https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Keeping up Streaks

I want to ask all the people who at the least have a 100 day streak, how do you do it? You guys always impress me with your dedication. The longest streak I've been able to keep up is around 50 or 30, but I eventually become too busy and simply can't handle it. I have tried buying the Streak Freeze but it doesn't seem to work for me. Some tips would be very helpful. Thank you. :D

3 years ago

41 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Macjory
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Set your streak very low (1-10XPs), do enough to meet the goal the first thing in the morning, then return later if you have more time. Even checking just one sentence = 1 point. But check yourself to see if you really are returning later to do more Duolingo: that is the purpose, after all, not extending your streak, right?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTupaz
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There's a productivity book I read that taught the concept of "eating the frog." Eating the frog is said to be the hardest or most productive tasks we should be doing each day and they should be the first things we do. This is my second 100+ streak, I lost my 120 only because I went on vacation without wifi.

I also use self-audio tapes to brainwash me daily and keep me productive. My alarm clock is an audio tape I made that inspires me and tells me to listen to my "Morning Routine" audio after. My "Morning Routine" audio tape which I listen to while eating breakfast tells me to exercise, eat healthy practice my languages, plan my day etc.. This system puts me in an endless cycle of being productive, and it all starts with the alarm clock :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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I can understand your problem about being too busy at times. It can certainly be a big problem. Luckily I am retired so do not have quite the same problem. However I still have my XP target set to 1XP and a streak freeze waiting to get used, and I try to do at least one lesson (new or revision) first thing in the morning so I can forget about my streak for the rest of the day.

Keep up the studying and you will soon pass that 100 day mark and then its just a case of taking it one day at a time. The streak really does motivate me and studying everyday is slowly giving me some fluency.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

So, should I retire? Jk. Thank you. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir
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Duolingo has become part of my daily routine. I love doing the lessons and find daily repetition the best way to acquire a wider vocabulary and work on grammar. You have done fantastically well with Spanish, so just keep on keeping on. And you should always have a Streak Freeze for the unanticipated. All the best!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anebz
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I would say the best way to keep a long streak is not to think of it. What works for me is to think of Duolingo as something to do every day, like eating lunch, or having dinner. Don't think about logging into Duolingo for 600 straight days, just think about logging in today. And think the same thing tomorrow. Don't think of it as an obligation, because then you won't want to do it, and eventually you won't. Set Duolingo as a daily habit, and don't think more about it. Do Duolingo on the bus, having breakfast, or when you're taking a rest from studying. It doesn't matter when, just find some time every day. Hope I helped :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Yes you did. Thank you. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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That's sort of how I look at it. It's simply become something that I do every day. Just like eating and sleeping.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

Well I do not quite 100 yet - today is day 99. I did buy the freeze but have not used it yet. I set my goal low - at 10. I always get much more than that. For myself, I see not benefit it setting a high goal. Also I am a senior citizen and retired, so can work on it anytime I feel like it. And I am only tackling one language. I am a native English Speaker studying Spanish. Also working on the revers tree.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Thank you for commenting. I also set my goal really low, 1xp. And congrats on your soon to be 100 day streak!! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Farjo1
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Set your daily goal to 1xp (can be done on the desktop version).

Buy the timed practice.

Make it a routine to do the timed practice and get at least one question right - it's difficult at first but now I find it easy. This will earn you your 1 xp to keep your streak going. This makes it a 2 minute per day task to keep your streak going.

Set the reminder, maybe 6pm, for when you forget.

Buy a streak freeze, for when you still forget. And when you do forget, buy another streak freeze straight away.

Buy the 'Double or Nothing' item from Duo's shop if that will give you more motivation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Thank you! I will definitely try that. I just bought the Double or Nothing item. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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If you set your Daily Goal to 1XP and use the Timed Practice to answer 1 question, you can complete your daily goal in 2 minutes (as Farjo1 said). So being "too busy" really is not an issue -- it does not take any significant amount of time to earn 1xp.

The real issue is that you need to remember to do it, which is solved by using a calendar, a to do list, time management, and possibly a stronger desire/motivation to study daily. On really, really busy days, do the 1xp. On other days, complete lessons and earn more xp.

That's my approach. As a general goal I try to complete at least 2 new lessons per day, and more if possible. On days when I "don't have time" I earn 1xp with the timed practice.

I agree with the other people who say don't depend on the Streak Freeze. I've used my Streak Freeze twice in 18 months. The first time was a day when I asked a girl out on a first date and she said yes, and I was so excited that I forgot to do my language study until after midnight. The second time was when I took an evening nap and overslept until just after midnight. Each time I did some lessons anyway to make up for it. (Now when I take a nap I do a lesson before, just in case.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexKarampas
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I guess the easiest way would be the smartphone app combined with headphones. Easy to do while in the loo or at any random time when you are idle or waiting. Most people carry a smartphone around anyway. Also, don't postpone. If you have time to do it after midnight, then meet the goal. Sometimes you can't know if your next day is going to be busy or not. I always tell myself/tend to think that I'm thirsty for knowledge in general and particularly knowledge of language(s). Go Wittgenstein-ian. Think that a language is akin to life, as it is a fight against silence/stillness and ultimately, against death itself. You have to want it badly. You have to enjoy training your mouth to master new sounds. If you are doing it as a routine, then it makes less sense to me, but I respect all types of learners. Sometimes we are all just going through the motions.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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My motivation is similar to what you describe. For many years I have wanted to study languages but did nothing. Then I bought 2 programs but did nothing. Finally I heard about DuoLingo and started using it, and it was the first thing that worked for me. I consider language study one of my primary life ambitions. I've wasted too much time putting it off, so now I've made it one of the most important things I do. Maintaining daily study is essential for me. My motivation goes to the core of my being.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SirErick18
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I remember I made it to 100 days earlier this year before I got busy eventually with keeping up with other personal things. But what I would say is that you should always try to find some time in the day you have free an try to stick to that time daily, if not then to try another time through the day early on or later in the day. And try to not to rely too much the Streak Freeze (Other than using it for things like a short vacation) as you'll probably lose encouragement if frequently used on days you know you'll some time off to learn

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shaleco
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Honestly for me it is just about building duo into my daily routine. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is a Duo lesson and then before I go to sleep at night I always strengthen my skills. Once you get in to the habit it is pretty easy to stay with it. You can always enable a streak freeze as a safety net but you don't want to rely on it too much.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sehjma
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I'm not quite at the 100 day mark yet, but I'm guessing I'll make it there.

The only advice I have is to decide that you are going to do it, and then just do it. If being busy is an issue, you may want to set your goal at 10XP per day.

In order to make sure you don't forget, you might want to set a time that you do Duolingo every day. You could do it when you first wake up, or right before you go to bed (although if you go to bed late, that might cause to to break your streak).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/asawp
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Very well said! When I worked my streak up to 200, it started with me deciding to get to 100 days and I didn't consider it an option not to get there. And the way I achieved it was waking up every day, grabbing my phone, doing a lesson to meet my goal, and then doing more at a later point in the day if I had time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Thank you. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrandonMcC13
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quote: although if you go to bed late, that might cause to to break your streak).

this has been so frustrating to me!! I've lost many steaks because of that. I wish I could set my "midnight" to 3am

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sehjma
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Mine is set at 11pm! When I first started Duolingo, it was a huge problem for me. Norwegian wasn't out yet, so I was learning some Spanish in the meantime. Since it wasn't my goal language, I didn't have a schedule or specific goals/timelines set, and I would just play around with it right before bed. I would only get to 3 or 4 days before I'd mess up and not do it until 11:15.

Now that I'm learning Norwegian, it hasn't been a problem, because I have a chunk of time in the middle of the day when I do it.

But I agree, it would be nice if you could set when your Duolingo day begins!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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But I agree, it would be nice if you could set when your Duolingo day begins!

You can! Duolingo user HeadwayCourse created a userscript called DuoTweak that supports this functionality. You can find a link to it here: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Userscripts

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Big_See
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That's happened to me on a couple of occasions, where I realise I haven't done my practice at 01:00. My workaround is not to open the mobile app but to reset my laptop time 23:00 and then open Duolingo in the browser (Chrome).

I only do this in genuine cases where I haven't gone to bed yet though, otherwise it'd just feel like cheating myself.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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It's impossible, I don't know how they do it. Anyone that can keep a streak that long is probably a super genius.....or at least really really awesome.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaughterofThor

I know, right? :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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LOL - You are so awesome. (Congrats on soon-to-be 2 years!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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I put my daily goal to 10 xp (I think you can put it to 1 xp if I remember correctly) so if I have a busy day, I don't have to spend too much time working toward my streak.

Duolingo is pretty routine for me. When I wake up, I immediately learn up to 10 xp of Spanish. Then throughout the day (especially when I'm on the train), I learn French here and there, which accounts for a lot of my xp (I average about 50 xp on French alone this way).

Plus, I have a streak freeze just in case. Whew! I had to use it twice. Once because I just forgot one day, and another because Duolingo messed up and accidentally removed a streak freeze from me.

Anyways, good luck on your streak!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBorkBorkBork

You're level 24 in Spanish. That means it should take you less than a minute to practice the first lesson and get 10 xp. You simply have to make a minute of time every day.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lhpch
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I can't keep a streak going because I go on vacation wifi-less too often! I have reached 250+ once (even going to internet cafes a few times :-)). But streaks are not important. What is important is working on your languages every day, doing Duolingo or not. The habit-forming incentives on Duolingo are great, the only ones that have worked for me so far. Regarding tips, I echo those who say to set your goal at 1X. Another way to get that 1X quickly is to do Immersion, where you can quickly translate a phrase, or even just approve/edit someone's translation to reach your goal.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

I have my coach set to only one point so that, if I want a vacation, I can maintain my streak with about three minutes work (upvote a sentence in immersion or get a couple of points on a timed practise). But the main reason for my long streak is that I am retired. I admire you young people who struggle to maintain a streak while having busy working lives.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Thank you. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Until about a week ago or so, I had a streak of about 123+ days without using any streak freezes. I've been on vacation on a boat and probably could have continued even then, but decided to take a break from Duo. Prior to that my streaks were shorter, but I haven't really kept track exactly.

The short answer is that I've had a lot of time. In regards to tips, I find that it helps that I wake up early. I generally do a lesson or two first thing in the morning with my tea, then eat breakfast. It was part of my routine. Then I go on to do whatever else was planned for the day. Planning to do Duo later in the day doesn't work for me as I tend to get sleepy and/or distracted. It might be different for a night owl. My goal is set to 1XP as others have mentioned.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Yes, I usually go on the morning.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mekszz
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Buy the streak freeze down. I have had a streak freeze safety net active for the past 20 days or so. I also have my xp target on 50, but on days im busy and the clock seems to be running out, i change my settings back to 10 xp, get my streak running and then you can always change back. Setting to 1xp comes in handy but change it back soon as your purpose is achieved so you don't encourage a lazy running streak ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Thank you. I'll try that. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johnwallaceone

I just got there so here is my take; I once had an 88 day streak and i was in the middle of a lesson that couldn't finish as Duolingo showed you a crying owl once you had three wrong answers. My streak went all the way to zero; The owl and me weren't even on speaking terms for weeks never mind a streak. I experimented with some non-Duolingo languages for career reasons as well.

What helped me restart my streak was my friend starting learning multiple languages on Duolingo and racked up an impressive number of XP (Duolingo points) In a short period of time he had more XP than me. I wasn't going to let that stand. Life got in the way for him, but he inspired me to blow past 100. I always make sure my tree is gold before I move on to new material, so I still have nine categories before I finish my tree for the first time and I have been using the service for years. I learn slowly, repair my foundation whenever I stop (too often) but then i get back up. I think I could have a full gold tree by the end of the year by staying with it.

Having said that its not about the streak. Its what you get out of it. If you take a day off and don't use streak freeze your knowledge doesn't disappear. I took a week off (with streak freeze) but it doesn't add any knowledge but it does make me feel good. Best of luck MissThorson!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Thank you for your input! Yes, I've realized it's not about the streak. And besides that, I don't have time to keep up a streak any longer. I use other resources other than Duolingo, and because of that I'm not always on here. Thank you for your luck and an early Congratulations for your 110 day streak! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NycoleCole0

Question about keeping up streaks- In my time zone it is still the same day when duolingo says it's the next day so I lose my streak. What time zone is duolingo running on ? Thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Big_See
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Shouldn't work like that if you use Duo in the browser in your own time zone. Not sure about the mobile app.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gherson

Beware that whatever ungreys the streak indicator, it isn't completing the first lesson of the day. It seems fallible memory is how to know if you've completed a lesson each day.

1 year ago
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