https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Mindful parting of the ways with a 600+ day streak

First it was an inspiration and a motivator, then a stern taskmaster, then an annoying burden, and finally a thing-unto-itself.

Guess I just needed to share. Thoughts, anyone?

(Hope I didn't post this twice, it didn't seem to work the first time.)

August 14, 2015

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeeDrawStuff

Congratulations y buena suerte!

I imagine you can read in all three languages very well. I totally understand leaving after 600+ days, especially if you reached level 25 and doing it has become an annoying chore. There are so many other ways to improve your command of the language, so many things to do. Just curious, can you speak all three well or are you still working on that?

BTW, I'm about to read that article "Are you better off learning to code, or learning to speak a new language?" As some one who enjoys coding, I'm sure it will be interesting.

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Thanks. I'm not exactly leaving (other languages are calling), but I do plan to sacrifice the streak and only regold occasionally..

I find that I can read well enough in all three languages (dictionary at hand, of course), and sometimes understand the news casts, but speaking is a problem. I lived in Germany for eight years, so German is the least problematic. I tend to mix up the Spanish and French, and haven't had much opportunity to try them out.

I admire your language choices. Portuguese may be next on my list.
Good luck with the coding, as well.

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeeDrawStuff

My "language" list is misguiding. My main goal is B2-C1 Spanish. I decided that reading/understanding French, then Portuguese (from Spanish) will happen later. Low priority right now.

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/truelefty

Have you done an international exam for Spanish? If yes, which one (A1, A2, B1, B2, etc.)?

¿Has hecho algún examen internacional de español? Si sí, ¿cuál?

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeeDrawStuff

Not yet. I'll probably take a B1 test.

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/truelefty

:D Good luck!

August 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eliyazdi

I also "left" (after a far shorter streak of about 100 days) when I decided that the strengthening wasn't really helping me and was really just taking up time.

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Yes, taking up time and exercising for exercising's sake, rather than learning.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rob2042

Not sure how much longer I`ll be on here, either. The exercises are becoming less and less effective. What that means is I have to go through an entire exercise just to pick up one sentence or one word that I needed to strengthen. It should not be that way. Duolingo should have added more words and lessons so one could improve steadily. Instead, we get new languages. The end result is marginal learning of a number of languages with no language actually learned. Hopefully, some day duolingo will realize that and correct it.

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

I, too, had hoped to see the vocabulary increased after this length of time, but I have no quarrel with the added languages. Í'd like to at least learn the pronunciation rules for some of them.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David598296

Rob, are you using the flashcards? These seem to strengthen the lowest strength words.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rob2042

Duolingo`s words are not a problem since there are so few of them. Sure, I might forget one now and then but that is to be expected. More important is to have a much greater vocabulary. I do not use the flash cards or programs like memrise because I find them boring. I would rather pick up the words through reading where I have the added benefit of context.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/txstbobcat

Wow!! The 624 day streak is really impressive . My thought is that getting to level 25 in three different languages is even more impressive!!! Congratulations on both!!!!

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Thanks. Looks like you're getting pretty close to the big 25 in Spanish.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carolyn250

Having been here roughly the same amount of time, I can totally relate to what you are saying, and may consider the same thing myself. But habits, for me, once formed, are hard to break.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rompip
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I agree Carolyn. I'm still hooked, and although I may not be learning new things so much, I am making less errors, getting quicker and still feel I am improving.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Good point. And I am still making errors, so it's not like there is no benefit to keeping at it.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Too true, and I am, after all, still here.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wjw19
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Even now, I have found that on days I am in a hurry, two timed strengthening trials from a bit higher up the ladder (so the sentences are shorter!) can hit my goal in just a few minutes. It is easier, but longer from the Ipad.

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Thanks for the reply. I can find the time, and keep it going. I'm just pondering if it's wise or useful to do so.

August 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David598296

For you level 25 folks, how are you doing on the quizzes? Perfect 5s?

I just did a quiz and got a 3.84, which is lower than the 3.97 I got two weeks ago with less of the tree complete :/ (but altogether better than the 1.52 from 4 weeks ago...)

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

I confess I have not done the quizzes. That's an idea, for sure. Hope someone else weighs in.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RichardsonDallas

I'm completely opposed to you breaking your streak, drub. People like you inspire me to keep going; I study Spanish for at least 3 hours a day, and seeing commitments like your only push me to work twice as hard. I know that it may seem selfish of me to want your to keep you streak, but when a new user notices your commitment it COULD inspire them to do the same.

Just my personal opinion. Have a lingot.

August 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drub

Thanks for the opposing view and the lingot. Now you have given me something new to think about.

August 16, 2015
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