1000 Days of Duolingo!
Today, I managed to reach a 1000-day streak on Duolingo! Woohoo!
After completing a 500-day streak on Duolingo, I wrote a piece talking about my experiences learning French and expressing my gratitude for this platform (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3588879).
I continually get queried by people asking about that post, so I guess a little update is in order. Since I wrote that piece at the 500-day mark, I have:
-Continued to progress in French, even if I’m still just a conversational speaker and still perfectly aware that I would probably need to live in a francophone country for a little awhile to become fluent. I’m now reading 2+ French novels a year (this year, I tackled L’Étranger and Antechrista), still discovering and cherishing new francophone music, continue to frequently listen to French public radio and read francophone newspapers online, and still find a lot of joy in connecting with and learning from people who come from a different background than I do as I continue to improve.
-Completed the Spanish tree in October, and have begun studying German in early November. I can sort of objectively appreciate that Spanish is probably a somewhat easier language for an anglophone to learn than French is, but my Spanish is quite poor right now and I’m working to become decently conversational. And after a little over a week of study, I'm already having a lot of fun with German and hope that I could be functionally conversational by the end of 2016 there, too.
I'm still planning to study more languages each year. After German, I’d like to begin learning either Italian or Dutch. And after that, who knows? Maybe Russian or Chinese or Arabic? Duolingo has become just as much of a daily habit for me as anything else, and I can't imagine what could get in the way of my neverending interest to learn more about the world. Even in the midst of working a demanding full-time job and spending lots of free time working freelance on a start-up, even when I found myself visiting with friends in Montréal or Barcelona or Boston or wherever else, even when I had the flu and could barely stay awake and upright - I still made a mental note to visit Duolingo each day and continue to keep up my practice, if even only for five minutes. I just really, really, really like learning new things and learning about how other people communicate, and Duolingo has been an extraordinary way for me to satisfy that curiosity. Just as I said last time: I plan on continuing the daily habit of using this website and app for a very long time to come.
And just like last time, I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone at Duolingo for making this possible. You've truly made me a better and more worldly person - you're responsible for new friends in my life, new ideas in my head, new music to play, new interests to explore, new clues on Jeopardy! to correctly solve, new profanity to use, new jokes to tell, new ways of making a complete fool out of myself, and new ways of helping to try to bring the world together. It's been so much fun and so gratifying, and I hope to continue this for another 1000 days and beyond.
So - thanks! Merci! Gracias! Danke! You're doing great work and I continue to appreciate everything that you're doing on behalf of people like me - and people who are considerably less fortunate than me - to bring more knowledge and more understanding to our world.
(UPDATE: 2000 days! https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28406563)
What a beautiful comment! I truly enjoyed reading it and offer my most sincere congratulations. On to 2000!
Thanks! I hope you'll give us a nice post when you hit 1000 days in another year, won't you?
I am proud to have just hit my 100 day streak and finished the French skill tree. Your achievements, dedication and enthusiasm are inspiration for me to step it up a level!
I remember that 500 day post. It's been 500 days ago already??? Time flies when you're having fun.
Congrats on reaching 1000 days.
Lol dude, even after you got wasted on new years eve, your birthday, etc. you managed to sit and learn on duo. Rispetto uomo.
Brilliant! Great to hear you are still so enthusiastic. I look forward to the next installment at 2000 days. I suspect I will still be here then too, as it is a regular part of my day too even though I did lose my year+ streak when I turned the coach on. You summed up how great it is very nicely.
Oh wow, that's what happened when you turn the Coach on? I never did it, just because I was afraid of what might happen. Go figure.
And seriously - look at you! You're learning like every language known to man. I'm envious.
Congratulations, you are very committed to learning languages. Just curious how many hours have you devoted to French in DL?
That's a good question, and I have no idea. If I study for 10 minutes a day on average for 1000 days - that would be about 165+ hours? I don't know if that's realistic. I've never really thought about it. I'm actually kind of terrified to know.
Congrats on an amazing accomplishment! I had planned to let my streak go next month, but your post is making me rethink that decision... ;-)
Best of luck with Spanish and German, I'm looking forward to reading your 2000 day post. :-)
Keep it going! You've built it up this long and you're still learning, so why stop now? On y va!
Internet difficulties next year...if I won't have a choice anyway, seemed better let it go on my own terms. :/ But I will start a new one when I get back, and next time I will make it to 1000 - you've inspired me! :-)
That's quite an achievement, congratulations! That's either tremendous dedication or a serious addiction. My daughter accuses me of the latter. :-)
Wow I didn't even know Duolingo had been around for that long! That is some serious commitment. Congratulations!
Endearing statement :)......Duolingo is like brushing your teeth, a daily "must". ......If you are looking for someone to learn German, write to me! cheers clari
That's the exact analogy that I always use when I tell people - it's just like brushing your teeth. But more fun and educational and stuff, yknow? And I may take you up on that!
Hey Jay, that would be nice, the sooner the better :)........."I may take you up on that (later)" I had to look it up......in german it means: "Ich werde bei Gelegenheit darauf zurück kommen"...................By the way, 1001 days are not less impressive. Have a nice day :)
That's AWESOME. I wish I had that sort of motivation... :D
Wow, awesome, good job! I hope every Duo newbie takes a moment to read your post for inspiration!
Thanks! And I'm envious of how many languages you're rolling at once! That's seriously impressive.
Wow, great job mate! I am only on pace for 100 days by next February, but your post is quite an inspiration!
You are amazing and motivating!!! Duolingo should give you some kind of special trophy for such a spectacular accomplishment! Congratulations!
It becomes a habit when you use duolingo.haha But it a good habit!
Oh my gosh, you are so inspirational. Thank you for persevering, and for being you
I enjoyed reading your post. I'm spending a bit too much time on Duo at the moment as I'm trying to attain a certain level in Italian and Portuguese by Xmas while keeping my French and Spanish trees gold. I was thinking of taking a good break after that, but after reading your post, maybe I will still keep doing a little bit each day while I concentrate on other pursuits for awhile. It's nice that all of us have an opportunity to learn new languages now without breaking the pocketbook. In years past, I spent many hours paying for and taking courses. It always seemed to take more effort to study out of a book than to breeze through a few exercises on Duolingo. I also use some other sites for language learning,( one that I paid for), but I don't find any of them as user-friendly as Duo.
The running streak is a great motivator for continued daily practice. My current relatively modest streak started with the first day I looked at Duolingo to see what it was all about. I managed (just) to keep it going during the 4 day Paris-Brest-Paris cycle ride by logging on during food stops. You really should try to carry on with at least a few minutes each day. It's like learning a musical instrument; twenty minutes every day is more effective than three hours once a week.
For me, it's all about daily practice. For me, having a big streak always encourages me to continue and keep going. And if you've started doing it, it can help you, too. But I totally get that not everyone thinks the way that I do and if you need a break, take a break. But otherwise, keep going!
Congrats! You're an inspiration. Were you able to develop a basic conversational ability just by using the app and listening to french radio and music, or have you supplemented your use of duolingo in other ways. Thanks again for any advice!
I would say that I was very minimally conversational when I was just using the app. I could get by for 30 minutes, but only barely and usually with some huge mistakes or long pauses or wild misinterpretations of what my friend was saying. Other things really helped - finding French music, reading French-language newspapers online, etc. The biggest thing, which I totally recommend, is finding someone to practice with. There are websites that help you find francophones who want to learn English and who are willing to help you with your French. It's a fantastic practice method, and I've managed to make like-minded friends in Paris and Montréal. You'll get better faster and get a few new friends to boot.
Thanks so much for your advice! That's very encouraging. And those conversation websites sound like wonderful resources--I'll certainly look into them. Best of luck to you!
Welcome! Just Google 'language practice websites' and the first one or two that pop up will probably do the trick for you.
how many lingots do you have? I suppose if you throw them all at once onto the market you could cause an inflation and stagflation and what not that compares to 2008 :) congratulations :)
Indeed you are! I have no idea what to do with all of these Lingots. Seriously, I wish Duolingo would come up with some more ideas for how to spend them.
It's true. After you buy the basics, all you could do is wait or give them away slowly. I only have 259 x - x
Wow! 1000+ Days on Duolingo with a streak! That is so impressive, I wish you the best of luck onto 2000 and further!
wow. woohoo! is right. great job man, what is your next goal? 2000 day streak? congrats. and keep up the good work
I guess 2000 is the next step? But really, I never thought about this 1000 days ago. Who knows how my life will change in the next 1000 days.
Wow, I want to be like you when I grow up hahaha! I use Duolingo basically everyday, but somehow I managed to lose my streak 3 times already, I guess I would be in a 100 days streak hadn't that happened :( It's silly, because I just forget to login, crazy huh? Maybe if I studied at the same time everyday it woul help, guess I'm gonna try this.
Ah well, today is another day. You don't really need to study at the same time to do it every day, though. It's just a matter of getting the login pattern going, and doing one little thing. Five minutes perhaps, maybe early in the day. Then you've kept your streak, and you can always come back later if there's time or opportunity. And ... there's also insurance, especially while getting into the habit. Good luck!
Just make it part of your routine. For me, it's either while I eat breakfast in the morning or when I first get into work. Whatever works for you, do it!
Thanks! And same to you! I envy your commitment to learning lots of languages!
Félicitations et bonne continuation! Does anyone know what the daily streak record is?
Someone was doing a Hall of Fame thing for awhile, and I know there were like 5-10 people ahead of me and some that were right around the same place. So there's probably a small number of us who have hit 1000 at this point.
Wow ..! really awesome!! what a motivational article ! I really enjoyed reading it ! Thank You :)
well, I know it's a bit repetitious but.....wow, what an inspiration. I know that I go through stages where I just want to break my streak and not have the pressure of maintaining it. I do find I enjoy supplementing duolingo with other on line and face to face learning. they all supplement each other, but I feel my fluency, vocabulary and knowledge of grammar increase. anyway, good luck to you and all the best for the future
Fantastic I tell my friends Wikipedia is for knowledge and Duolingo is for languages. Parabens Pat Lush
Hello fellow Silverman. Well done! You deserve a lingot for that. I love open sources and communities that serve the people for free. Education for ALL. I am quite addicted to learning languages now, but because I intentionally unplug for my sanity, cannot achieve your magnificent streak. It is inspiring. Cheers!
Education for all is so, so, so important! This truly is a pretty special service. And thanks for your kind words, cousin (kidding)!
I'm just starting my journey with French, three days in and feeling proud. I'm glad I caught this post; this is one hell of a motivation piece to say the least. Thank you for the time you spent broadening yourself and us.
Good! That's pretty much why I wrote it - to encourage people to keep going, and to express appreciation for the people who enabled me. Keep learning!
So happy for you! I just finished the first section of the tree today, and of all the languages I've started on Duolingo but haven't finished (Dutch, Esperanto) French for some reason just clicks with me. I think it is because I want to teach English to French kids when I grow older. You are an inspiration, and I think you deserve every up vote and lingot given to you! If you don't mind me asking, how much Duolingo do you do a day? I like to do 1 skill a day, and multiple if I'm on a roll. It would mean a lot. Merci!
Thanks! I do maybe 30 minutes of practice across all three languages per day? That's just a guess. I've never really thought it through. I'm averaging like 50 points a day - there have been days when I was sick and recorded 5, and days when I had lots of free time and did 300. But right now, it's probably about 5-7 minutes of review in French and Spanish apiece, with the remainder of the time working on German. It more or less works out to the same as you - one skill a day, and multiple if I feel like I'm in a groove and not getting too frustrated. Hope that helps!
Congratulations - a most impressive consistency! And thanks for a great message! I love your approach, too, smooth and steady, but taking advantage of greater opportunities too. Now that I've started a third language, I'm finding it especially challenging to do some time every day on each - I just get attached to the first one I do. :) And sometimes I do just feel like taking a break and letting my streak go. But I haven't yet. 103 days now after I created my account, I've always found I could just do one strengthener or something and let that be it, but even that little something is valuable. I never thought I'd bother to create a 100-day streak, but I'd now say I'm a tenth of the way to 1000. Thanks for taking the lead for the rest of us.
o_o So inspiring!! I used to miss days all the time and find it hard to stay consistent with the app. I was doing French, Spanish and Italian at the same time. Recently I've more or less stopped with the other two and I'm on a 36 day streak with French. I love taking time out of my day to get better and see my fluency percentage rise ^_^. Just reading about your journey makes me excited all over again to learn new languages and keep getting better. I'll remember this when I finally make my 1000 day streak :D
I hope you do get to 1000! Sometimes it really does help just to focus on one language at a time. I don't think I'd have ever thought to start three at once, and I'm not sure it's conducive to learning. And especially with the three that you're working on being so very similar.
That's true. It's very easy to confuse words between the three. I had studied French and Spanish simultaneously for three years, successfully, but that was just the basic language back in secondary school. I'm definitely seeing greater gains by focusing on just one.
This is probably the most inspiring thing I've ever read, and I'm sure you've just become lots of people's idol!! On a personal note, so much on TV or internet right now is either depressing or angering, stories like yours are exactly what I (we) need to balance our life. Thank you for your dedication. You are a hero!
That's incredibly nice of you to say, and thank you for your kind thoughts. I don't really think I'm a hero or anything. I'm just a dude with an internet connection who really likes reading and learning. But I do really want to encourage people to keep up with their own practice and help them along, and I do hope my story helps people a little.
Herzliche Glückwünsche! Das ist ja toll!
Ich versuche jeden Tag zu Übung Sprache auch, und finde ich das Duolingo ist ein sehr Hilfreich Werkzeug.
Congratulations! Very inspiring post. It gave me motivation to keep learning French.
Bravo à toi ! Chapeau bas... MILLE JOURS : ouah !... Et merci pour ce post dont je partage l'essentiel des impressions, même si je ,'en suis qu'à un tout petit 70 jours ;-)
It still un-golds my circles. And I seem perpetually stuck on 56-57% fluent. It's still kind of a nag about things. But it's all probably for the best.
Hm, that fluency rating seems odd (though I've heard others say it's flaky anyway). But I'm only at level 16 and it's been rating me at 61-62% fluent. Not sure where it's getting that. Maybe I'm just a better typist on the timed exercises? ;)
I suggest that you learn Italian next because the grammar is so similar to French. Congratulations!!
Yeah, that's definitely the way I'm leaning. Plus it's probably much more useful than Dutch. I just have a couple of friends that speak Dutch, and I keep thinking it would be really fun to just sort of surprise them one day by conversing with them out of nowhere. It's probably not the kind of serious vision that lends itself to long-term language study, though.
WOW! My congratulations! 1000 days of studying! Thank you for your very, very usefull comments. It's true, it's fantastic that DUOLINGO changes our own world,
Nope, never. I did buy it, just because I was going to be taking a very long flight at one point but never ended up going or using it.
By the way, streak freeze only protects for one day. Any more will not be covered.
That is truly amazing, although I'm currently only a starter, I'm truly impressed!
If there is a choice left between Dutch and Italian, I would advise you to pick Italian. I am a Dutch native and I reckon learning Italian has more practical use.
It is very annoying for foreigners in the Netherlands to learn Dutch because they (we) tend to immediatly try and switch to the speakers language (taken it is English or German, slightly less with French). It is not even necessary to speak Dutch to get a job in the larger cities in Netherlands because English is so widely accepted and hence also the people who have to use it in conversations. Even the least educated will be able to talk to you in (basic) English. Bottom line: it is harder to practice your Dutch when in the Netherlands. This might be less so in Italy.
Furthermore, there are about 60 million Italians in Italy, no counting the ones living abroad, and just about 23 million speaking Dutch in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Your skills in German might give you ease in learning Dutch while skills in Spanish will give this for Italian. Btw, learning Dutch will give you a great understanding of Afrikaans.
How about we all just learn Esperanto? :)
Thanks for the advice. Italian probably does have more practical use, for sure. Do you worry about the future of the Dutch language?
And yes, Esperanto for all!
I can't really worry since a language is not and should not be a static and fixed thing. We, the Dutch, have a hard time understanding any written Dutch text from about 400 years ago, which means it has changed, or evolved. One might say either we now, or the Dutch previously, did not speak Dutch. Interesting is though, that the English language was not permitted as much change, which makes a 400 year old text in English much easier readable than the one in Dutch.
Many languages allow for changes in grammar, additions of foreign words and the abolishment of no longer used words. If globalization would lead to the extinction of languages, would the rise of nation states not have lead to the extinction of dialects? I think that some groups of people will always cherish their language or dialect, like they do with local products like cheeses and honey. For every movement, for example globalization, their is a counter movement. Personally I really enjoy the unique wealth of every language.
Why for example is there a single word in German and Dutch for 'the day after tomorrow' and not in English? Why is there a word for 'siblings' in German and English and not in Dutch? Why is there a present continuous in Dutch and English and not in German?
Very thoughtful and much appreciated response! I didn't know any of that in regards to the history of the Dutch language.
I enjoy the unique wealth of languages, too. Although I suspect our communication will be largely homogenized in 1000 years or so, based on all estimates.
I am curious about that too. There are so many options. Either we all speak one homogenized mix of previously existing languages, or we always keep our own languages and dialects, bound to location or culture, like one even sees in the US where almost every state has it's own particularities, or we keep switching languages according to the economic or cultural center of the world (or worlds, you never know). As in the past Latin, Greek, Arabic, Spanish and French have been dominating languages and English might be said to be now, Chinese, Russian or Indian might be the next.
I just hope that information will be stored in such a way and software developed to such an extend that future humankind will be able to read all that we have produced. I've been told that even on a weekly basis somewhere in the world the last speaker of a language dies and with that person sometimes a wealth hidden in that language. What a waste.
Well, language is a most dynamic thing. Even when you finally get a large number all speaking the same one, then new idioms develop over time, and speakers in different places and cultures bring different perspectives that call for new expressions, and you get regional dialects. The more speakers, the more diversity, the faster the developments. Still, the better the communications, the more easily the new stuff can spread, and widely-used written sources also have a way of putting some stakes in the ground that help keep people on roughly the same page. Opposing forces can stabilize dynamism.
I'm totally with you about being able to store information in a way that will allow future generations to make sense of everything. I think that would be fantastic, although I do worry that a project like this will be undertaken by a for-profit company like Google than an organization devoted solely to the public good (and I say that as someone who is generally very appreciative of the work that Google has done in book preservation and whatnot).
I tend to think that English will be dominant for the foreseeable future and that more languages will die out, slowly but surely. If everyone in a place like Iceland or Finland - a relatively small country with a unique language that has essentially zero purpose outside its immediate borders - also speaks English, then what's ultimately the point in societies continuing to speak Icelandic or Finnish? I realize there are lots of historical/cultural/intellectual/research etc. reasons, and I don't want to minimize them, but it would seem that the benefits or being more fully members of the anglosphere will eventually outweigh the drawbacks with time.
I also tend to think that, if my prediction is true, English will continue to incorporate words and structure from other languages (just as it always has) and will be a vastly different language in several hundred years. That English would be more like Chinese, insomuch that there would be significant dialects that render some mutual understanding very difficult (i.e., a Scandinavian English that would differ in some substantial-but-unpredictable way from North American English).
Just a suspicion. But I do hope I'm at least a little bit wrong about those things, if for the sake of more linguistic diversity in the world than anything else. I do foresee the world continuing to get smaller and communication becoming easier and easier as we evolve.
Congrats on your streak!Mind you I won't get that far but dang...1000 days?!!! Good job
You sir, deserve a massive respect. I should make you as my subject for study if i'm going to write a new scholarly article, perhaps XD
Quoi qu'il en soit, c'est très superbe de vous! Félicitations!
very impressed--with only 378 days straight, I am feeling much as you do. Studied Italian and French in college decades ago, but had lost much of it over the years. Picked it up again through DL and have complete both trees and now doing reverse trees, while trying to learn Spanish for he first time. I'm picking my way through Pirandello in Italian and some other novels in French, listening when I can to native French and Italian You Tube presentations and news broadcasts. I'm very happy with my ability to read (and now slowly to write) in these languages, but need more listening practice. But, as you so well express, DL is really a boon to all of us. Congratulations on your accomplishments!
Awesome! It sounds like you're coming along really well. Keep it up!
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