https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Who says lingots are worthless? I find them very useful!

What is the point of lingots after you have bought the few goodies Duolingo offers?

<h1>FORUM CURRENCY</h1>

Use 'em to recognize a wise or insightful post.
Use 'em to encourage a new learner.
Use 'em to congratulate someone's achievement.
Use 'em to thank someone who is a good influence on the forums, by trying to calm angry heads or reduce friction
Use 'em to thank someone who gave you a helpful answer.
Use 'em to highlight a post you like.
Use 'em as a friendly gesture to someone who is nice to you.
Use 'em to underscore your laughter at someone's funny post.
Use 'em because you love the link they posted.
Use 'em to give to Enigmatic Tiger because (s)he just posted another great picture.
The list goes on and on.

Now, I know that this means that, in the end, you won't be able to get rid of your lingots, because as you're shelling them out to others, other people are piling them on you. But you see, the point is not having lingots. The point is the action of giving and receiving lingots. Don't you feel great when five different people gave you lingots for a post you wrote? Whether your bank account holds 4,837 lingots, or 12, receiving them feels good. So share the good cheer. Start spreading them around.

People have said that the forums have lost their warmth. I think sharing more lingots is a step toward bringing it back. And what's more, we'll develop a positive example. So that the next time you get frustrated with a student who posts, "Give me lingots!" you can have an answer for them, instead of getting frustrated. You can tell them, "I was just given five lingots for encouraging someone on the forums. Go and do likewise."

3 years ago

113 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Paula - I told myself I was not going to look at any posts this week until I was feeling 100% better. But, I had to sneak a peek at the post of the day! Imagine my surprise when I found my name hidden in a list for "Forum Currency"! :D

P.S. - I wasn't the one that gave you all those lingots today, but I'm happy to give a few to everyone that found this awesome thread!

P.P.S. - What would an EnigmaticTiger post be without a cool picture to back it up?


3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

¿Cómo no? If I'm posting about people adding sunshine to the forum, how can I not name you?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b.trout-unicorn

That cat is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO adorible :) :) :) :) :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie_Duo

I love your ideas and attitude!! Here, have some lingots. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ari_Harvey

can I have some! Por Favor! (please)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

I'll tell you what. I'll give you a lingot for every new lesson you complete today, up to 10 lessons. And who knows? Maybe other people will chip in a few, too. Whatever lessons you finish by midnight tonight. Just post here when you finish, and I'll see it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie_Duo

I accept the challenge and will match however many lingots paulaha88 gives you, up to 10. ¡Buena suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Y'know, Leslie, we just might be on to something here!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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Very thoughtful & wise. :) Thanks for spreading good cheer!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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The Biggest one for me is I always give a lingot when someone replies to a comment to a query I've posted on a sentence discussion

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ari_Harvey

Wow you are very giving!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

3oulution, did you see our posts to you above? Here is your opportunity to earn up to 20 lingots! It's up to you, how many lessons you complete today!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Keima.

I love giving lingots to new beginners! I found that if you say the right thing to a beginner and give them a couple lingots they're less likely to ask for lingots in the future!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Smart!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Keima.

Thank you! ^-^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Awesomegirl4321

Awesome!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Honey2002

Yes, you can do many things with lingots, but you can not just give lingots to anyone who wants them, making them less and less learning oriented. Motivation is key. But, by asking questions and trying your best to learn, you find you really do not need lingots, because they just show up. I do think you should give, but make sure your giving is not decreasing motivation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Blessings work that way, don't they?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superjessem

In your point of view, how do blessings work?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulaLuchaJefa

You do things for other people, not to GET something, but just because they need some help. And when you focus on others' needs instead of your own needs, the Almighty takes care of your needs.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superjessem

Exactly. Work as if for God not men.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lenaassyrian6

i am a new learner and i find this so interesting

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Welcome! How do you like it so far?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lenaassyrian6

very useful..im extremely excited for this process

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

And the people on the forums are eager to help.

Some time soon, think about posting a picture on your profile. It doesn't have to be YOUR picture (obviously the purple cat on my profile is not typing this post.) But if you put something as your picture, people will come to recognize you.

giiooprgkl;apwetojdzdfzs'waol'rgl'

Now, THAT was the cat typing. Bad kitty!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lenaassyrian6

i love how encouraging you are , thanks :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlover13
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Here's my cat typing: (The cat isn't actually mine, but I might use my cat's picture later)

Give me food, give me food, give me food, give me food, give me food, give me food, I want to eat, give me food, give me food, give me food, I'm tired, give me food, give me food, give me food.

^-^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superjessem

OH NO! YOU PERSUADED THE BIRD!!!!

I'm Buddy, from the evil planet, Bird Land!!! Give me food! I will take all seed! Fear ME!!!! VICTORY!!!!! Tttttwwwweeeeettttttttt!!!!!!!!!!

Curses, Buddy! You got feathers on the keyboard! Bad bird,bad bad Buddy! The bird is not mine, he's my sister's.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlover13
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XD. That is really funny! ^-^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuggleAu
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is your cats name garfield

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ari_Harvey

Cool! You will find out that this is very interesting and fun but you have to practice... ALOT!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mintshine

Wow! I never thought that there were so many uses for them! I will definitely start to give them out to people, even if I only have, like, 26.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Well, if my idea spreads, people will shower you with lingots every time you post something good. And then you'll be swimming with them like we are!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mintshine

Yay! thank you because you gave me five linguist! or somebody else, but still, thank you! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mintshine

Thank you thank you thank you for all of those lingots!!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/merfaye

U R so nice!!!I'll give u a lingot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/merfaye

actually ill give u 3

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mintshine

Thank you so much!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2022hartm04

I have 26 lingots too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillGoodloe

13 lingots

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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Practically stole the words from my mouth. I wish more people would start using lingots in this way; it's nice to use them to thank and encourage people in this amazing community.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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178 lingots and decreasing! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

BWA-HA-HAAAA!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

But seriously. I'm glad to see people getting on board with the approach. I find it lifts my mood because I'm looking for things to be positive about.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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Awww!!! You put a smile on your face and go out there and spread good cheer to everyone! You'll be more positive before you know it! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

God bless you. Thank you. Boy oh boy, yesterday was "one for the books." But today is new!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachvx
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Of course it is! Every day is a blank slate for you to color how you choose :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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I second that notion :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superjessem

True, but who gives you the blank slate? Sometimes HE has a plan for that slate. You just chose whether you follow it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bcturner59

I have a question: if you do "Timed Practice" why don't you get Lingots for a perfect score? How do I get out of it to earn Lingots again? I'll give 10 Lingots to whomever tells me how!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFlash
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Unfortunately, you can't get lingots through timed practice unless you level up while doing it. However in the old Duolingo application, you get 1 lingot when you pass with full hearts in a lesson or while you strengthen skills. However, timed practice isn't enabled on the old Duolingo application.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superjessem

You don't want to learn a language just for lingots. Practice is so you learn the language. Take the lesson, then Practice. Practice makes perfect.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Good idea! Thank you for sharing. Let me spread some cheer to you :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gijira

24 lingots

Mother of god. Have another.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFlash
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Great picture!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xmbates

nice picture !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillGoodloe

i agree that that lingots have some use but other then giving them away they are pretty useless

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

I can't argue that. Other than helping other people, encouraging them, improving communication, and making people happy, they're pretty much useless.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillGoodloe

True. Have a lingot

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlover13
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XD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shahrazad26

Sorry but I don't share your enthusiasm about Lingots. They are only good for taking quizes but I don't have time for taking them everyday.

I just tried to give away my first Lingot and Duolingo opened a popup window asking me if I'm sure I want to give away a Lingot. Why in the world?

I think it is very hard to get rid of them. And if somebody tries to fill me with Lingots I will punish them. Yes, you guessed with what.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lianne369054

Shahrazad26 so rude you are so rude if you do not have some thing nice to say don't say it at all. and what would you punish them with. tan grosero

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KruegerKat

hahaaaa i have over 4000 so... If I could give them en masse I would, but it's tedious to give one at a time!!!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlover13
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Good point! ^-^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xmbates

i know right

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlover13
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^-^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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Good points

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/W-Cephei

Why many people is so concerned with the lingots? The idea of Duolingo is improve a foreign language or I'm missing something incredible epic of this page?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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From a strict logical perspective that is true but we are not such and the enticement to earn lingots is part of one of duo's many charms

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir
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I totally agree with you. Duolingo is a learning site, not a competition. I don't get the idea of asking for lingots. It seems there are teachers who are demanding a certain amount of lingots to grade them. This is very wrong. If a student receives lingots for any other reason than performance, he is only cheating himself.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/manofswag28

i dont have many lingots (4) but i still like this site

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeCorson

lol now you have eight

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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fell for the bait lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeCorson

so did eight other people XD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roberto727

One lingot to the cat for trying to participate in the forum.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

Don't say that! It'll just encourage him.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillGoodloe

always encourage people (or cats)!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katlover13
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XD XD XD XD. give me food. =D. ^-^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillGoodloe

XD :) nice

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuzzy_Eva

Great idea!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hatsunori

good idea. I start to use them to thank them for their suggestions!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iwillcube

I don't understand, this is what my bro said "you are unique just like everyone else".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

This bait, I'm not falling for.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

I love what you shared. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it down so we can all benefit from your generosity. You made my day,

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pretzelswife

Lingots?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bermygirl2017

This is what I usually use lingots for! You saved me a post. You said it way better than i would haveAnother way to use them is for XP contests. You could use them as prizes. Sorry, I just had to give you a couple of lingots. :) :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maanlufsen
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Ah, this is helpful. I've been wondering what to do with all the lingots I've been accruing. The store doesn't seem to have much to spend them on (although I do love my dapper owl costume). I had actually forgotten the forums even existed here, since I spend 99% of my Duolingo time on the phone app.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ari_Harvey

totally agree! Si

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DraeWright
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great list and I do enjoy giving them away!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaronash1234

I've just started Duolingo for some time, I think lingots are great!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LilAmy613

I love your ideas.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pengaaa5
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I think its a very good idea and very generous of supporting those who just started Duolingo. Excelente y brillante idea!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenna_swiss
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Love it!! Thanks for the optimism and sharing encouragement!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roberto727

After learning the hard way to post and then give lingots, or give lingots and then post (rather than during, in which case the post goes "Poof") I have chipped in 10 lingots for the DL "charm" course and free tuition for those who have read this post and still don't see the value of lingots.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReubenBTalbott

I like lingots they make it fun to learn well for instance spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shadow012

i agree lingots are very useful

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abbbog

so true! thank you for the AWESOME inspiration! 2 lingot for you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason.B.Xu

Lingots for you! I don't need them anymore but I would not mind receiving some for the experience! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulaLuchaJefa

Blessings work that way, don't they? You feel good when you give them, the other person feels good when they receive them, and many times (not always, of course; life is not a vending machine), more fall into your lap afterwards!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason.B.Xu

Wow it actually feels pretty good to receive lingots. Much thanks to whoever gave them to me!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mintshine

I know, right? you give 20 lingots, you get 20 lingots. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason.B.Xu

Actually, you give 20 lingots, you get 30 lingots! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mintshine

Wow, Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WillGoodloe

That is a lot of lingots!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason.B.Xu

You know what is ironic? I got too excited when I gave out those 30 lingots...now I don't have enough lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/antonmo
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yes I felt that too, little did I know giving away your lingots ALSO feels good

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raegenius

Excellent point of view

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xmbates

your right i will do some spreading :) :) :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason.B.Xu

Anyone has spare lingots to share? I am trying to keep my streak and need to buy a few streak freeze. I gave so many lingots away and now I actually don't have enough...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paulaha88

According to your stream, you haven't learned a new skill in three weeks. Doing lessons will get you lingots.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason.B.Xu

thanks my friend. Congrats for being one day away from 100 day streak! That is my goal.

3 years ago
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