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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February

Days of the Week

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 12/3/17 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Let’s look at the day of the week the way you see in the calendar. Each kanji represents the day of the week from Sunday to Saturday.

Days of the week is expressed by adding ようび (yōbi) at the end.

Kanji for the days of the week has some are related to Planet and Solar systems. 日 月 火 水 木 金 土

⁺ 太陽(たいよう)= the sun, 

 日(ひ、にち、じつ)= the sun, day, daytime

⁺⁺ 星(ほし)= star

きょうなんようび です。(kyō ha nan yōbi desuka)

Which day of the week is it today?

あしたは なんようび ですか。(ashita ha nan yōbi desuka)

 Which day of the week is it tomorrow?

あさっては なんようび ですか。(asatte ha nan yōbi desuka)

 Which day of the week is it the day after tomorrow?

きのうは なんようび でしたか。(kinō ha nan yō…

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February

Numbers in Japanese

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 12/3/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo.]

Let’s learn numbers in Japanese. If you have already learned the basic numbers, please review them. Learning Japanese numbers in hiragana or even kanji are not that hard, but knowing how to count certain objects can be very tricky.

Here’s the number chart in Hiragana and Kanji. Some of them have two options (4, 7 and 9).

11 じゅういち  十一  jū ichi  eleven

12 じゅうに   十二  jū ni   twelve

20 にじゅう   二十  ni jū   twenty

21 にじゅういち 二十一 ni jū ichi twenty-one

40 よんじゅう  四十  yon jū  forty

70 ななじゅう  七十  nana jū  senventy

99 きゅうじゅうきゅう 九十九 kyū jū kyū ninety-nine

All the expressions end with 時 (ji) to indicate time. Notice that the number in 4 o’clock …

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February


[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 9/11/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo.]

The Portuguese verbs conhecer and saber both mean to know. However, they have different uses, as you can see in the tables below.

Practice your Portuguese by answering these questions in the comments section:

  • Quem você conhece muito bem? (Who do you know very well?)
  • O que você sabe fazer muito bem? (What can you do very well?)
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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February

SER or ESTAR? That is the question

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 9/21/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo.]

Choosing between the verbs ser or estar can be confusing for those learning Portuguese. Let’s make it easier.

Both words mean to be and both are irregular verbs.

The difference between ser and estar is in the way each is used. Typically, ser is used to describe more permanent states and to refer to time and dates.

Estar is used to describe states that are transitory or temporary.

Sometimes we can use both ser and estar with certain adjectives, but the meaning of the adjectives will change. Here are some examples.

⁺⁺Chato can also mean boring or picky.

Practice your Portuguese!

Tell us in the comments section how you are feeling at this moment. Wha…

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February

100 Portuguese-English cognates: Nouns

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 9/22/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Cognates are words from different languages that not only look and sound alike but have the same meaning. Portuguese and English share many of these. For example: capital/capital, banana/banana, restaurante/restaurant, impossível/impossible, etc.

Although pronunciation and spelling may vary slightly, knowing a good number of cognates can help boost your confidence when starting out in a new language.

Do you know any other Portuguese-English cognates? Share your examples in the comments section!

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February

39 False friends to watch out for

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 9/25/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

In a previous post we talked about cognates, words that are similar and share the same meaning across different languages. But not all words that look and sound alike mean the same thing. We call these tricky words false cognates, or false friends.

Here are some examples to watch out for:

⁺⁺Puxar is pronounced "pushar", therefore it is more similar to "push" in sound than spelling.

Practice you Portuguese!

Study the table above and never get these words mixed up again.

Have you ever been fooled by a false friend? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February

33 Words that can be BOTH cognates and false friends

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 9/28/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

In previous posts we discussed cognates, words that are similar and share the same meaning across different languages, and false cognates (aka “false friends”), words that look and sound alike in two languages but have different meanings.

Here we introduce you to a third category: words that can be BOTH cognates and false cognates. These look/sound alike and share the same meaning, but they also have at least one additional meaning that doesn’t apply in the other language.

Practice your Portuguese!

Can you think of any other words to add to the list above? If so, share them in the comments below. If not, tell us which of these surp…

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 2 February

24 Easily confused Portuguese words

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 10/4/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Many masculine and feminine nouns in Portuguese look like each other but have completely different meanings. Some even have the same spelling, but take on different meanings depending on their gender.

Have a look at the following examples:

Practice your Portuguese!

Have you ever been confused by any of these words? Which surprised you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Jdmcowan Jdmcowan 2 February

External Resources for New Klingon Learners

[#DuolingoForumGems post originally published on Dec 20 2019 on the Duolingo Klingon for English speakers forum by @Tortitudette]

tlhIngan Hol ghojwI’pu’vaD (To students of Klingon): If you find the Klingon course even half as fun and rewarding as I do, you’ll have a great experience working through the Duolingo exercises. Below is a collection of external resources that you may find useful.

  • 1 Electronic Resources
    • 1.2 HOL ‘AMPAS
    • 1.3 THE BOQWI’ APP
    • 1.7 KLINGON WIKI
    • 1.10 KEYBOARDS
  • 2 Print Resources
    • 2.2 KLI BOOKS


The KLI provides a community of Klingon speakers and offers an In…

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 31 January

Informal pronouns: VOCÊ, VOCÊS, and A GENTE

In Portuguese, verb conjugation is traditionally taught using the following pronouns:

In Brazil, however, tu is only used in a few regions of the country (and usually incorrectly), and vós has practically gone out of use (much like thou or thee in English).

In practice, você and vocês have replaced tu and vós, respectively—despite the fact that tu and vós are still officially the pronouns used on verb conjugation tables. With that said, here’s how to conjugate the verb amar (to love) using the most frequently used pronouns today:

Another pronoun that can be replaced is nós, the formal we. In informal settings, especially in spoken language, the two-word pronoun a gente is often used instead.

Even though a gente means the same as nós (we), verbs are conjugated with it in t…

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 24 January


[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 10/12/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

If you are new to Portuguese, you may wonder what’s the difference between the pronouns esse/essa and este/esta. In truth, even native speakers of the language often confuse these pronouns and use them interchangeably.

So let’s take a closer look at them:

NOTE: If the object is NOT near the speaker nor the listener, then the pronoun used is aquele/aquela.

The table above sums up the majority of the situations in which you’ll have to choose between using este/esta or esse/essa. However, depending on the context, these other rules may also apply:

⁺⁺The pronoun aquele/aquela can also be used here, particularly when referring to a distant…

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 24 January

How to use POR and PARA

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 10/22/2017 in the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

The words por and para are frequently confused when learning Portuguese. Both can often mean for in English, but they have different uses.

Here are some common uses for por:

Here are some common uses for para:

Practice your Portuguese!

Fill in the blanks with por and para and share your answers in the comments section.

1) Nós viajamos duas vezes _ mês. (We travel twice a month.)

2) Elas vão _ a praia todo fim de semana. (They go to the beach every weekend.)

3) _ que serve isto? (What’s this for?)

4) É _ isso que ela está triste. (That’s why she’s sad.)

5) Ela foi elogiada _ todos. (She was praised by everyone.)

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 24 January

Useful phrases for your Portuguese class

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/3/2017 in the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Taking Portuguese lessons? Here are some useful phrases to help you shine in the classroom.

Asking for help or clarification:

This actually means "How do you write...?", and is probably how the question would be asked in Portuguese.

⁺⁺The literal translation for this is "Could you spell out...?", which is another common way to ask this.

Asking for permission:

Note: Notice the use of infinitives (verbs ending in -ar, -er, -ir) after posso.

What other questions would you add to these tables? Can you say them in Portuguese? Share your answers in the comments section.

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 24 January

How and when to use the impersonal SE

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/5/2017 in the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

In Portuguese, you can use an impersonal sentence with se when you want to express a thought about an action without associating it with a specific person, or in a general statement or question that in English would be expressed with you, they, one or a verb in the gerund form.

Although there is no definitive rule for which English sentences should use the impersonal se in Portuguese, in general we use impersonal statements with se to talk about customs, rules, and generalizations.

Note that there are two ways to use se:

SE + third person singular (he/she/it) form of the verb.

Third person singular form of the verb + Hyphen + SE

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 19 January

Making comparisons in Portuguese

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/11/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Comparing two things/people or two groups of things/people in Portuguese is easy. Here’s the formula:

mais/menos + adjective/noun/adverb + (do) que

NOTE: In the formula above, the word do before que is optional.

Here are some examples:

However, as in English, there are some irregular adjectives in Portuguese too.

Practice your Portuguese!

Using the lesson above, write a sentence comparing two things or people and share it with other users in the comments section.

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 19 January

Talking about frequency of events

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/17/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

In Portuguese we use the question Com que frequência…? to ask how often something happens.

We can answer this question in many ways:

a) Using an adverb of frequency (word that describes the frequency of an action).

b) Using the following combination:

NOTE: a) For “per week” we just use por semana; the expression ao semana is incorrect; b) For “once a week/month/etc.”, the word vezes is used in the singular: (i.e.: uma vez por semana).

c) Using the following combination:

NOTE: In the formula above, the word a before cada is grammatically correct, but is often omitted in spoken language.

d) Using the following combination:

NOTE: The words cada, todo and …

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 19 January

Weather vocabulary

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/18/2017 on the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Here are some common weather-related words:

Here’s how you might talk about the weather in the present progressive verb tense:

NOTE: The word fazendo (doing) is optional in the starred examples above.

Practice your Portuguese!

What’s the weather like in your city/town at the moment? Share your answer in Portuguese in the comments section.

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 19 January

Portuguese articles: O, A, OS and AS

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/19/2017 in the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Portuguese has four different words for the English definite article the. The choice of which one to use depends on the noun that follows it, as definite articles have to agree in both gender and number (singular or plural) with the noun they precede. Take a look:

Rules for the use of the definite article are different in English and Portuguese. In general, Portuguese speakers use o/a/os/as more than English speakers use the.

Definite articles can be used with all of the following:

Share your experience

Do you have difficulty choosing which form of the to use in Portuguese? What are some tricks you use to remember?

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 19 January

Plural nouns in Portuguese

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/26/2017 in the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Using plural nouns in Portuguese takes some practice. Here are some rules to help you remember how to convert nouns from singular to plural.

Words ending in vowels, or in -r, -s, and -z

More examples:

Exception for words ending in -s: when the emphasis is on the first syllable, the word remains unchanged:

Words ending in -ão have three possible endings: -ãos, -ães, or -ões.

More examples:

Words ending in -l have several possible endings: -ãos, -ães, or -ões.

Words ending in -m:

More examples:

Words ending in -n:

Words ending in -x remain unchanged.

NOTE: Though the rules listed in this post apply to the majority of Portuguese nouns, some exceptions were not…

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 19 January

Infinitives in Portuguese

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 11/29/2017 in the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Infinitives are impersonal verbs that show no subject agreement or tense. In Portuguese, infinitives can end in -ar, -er or -ir. Here are some examples.

In Portuguese, infinitives can work as nouns and be used as subjects or objects of other verbs. They work just like gerunds (-ing verbs) in English.

Practice your Portuguese!

What do you like doing? What is good for your health? In the comments section, write sentences in Portuguese using infinitives as subject and object nouns.

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HelpfulDuoFan HelpfulDuoFan 19 January

Beginner's guide to Portuguese reflexive pronouns

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted on 12/03/2017 in the Duolingo Portuguese for English speakers forum by @HelpfulDuo]

Reflexive pronouns are very common in Portuguese. They are often (not always) used to talk about doing something to oneself, such as combing one's hair or washing oneself. In these cases, the subject and object of the sentence are the same.

Sentences with reflexive verbs usually have three parts:

subject + reflexive pronoun + verb

Here are some examples using the verb lavar (to wash).

Here are other verbs commonly used with reflexive pronouns:

Verb: pentear (to comb oneself)

eu me|você se|ele/ela se|nós nos|eles se :----:|:----:|:----:|:----:|:----:|:----: penteio|penteia|penteia|penteamos|penteiam

Verb: preparar (to prepare oneself)

eu me|você se…

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Thevivisaurus Thevivisaurus 6 January

Quando usar DO e MAKE

[#DuolingoForumGems originally posted July 15, 2013 in the Duolingo English from Portuguese forum by @vivisaurus ]

Quando usar DO

fazer normalm. no sentido de fazer, ação, tarefas

É usado quando se fala de emprego, trabalhos ou tarefas. Esses não produzem qualquer objeto físico.**

  • Have you done your homework? -- Você já fez sua lição de casa?
  • I should start doing the housework now. -- Eu deveria começar a fazer o trabalho doméstico agora.
  • I wouldn't like to do that job. -- Eu não gostaria de fazer esse trabalho.

É usado quando nos referimos às atividades em geral, sem ser específico. Nestes casos, normalmente são usadas palavras como: thing, something, nothing, anything, everything etc.

  • Hurry up! I've got things to do! -- Apresse-se! Tenho coisas p…
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Snahta Snahta 27 January 2021

How to learn French

A high number of phrases are taken up from French which are broadly used by English speakers. French is regarded as a complex European language that it isn't so hard to speak. Having an opportunity to learn French is an wonderful opportunity which shouldn't be discounted. It grants you the option to escape your everyday routine and immerse yourself in the gorgeous undiscovered world of the particular language. Learn French with fluency from the Best French Language classes in Pune.

SevenMentor institute is available to each and each and you also learn from the greatest French language training in Pune. Equipped with the ideal method, routine practice, subject, appropriate study materials, and appropriate motivation, an individual can desira…

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Loco123456 Loco123456 10 March 2019

Thomas and the Magic Railroad - The Lost Edition Petition: Please Sign

Hello everybody,

A nonprofit organization called "Restore the Magic" needs help in getting 10,000 signatures on their petition. The petition is to help get the director's cut of "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" released. The deadline for signing along with reaching the goal is May 1, 2019.

Please sign the petition, and also please share it with others who'd like to see the director's cut too.

Link to petition: http://restorethemagic.org/index.php/tatmr_lost_edition_campaign/

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Have a good day.

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CrescentHusky12 CrescentHusky12 22 June 2018

A Question I have

Remember when you could see all the words/letters/ect. you learned in the past on Duolingo above the “start” button on a lesson? Well, ever since the new update, it’s been hard to find out what new words I learned in the past. It’s kinda the reason I haven’t been active lately.

I’m sorry if you don’t understand what I’m saying, for I am bad at describing things and don’t have any screenshots or anything to show what I’m talking about.

UPDATE: I was looking on Duolingo’s facebook page and I noticed a lot of people also hate the new update. Hopefully Duolingo will listen to their comments and our problems will get fixed.

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Dom Matheus I Dom Matheus I 27 November 2017

The longest courses in Duolingo

At least the ones I am learning haha

  • Polski = 69
  • Český = 84
  • Українська = 54
  • Русский = 79
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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 9 April 2016

Kein Blogpost Mehr

Entschuldigung alle meiner Freunde. :(

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 13 March 2016

Blogpost 5

Hallo, alle meine Freunde! Heute sehe ich viel fern, und deshalb bin ich sehr müde. Sehen Sie fern? Was sehen Sie fern?

Der Satz der Woche ist "komisch":

Der Honig schmeckt komisch. (The honey tastes funny).

Ist das nicht witzig? Ich lächelte, wenn ich diesen Satz gesehen habe.

Komm am nächsten Woche hierher, um mehr witzige Sätze zuzulachen. Tschüss! :)

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 13 February 2016

Blogpost 4

Hallo alle meiner Freunde!

Ich lerne Deutsch und Russisch beide, und Russisch is sehr schwerer! Daher dieser Satz richtig ist...

Немецкий - мой любимый язык. (German is my favorite language.)


Russisch is een moeilijke taal! (Russian is a difficult language.)

Äh! Diese Woche hat zwei Sätze der Woche! Beide Sätze sind gut, oder?

Komm hierhin nächste Woche! Tschüss!

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 28 January 2016

Blogpost 3

Hallo Freunde!

Heute wurde ich in Chemie geprüft. Es war schwierig, aber ich bin schlau, daher es mir leicht war. Was lernen Sie in der Schule? Lernen Sie nichts an der Schule, weil Sie in einer Schule nicht gehen?

Heute gibt's auch Satze der Woche. Dieser Satz ist so seltsam, dass ich lange lachte:

Hilfe! Das Pferd frisst die heilige Kartoffel!

(Help! The horse is eating the holy potato!)

Am witzigsten, oder?

Kommen Sie nächste Woche hierher, um witzigere Sätze zu finden!

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 16 January 2016

Blogpost 2

Guten Tag, Freunden!

Ich arbeite an einer Bäckerei, daher ich viel Brot habe. Es schmeckt gut in meiner Meinung. Es bringt uns zum Satz der Woche!

(Deze zin is in het Nederlands :)

Dit dorp heeft minder dan dertig bakkerijen.

(Dieses Dorf hat weniger dan dreißig Bäckereien) (This village has less than thirty bakeries)

Am witzigsten, oder?

Komm hier nächste Woche für mehr Humor!

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 28 December 2015

Neues Blog!

Hallo, Duolingo-Freunden! Ich heiße Kurt, und dies ist mein neues Deutschblog! In diesem Blog gibt's witzige Sätze die ich gefunden habe! Lololol.

Das ist das erste Beispiel, was ich gesagt habe...

Duo kauft ein Einkaufszentrum.

(Duo buys a shopping mall).

Witzig, oder?

Kommt hier nächste Woche, um mehr witzige Sätze zu finden! Tschüß!

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 19 October 2015

On the Editing of Language Trees by Duolingo

As some of you German and French learners on Duo have quickly noticed, all of your skills have changed. The order and vocabulary is now starkly different from previously. Which brings me to here to ask about our collective response on this website to this change.

Obviously, if there are new skills on Duolingo we should certainly add them. The big question is, what are we to do with the old ones? The wiki has examples of times we removed pages and examples of times we kept them despite that. What are we to do?

I offer one possible solution; don't get rid of them at all. Instead, repurpose them, give them a new name, and keep on using them. This will work in the majority of cases. Where there is no current page, by all means add it.

I may have …

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Rumnraisin Rumnraisin 7 October 2015

Splitting Long Article: User-created lessons

The page User-created lessons, which I have intermittently added to, has become quite long; it's topping out the Long pages list. I think it would be more useful now (perhaps more maintainable too) to either:

  1. Add the lists of lessons to language pages as part of a section on other resources
  2. Create an overall category for user-created lessons, and a page each for user-created lessons for each language

Of the two approaches, I prefer approach 2. I prefer it because I think the longer lists (such as the Finnish, Bulgarian, Greek, and Japanese lists) might overwhelm the respective page of some of the languages. (A link to just the directory for each lesson set might be a better idea, but not every set of lessons has a directory.)

As such, I intend…

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 16 September 2015

When is Russian coming out?

One of the languages I seem keen on learning is Russian. This is mostly because I have heard it is quite hard. So I was excited that Russian would be available on Sept. 11, 2015. Only two months away!

So here I am, five days later. The date has now changed to Sept. 26, 2015 to reflect the fact it is *only* 98% complete.

I am not, and have never claimed to be, a person who works in the Incubator, so I don't really understand the reason for this. If someone knows why, could you explain?

до свидания!

Emperor Charles II (talk) 00:28, September 16, 2015 (UTC)

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Tes17 Tes17 30 August 2015

Finished language tree.

Hi all. I've been studying french on the mobile app & the language tree has finished.  I'm only level 16. How does one get to level 25?

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Daedalus 27 Daedalus 27 19 August 2015


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Stingerbee12 Stingerbee12 1 July 2015

List of Top All Time discussion posts

This page currently features the top five All Time upvoted discussion posts found on Duolingo in the English language.

Because upvotes constantly change, an estimate will be given and refreshed from day to day.

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Emperor Charles II Emperor Charles II 27 May 2015

Why I'm learning German.

I first began to learn German when I was in the ninth grade. I borrowed a "Learn German!" book from my local library and started to flip through the pages. I soon gave up because I couldn't find the motivation after a couple of months to continue. I remember exclaiming: "Why are there SIX words for 'the?' " But I do remember that I first thought that the "ß" was actually a "B" when I first saw it. Looking back on it, it was pretty funny.

After a few months of stagnation, I started my first day of tenth grade with a German 11 class. A friend in the class was already very proficient in German, and he helped me through the first month. By the end of the semester, I was helping him! I was very happy with myself.

Then a friend told me about this langu…

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Artilex Artilex 16 April 2015


I've noticed that many photos on this wiki are outdated. Should we make replacing old photos with current ones a priority for user convenience? EDIT: I've noticed that often the words don't match the picture too.

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Spangineer Spangineer 2 April 2015


There's a pretty big difference between small wikis and big wikis, and not just in the number of articles. On big wikis, like Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, rules and policies have been developed over the years in so much detail that there is a well-defined structure within which all editors have to work. In a small wiki like this one, that isn't the case. Users coming from big wikis can feel like the small wiki is chaotic and messy, when it is actually meeting the needs of its readers quite well.

Small wikis have the advantage of being able to deliver content in a variety of ways: articles do not all have to be organized the same way, "off-topic" content can still find a home, and content is not automatically deleted if it fail…

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MichaelHenryKC MichaelHenryKC 11 February 2015

Webcasting Experiment

As an educator, I am wildly enthusiastic about Duolingo.  As an eLearning designer, I'm very impressed!

So, how can I get more involved in a productive and appropriate fashion?

After taking some time to review the vision for Duolingo, I want to support the tenents expressed:  

Free and openly  accessible education | Learning for a purpose (which reduces the effort to learn) | Encouraging gamification of learning experiences | Making learning mobile (everywhere in daily life) | Modify learning platform design based on learner feedback and data | and Making it a social experience!

From August to December 2014, a group of interested educators and native language facilitators designed a social learning experience we called "Cada Día." The idea was…

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Markkore Markkore 4 January 2015

Timed Practice Flow Method

Completing the skill tree give you the ability to RECOGNIZE new words. Can you PRODUCE the words and phrases you need proficiently when it counts? The goal of this method is to stay in The Zone, increase confidence, and develop instant RECALL.

The Flow Model was first introduced by positive psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi. He wrote about the process of flow in his book "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience."



  1. Go to the Lingot store and unlock the timed practice ability
  2. Find a tough lesson where you can rarely beat the clock and open the practice window
  3. Copy the web address, close the current window, and open a new tab for your lesson (prevents backspace from losing progress)
  4. Paste the web address an…
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TrioLinguist TrioLinguist 17 October 2014

Continued progress...

Hello all! I would like to inform you that there are now two skills fully done in German: Basics 1 and Basics 2. That means it is now roughly 3% done, it's a start! You may have noticed the skills' format has been changed and is more of an overview rather than textbook-style. Thanks to Dessamator for this good idea. Bye for now!

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13Glory 13Glory 12 October 2014

Recent documents that need fixing

  • ==I will post my documents that will need fixing, if they are perfected they will be taken off, thank you for your time :)==
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TrioLinguist TrioLinguist 11 October 2014

Progress has begun!

Hello all! This is my first blog post. Now, I am here to notify the DuoWikians of the progress that I have begun with the German skill pages. If you visit the German page on the Wiki, at the bottom you will see a humble template. At the moment, the is around halfway done. I'll keep everyone informed about what's going on here on this blog

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Dessamator Dessamator 16 September 2014

Duolingo Pronunciation Contest

The idea of this contest is to get pronunciations of the word "Duolingo" in as many languages as possible.

To enter simply record yourself pronouncing the words in separate audio files:

  • Duolingo
  • Immersion (translated to your language)

You can use Vocaroo (http://vocaroo.com/) to record your voices  and paste the links in your post. Make sure to write the language(dialect) you're using to pronounce it .


  • Each participant gets 2 lingots (First come first serve, repeats don't get lingots).
  • Course Contributors get 5 as a reward for their hard work.
  • The participant with most pronunciations gets 10 lingots.

Disclaimer: The audio files will be added to the Duolingo wikia , so they need to be released under the creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ l…

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Dessamator Dessamator 1 September 2014

Duo goes to Malta

This is the story of when Duo went to Malta.

He went to Malta island first. If you are unfamiliar with the Maltese archipelago, here is a map:

Anyway, the first thing Duo saw was the capital city, Valletta. He walked through the streets, stopping in many museums along the way, including the National War Museum and the Palace Armoury of the Knights of St. John.

Next he took a trip to the Rotunda in Mosta, only one of the many beautiful churches on the Maltese islands. Then, on his way to the island of Gozo, he passed over the Verdala palace, which is the summer residence of the President of Malta, who is (since 2014) Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.

At night time, Duo slept on top of Ta' Kola Windmill, Xagħra. The windmill dates back to 1725. During…

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Usagiboy7 Usagiboy7 18 June 2014

Usagi's Edit Practice Page

[Under Construction]

[The information to be added Here and then this wiki page to be deleted.]

Welcome to Usagi's edit practice page. This isn't really intended to be an official part of the Duolingo wiki. This is just where Usagi is preparing to train future Duowikians by recording the kinds of questions they asked while they themself were learning, and what routes they took to learn it. Hopefully, this will better equip me to be a wiki-tutor someday soonish. ^_^

  • 1 Suggested tutorials
  • 2 Questions to explore
    • 2.1 Day 1
      • 2.1.1 Categories
      • 2.1.2 Templates
  • 3 Cool templates for later
  • 4 The Sandbox

(Thanks Dess!)

Video Tutorials

Wikia University

Wikia University Getting help

What is "Categories" on the right hand side of the editing window?

  • It was briefly mentioned in …

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BenTheGeek BenTheGeek 23 March 2014


Hey everyone, do you think it's okay if I become an admin to the Duolingo Wiki? Any thoughts, objections? Thanks, BenTheGeek

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