If you need any more motivation to log in and complete your daily Duolingo lessons, then Duolingo Challenges might just give you the nudge you’re looking for!
It’s a new feature that has just started rolling out on the IOS app and gives you even more incentive to hit your daily XP targets.
So in this article, we’ll take a closer look at Duolingo Challenges. We’ll go over what they are, how you access them, what you get for completing them, as well as some initial impressions of the feature.
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What are Duolingo Challenges?
Duolingo Challenges are monthly, XP-focussed objectives. A challenge will have a special theme and specify how much XP you need to earn in order to complete it.
To find Duolingo Challenges, simply head on over to your lesson tree. There you should find a little icon — either a trophy or the badge for the month’s challenge — on the left-hand side of the screen.
At the moment, it looks like Duolingo Challenges are only available on IOS devices, although not every IOS user will have them just yet as it seems the feature is being rolled out gradually. There’s currently no ETA on when Challenges will come to Android or Desktop devices.
How to access Duolingo Challenges
To access Duolingo Challenges, simply navigate to your Challenges dashboard by tapping the little icon on the left-hand side of your lesson tree.
Here you will find a list of your current challenges. It’s likely there will only be two: your daily XP goal and your special monthly challenge.
To view further details about the current monthly challenge, simply tap ‘View challenge’. Here you will find information about your progress, a recommended daily average, the context of the challenge, and details about what you will earn and why it’s worth completing.
The second tab shows you your completed challenges and will display all of your badges.
What do you get for completing a challenge?
When you complete a challenge you will receive a special, exclusive badge.
This month’s challenge (August 2021) is called Oscar’s Duocon Keynote. The goal is to earn 1000 XP before the month is out. For completing this you will earn the Duocon Keynote badge.
Badges can only be earned once, so if you don’t hit your XP target by the end of the month you won’t get another chance to earn it. So time is of the essence!
Once you’ve completed a challenge, the badge will appear in your ‘Completed’ section.
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What are the current challenges?
So far there have been four monthly challenges.
The first challenge was in May 2021: The Hamamatsu Kite Festival Challenge. This is something that has been celebrated in Hamamatsu, Japan for over 450 years!
The second challenge, the 9th Duoversary Challenge, celebrates 9 years since Duolingo first launched to the public.
The third challenge was called Eddy’s Big Race, which celebrated the Summer Olympics in Japan.
August’s challenge was called Oscar’s Duocon Keynote, which was all about getting you ready for Duocon on August 20!
And this month’s challenge is called Junior’s Field Trip.
The objectives of the challenges are exactly the same: to earn 1000 XP by the end of the month.
As of the July, some have been getting a slightly different format, which breaks the challenge down into three tiers: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
To unlock the Bronze badge you need to earn 500 XP by the end of the month; for Silver, 1000 XP; and for Gold, 2000 XP.
Unfortunately, given that this is currently only available on IOS devices and is being rolled out gradually, a lot of users weren’t able to complete the first two challenges, and many still won’t be able to complete the July challenge either.
Every Duolingo Challenge so far
- May 2021 – The Hamamatsu Kite Festival Challenge
- June 2021 – The 9th Duoversary Challenge
- July 2021 – Eddy’s Big Race Challenge
- August 2021 – Oscar’s Duocon Keynote Challenge
- September 2021 – Junior’s Field Trip Challenge
First impressions of Duolingo Challenges
Challenges represent the next logical step in Duolingo’s gamification of language learning.
These kinds of challenges are commonplace in a lot of popular online video games, such as Call of Duty and Rocket League. They keep things interesting and give players the opportunity to earn some cool rewards.
The concept has also been around for a while on other language learning services. At LingQ, for instance, you can sign up for a wide variety of challenges, which typically involve learning a certain number of words before the challenge ends.
So with this in mind, it’s nice to see challenges finally make their way onto Duolingo. They definitely add an extra helping of motivation and I can imagine they will push many to go the extra mile in their daily lessons.
It’s unfortunate, then, that challenges are currently only available to IOS users — and a select few at that — as it creates yet another divide in the Duolingo community. It hardly seems fair that some users can earn these cool little badges while others cannot.
I’m not entirely sure why the badges can’t be displayed on our public profiles either. Like my streak and my crown total, this is something that the egocentric in me wants to show off to the world. I’m sure this is something Duolingo can fix somewhere down the line though.
Have your say!
All in all, I think Challenges will prove to be an excellent addition to Duolingo.
But what do you think?
As always, let me know in the comments!