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!
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! :)
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.
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!
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 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.
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
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?
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 finished all the Spanish stories on my PC. I'm still waiting for more stories to get released
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!
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
Yes! I love the stories. I'm doing them in German, French and Spanish. I've tried a couple in Portuguese but only just to have a peek. I'm getting very close to the end of the French ones (I'm fairly fluent in French) and hoping that there might be something to take their place when I've finished them.
I'd love to see them in Welsh which is my "focus" language. But I guess from Duolingo's POV it's probably fairly low down the list. Us Welsh learners get a little fun from learning about Owen's parsnip addiction but it can't really replace stories.
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.
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
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)?
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 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!
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.
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!
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 !
Can you change how you earn exp for stories? There is someone that's been doing stories now for like 2 weeks maybe even longer. He only has 81 crowns, during those 2 weeks i've looked at him he earned 0 new crowns and got over 20,000 xp just from doing stories (in the period of time I've been looking at him) and he is easily able to obtain 1k ~ 6k xp on a daily basis just by doing them. Not really fair to be honest if you compare it with other people that learn a language that got no story mode for it yet and try to "compete" in becoming 1st place in a leaderboard.
The fact that you can do the same story over and over again for 24 xp a pop means people will keep doing the same stories over and over again and not learn. Do the same as with the lessons, full points first go, reduced points second go, none third go. It's the only way learners will move on. Because as long as there are leader boards and people cheating on it, there will be players tempted to do the same just to stay in the league.
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.
My favorite story is Honeymoon. Not only does it give you many new words, but to be a gay woman, hearing "my wife" in French for the first time in an LGBT story brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't believe my ears and had to listen to it all over again immediately. Thank you, Duolingo, for making your stories so imclusive!
The stories are great for enforcing previously learned words; yes I have seen them on the "Free" Android devices as well as the ios. This is great. Though are these changes going to make it onto the "Plus" (paid) Android version? Currently the only plus side of "plus" is having the learning portion available when offline; but to access any other content You have to use a web-browser or a PC. Please fix this, it feels like a waste of money.
I love the stories on iOS. I just have one comment about the L’étranger story. That fact that Ludovic is blond is essential to the understanding of the event. However, the emoji head that represents him has black hair. Could this be changed? Thanks for the very entertaining and helpful stories.
Haven’t been able to log into the app for weeks. It says to try again later. This happened after the latest update to add stories. I apparently can use the browser version on my phone but I see nowhere to ask for help or contact Duolingo on the mobile browser version. Please fix this Duolingo!
Love the stories. You get to see language in the context of a bigger picture, as opposed to just one sentence at a time.
I echo others in that they are a nice break from lessons and that I would like to have an audio only option.
Overall, with Duolingo I am finding my listening and speaking are lagging quite far behind my ability to read. I can barely ever understand Quebecois french even though I suppodely know over a thousand french words. I'm sure this would also be true for other french dialects.
So I would suggest even more listening activities, especially with human voices (as opposed to robots), so learners can actually become fluent.
I've noticed that stories online in French are different than the stories on the iPad in French. On the iPad, it looks like I've only gone through 2 levels of stories, but on the website, I've gone through six, plus the actual stories are not the same between the two platforms. I'd imagine this would be kept in sync, but sadly this is not.