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Lingot store? No point in it without new items

Really, it's been there for such a long time and the whole web site changes all the time but the store doesn't. More bonus skills should be added. I have included a list of my suggestions a long time ago and I am not sure if any of them have been implemented into new language's trees but I will just leave them here. I am really looking forward to having new bonus skills as soon as possible so just in case Duolingo team wants suggestions on that I would be glad to help!

1) Shape

It would be great to have it because sometimes when I want to say 'triangular' I have no clue how to say it properly. (square, circle, triangle, circular, square, triangular)

2)Common signs.

I believe that it is an important part when learning a language and visiting the country where it is spoken to know the signs. This bonus skill could contain words like : Open, Closed, Entrance, Exit, Push, Pull, Restroom, Men, Women, Forbidden, Baggage reclaim (for the signs in the airport), Customs, Use other door, No Enter, WET FLOOR, employees only, please use another door.

It could look something like this:

  1. Weather

I believe that it would be a really nice addition to the web site to create a bonus skill called 'Weather'. I know that there are some words in 'Nature' section but I found that there a lot of useful words missing. There could all the basic word connected with the topic. It could look something like this :)

  1. Emergency. (Phrases like: Help, He is chocking and so on(

  2. Directions ('How to get there?' Where to get that'? 'What train should I take?' 'Where do I bus tickets ?' and so on.

  3. Places. (Pharmacy, market, store, and so on)

  4. Common signs (Open, close, don't touch, Attention, No diving and so on)

  5. Currencies ( We have countries but no currencies , the most common could be added)

  6. Airport related (Baggage reclaim, flight)

  7. Police phrases. (phrases like : 'was stolen, bag, purse and so on')

  8. Restaurant I have always wanted to know how to say. Keep the change. Raw/well-done (about the meat). What is your recomendation. I would like to order ... and other phrases which would be helpful. I know there may not be so many of them but that is why it is great for Bonus skill :) Here is the picture :


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October 12, 2014



Hi everyone! :D Thanks for your suggestions!

Actually the incubator doesn't let us add bonus skills yet. I heard that this feature is planned to be available at some point, but we also don't know when.

However, as you may have heard from other contributors, we recently received the "tree versioning" feature. That means we will soon be able to make changes to the course and add words/skills (normal skills, not bonus skills). :)


I like "bonus lessons" - but im not quit sure if paying with lingots is the way to go ... New lessons need some reviewing/error reporting, and users might be less patient because they "paid" for the additional lesson. The moderatros have the trouble and might get less "love".

Better give the new lessons to all users who have more than 100, 500 lingots ( or more than 1000EXPs) , and they can be "beta-testers" . Then is not a "paymet", but the users are rewarded and trusted to review a lesson in the Beta-stadium.


What's that circle you have with horizontal red and yellow stripes? I tried googling and looking at your profile, to no avail.


I found out now, it's catalan.


I totally agree with you. It's weird that they give you three slots for bonus skills but there are only two available.


The third slot is for the Christmas skill.


Is that only available near Christmas?


I'm not sure but I bought it last year:


How many lingots is it


I agree the lingot store + bonuses leave much to be desired.

The store may be lacking due to the the pressure that if one language starts adding certain phrases then all the others will have to follow suit to ensure consistency. I would also postulate that certain language admins are too busy, for the time being, to implement these well-thought-out bonuses.

I've already translated a lot of those phrases you suggested from French to English on my website; maybe Duo should make me an admin already and get my services for free (I'm both subtle and not so subtle at the same time, it's great).

Nice suggestions Andrew !


yeah, i would love it if they added more stuff to the lingot store.....

because earning lingots isn't really a motivation for me any more since there isn't anything i can spend em on


I think it'd be nice to have hospital/doctors office/health skill because if you get sick while you're in the country, it would be nice to be able to communicate what is going on to health workers.


Great ideas, and well presented!

I agree that it would be great to have these; however, Duolingo is a small company with lots and lots on its plate offering a very useful but FREE service. We'd all love to see them do more, and I sincerely believe they will over time, but that may be a while. Therefore, I think that for now we need to step up on these to fill the gap until Duolingo has the means to offer more.

rspreng suggested a dictionary, and I'll further that by adding, why not use your dictionary and references to create a list and share it with the community? For example, here's a Halloween "Bonus Skill" that has been posted for Spanish, Dutch, French, and Italian (so far!):


There is a problem that these will disappear quickly into the discussion stream, so we'll probably need to create a master list of user created "bonus skill lists", keep it updated as more are added, and publish its location occasionally.


I have too many lingots and nothing to do with them that it's pointless to try hard to earn them.


Queer ben ill take them! click on my profile pic and read it:)


I’ll have some


This really motivated me to translate these:

  • Open *Abierto(a)
  • Closed *Cerrado(a),
  • Entrance *Entrada,
  • Exit *Salida,
  • Push * Empuje (Empujar-to push),
  • Pull *Jale (Jalar-to pull),
  • Restroom ( Same as bathroom, *baño),
  • Men * Hombres,
  • Women *Mujeres,
  • Forbidden *Prohibido,
  • Baggage reclaim (for the signs in the airport), *Recojo de equipaje/Reclamo de equipaje
  • Customs * Aduana
  • Use other door *Use otra puerta/Utilice otra puerta,
  • Do Not Enter * No entre,
  • WET FLOOR *Piso mojado
  • Employees only, please use another door. * Sólo empleados/Empleados solamente, por favor use/utilice otra puerta.

Bonus words:

  • Cuidado *Caution
  • Peligro *Danger
  • En caso de * In case of
  • Emergencia *Emergency
  • Hacia ( no accent mark) *Towards
  • Manilla *Handle (of door)

Aaaannnd , you're welcome. haha


I found a sign with a giant "E" very important when driving around Chile. E = Estacionamiento. Parking.


Yeah... the lingot store REALLY has to jazz up some of the items AND put new items in too.


Please you very appreciated but sometimes a bit invisible Duolingo people expand the Lingot store! I think there are thousand of people who want Lingot store to have more articles and the ones andrew974w suggested are excellent! If you do this I promise to study even harder and encourage other people to do the same!=)


Someone may have mentioned this but... Why can't I buy time in the Plus environment with Lingots? It seems like an obvious enhancement to me, and if I liked the additional features you might even be able to get me to pay for it more or less permanently - eslecially if I could get the odd week free due to having built up enough lingots.


This post was put together very well. Unfortunately this sort of thing does not seem to be imperative for the staff to work on. It is my sincere hope that one day this will change. In the meantime this is far from a deal breaker as the site has many other well-cultured aspects to it.


Well said. If one scans the posts on the forum and looks at all the things users feel Duo "needs to do" or "should do" regarding the Coach feature, lingot and XP glitches, more lessons, more vocabulary, faster response times to error reports, squelching spammers, bonus skills, new languages, and so one, one can see that Duo is not in a position to keep everyone happy. And it is amazing how much one can learn about many of the topics suggested for new bonus skills by referring to a dictionary. ;)


Exactly. What this person is requesting is simply a little more vocab that fit in with specific categories...

If you already know which words you want to learn, you can easily search for them and translate the words yourself and if need be, enter them into a SRS program or something...

~Just because I wanted to, I've translated a list from the OP into Spanish in one of the comments below. :)


i think this is a great idea, i also want more bonus skills! i have given you a lingot for you to spend!


Yeah, love the idea of adding more practical bonus skills. I'm really pretty neutral on making tons of new language courses. Instead, it would be awesome to have the existing courses improved and more detailed and even taken to a more advanced level.. Hopefully this happens sometime in the near future.


Yeah, I agree. The whole meaning of the lingot store rapidly loses any meaning because there's nothing there to buy. I currently have 59 lingots and it will keep rising, there's nothing there for me, I already got the 2 bonus skills for French. They should create more bonus skills (or add the skills to the skill tree).


I'd like a "survival" skill with perhaps ten lessons within it. Phrases to get you through common situations and needs.


I'd also like to see lingots for other functionality in the store.

For example:

100 lingots = progress snapshot. Duo would "save" your tree at a point in time that you could do a one-time restore.

With all the changes - such as Coach - going live w/out much instruction - many people have lost their streaks. Restoring a snapshot would be helpful and useful to those of us with a lot of lingots.


I have 567 lingots, but what should i buy from the store ? I haven't really decided that yet.


Just take everything (as in whatever doesn't go away, like... life refill). First I recommend buying the bonus skills for all the languages that you plan on learning (I think that you can afford to get those that you don't plan on learning as well) and then go buy the owl skins for the phone (at least on android) because... why not?


A 'weather' skill is absolutely ESSENTIAL for the Irish tree! Yes, they really need to start adding more. I have about 870 lingots and nothing to spend them on. Could you give a link to your original list of bonus skills, please? I would like to see that!


Here, take a lingot. After all, three years have passed and I still don't have anything to buy.


I was really hoping someone would touch on this! One of the most important things for a person like me - who has lived in the same house her whole life and still doesn't know which is North - would be to learn how to ask for directions or for help. That's one of the biggest reasons my mom won't let me go out of the country; I don't know airport, directions, or health terminology.


i agree that there should be more things Because we learn the basics but then we don't know how to say things like what you just posted. =)


1-What if you could purchase different colors for: the top bar, the logo, the background, etc. That way you could customize your homepage. 2-Perhaps alternate lesson icons, or a new landscape for the bottom of the page. 3-Here an idea, make the couch a feature you can buy instead of forcing it on everyone. 4-Bonus skills for particular themes, even Si-Fi and fantasy.


Yes, utterly useless, but still kinda cool - I'd happily waste my lingots on different skins.


With the current offerings lingots are worth about a Zimbabwean dollar. So why not? Alternatively they could just cut the money supply to make you really think about using that extra heart.


The reference to the Zimbabwean dollar made me laugh


Exactly what I wanted to say! I'm all about colour and aesthetics :P Getting to spend my lingots to customize something visual from my view of the site would be awesome :)


I strongly disagree with "bonus skills" in their current form. I'm not sure, but I think that the most annoying part of them is that they are not integrated with the rest of the lesson. This means that the review system ignores them, which is a game breaker for me. Also, learning weird expressions before actually learning the individual words that they are composed from confuses both the system and the user (and I think that this is the main reason that they were made as bonus skills in the first place).

My opinion is that the main reason that extra skills were not further added is because by metrics most people don't learn them. This doesn't happen because they are not interesting, but because of the reasons described earlier.

There is also the lingot problem - yes, some may have a lot of them, but as there's a vast difference among users, I think that we should think about the others as well.

So, with the current system for the extra skills, I'd rather prefer for these lessons to be integrated in the course tree. I also appreciate that a lot of thought went into creating them, so it would be a waste not to get inspiration from this topic.


Well maybe as far as your comment about bonus skills not being integrated, maybe bonus skills could be made available for purchase only after a certain part in your course so you've already learned the words in normal speak and conversation. And I believe that I have seen some flirtations in my review once or twice.


Well, probably a coincidence, as I review quite often and I'm pretty sure that I have yet to get a Merry Christmas.

Edit: Coincidence as in a sentence that is both in the bonus skill and the main course. I learn some French in German and I saw quite many «j'aime et j'adore».


Duolingo can't teach the entire language, only grammar, so why choose certain words over others. This is where other websites and dictionaries come into play. You learn grammar here, and on other sites, and then go learn vocabulary every possible way.

now go! and be golden


I agree with you.


Also jokes. Deserts, slang, holidays, maybe even games or fun cultural lessons?


Makes a lot of sense. Well displayed.


slang for specific areas would be nice


I think that this would greatly improve the store, but I do not think it is completely necessary.


I agree because if you completed all that they have now then went to Mexico you would have a really hard time getting around without the help of Spanish speakers(which you wont always have with you).


idea skip lesson for a skill lingot price 10


I agree! Please add more items to the lingot store! It's fun and motivating.


These are great ideas to strengthen skills in the other language! They should add this for sure!


What happened to the tests in the Lingot Store?


I was wondering the same thing and went searching. I still haven't found an answer to this either. I REALLY loved those tests. I was going out of my way to get extra lingots to save up for tests. I'm quite sad that they're not in the store anymore. They better bring them back!


Yeah, agreed. But I also think that the items should get a change. For instance, one of the achievements says that you need to equip a weekend amulet. But where is the weekend amulet? It makes me think that I have to buy it with my lingots. But, it's not in the store. SO HOW CAN I BUY IT?!


Weekend amulet comes out every Friday after your very first lesson of the day. Gotta grab it then because it only gets offered once every Friday


I think you should be able to buy cute outfits for your owl.


This is a good idea. I like it


Buying Plus/Premium with Lingots would be the only logical step forward


I say we just need more things in the store. I mean, with the double or nothing, you get more lingots but nothing to do with them! I mean... facts.


im giving you like dozens of lingots just to get rid of them


i love this idea its good if you need some words and sentences that are usefull not like ''the cats drink beer'' p.s i got it when i was lerning dutch


Silly sentences still teach words and grammar.




someone that understand finally


I rememeber about 1 year ago the duolingo shop had 4 things, the freeze, the streak bet, the timed challenge, and the last thing. I forgot the last thing, and if anyone knows please tell me because I was saving up for it.


I think this is a great idea!

Another possible idea is like a store that sells actual things.

For example, use Lingots along with actual currency to purchase pins or lanyards that display your level.

So an example would be a green lanyard with the DuoLingo logo and maybe something written in the language you learn printed on it for X5.99 along with 100 Lingots.

Or 500 Lingots for a gold colour pin with your language of study labelled on it once you have completed the whole course?

Something like this, in addition to additional content, holidays, flirting, sports, and so on, i feel would really be nice!


these are good ideas... currently I've a lot of lingots and I don't know how to use them...


And now it's 4 years later and nothing happened at all regarding the Bonus skills..... So sad :(


I LOVE this discussion! I think there should be more things in the store.

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