A picture flashcard matching exercise (2014)

An exercise is any one of the individual speaking, listening or translation tasks that make up a lesson, practice, or test. Each lesson or practice consists of several exercises.

There are a number of different types of exercise, each one aimed at helping users learn in a different way:


An A/B test of an exercise to translate a written sentence orally (2014)

  • Translation: You are presented with the text of a sentence in one language and are asked to translate it into the other.
  • Transcription: You are presented with the audio of a sentence and are asked to type it out.
  • Speaking: You are presented with the text of a sentence and asked to speak it into your computer's microphone.
  • Fill in the blank: You are asked to choose the correct word or phrase to complete the sentence.
  • Multiple-choice translation: You are asked which of several sentences in one language is a valid translation of a sentence in the other language. Often the wrong alternatives are not even grammatically correct. See Dead giveaways.
  • Picture flashcard translation: You are presented a word in one language and are asked to translate it into the other language with the help of a few relevant pictures.
  • Picture flashcard matching: You are presented with several words and corresponding images in one language and asked to choose which one matches a word in the other language.
  • Sentence shuffle: You are presented with the text of a sentence in one language and a shuffled sentence in the other. You have to rearrange the words to form the correct translation. There are two variations of this exercise:
  • Normally there are exactly four extra words. However sometimes three or five words remain.
  • Sometimes the font size is smaller and there are no extra words.
  • Tap the pairs: An even number of boxes, half in your base language and half in your target language are shown. You must select the pairs. You may select a box in either language and then its translation.

The following exercises are not available as of April 2019.

  • Character Challenges -  You are asked to translate or answer a question by a Duolingo character [1]. This may change the answer depending on gender/context.
  • Conversation Challenges - You are asked to respond to a Duolingo character.


  1. Duolingo Forums, Duolingo is getting more human, Tyler Murphy, September 3, 2015
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