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.
UPDATE: Duolingo Stories no longer has its own tab, instead they are dispersed throughout the course itself.
If you want Stories on their own, Super Duolingo has added that as a new feature in their Practice tab.
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
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.
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.
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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.
Do Duolingo Stories Get Harder?
Yes, Duolingo Stories 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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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.
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:
Then they will have you fill in an entire phrase without any hints which will be slightly more difficult.
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!
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.
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.
I hope you enjoy listening to Duolingo Stories!
More About Duolingo:
- Duolingo Crowns Explained: What You Need to Know
- The Ultimate Guide to Gems and Lingots in Duolingo
- Understanding Duolingo Leagues
- What is XP in Duolingo?
- A Simple Guide to Restoring Skills in Duolingo
Dayna Brockbank is a travel and language-learning blogger who has lived around the world but has now settled in Nice, France. She speaks 3 languages at varying levels of fluency: Spanish, Italian, and French, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Spanish Education. She and her husband focus on making travel part of life by living cheaply and traveling on a budget.