How do I learn with Duolingo?

Welcome to Duolingo! You can learn with Duolingo via our iOS app, Android app, and web (mobile or desktop).

Whether you’ve been using Duolingo for a little while or are just starting out, you might be asking yourself about what the best way to move through a Duolingo course is. We use Crown Levels so you can personalize your learning journey, but many of you have been wondering about the best approach to take with it: when should you level up a skill (and get more crowns!) and when should you move on to start a new skill? There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, since learners have varied needs, goals, and experience studying languages, but there’s a lot we do know about successful learning!

All language courses will contain helpful skills (those colorful circles). Each skill will contain 5 levels, starting with level 0. These levels will then contain individual lessons. 

As you progress through your lessons, whether completing them individually or through skill test-out (key icon), you will earn Crowns. With 5 levels in each skill, you’ll earn 5 Crowns when you successfully master a skill. Still want to practice that skill after reaching level 5? No worries, you can tap ‘Practice’ to flex your muscle with that specific skill.


You’ll also earn XP (aka experience points) as you complete various activities in the app. To learn more about XP, read here.

Need help?

  • Some skills will have helpful tips. Tap on the skill, then the light bulb icon.
  • While in a lesson, words will be marked with a dotted line. Tap on that word, and it will offer hints. Note: Testing out of skill will not offer these hints. 


Duolingo has a ton of fun features to offer! Check out Duolingo Stories (available in limited languages) and our Duolingo podcast (available in Spanish and French).