What are Crown levels?

Crowns are a feature that we believe lets us teach better. Each skill you do has a “Crown Level” associated with it. When you level up a skill, you earn a Crown, and the types of exercises you see will get harder. You can choose to go deeper into skills and level them up or continue on to new skills to learn new content.

Our mission is to create a learning experience that is fun for casual learners while still offering advanced content for serious learners. Casual learners can still go through the whole tree fairly easily, while more advanced learners can get a lot more depth by leveling up their skills and earning Crowns.

Learn more crown levels here


Where is my progress?

Don’t worry, your progress is still there. It may be surprising to find skills that were once gold are now colorful again, but all your lessons that were “completed” before are still completed. 

You can read more about progress here

How do you practice a skill? What about practicing individual skills?

You can practice a skill by clicking 'Practice' on any completed golden skill. Just a heads up, practice will not have a visual effect on your tree. This means that while practice helps you review and strengthen words that need it, it does not level up skills or unlock new content by doing it.

With Crowns, we turned skill practice into more lessons. To review words in a skill, we suggest leveling up! It helps you retain the earlier lessons, and you go deeper into the skill.

Will my progress decay over time?

There are no plans to make skill progress decay over time. Once you earn a crown, you get to keep it!

Keep in mind that if skills are added to or removed from the course, your Crown levels might change. For example, new skills will show up as incomplete, and removed skills might reduce your total number of crowns. 

What about spaced repetition? How do I know what to practice next?

Crowns adds a lot of choice to DuolingoSome learners love that choice, while others prefer recommendations for what to do. We're actively gathering data on current usage to try to make an intelligent system that suggests the right next steps for each learner. 

Learn more about progress decay and spaced repetition here.  

Can I test out of levels?

Sure can! For iOS and Android users, you can test out of level 0 to level 1 within a skill. Duolingo Plus subscribers have unlimited skill test-outs. We don't want learners to binge a skill, so we recommend you don’t get to Level 5 all in one go. Level 5 is there to show that you have practiced the words in that skill a ton and probably don’t need further practice on it for quite a while.

You can read more about the science of Crowns on our Blog post