Bold, italic, inset


When posting a comment, how does one make some words bold or in italics, and how does one indent a paragraph?

Thank you

October 1, 2013


Okay, tests done, let's list:

<h1>A single hashtag makes a title</h1>

Two hashtags make a smaller title

Three make it even smaller

Four goes quite fat

What does five do?
On the sixth day of hastags
  • An asterisk followed by a space
  • Makes a bullet

An asterisk before and after the text you want to be cursive

Two for bold

A closing pointy bracket at the beginning makes a nice quotation

<pre>And four spaces for fancy code </pre>

backticks are also nice for code

  1. Numbers are very straight-forward
  2. Just the number followed by a dot on a new line

Two times enter for a new paragraph

But two times space
for just a new line

December 31, 2013
<h1>My giving of thanks for you</h1>

a list of reasons why you should be thanked

Well, because I learned something new.

And I'm faat.

But there's more:
Hash browns are awesome
  • Do you know how
  • Much I learned from this?

And I think I look so sophisticated now

And I feel very bold and confident

And I feel sophisticated, bold AND confident now.

<pre>Fancy fancy fancy fancy </pre>

pink is awesome you know...

  1. I love this
  2. It's entertaining
  3. I learned a lot
  4. I'm putting my skills into practice
  5. And I look epic

but I feel like shuffling to the right now

And I want to start afresh

Like the freshness
of fresh
orange juice.

February 2, 2014

Many thanks! I've been dying to know these for ages!

March 2, 2014
<h1>Hope this works</h1>
How small can they get.
  1. Looks like 6 is the limit.
  2. But that's okay
June 29, 2014
March 8, 2016


How to post a link "within" a single word and making it appear grey at the same time? I have seen people using the word "here" to do such thing, like "to see it, click here". Thanks.

August 1, 2014

[like this](link goes here)

August 6, 2014
December 29, 2015
December 29, 2015

Not quite what you asked for, but you may like to know you can embed an image using normal Markdown syntax: ![Alt text](image URL)


Remember though, with great power comes great responsibility! smiley

October 2, 2013

"Remember though, with great power comes great responsibility!"

I have heard this many times and I love this statement.

October 17, 2013


October 2, 2013

As others have pointed out, duolingo essentially uses a subset of markdown. A place where people might have encountered comment formatting using markdown before is on reddit.

The main omission from the syntax set on duolingo is not being able to do inline links. There are obvious good reasons for not having that here. Also, you can't use any markdown formatting when commenting on your own or another's stream.

One last thing on a eulogistic note. One of the co-creators of markdown was Aaron Swartz, who was a talented programmer and did a lot to open up access to information and culture (especially books) on the internet. His ideals were similar to the ones professed by duolingo (free learning made available to the global population). Sadly, he was very aggressively prosecuted by the US government over an incident that occurred on Harvard campus while he was a research fellow there. He was facing very harsh penalties for what could only be described as a possible abuse of access privileges and, in the face of this injustice, ended up taking his own life before the case went to trial early this year.

October 1, 2013

Look also to this discussion there are some (others) explanations:

October 1, 2013


October 1, 2013


November 10, 2013

Surround text with single asterisks to italicize, double asterisks to bold.

*italic text* **bolded text**

shows up like:

italic text bolded text

There isn't currently a way to only indent the first line of a paragraph, but you can indent an entire "section" by prefacing it with > , which will show up like:


depending on what you're trying to accomplish.

October 1, 2013

Thank you

This is a test

October 1, 2013

So, markdown syntax, basically? Can you do links [like this]( ?

Edit: Woah, escape your double quotes! Screenshot: screenshot

October 1, 2013

Could you give the syntax for screenshots?

October 1, 2013

Kortaggio's screenshot was saved to an image server and then embedded using normal Markdown syntax: ![Alt text](image URL).

October 2, 2013

@Davu Yes, that's what I did.

October 2, 2013

![](image adress(it's huge!))

September 20, 2015

O_O How did you do that?

October 2, 2013

![](image adress(it's huge!))

September 20, 2015

Lol, in the photo you have a 50 day streak! xD

January 21, 2015


October 1, 2013

How do you do these "pink" citations that doesn't take the formatting into account?

October 1, 2013

You can use a backtick ( ` ) to escape formatting - just surround the text you want escaped in backticks.

October 1, 2013


Test *test*

October 1, 2013

Oh, I didn't know how to do that! Let's see test

October 2, 2013

teste portugues

muito legal!!! *sure it is Dave!! *

spread love people

November 8, 2013


April 18, 2014


August 31, 2014


August 31, 2014


August 1, 2014

I found this: antislash ( \ ) before the astrisk ( * ) will show it without formatting.

*italic text*

October 1, 2013

You forgot ***italic and bolded text***

Shows up like: This

October 2, 2013

Oh, thanks, lots of people are wanting to know how to do that!

October 1, 2013


conseguiiiiii thanx Davu

November 8, 2013

Wonderful! Thank you very much.

October 1, 2013

Test test bolded

May 10, 2015





February 18, 2014

Is there a way you can underline text too?

October 2, 2013

dont think so

November 8, 2013

Alt text TESTING 1,2,3!!!

December 23, 2013
  • test
  • TEST
  • test
February 6, 2015

This is an example inline link

February 27, 2015
September 20, 2015
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