Duolingo Stories 2024: How to Access Them? (Everything Regarding Them Explained)

I believe learning the language is not the end goal but is to get fluent in it. The only way I can become fluent is to practice as much as possible. Duolingo is a platform that has always helped me practice at different points of time. One of the features where I practice a lot is Duolingo stories. It has always been a special feature for me as I can complete them anytime I want. However, with every great thing, there is a drawback. Want to know it? Don’t worry, I will help you know how to access them and what the drawback is.

  • Duolingo stories are the ones that help you to know your reading and listening skills in the targeted language.
  • There are two levels in Duolingo stories – Standard and Legendary levels.
  • Taking up the standard stories will help you to get 10 XP and 40 XP while taking up Legendary levels.
Duolingo Stories: How to Access Them? (Everything Regarding Them Explained)

What are the Duolingo Stories?

Duolingo stories are another feature like English tests, podcasts, or audio lessons. It has helped me to know the level of my reading and listening skills in the targeted language. Earlier they were also designed for practising your speaking skills. However, it is not currently available. It has not only helped me to practice but to earn a lot of XP scores. When I completed the story, I earned 10 XP. However, when I was at the legendary level, I earned 40XP points for completing a story. Thus we can say that just like XP ramp up it helps you to gain more XP.

The only aim of the story is to make you understand everything you have learned so far. With the help of Duolingo stories, you will practice what you have learned so far. Also earlier it had a separate tab for taking the stories however due to the new learning path, these stories have shifted into the units themselves. These stories also help you to stay motivated in your language-learning journey.

Are Duolingo stories free?

Duolingo is a platform with free and subscription methods known as Super Duolingo. The lessons that you take are free in a course. As the stories are part of the lessons, they are absolutely free.

What are the languages for which you can get the stories?

Duolingo Stories: How to Access Them? (Everything Regarding Them Explained)

Depending upon your native speaking language and your targeted language, stories may or may not be there for you. If you are Portuguese, Spanish, or Chinese speakers, you will be getting stories for the English Language. Whereas, if you are an English speaker you will get stories in the following languages-

  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Hindi
  • Ukrainian
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanese

To check if the course you have taken has stories or not, all you have to do is look at the book icon at the bottom of the app. Although with time they are constantly adding stories for different languages. 

How do the Duolingo stories work?

When you open the stories you will see two different Duolingo characters, in a conversation related to various topics. You will have to go through the conversation and answer the questions related to the conversation they are in. Following are the exercises that you get in the stories-

  • Choosing the missing phrase – In this exercise, you will see a sentence with missing phrases. You will have to choose the option from the options given below the question.
  • Multiple choice Questions – In this exercise, you may see a statement given by the character and asked to choose the correct translations from the given option.
  • Select the option meaning – With this exercise, you will have to choose the word in the conversation to depict the meaning of the word in the question.
  • What comes next – In this exercise, you will see a conversation. You have to select the reply from the options given below.

When you will end up the story you will see the exercise known as Tap the Pairs. In this exercise, you will match the meaning of the words in the stories. These exercises work much similar to ordinary lessons. The only difference is that it has two different levels – Standard and Legendary levels.

How to access Duolingo stories?

If we talk about the previous version, you have to get 10 crowns in the Targeted language in the tree. There was a separate tab for accessing these stories. However, with the current Duolingo learning path, you do not need any crowns to open the stories. They are under your course path only. When you complete your units and the lessons, you will get these stories in them. You may also see funny statements that will help you to stay focused and enjoy these stories.

Duolingo Stories: How to Access Them? (Everything Regarding Them Explained)

When you get your first story depends upon the language taken. Suppose you are learning the Spanish language, you will get your first story in unit 4 of section 1. In the unit, you will see a book icon in a circle. This is your first Duolingo story. You will only get a single story at a time. However, earlier you will be getting 4 stories together at a particular time.

Do Duolingo stories get Harder?

When you go through the course your difficulty level will increase with time. You will see different stories and when they become harder you will be getting more XP scores. The stories will be more in your targeted language and less in your native language. You may also get stories where you will answer in a particular period. As they are native speakers you may not understand the language easily.

Thus, you should unlock the sets before moving ahead in the journey. Also in the earlier stories you were able to practice the speaking skills in which you will have to repeat what a native speaker is speaking. It was a good exercise for those who did not have much confidence in communicating with others in the targeted language. However, currently, it is not available in the stories. 

Are Duolingo stories the same for all the language courses?

There are various languages on Duolingo and thus the content of each course varies. There may be some language courses that will give you fewer stories, whereas other courses may give you more stories. However, the exercises in the courses are generally the same. Thus we can say that depending on the course you have taken you will get a different number of stories. If we talk about some popular courses like French and Spanish you will be getting more than 100 stories.

Whereas if we talk about the Italian language there are only 51 stories. Although these stories are updated after intervals and in the upcoming time, you may see more stories from different courses.

What is the difference between the Duolingo stories and regular lessons?

Now, you will say that regular lessons are also designed to develop language knowledge. So what is the difference? The following table shows two major differences between both of them-

Duolingo Regular LessonsDuolingo Stories
Help you improve your knowledge.Help to test your knowledge.
There is a tip page.There is no tip page.

Are Duolingo stories worthy?

Now, everything has been discussed over here. From, what it is to how to access them. Everything has been cleared. But the biggest question is still left. Is it worthy to use it? Well, it is the best way of testing your language. It helps to check whether you have a hold on the content or not. Taking up Duolingo stories will also help you develop your reading and listening skills in the targeted language. It is hard to get a grip on a new language, but Duolingo stories will help you in doing so.

If you want to unlock the old stories again, go to the personalized practice tab. It will again help you to revise the content. Thus Duolingo stories are a great feature of Duolingo and you must not miss practising them. Also, you will have to use Gems to take up the features for practicing. But this is not the case for the stories.


Duolingo stories are a great feature on Duolingo as they will help you practice what you have learned so far. According to me, it is one of the best features to practice. There is no need for any gems and you will earn some XPs. Not all the courses have this feature. But, with time Duolingo may add up them for different languages. Earlier it was available in a separate tab and you get to unlock them once you earn 10 crowns in the tree. However, with the current learning path, it has been moved in the course itself.

How much XP do you get on completing the Duolingo stories?

When you take up simple stories you get up to 10 XP. However, if you are taking up legendary-level stories then you will get 40 XP for it.

Why are Duolingo stories so stupid?

The only reason for this is that they have to create stories for people of every age. Suppose there is a person who has just started learning the language, the stories should be easy for them. Also, some of the stories may not be meaningful but are funny. It may be because they want you to stay engaged with the content.

Does Duolingo have the same stories just in different languages?

Yes, every course has similar stories but in different languages.

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