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Everything You Need to Know About Duolingo Stories

One of the best somewhat new additions to Duolingo is Duolingo Stories! Duolingo Stories are short stories that you listen to while you read along. As you go along, you fill in the blanks in the conversation and practice vocabulary as well as your listening skills.

What Languages Have Duolingo Stories?

Not every language has Duolingo Stories as an option. Here are the languages that currently have Duolingo Stories available:

  • Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and German for English speakers
  • English for Portuguese speakers
  • English for Spanish speakers
  • English for Chinese speakers

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Duolingo Stories Set 1 in Italian

If the language course you are currently completing doesn’t have the book icon on the bottom of the app, then that language does not have Duolingo Stories available yet.

However, Duolingo is constantly adding new updates (one of which is FINALLY Italian Duolingo Stories YAY!) so keep an eye out for the language you are learning!

How Many XP Can You Earn When Completing a Duolingo Story?

One of the best ways to earn XP SUPER fast is by completing Duolingo Stories. In the first set of Stories, you earn 14 XP per story. In the second set, you earn 16 XP.

From there, it varies depending on your language and how many stories they have created. In French, you can get up to 28 XP per story in Set 24.

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Not every language will have that many sets. Your language might have more beginner stories available, so the XP that you earn will be less.

Duolingo Stories in French

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How to Unlock Duolingo Stories

In order to unlock Duolingo Stories, you need to reach Checkpoint 1 or earn 10 crowns on your Duolingo tree. After that, you have to complete all of the stories inside of a set before you can move on to the locked stories in the next set.

earn 10 crowns to unlock duolingo stories

Do Duolingo Stories Get Harder?

Yes, Duolingo Stoires get more difficult as you get further along. The stories that are more difficult will earn you more XP.

Unlike the main lessons of Duolingo, you can definitely tell when the stories get more difficult. As you progress through the sets, there will be less and less English and more of the language you are learning.

The native speakers will speak faster and they will use more words that you may not be familiar with.

That is why you have to unlock the sets before moving on, since the later stories may be too difficult for the level you are currently at language-wise.

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Duolingo Stories Set 12 for 28 XP

How is a Duolingo Story Different from a regular lesson?

In a Duolingo Story, you are listening to a conversation between two people. The Story has a name that is the theme of the conversation, like a short story.

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As you go through, there are different exercises that Duolingo has you do that test your listening and reading comprehension.

The first one is having you listen to a phrase and then you have to choose what words you heard. First, they will just have a few words missing like this:

Select the Missing Phrase in Duolingo Stories

Then they will have you fill in an entire phrase without any hints which will be slightly more difficult.

Tap What You Hear in Duolingo Stories

One of the best parts about Duolingo Stories is that they also act as a reading comprehension test like you used to take back in school.

Throughout the lesson, they will ask you questions about what’s going on, like “What is so-and-so upset about?” or “What is so-and-so feeling right now?”

These questions require you to have a deeper understanding about what is happening in the story. They aren’t translation based, but comprehension based, which is somewhat new for Duolingo!

Comprehension questions in Duolingo Stories

The last part of a Duolingo Story takes new vocabulary from the lesson and has you match them to their English translation. This helps you realize what words you learned during the lesson through context alone or through the questions in the lesson.

I really enjoy this part because it shows the power of comprehensible input, which is when you understand enough about what is going on that you can infer the meaning of the words that you don’t know.

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Duolingo Stories does this well by making the stories only slightly more difficult as you go on and taking away bits of English as you progress as well.

Tap the vocabulary pairs in Duolingo Stories

I hope you enjoy listening to Duolingo Stories!

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Monday 28th of December 2020

The real benefit of stories comes from doing them a second time, because then Duolingo hides entire dialogues, which really tests your listening comprehension.