9th grade and it is true and can not start a sentence.
This is wrong, just like many other so-called grammar "rules" taught in schools (such as so-called "rules" against split infinitives and dangling prepositions, both also wrong). But don't take my word for it, see what Merriam-Webster says:
It's perfectly acceptable to begin a sentence with "And," as well as the other words that are we are often taught to avoid such as "but" or "or." Writing samples tracing back to the 9th century, including bible translations, break these "sacred" rules ...
You know, the wonderful about languages is that nobody cares if somebody occasionally breaks a grammar rule if it gets their point across.
kohoutseks whoever taught you grammar in 9th grade taught you wrong. You CAN start a sentence with 'and', 'but', 'because' and others.
Thanks for the announcement. Stories are one of the best features of DL. I’m a bit sad that I just started the last one in Spanish. I hope to start French stories though.
Duo's not going to attach the same health constraints to stories as it does the rest of the mobile content, is it? If Duo is, then I'll pass on mobile stories.
If you're on the mobile app, you get Hearts. You only have 5, and you lose one for every mistake you make during a lesson. If you run out of hearts, you can't do any lessons.
You can earn back a heart doing a practice review session thing. Sometimes it's nice/helpful. Other times, a bit annoying and slows things down.
I'm on mobile but I don't see it. It might be an a/b test. It sounds awful. They should not punish you for making mistakes. I'll often purposely put in a wrong answer even if I remembered it correctly just so the sentence will come around again for reinforcement. This will destroy my flow.
Yeah stories are cool and all, but when are we getting Bot Chats back? They were removed, we were promised to get them back, and we never did.
I didn’t know that they said that they’d bring them back. Do you have a link to the statement?
Hmm, it talks about a ‘more intergrated way’. Is this talking about Stories (although I can’t remember if the end of Bots came before Stories) or something else? I think that Bots were better in the sense that they could be different each time, although there was the problem that it was easier to just answer the same way each time.
Android now has a "Practice Spanish with a tutor via text messages" for Plus subscribers.
I really like the stories and can't wait to see them in Android. Great move. Keep it up.
Awesome! I was SO happy when you brought the lesson plan texts to the app and now stories?! That's gonna be amazing. I used to have the cool feature to talk to robots too, but that's gone :(
If we could get stories and chatbots on the app and an algorithm for sentences that make sense, then I would pay so much money for Duolingo! (as is stands, sentences like "The cat speaks English to the dog and the dog finances a new hamster" really makes it difficult to work on questions based on contexts like language learning and linguistics actually are.) Another thing (of course I'm being picky) would be complete sentences being recorded for the lessons instead of the robot voices stitched together. This would make for a very nice natural way of enhancing comprehension and understanding pronunciation.
Thanks for your tip! Here's a Lingot!I didn't ever try that, but it works fine. I just have to add a bookmark for the Stories page as it's not in the app, though you can jump into the word practicing from the Stories page.
Is it possible to have longer stories which are more reading comprehension based rather than the interactive conversation form which they seem to take?
Thanks for bringing stories to the app!(I think that’s what it means) Now I don’t have to leave the app and go to the website for stories! There is still the problem of the languages stories are in though. Can’t wait for more languages, and maybe even discussions on the app!
I am so excited for stories to come to mobile! I would love to see more stories be added later on as well! It is the most engaging part of the duo program, and when my laptop was on the fritz, it is definitely something I missed when being restricted to the mobile-only experience.
Great! Can't wait! I have found that although I had to take a LOT of German to be able to read the first stories, once I was able to follow them, they have helped me a LOT! I notice that they are essentially the same stories in all the languages. Maybe you could get volunteers to translate them into our native languages so that all the languages have the stories?
Are these stories unique to each language or would it be possible to crowd source their translation into other languages (like Duo of old - one sentence at a time) - they could then be proofed by fluent moderators. I would love to be able to contribute to expanding what is offered (but am not fluent enough).
So far the French and Spanish stories are the same. It's a great idea to crowd source the same stories into other Duo languages...here's a vote for ARABIC please!
This is great news, I love being able to learn on the go via the app but sometimes get bored of the repetitive tree. I look forward to the Android update!
I think the stories are a smart way to learn a language more fluently. Being read to and reading to others was how I learnt to read and write as a child; by matching what I'm seeing to what I'm hearing. The tree teaches us the details of correct grammar, spelling and sentence structure, but cannot demonstrate fluency as it uses only short sentences with an automated voice. One thing I would love to see developed in the stories section is the ability to remove the questions after completing it the first time. To be able to read/listen to a story without interruption so we could get used to hearing text at a fluent pace. By completing a story the first time, I've already demonstrated comprehension. I think the faster pace of the speech in stories will go a long way to help us learn languages to a conversational level which is the ultimate goal of learning any language. Currently, I'm reluctant to open a story again after completion because the same questions become boring and interrupt the flow.
I appreciate the hard work and the fact that Duolingo is free! Amazing!! I will admit that I made my profile private in order to leave the leagues and learn without competition. I still use the app everyday on my commute or to pass time when I'm waiting for something. I'd be happy to use Lingots or Gems to be able to access stories without the questions and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one....just an idea...!
Please show some story love austroasiatic and japonic languages.
For at least Japanese I know there are lots of contributors and members of the that forum who would love to contribute.
This is great! I'm looking forward to having Stories available on my phone, as I do the bulk of my studying on my lunch break.
Ayeee! Duolingo coming in CLUTCH with the stories for my iPhone. I dig that!
I could not help myself trying it. And bring "Stories" to mobile is much more convenient for using it in front of a computer.
Thanks for this exciting update, hope it all goes well and gets rolled out to everyone soon. And by everyone, I mean us Android users too.
Finally some good news from Duolingo! I can't wait for Esperanto Stories...
Well that's some great news. excited to do some french stories on my commute ;)
Good to see the mobile apps catching up, but I think it is worthwhile to mention that stories have already been a useful feature on mobile by installing the progressive web app. Use add to home screen in chrome on Android and safari on iOS after loading the duolingo main page in your mobile browser. Finally you can free yourself from your desktop!
That's nice, I have a friend who uses an IPhone who I compete with to get the most XP. If it isn't too much to ask, could the Duolingo team please have stories in Japanese? It'd be wonderful for many learners around the world! Also, please wish me luck in getting my friend hooked on Duolingo! :D
Great, looking also forward to stories for more languages, e.g. Italian and Dutch.
The stories I've done so far (Spanish) are fantastic. I'm on android so don't expect to get them in the app for a long time but have saved a link to the stories section of the website on my home screen!
Will be looking forward to having the stories on IOS so I can have them on my IPAD. But , I really hate the heart system. I have gotten to the point I seldom use my IPAD for new lessons because of the hears. Please consider getting rid of the heart system.
Can't wait for this. I honestly avoid the app unless I have to, which means that for me to practice is an extra bit more effort when I have to turn on the computer, so this is really convenient and will definitely increase my use of it!
I like how interactive they are and it made me more excited to learn, im happy to hear its coming to mobile
Great idea. The stories helped me break the plateau I was at. Pero, ahora estoy aprendiendo mucho mejor. Gracias Duo
Ayee when us android fellas expect to get stories? Stories is my favorite practice in duolingo. It'd be nice to have them in the app.
I love the addition of stories to the app. Its great to hear and read conversational Spanish and be able to quickly get the definitions of words I'm not familiar with yet.
That is really good news! I look forward to win stories will be available for my iPad. Thanks!
I think it would be fun to make additional stories available for purchase with lingots, too. Don't know if this changes at higher levels, but at least at the beginning levels it feels like there are few things worth purchasing in the store. Perhaps extra stories could fill that gap.
Oh, I hope I get this! Stories are my absolute favourite way to practice.
Now my very stubborn friend who does NOT want to use the website can enjoy Stories!
Yes! Use them already and had to go to the web to do so, so this is great news.
re: Mobile, I'd use it if the lessons matched the web version, but they seem to me to be a lot easier and a lot less useful (with silly useless stuff like match-the-word, and not enough A-B B-A translation)
They stories are a very cool addition. It is nice to have a longer dialogue to hear and read rather than just short sentences. Bravo.
You can find them on the mobile web and on the desktop versions of Duolingo. They are in French, Portuguese Spanish, and German, and offer those language learners to practice there languages skills in terms of reading some short stories. You can earn XP from them, and if you don't know a word you can hover over it and it will translate it for you.
I enjoy stories - although feel you shouldn't get the same XP for repeating the same one? My partner uses it as a way to cheat the streak XP required on days that have time constraints; but will be glad to be able to do them on phone :)
I have been using Duolingo for more than 4 months, today is the first day that I log in my account on laptop and realize that there are so many modes, esp. Stories mode, which is so fun and educative. So anticipated that Stories will evolve into mobile!
Awesome! I can't wait for them to role out, I can do some stories on my phone while on the bus.
I'm so excited to hear stories are becoming more mobile and greatly looking forward to the addition of new languages :)
I usually use my computer or my android to practice Spanish and Italian on Duolingo. I enjoy listening to the Spanish stories and I wish there were stories available in Italian. The stories are engaging, humorous, and a refreshing break from the regular languages exercises. The stories are also easy to comprehend because the language is presented in context using familiar vocabulary and language tenses. It helps, for example, that the first few stories in Spanish are told entirely in present tense instead of using past or future tenses that new language learners have not yet learned.
I believe that adding the story component to all of the languages offered by Duolingo would greatly enrich the language acquisition of Duolingo learners. Listening to simple stories improves our listening skills, our comprehension, and makes us feel successful when we understand the story. I would greatly appreciate Duolingo adding the story component to every language offered, especially Italian.
Thanks for listening.
Awesome! Stories has been the best thing yet for me. Stories has been an incredible addition to my combination of the skill tree, YouTube, and speaking with Spanish speakers every chance I get. If you guys didn't already know, just log into Duolingo on your mobile's browser and you'll be able to do stories. Being able to do it from the actual app is just that more convenient.
That's good news! I like using the app better than the web interface because I can drag words around when working from the word bank for translations & dictation (it's much faster than deleting words and putting them back if I find a mistake before hitting "check") but I like the stories a lot.
Will they come on Android too because I mostly use my Android phone instead of my iPhone. I would find it so much more useful if there were stories on my phone so I wouldn't have to go on my laptop every time. Thank you for making this development. I look forward to it.
It would be great to see stories for more languages like Hungarian or Japanese
when will we be seeing stories for new languages? like dutch and chinese?
are you guys getting payed by apple to not put it on android? cause thats a bad move
I don't have apple, but I do enjoy the stories immensely. I recognize these activities as the ones we use through out language work books and texts, but I think the very important difference here is that they are read aloud in a native accent. I also like that I press enter or click along with the activity, it makes reading a bulk of text way more manageable by breaking the speech into bite sized pieces.
Why? I think it's great - I rarely use desktop almost always mobile, and I currently specifically log on to the desktop for stories, great to have the same functionality on the app :)
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha this is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny I lauged so hard I ❤❤❤❤ my self
Make a different post about it, in the troubleshooting or Spanish forum. This post is about stories, not Spanish.
Please don’t spam the post. And by the way you posted about 10 of these. At least get it done to one.
I assume it's being beta tested on iOS first, then will roll out. I don't work for duo, but that is what a lot of companies do in my experience :) iOS is a bit easier to code for at first due to limited number of screen size variants, so to make the experience similar to desktop on androids it will probably take a little more code. Patience, my friend! Progress is progress.