Duolingo Challenges - Everything You Need To Know

Duolingo Challenges – EVERYTHING You Need To Know

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!

Challenges have been around for a few months now and have become a firm fixture of the Duolingo experience.

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.

Every month Duolingo drop a brand new challenge, each one with its own special theme. The goal is usually to earn 1000 XP before the month is out.

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.

As with the majority of Duolingo’s features, Challenges were initially rolled out on IOS devices only. However, it looks like they’re now available on Android as well. Hooray!

How to access Duolingo Challenges

To access Duolingo Challenges, simply navigate to your Challenges dashboard by tapping the little icon on 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 (December 2021) is called Falstaff’s Big Sleep. The goal is to earn 1000 XP before the month is out. For completing this you will earn the Big Sleep 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 eight 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!

September’s challenge was Junior’s Field Trip, October’s challenge celebrated Halloween with Lily’s Jack-o-lantern, and November’s challenge was Oscar’s Mustache Marathon.

The December challenge is called Falstaff’s Big Sleep.

The objectives of the challenges are exactly the same: to earn 1000 XP by the end of the month.

In July, some users were getting a slightly different format, which broke the challenges down into three tiers: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

To unlock the Bronze badge you needed to earn 500 XP by the end of the month; for Silver, 1000 XP; and for Gold, 2000 XP.

However, as of September, Duolingo have reverted to the original format of just one badge for 1000 XP. The bronze, silver and gold format was probably just in the spirit of the Olympic challenge back in July — although, knowing how Duolingo like to experiment, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring it back in future!

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
  • October 2021 – Lily’s Jack-o-lantern Challenge
  • November 2021 – Oscar’s Mustache Marathon
  • December 2021 – Falstaff’s Big Sleep

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.

Originally Challenges were only available to IOS users — and a select few at that — creating yet another divide in the Duolingo community. Fortunately, though, Duolingo have since rolled them out to Android users as well, meaning that more and more users will have the opportunity to earn these cool little badges.

Although I’m not entirely sure why we can’t do much with them. They just get stored in this personal vault, gathering dust. Why can’t we display them on our public profiles? Like my streak and my crown total, this is something that the egocentric in me wants to show off to the world. Hopefully this is something Duolingo can fix somewhere down the line!


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!