700-day streak :)
It's a nice round number, so what a better time to celebrate? My students commented that 730 days would be two years straight, but really that's not true. I've been on Duolingo for two years and five months. I lost my first streak of around 100 days, and streak freezes have inadvertently kicked in a few times. Some people have ethical reservations about streak freezes. I don't really care. I think streaks are over-rated anyway. If you work every day for two years then something comes up and you forget or cannot practice for two days, it's really a pity. Imho you still deserve a badge of honor -- something that expresses your seniority and dedication. Maybe they should invent a little icon that you can win each time you achieve a 100-day streak. Or show total number of days active, as they do in the educators' dashboard.
What are your thoughts on streaks?
First of all, congratulations on your 700 day streak. I respect the dedication, hard work and consistency that it represents. As you can tell from my stats, I care about consistency too, but I also think that sometimes we get a little obsessive about them. For me, the purpose of Duolingo is not streaks, lingots, owls, translation tiers and golden trees. The goal for me is to speak other languages as well as possible and all the things I mentioned in the previous sentence are just means to an end. If, at the end of the day, we don't use our new skills to actually communicate to other human beings, then this all just becomes a video game.
Well said! Here is your first lingot for that comment; I am certain many others will follow. :)
Streaks are nice, but I'd trade mine for your language skills. I admire your accomplishments. I'm sure you are an inspiration to your students.
That's very kind of you centime. Wow!!! 1012 days!!! Félicitations à vous!
I am not sure what to think about long streaks; I only discovered duolingo about two months ago. I fear I'm going to get all stressed out once my streak gets longer. I have actually considered breaking it intentionally so I won't get too sad - but that would involve not practising for a couple of days and I am currrently too addicted to duolingo for that. ;)
I think we should all request a "days active" badge and do away with the streak altogether. It should be motivating, not stressing! And this would also appease Acrosoph's theory too.
Yes, the stress factor is bad. Have you ever waken up in the middle of the night and realized you didn't practice the day before? And you suddenly feel sick to your stomach and you have to get out of bed to see if your streak is still there and the streak freeze has really disappeared, like you know it must have? (I feel like this is a confession of some sort of lunacy).
Welcome aboard! Did you purchase a streak freeze yet? It's an insurance policy that will keep your streak intact for one day if something comes up that you miss doing your lessons. It only costs 10 lingots and is a must for anyone who is motivated by their streak.
Yes, I did - which is why I need to stay off duolingo for two days to end my current streak. I cannot do that, I'll forget everything I learned so far! ;)
Congratulations on this beautiful streak!
I agree that streaks are a bit over-rated. They should work as a motivator, but the way they are, they are more like chains, that bind one to the Internet...
Therefore, I like the idea of holidays. For example, since in most countries people study or work 5 days a week or some 6 days a week, I suppose that if one have learned 6 last days in a row, then he could be automatically "allowed" to have 1 day rest without losing the streak (and without need to buy the freeze). Or, if one has been learning for 3 months everyday, he should be allowed to have 7 days vacation (without losing the streak, of course). Or 15 days of vacation for 350 days of continuous work (because 350+15 make a whole year, and I suppose that in many countries typical vacation for children last at least for 2 weeks). Or at least, having one's streak this long, would permit him to buy a longer freeze for some lingots...
But of course, it would be great to be able to distinguish "streak without vacation" from "streak with vacation", so perhaps it would be nice to either show both streaks on the profile page, or maybe it would be possible to "win" a badge for some milestones, like for example 30 days, 60 days, 100 days, 200 days and then every successive 100 days of continuous streak "without vacation". Or, perhaps, a nice big badge for every full year.
Congrats! I see streaks as the following: A measure of dedication, (doesn't need to be an 100% accurate measure in my opinion), a means to build and sustain motivation, a means to help build community and a means to as you said, celebrate!
I have no ethical problem with streak freezes, and I disagree with you about it being a pity if you can't practice on duolingo for a couple of days, or perhaps consciously choose to step away from it. To me it doesn't take away from the work and learning that you have done and could in fact enhance it.
In some ways, I view this concept similarly to Pareto's principle (the 80/20) rule, in how 20% of our efforts gain 80% of our results. I realize it's not exactly the same thing, but there's some overlap with the concept. What do I see when I see your 700 day streak? I see consistent practice - it is irrelevant to me if in reality it's actually only 556 days of practice.
Clearly, I am not a perfectionist and I am proud of that! :-)
As a side note, I agree with suggestions I've read for the option to buy longer streak freezes, as I also believe in taking time to live disconnected from the online world. But to be honest, for me, the importance of living disconnected trumps any streak and thus don't care that much as it doesn't take away from my learning. (But I would buy it if it were available!)
Finally, I find it ironic that in my day job, I work with lots of data and am very diligent in ensuring it is in fact "perfect" -- because the impact of "mistakes" matters --- and I guess that's how I draw the line in my head.
Congrats again! As a side note, I am looking forward to seeing the first few with a four digit streak!
Congratulations on your streak! I completely agree with you that a "total days active" would be a far superior method to demonstrate a persons consistency.
When I first started Duolingo they had the hearts, and three lives. I remember frantically trying to complete a lesson before midnight, and not getting it done because I lost a third heart and had to start over. I lost an 11 day streak and it upset me to the point I took about eight months off. I know it sounds ridiculous, especially for such a small streak. It does become like a badge of honor, and when its gone there is no evidence it ever existed.
I agree. I also quit after losing my streak. I was even frustrated with the DL admin because they didn't help me when it was a glitch. But there are only about thirty employees for millions of users, and most of the employees are concentrating on improving the platform. Let's push for the "days active." They do listen to users if the users raiser their voices loud enough for them to hear.
Congratulations! For me, it's also become a habit, a good habit. There have been a couple of times when I have forgotten to practice and the day is about to end. Thank goodness I have the Duo app on my phone.
Congratulations! You're amazing! :) I totally agree with the idea of streak freeze, it would be a shame to lose a 100 day streak if you got carried away with work or had no internet access for a couple days. I know we don't learn the languages here for streaks, but as you said it does show our dedication.
I have 2 suggestions for duo:
Offer badges for every 100, 250, 500, etc. total days active.. Like bronze, silver, gold, platinum..
Also, perhaps you could get an extra freeze day for every 10 or 20 days of streak.. So if you earn a 100 day streak, you get 10 days of streak freeze.
Anyway, congrats again! You're an inspiration to many of us here! :)
p.s. if you need any advice on Russian I'd be glad to help ;) p.p.s. do you happen to have Armenian roots?
Those are great ideas vladexo. Да, мой муж армянин - The J в моей пользователя для Джулии, остальное его фамилия.
Я сейчас живу в Праге, но хочу переехать в Париж или Женеву. Мой папа русский, а мама армянка. Очень хотелось бы так же учить армянский, но к сожалению его нет на duolingo.
Кстати, если вы пишите с русской клавиатурой, я вам посоветую http://translit.net там можно кириллицу латинскими буквами писать, вам не потребуется переключать клавиатуру каждый раз :)
Я использую Mac, и она имеет русский фонетического (клавиатура). Я должен нажать "вариант + 2", чтобы переключиться, и я быстро, это не проблема. Мак также имеет "зрителя клавиатуры", что может быть отображено на дисплее, как небольшой или большой, как хотелось. Так не необходимости смотреть на пальцы. (Простите ошибки здесь, гугел переведите помог... ;)
Streaks keep those who care for them coming back to Duo every day, which is goodness. The incentive to keep coming back is definitely worthwhile. They are for sure not fun to lose, especially a long streak--I lost one just 1 day under a half year; I stayed away from Duo for awhile after that and will never depend on the little, supposed reminder e-mails again. Streak freezes are fine (although I haven't yet used mine.) . . . Do streaks encourage some of your students to compete (and so keep returning day after day)?
Perhaps you should post your note in Spanish, too!
First of all, congratulations !!! I think streaks are very motivating for those of us who sincerely want to learn another language. I( would hate to lose my streak, but if I ever did , I'd just start a new one. I finally reached Level 25 in German the other day, and I've got to admit I was daunted to see I had to do over another 30,000 XPx to finish the course; but that's fine. I've got a long way to go to attain the fluency that is my goal. I agree with you completely that streaks are badges of dedication and determination. I feel the same way about lingots. Different folks have various ways of accomplishing their goals, however. What works for me may not be appropriate for someone else. Just do it!
Congratulations on your level 25! You must be translating a lot and/or keeping your skills golden. I gave up on the latter about halfway through the tree when doing the Swedish course, and I just kept plugging away at the lessons. I finished the tree but must admit I am not fluent in Swedish at all.
Thank you so much. You have an amazing streak and you have accomplished Level 25 in four languages. That is truly awesome and inspiring. Yes, my German tree has been golden for over half a year because I spend several hours a day working at German. I've had to sacrifice working on my other languages to accomplish this. You are truly an inspiration. What are the secrets of your success? The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.
Way to go! Eloquently written, too. If only I had as much self-discipline and dedication as you and others like you!
To tell you the truth, I lack self-discipline in other fields which I find less interesting. Like doing the wash on Saturdays. ;) Congrats on your level 19.
Congrats to your achievement. I've got a streak freeze activated as a safeguard mechanism, but so far I haven't had to use it. I have been active on this website for about 800 days now, the first streak of 50 something days was lost during a business trip, which annoyed me a bit, but afterwards I was motivated to keep on training at least once every 24 hours. And it has worked out pretty well so far, even on days like today, when I'm all tired and feel like I couldn't and shouldn't be bothered to open the website, let alone do my exercises. I'm now aiming for 800 days, with a minimum of 200 xp per day.
I love the idea of 100 day badges! And this is the first time I've seen it suggested. Congrats on your 700 day streak :)
Thank you so much Usagiboy! Thank you for being here and patrolling the forums with your infinite patience and diplomacy. I'll be looking forward to your 800-day celebration very soon! :)
Wow! 700 days is really a lot i started with duolingo five days ago and haven't missed a day yet. I am going to try to get a big streak too, but 700... I dont know if i will ever get towards there.
Well, you're off to a good start! They say if you can keep something new going for 21 days, then it becomes a habit.
Congratulations on your streak. I would like to see a total number of days practiced in addition to the streak.
Now that's a good idea. Though either way, a person can put in one XP and get credit.
While one could get one XP and get credit, the total number of XPs would indicate that someone was working quite a bit on a language. Streaks end for various reasons, but a total number of days practiced along with total XPs would be nice for people who have had a streak come to an end.
Yes, that is true. Already you can see a person's XP in each language by clicking on their profile. And in the forums you immediately see languages and levels. I really like your idea of an indicator of days practiced. They already do that in the educator's dashboard -- we can see that info about our students. And that helps a lot, because lost streaks were always a problem and often a heartbreak.
Already you can see a person's XP in each language by clicking on their profile.
Not exactly. When I set on my profile "I know English, I want to learn some language" - you will not see XP gained from learning English from my mother tongue, and the same if you do a reverse tree.
Very true. Though we can infer something is happening when we see that you are at level 25 in English. I don't know why they can't unify it all.
The other problem too is that if you reset your tree, you lose all your XP and start from zero. I wanted to reset my tree and just do it all over again - lost all my XP, took the initial test and aced it - it put me at level 8. I think there should be something that indicates your tree is complete and gold. The streak can be completed just by getting 1 point in immersion or by doing the easiest lesson each day. Now keeping your tree gold - that takes some dedication!! And congrats on your streak !
Hi, are you fluent in swedish, spanish and italian now? :)
Arabiskaa, I was bilingual in Italian before joining Duolingo. And yes for Spanish, no for Swedish. See my comment to Raisinnoir above. Duolingo is seriously helping my Russian right now, as having to type in Cyrillic and learn the cases is exactly what I need.
I just lost my 100 day streak yesterday :-(
It's good to read that you did the same and then got back up to 700.
It happened due to a glitch. I was travelling and there were time zone differences. I even paid money to Skype to log in at the Amsterdam airport but I was not able to get it all done in time. I wrote to DL but they never restored the streak. I was really disappointed and frustrated. That's why I really like the idea of tracking "days active" rather than the streak. Anyway, best of luck to you in your studies!
Congrats on a fantastic streak and setting an example for others. I agree you should get something for your 700 days straight.
I am new to duo lingo and my short streak has kept me motivated to return each day. That said I travel and it's hard to stay connected. I wish we could download lessons for travel. Keep up the effort!!!!
Well what I was saying is that it hasn't exactly been 700 days straight... because I've always had a streak freeze in place those times that I have blown it. And also I once lost my streak - see story above. I really don't want to get anything. What I do think would be nice would be that they based the streak on days active so people don't stress out about losing it completely, and you can take a break from the internet for awhile and still have your seniority when you return. That would be great for people like yourself who travel (and most language learners do)!
Congrats! That's a huge achievement, and an amazing number. I hope to see an 800 day post from you soon :)
Thanks QQ. Heads up around March 6th then. And will be waiting to celebrate your 400-day streak around February 2nd. ;) Actually, you'll be around the 365-day mark in a month! That's something to celebrate!
Jairapetan, me parece excelente que usted haya alcanzado una racha de 700 días. Eso de por sí es digno de admirar y es una de las razones por la cual, desde hace ya varios días que empecé a seguirla a usted aquí en Duolingo, porque me parece que eso es una fuente de inspiración para aquellos que estamos empezando.
Jairapetan, I congratulate you for that dedication and desire to achieve something so beautiful as a foreign language (in your case, eleven, wow!) to connect with new people and cultures. That's so encouraging to continue studying.
Io voglio sapere più d'il suo successo come una poliglotta di Duolingo. Ma non credo che Lei usa Duolingo solo, però che altre metodi usa Lei e può noi raccomandare, per favore?
J'éspere que vous écrire en differents langues ne soit pas une sottise (un peu ;), mais ne vous semblez pas que parler et utiliser les langues qu'on apprend ici avec des autres autilisateurs c'est aussi le but de Duolingo?
Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Und ein Lingot für dich!
Besten Dank LML, es verdad que uso diversi metodi para imparare le lingue. Ho fatto corsi universitari in italiano, español, y français. Mi esposo habla ruso, per questo lo sento spesso, anche se gli sono mancati gli genitori già da molti anni. Je l'utilise flashcards Quizlet à étudier le vocabulaire, och för svenska finns det en mycket bra kurs som heter "Mango", men jag har inte använt den mycket. Min svenska är mycket dålig. Jag måste åka till Sverige för att förbättra den. I would also like to learn Mandarin Chinese since so many people speak it, Japanese because it's beautiful, and ASL because I'm intrigued by being able to hold conversations without making a sound. Но я сосредоточиться на русской настоящее.
Best wishes in your studies!
Mi sono scordata di menzionare Pimsleur. I really believe in Pimsleur, and it's great to use commuting time practicing with their CDs. Google it and watch their video where they explain the science behind their technique. You might be able to find some of their courses in your local library; if not, try in a nearby city library.
Obrigado. Eu vou buscar na minha universidade. Haben Sie Memrise benuzt? Ich empfehle Ihnen es. Un amigo de alemania, gracias a ella [la app Memrise], ha podido hacer muchos progresos en español. Je chercherai Pimsleur, ils me l'ont reccommandé parce que je passe beaucoup de temps dans le Transmilenio, cèpendant quelques fois j'utilise Lingq pour écouter. Malheuresement on doit payer pour avoir toutes les fonctionnalités, mais lingua.ly me semble meilleure et gratis. I would love if Duolingo had Russian or Chinese for Spanish speakers, but right now I'm concentrating myself on learning portuguese, because next week I'll be traveling to Brazil. Grazie per la sua risposta. Buonanotte :)
Sì, ho usato anche Memrise and Anki. Another great resource is lyricstraining.com. FUN FUN FUN! And wordreference.com and SpanishDict and StudySpanish.com. Try lyricstraining for your Spanish -- use the power of music. Do the choice option rather than trying to type in the words at first.
@jairapetyan: First of all - congrats to the 700 days! Das ist wirklich eindrucksvoll!
@LML: You know other Germans as well that study spanish? Me uso tambíen Pimsleur, pero solo en mi carro. Hay un problema hay mucho trafico. Oigo a continuación no siempre centrado.
Es verdad... noté que si el tráfico requiere mi atención, lo que estoy escuchando en el momento va completamente perdido y tengo que repetirlo. So much for "multitasking."
Thanks Brittany, I will be concentrating on Russian until I finish the tree. Then next maybe Mandarin, Japanese or ASL. Especially if one of those will be offered then on Duolingo (I guess ASL is out of the question though...)
Wow 700 days!! Thats amazing. Regardless of if you practice for several hours per day or just 10 minutes that is a true example of dedication and consistency. I have yet to join the 100 day streak club... something always happens and I miss my deadline by an hour or so. If you have only missed a day (end of your first 100-day streak) then realistically you have had at least 800 days of consistent practice with Duolingo alone. Congrats!
Buy a streak freeze for emergencies, and remember that if you miss a day it gets used and is no longer available; you need to buy a new one immediately. A lot of people lose their streak because they think they have a streak freeze when in fact it got used up sometime in the past. Check the lingot store often to make sure you still have it. ;)
i don't like that one only gets 1 lingot every ten days. certainly not worth my trouble.
But it keeps getting better. I got 70 lingots for my 700-day streak. On December 6th I'll earn 71 lingots. As if I need them -- I have 3,579. Lingots are really like money: when you are rich they come to you so easily. :) Besides, it shows your dedication (or craziness, if you please).