Stories available on iOS — and what's next
Stories, Stories everywhere!
Great news, everyone: the beloved Duolingo Stories you have been enjoying on the Duolingo website are now available on our app on iPhone and, as we finish releasing this feature on iOS, we are setting our sights on rolling it out on Android. We are close to being able to do that in the coming weeks, and hope you are as excited as we are!
Where is the language I am learning, it would be great to see it on Stories!
Ah, remember when Stories was only available in Portuguese? Now you can enjoy them in Spanish, French, German — and also in English from Portuguese, Chinese, and Spanish! We’ve been working on bringing everyone all the Stories so more and more people can benefit from them. We <3 them too.
Have you given Stories a try yet? Any favorites so far? Let me know in the comments!
Stories stories everywhere - um, not quite I'm afraid. We Italian learners are extraordinarily patient, still waiting, but happy for those with Stories!
EXTRAORDINARILY patient. And all the other languages that want stories. At least I can do German stories, but that’s not my focus language.
Assolutamente! Mia sorella studia spagnola e lei mi racconta che le storie sono fantastiche! Maybe we should write our own in italiano.
I'm on it! Ho suggerito che le pubblichino una alla settimana, come si fa d'altronde per i podcast. Così non sarà un impegno enorme per i contribuenti volontari. Vedremo.
you don't need to write them as all these stories are exactly the same in those languages, only the actors [voices] change... I mean they all the same when you check the set no 1 - I have done them in French and Spanish and they exactly the same
English: Can you submit stories to duolingo?
Italiano: puoi inviare storie a duolingo?
I am learning chinese... No stories? ): I would love having English -> Chinese stories, but I don't they exist. Can I write my own somehow?
How do you comment on everything? I mean I see you comments on almost every post.
Got to German, Portuguese, Spanish, or French and you will find stories. Only on the website or iOS.
I have iOS and cannot access the newer Spanish stories either. Anxiously waiting!
I wish the stories gave you the ability to go back and listen to the entire story at once instead of just one sentence at a time. This would be a nice feature to have.
We're currently experimenting with new experiences during replay. Stay tuned!
I also liked the feature I had briefly where you could do audio only. Would be awesome to bring that back
I also would appreciate to choose the speed the same way like in other parts of DL - manually. Not twice full speed and then slowly.
There actually is a way (kind of):
If you want to hear it at regular speed for a 3rd time, click the sentence above, then click on the current sentence. You'll hear it in real speed.
But, yes, it would be more convenient to have a fast and a slow button.
Same, I would love it if the audio of the stories could be made available (on iTunes, etc). so we can listen to the stories and train our ears.
There are many sources for the spoken word in a variety of languages. Starting here is fine. Go through all of the stories. Go ogle the various research sites for ways to find the best and cheapest foreign language stories. Make your own by recording yourselves reading some of the texts here or from books you are reading.
Thanks for the reply, I already watch movies in my target language and use other sources to train my hearing but of course, these are targeted at people who are native and fluent in the language. I enjoy the Duolingo stories as they are bitesize and more fun to listen to and learn from than other sources. I was merely suggesting that they repurpose the source material they already have and to maximize profit from them to help people in their learning. Recording myself reading from books would not help me get accustomed to the accents and the way native speakers talk, but thanks for the suggestions anyway.
Hey Cindymayberger! :) I LOVE listening to the stories in French! :) I go back to do them over and over to get myself speaking more quickly along with them or after them! :) Unfortunately, my fave so far "Follow The Arrows" is stuck and I reported it but they haven't restored it yet. That story is the one I found the most "fun and mysterious" for the beginner level. I hope they get it working again. :) I'm SOO GLAD that more people will be able to listen to these in a different language! :) This is WONDERFUL! I applaud Duolingo for moving forward in this direction! GREAT job! :) I do my lessons via the Web so,I don't use the app. I'm just impressed with all the updates that Duo is doing for more of it's learners! The cunning owl never ceases to amaze! :) Good luck going forward! Here's to all the languages that are available and that are coming on and to the owl being more and more content as more users Enjoy language learning! :) Bonne Chance Cindymayberger! :)
It's great that you're redoing Stories for speaking practice! And we're glad you're such a fan of this feature overall. That said, I'm sorry to hear that "Follow the Arrows" is stuck!? We'll look into it right away...
Thanks Cindymayberger! :) I appreciate that very much! :) Keep up the GREAT work with everything! :)
I too think the stories are a really great feature. It's also wonderful to see admin personally dialoging with us, the userbase. Thank you Cindy and keep up the great work! We'll be looking out for the "new experiences" you mentioned.
Hi, "Follow the arrows" works for me just now on Google Chrome browser. I also really appreciate the Stories. I hope it wiil be also in English for Chech learners, for my wife, soon.
I am re-learning some French with DuoLingo. And I love the stories! My only complaint is that I wish you could add some more stories in the easier levels. I have gotten into the more difficult ones and while I know I need a little more difficult content in order to learn, I sure would love to see some more stories added to some of the more elementary levels! The stories are really helping me a lot, I feel. I'm so glad you offer them now. Thanks.
We hear you and are working on writing more Stories for earlier in the course.
Cindy, I love the stories and make them a part of my daily lesson. I am spending more time on them for learning more words and sentence structure. I also repeat verbally with the speaker for pronunciation. In French going from set 4 to 5, I see a huge difficulty gap. I am going from 4, now zooming thru them near perfectly, to 5 where I stumble on each word. Do you find this to be true and is there a differentiation in level mastery like: up to set 5 is Basic French , Set 5 -7 is Intermediate? Thank you and I am eagerly awaiting more stories in French!
You're right that there's a big gap in difficulty between sets. We're working to provide a more gradual experience for learners so that gap doesn't feel so abrupt.
That's awesome! The stories section is my fave an I learn quicker from it, so I'm really excited! Duolingo is the BEST!❤
Wonderful! I love the stories... they are a great break from the usual lessons. I'm so glad I can access on my phone now, too.
Thank you, DuoLingo! =D
Do you still have lingots? Some lingot users cannot yet see Stories on iPhone, but should probably be able to next week.
wait, what? (⊙_⊙ )
will we just lose our lingots and their perks after the nearest updates?!
I’m not able to see it either and I just received the update. I still have lingots... are lingots obsolete?
What wonderful news. The stories are so very helpful. It was mentioned in a response below that the stories aren't showing up for people with IOS who still have Lingots. Are you planning to get rid of Lingots? Will we still be able to buy a streak freeze? Thanks in advance.
I agree with you Nickalita. There needs to be stories for near-beginners. I have just tried some in German and they were so helpful.
You betcha. We're working on writing more Stories at the earlier levels so there's even more opportunity for reading and listening practice.
Is there any intention of adding even more stories for Spanish from English?
Yes! We hope to add more Stories to all of the courses mentioned above.
But useless when not available on iPad. My iPhone is very old and can't be updated.
Also, why has the xp diminished on desktop. I tried to practice previous stories this morning and earned 0xp. WHY??? What's happening?
Rumour has it that xp for repeating a story has been cancelled because of leagues.
Hi, I just recently received the stories icon on the Duolingo app on both my iPhone and iPad and have been enjoying this feature in French for the past few weeks. However, this morning I noticed that the stories icon has suddenly disappeared from my iPad (I just used it yesterday). This feature is still available on the app on my phone, but I much prefer doing this on the bigger screen. I tried updating my iPad and still no luck in getting stories back. I really enjoy this feature and it would be a pain to keep having to go through the browser to access these stories. Does anyone have any solutions? Thanks.
Stories has not yet come to iPad, although it is in our plans. Is it possible you were using it on the browser?
No, I definitely used the app... this is my first time using the browser. Like @jessecac13 I had it on my iPad app and now it’s gone.
Perhaps it is just because I received an email letting me gain “early access” to stories that let me obtain these on my iPad. When will these stories become available for iPad?
I think I'm running out of stories. They are getting beyond the level at which I am working.
Wow! That's great that you've already read so many! We're hard at work to add more.
Please please please add more stories. I did all of them a couple of times, then you added a few (more simplistic stories) to the beginning, and I've done them numerous times, too. More stories, please!!!
Read them out loud. Then read them again. Faster and louder. Trust me on this. Later, you and other will thank me.
make them more points for reading the second time....That will encourage more reading the second time, naturally.....
I think they did the opposite: it seems some don't receive xp at all when redoing a story.
We're working on it! Can't wait for you to have a chance to try them out...
I do the Spanish stories (on the desktop) and one reason I like them is that the pronunciation is clear and that the speakers are more lively, but don't speak too fast. I wish we had the same quality for the regular lessons.
As once our tutor said: All our job is text and nothing else! Reading is the most important part of language learning which ‘Stories’ is doing a good job through this objective.
If you've taken a job and it involves German, I would spend some money to take a 5 credit course in it. It's what I did in French and it helped a great deal. Research as much as possible and read what I wrote above. Buy real textbooks to augment what you are doing here. Make the biggest best effort and buy a German-English dictionary, and READ, READ, READ aloud. I like duolingo but they have too many simple questions. And then with difficult questions, you lose a lot when you make a tiny error. University education is a little more forgiving and more nuanced as well. I don't recall seeing the word "dictionary" here in the several years I have been using DL.
i would like to have extra features after finishing a story, like questions about what happened and even longer stories.
Great idea! We're playing around with ways to enhance the end-of-story experience. As and as you move through the sets they should definitely get longer.
Stories are the best!! thank you so much for making learning so much fun!! I get a lot of satisfaction from Stories i push myself to learn more lessons because i find myself wanting to read more stories love this new goal ty ty ty tyTY!!! :)
The Duolingo Stories will benefit everyone, all learners in all languages. My French learners have improved so much on their listening and comprehension skills!
Hopefully they shall be released for all learners soon!
Yes, I love the Spanish stories! Can't wait until they are available on Android!!
Hooray, parabens!!!! Can't wait til Stories are available for Android. They make learning even more fun. I mainly study on the train or at night before bed, so not needing a laptop for stories will be amazing!! ^_^
Thanks! The stories are a great help in learning German. Many thanks for all your efforts
It's nice to see an admin interacting with the users! Thank you Cindy! And yes, the stories are great!
I really liked the stories being linked to 'tiny- cards', so I could fix the words in my memory, but they seem to have disappeared? Tinycards anyway were an excellent addition as a way to learn, it makes a session more interesting to vary methods. PLEASE can you bring them back?
Je t'aime le stories! I love how they don't just follow a linear plot line and are actually interesting to interact with! Its a nice break from just practicing vocabulary and helps you see the language in action!
I finished all the Spanish stories on my PC. I'm still waiting for more stories to get released
Wow, that's amazing! Don't worry... we're constantly working on writing new Stories and will publish some more soon!
Why does Spanish have more sets of stories than French? I thought they were simply the same stories in different languages so why doesn't French have the extra stories?
That's a good question, and the answer has to do with how we first experimented with content as we developed this feature. Eventually, we hope to add more Stories to all of the courses listed above.
When...we are in the desert now waiting for drops of words in foreign languages to slake our thirst and enhance our days and nights so many of which have passed since we heard the same promises....
Hi Ripcurlgirl, remember getting asked to rate a story from time to time after reading one? Speaking for myself, I have received an occasional story survey that requested a numerical rating and gave an opportunity for a short comment.
It seems reasonable to me to assume that some of the stories that were in Spanish must not have been that well-liked, so they would not have been re-translated from Spanish / English into French / English.
This way, the readers of the French stories (and perhaps German ones, too) will not have to go through a less popular tale just to be able to complete a set and move to the next set. It's doing the readers here a favor to eliminate some of what they would otherwise have to plow through just to get to the end of the whole collection.
But if you are interested in seeing which ones are currently available in Spanish, but not in your French sets, you can always try reading them in Spanish, and use another window on your computer for any additional translation help, in addition to the help already available to anyone within each story as you read it.
Then you can judge for yourself why you might guess any particular story in Spanish might not have been popular enough to go into the French collection, but if you still like each one a lot after reading them all for yourself, try to see other people's likely points of view on why they may have given a lower rating for some of them on their surveys.
Lastly, if you return to see this reply to your comment, you'll also notice that you have a direct answer from Duolingo Administrator Cindymayberger explaining that experimentation results can affect content, and that eventually, they hope more stories may perhaps be added to the language courses she mentioned in her original post.
I hope you enjoy the stories in your current collections and any other content Duolingo may offer in your languages (podcasts, etc.) for additional listening practice. Meanwhile, congratulations on three Level 25's already showing on your flags profile here!
Yeah me too I also finished my german stories. Including the new ones. I love the stories and I especially love the new update with the faces showing who is speaking❤❤❤
Wow! Will they come out on iPad? I get that you have a lot of stories, and you said that, but the problem is they are updated frequently, but no other popular languages are added.
I’m sure many people would rather more stories in more languages than stories being on the app. But still, it’s good they’re on the app, and more people can do them. Will there be a different tab for them (down the bottom)?
We do plan to bring Stories to iPad! To answer your final question, on the app Stories appears as a tab at the bottom of the screen with an open book icon.
I am pleased to hear that the stories will be available in more languages but fear this is not as good as it sounds. If they are the same stories in all languages and you are forced to complete every story to advance this will quickly become tedious. Once I have read a story I don't want to read it again, in any language. Could we please have the option to listen to whichever story we choose and not be forced to go through them all. This way we can choose different stories to read in different languages. The great thing about duolingo is the freshness of the courses. They teach different material for different languages whereas other sites just translate their courses and it is boring to repeat it all to learn a different language. Please facilitate this freshness with the stories too. Ideally have different stories for different languages but failing that allow us the choice not to have to repeat a story unless we want to.
The following message has appeared on the Duo App on my rather dated IPhone: "Your Duolingo is out of date. Update to unlock the latest new features". When I press the Update button it doesn't update. So I am left in the situation where I cannot use the App to practice on the iPhone because of the message. Am still able to use Duolingo on my home PC. Can anybody suggest a solution to the iPhone problem?
I don't use the iPhone version, but I prefer the mobile web version since it has stories (and it has had stories already). Just use Duolingo in your phone's browser
I wanted to read a story in Danish, after learning on Duolingo for one week. So yesterday I tried to write one myself... I am a beginner, have finished the basics and just working through section 1 lessons. So I used only the words from Duolingo so far plus a few more for others to guess. It's full of mistakes but I hope it will be corrected by some kind person soon. If you are interested, please find it on the other thread about stories in the Danish group--sorry I don't know how to link it here :( Enjoy!
Correct it yourself and then do it again and again. It's how books are written.
I like the small differences between them in the different languages like the different places the characters in the Honeymoon story go to: Bordeaux (French), Vienna (German), Rio de Janiero (Portuguese), Madrid (Spanish), and California (English via Spanish).
I just logged onto Duo for the first time in months and I am LOVING stories! I've powered through four already in Español, looking forward to italiano in the future!
Thumbs up to the efforts and effects. Although does this have something to do with less xp or no xp at all, while revising stories? Cuz it's happening. And discouraging to look back at the stories practiced before.
The efforts I feel were definitely worth it. I haven't read any stories yet cause I am still trying to improve my german. Have you read any of them?
I'd really love to know when Czech stories will be available... My boyfriend speaks Czech and I'm learning it in secret to surprise him on his birthday! Stories sound like a great way to help and improve...
What's up with the hit and miss xp on stories? There doesn't seem to br any rhyme nor reason behind the xp earned from repeating stories. Some of my favorites give none now while others give full value as if I had never done them. I find repeating stories the most concise way to check my retention of vocabulary from past stories and am sad I no longer get any credit for the practice
Some of the links in the stories aren't working properly. You can get part way through a lesson and then it won't allow you to continue
My husband and I have both updated our phones and he has a new stories tab, but I don't. Any ideas as to why? :/
Stories are so fun to do. They also give you a lot of experience. I have found that they have really helped me learn Spanish. At the start of the year I didn't know any Spanish and I was not sure what was gonna happen at school. But Duolingo has really helped me get better at Spanish.
Great surprise to see the stories arriving on Android for Spanish ! But it seems it is stuck at set 6 of the stories ... the tell tale heart part 5 of 6 doesnt load and it means im stuck and cant continue to learn. I have continued on the computer to learn as it is working on the laptop but it is not updating on my phone. I hope you can fix the problem soon so i can continue learning on my phone ! Waiting for the stories in Dutch then !
I wish in stories you could translate an entire sentence when you hover over it, instead of just one word. That would be so amazing.
Yes, I do too. Because sometimes when you try to translate words it comes out a bit different.
It would be really nice to get stories for Android users. And we need stories for Polish too, please.
Oh wow! I didn't realise Duolingo now has Stories available in English from Chinese?! The closest thing so far to having Japanese Stories! :P
Though I don't speak Chinese really at all and English is already my native language, this as a convoluted way of hopefully indirectly learning something helpful for Japanese is at least interesting enough to be able to finally check out what the Stories feature actually is after all this time. :D
One word....."Hemingway"....Shorter sentences are easier to follow... Try it... You may like it... Thanks.
I would really love to see stories in some of the languages I am working on here- not only would it be fun, but people studying languages with stories have an unfair advantage in the leagues with the amount of points they can gain. Maybe, until stories are offered across all language platforms, league membership should be filtered and grouped based on languages studied.
We are experimenting with XP in stories to keep things fair. More on that once we find the best solution!
Well apply it evenly to the web AND the app as the later is unaffected. I found this out only this morning when I went on the web to review a difficult story I was doing yesterday and received 0 - that is ZERO - xp for it.
That is right. Some are getting 0XP if redoing a story. That encourage you to move forwards to more difficult stories, but really discourage the repetition, which is one of the best ways to learn.
May I ask what inspired such a change? I myself have been responding to pop up: "what could we do better" with a hearty "Add this feature to the app!" And will continue to do so in a lighthearted spirit until the difference is nullified and their is equality between the platforms. Thank you
If i'm still here when more languages pour in like Swedish, I'm looking forward to that. Even though this is news for mobile. I started with mobile but find it much more pleasant to pass courses on PC.
This is doing wonders for my Spanish! I'd also love it if you guys would consider doing this for Russian. Keep up the good work :)
Thank you for your efforts for the online community. I am interested in new French stories. When I got to the end of the current list and I have read them all, many more than several times, I saw a note that promised new French stories and that we should be on the lookout for those. But "hélas" none have appeared. I would like some new Spanish stories and I know a number of fellow followers here who would love to read new things in Spanish as well as in French. Please?
Hello to Maria Eugenia who is studying English. I hope you have some stories for the English students as well. My favorite stories are "Speed Dating", "The bank robber". I will try to get back here soon with the correct names in French, Spanish and German.
Hi Cindy I updated my Duolingo app but I can’t find Stories for French learner Where is it?
I hope we can get some stories in Welsh at some point? I understand it's more efficient for Duolingo to create stories for the most popular languages...but it's much harder for us to find learning material for languages like Welsh than for Spanish or French. :)
how do I get Stories on my iphone? Where are they in the app? is it a different app? does it cost? I have the regular app but don't see anything about stories
I can access the stories on the app on my iPhones but not iPads. Can’t seem to find how to do this, except via Safari.
Can someone help please? Running iPad OS 13.2 on iPad Pro 3rd gen.
Still a noob on german but I have seen the stories! I hope once I get better with german I will try and listen to the stories. Amazing job though for making all of this possible! <3 all your work duolingo!
The spanish stories were fun on iOS, but they disappeared with the latest update which offered them in german, Port. Fr. etc
Stories are so helpful! Maybe Korean stories will come out someday-fingers crossed!
On your iPhone - there’s an icon at the bottom that looks like an open book. If you’re looking for them on iPads, they aren’t available yet.
I <3 the stories. I'm on my second time through the list. I learn so much more and so much faster by reading the stories. I can't wait for more stories, more interesting stories, more varied stories, better voice acting, and stories available in more different languages. Keep up the good work!
I have enjoyed the stories, which have helped me build on my Spanish.. Great to know we can get her them on our phones.. . Thank you
This is great news!
I found the stories very helpful while studying French. You’ve done a lot of great work there.
I have now added Korean to my list of languages and sadly there are no stories available. I think all language learners benefit from stories, so looking forward to more stories being provided in more languages.
I also found a huge difficulty gap when moving from levels four and five. One moment I was understanding most of the story and the next moment I could barely keep up. A more graduated pace in terms of difficulty would be helpful.
I would also love to listen to the stories in replay mode without interruption. I would like to do this to test my listening skills.
Thanks so much for all the improvements. I can really tell the difference from when I started using Duolingo two years ago.
I've really enjoyed the stories in Spanish, would love to have them in Italian too.
Should I be concerned that I still don't have Stories on my iPad yet? Is there anything I should do to fix?
Thanks jmpnv-I wish they would’ve just announced that in the first place-could’ve saved some frustration.
Hi, To any Duolingo staff out there, I am learning Japanese but there do not seem to be any stories on the Japanese course...Not expecting much, or in a hurry, but wondering if at some point, we Japanese learners could have a story of two?
Learning Portuguese, I've been doing stories for at least 9 months now. So happy they brought it to IOS; it's been the best thing since ChatBots! I know this will change my experience on Duolingo forever, so cheers to this and the following updates!
It's not available for Danish learners yet. :-( But I'm happy about the Spanish stories.
Awesome! I'll still have to wait for the android release though :c
how to insert hyperlinks in these posts/comments? e.g. Can I do something like Google ?