Why is my friend's duolingo different?

I just saw my friend unsing duolingo and the way his course works is a bit different to mine. I can test out of any skill whenever I like and I am not required to do any translations. When he clicks into a skill the screen looks different - the lessons are all layed out in order, he has to do translations to complete a skill. He can only "test out" if he hasn't yet done any of the lessons. What is going on?????

September 26, 2012


It could be an attempt of Duolingo's staff to A/B test a new lesson format, see In short, they pick a limited subset of users and show them a different interface. Usually changes between interfaces are minimal, maybe in this case they're trying something totally different.

September 28, 2012
September 27, 2012

Hello yes dieta those are the two different layouts. It seems to be a bit of a mystery...

September 28, 2012

My sister and I have the same issue. We both signed up the same week. She might have signed up "with Facebook". I may have signed up "with Google". Hers has the book icons for lessons. Mine just has circles. No skill tree on mine either.

January 19, 2014
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