Duolingo has been helping people learn languages for several years. And with 25 million users and 31 courses—you can even learn to speak Klingon—Duolingo needs to keep innovating.
Thankfully, the company is doing just that, with an all-new levelling system. While everyone starts learning a new language enthusiastically, this can turn into frustration as things become more complex. Duolingo was already countering that with a varied skill tree and an element of fun, but this new levelling system goes even further.
Crown Levels Let You Double Down on Skills
Previously, Duolingo offered a simple progression system. Lessons were separated into themes, and you would complete one before moving on to the next, more difficult, one. With Crown Levels, you can still do that, or you can double down on a particular theme.
Each skill now has five levels. Complete one, and you earn a crown. You can then choose to move on to another aspect of the language or delve deeper into that skill. This means casuals can just learn the basics, while advanced users can challenge themselves.
Duolingo isn’t stopping there, either. The company is also working on new types of lessons to complement the usual listening, speaking, and typing. So you’ll soon have to deal with phonetics and multiple-choice questions designed to test you further.
At the time of writing around half of all Duolingo users are using the new system. However, Crown Levels will be rolling out to everyone within the next few weeks. Some people may struggle to comprehend the changes, but most people will embrace them.
Giving People Choice When Learning Languages
These improvements give Duolingo users more choice when it comes to learning a new language. They can now choose which path to follow and their target fluency level. And for anyone that struggles, Duolingo has provided users with Crowns FAQs.
This increased level of choice and freedom is important when some people just want to learn a few key phrases to get by on vacation, while others want to learn a language inside and out in order to converse with distant friends and family.