Important Notice About Time Zones
Time zones can be confusing to keep track of when trying to maintain a long streak. We want Duolingo to follow your local time, even when you are traveling. We are therefore testing a new feature on some accounts. When those accounts visit the Duolingo website, we'll attempt to determine and update the time zone automatically. Those users will not have to worry when they decide to travel and put those language skills to the test in a new country!
And if you do change time zones, your Coach will travel with you! Your Coach will let you know how much you still need to practice in a day to maintain your streak. If you haven't enabled your Coach yet, visit https://www.duolingo.com/settings/coach and set a goal.
Remember that no matter where you are, you need to meet your XP goal every day before time runs out (at midnight) in order to maintain your streak. Your Coach will always let you know how much time you have left.
More helpful info can also be found at https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204980880.
what will happen when people pass over the international date line? Such as flights from north america to Australia where the time zone switch swallows a day. Will this affect streaks?
I don't know the answer, but always buy streak freezes just in case! It will keep your flame alive for one day.
We just got back from New Zealand and it maintained my husband's streak even though we "lost a day." That said, I don't guarantee it will work for everyone as I am far from a developer. I just know it did not cost him a streak freeze, nor his 540 day streak.
In October I flew Melbourne - Hong Kong - Chicago and then Chicago - Hong Kong - Melbourne. I bought a streak freeze before the return flights but it didn't get used. My streak was maintained crossing the international date line in both directions. I had plenty of time to use Duolingo in transit lounges :)
Going over the international date line would be a 23 hour difference so you would have at least a hour. For Example: You are on a flight from California to Australia and you cross the international date line at 11:59 PM(23:59) then the time would become 10:59 PM(22:59) and it would be the next day
I once lost a 620 day streak by less than an hour because I was traveling (even to practice the language I was learning!), and the time zone calculation I did was off by an hour.
This would have been nice to have.
It would also be helpful to put the "___ hours left" message somewhere on the iphone app. While traveling, I use my phone for DuoLingo, so I did not see that message.
Wow! And I felt disappointed when I lost my 70 day streak. Now I have done from scratch and came up with 122. Still I am nothing compared to you! P.S.. Have a lingot, buddy!
You can always click on "The Lingot Store", from the Home page, and buy a "streak freeze": which allows you to maintain your streak, even when you (are forced to) skip a day.
This seems like a good feature as long as it doesn't cause the end of the day to be earlier than it would have been otherwise and never checks the streak before 24 hours have passed.
For instance, if you go from California to New York, you should at least have until midnight PST to meet your goal, not midnight EST. Also, for trips crossing the International Date Line, giving at least 24 server hours since the last check is critical.
Can you guys please let me disable the coach? I have it at 1 xp, but I'd still like to actually disable it.
This is one of the things that made me quit Duolingo and then later join again with a new account when I moved from Texas to California. I couldn't stand that the clock was rolling over at 10pm at my new home and that it wouldn't let me fix it. Thank you for finally addressing this.