Lingots ([ling-guhts]) are virtual currency on Duolingo used in the shop.[1] They are used to reward people for various accomplishments related to language learning and translation. In iOS a similar currency is used, and they are called gems.[2]


Lingots can be used to buy:

  1. Bonus Skills
  2. Power-Ups

They can also be used to reward people in the forum.

Earning Lingots or GemsEdit

Lingots or gems can be earned in several ways:[3]

  • Completing a skill for the first time (two lingots per skill)
  • Reaching your daily goal.
  • Reaching the next XP level (number of lingots corresponding to the level achieved)
  • Inviting friends: if your friend accepts, you both receive one lingot
  • Maintaining a streak: every ten days of a streak, earn an increasing number of lingots
  • Receiving a lingot from another user in a Duolingo discussion forum post
  • Being in the three first places of a league (e.g. 400 gems or 20 lingots for first place)

In the past, one lingot was earned by completing a lesson without losing any hearts, but this was phased out by early 2015 although it may still be the case in some platforms[4].


  1. Duolingo Shop
  2. Duolingo Help Center, What are Gems?
  3. Lingots, a virtual store, and a more fun way to learn!
  4. Windows phone store.Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free .
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