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https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist

10 things that 1000 days of Duolingo has shown me

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Thank you, Duolingo, for giving me my favorite way to practice languages!

1) Practicing every day really does make a difference. When I started using Duolingo, I had already been studying German, Italian, French and Spanish for decades, but in undisciplined fits and starts. Having a low daily minimum and sticking to it has made a huge difference. HUGE. I can't emphasize this enough.

2) Duolingo's design has an interesting influence on my plans. I had planned to just stick to my 4 languages, maybe pick up one or two more. Then I started learning anything they put out. Then the incubator happened, and I don't have unlimited time, but I still want to. Also whenever they put out new lessons and take away my owls it bugs me, so I do those, whether or not that was in my plans.

3) Very cool, driven, positive people hang out here and practice language skills.

4) Esperanto was way more fun than I thought it would be. (See #2- I had no plans to study it.)

5) Did I mention that design is really important? Maybe it's because I'm studying User Experience in grad school, but Duolingo has some really interesting things going on that have my complete attention.

6) When Italian robot lady voices sound suicidal over mundane issues, I remember the vocabulary better.

7) When French robot lady voices sound sexual over mundane issues, I also remember the vocabulary better.

8) When Esperanto robot dude voices sound triumphant over mundane issues, it cracks me up, but I do not remember the vocabulary any better.

9) Maybe that's because it was my first time with the Esperanto vocabulary, but my second time with the Italian and French.

10) My toddler can change the language setting on Duolingo. He is not to be trusted with my phone for even 10 seconds.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
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Her name was Lola, she was a linguist
With lots of language flair and lingots up to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star
Duo always tended bar
Across the crowded floor, they worked from eight til four
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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Thank you, thank you!! :-D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DoloresDay
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A well deserved lingot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tanyafava

Haha, this is brilliant, although at first it wasn't making sense because I was thinking of the Kinks :L-o-l-a Lola (denenene ne ne Lola)!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorHoughton
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Esperanto robot dude is just a dude, Francis Soghomonian, not a robot. I also started learning Esperanto by accident, funny like that. Congrats on the streak!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I kind of figured that there were varying degrees of human recordings in all these things. I enjoy Francis' voice very much.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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6-10 had me giggling like a loon! Congrats on your streak, and good luck keeping the toddler away from the phone (and also, y'know, with the language learning. Clearly, we need to tempt you over to the dark side, since there are no Slavic languages on your flair yet...)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I definitely plan to come to the dark side. Russian has always been a mountain I'd like to climb. I'll have to wait until the end of the semester though. I tried just dipping my toe in, but the lesson wouldn't let me be casual about it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Heheheheh well, it'll be waiting patiently for you when you have the time :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.luisito

Congratulations! I remember when I first started DL this summer. It was supposed to just refresh my Portuguese and now I made it a goal to learn all the Romance languages lol People like you inspire me. Keep up the great work

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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Thank you! I think it's interesting to learn a "suite" of languages like the Romance languages. Portuguese was my last on the list, and I can tell you that while I'm not that great at producing a correct Portuguese sentence, I find it fairly easy to understand. I think that's normal.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cherok40

Fun stuff... however, I dot not agree that French robot lady sounds sexy... I find her annoying :-) maybe because she makes me sound robotic too when I practise...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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Congratulations on your 1002-day-streak. That is a great achievement.

I have been learning a lot since I began using DL. When I started learning my first language, I didn't know any English at all and now I am learning more languages with English as my main language instead of my mother tongue. I am very grateful for all the work that Luis, the staff and the contributors have done to make Duolingo a great place for language learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I agree. It's a great place.

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https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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You're perseverance is definitely one of my inspirations for sticking with Duolingo. The low daily minimum has been a great strategy while I focus on other resources to help me improve.

Do you try to speak another language with your toddler? Thanks to Dora the Explorer and an HBO show El Gato y El Perro, my son enjoys a little Spanish sprinkled throughout the day. He knows the magic word is "por favor."

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https://www.duolingo.com/ASBusinessMagnet
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One thing I do not see conveyed here: the varied experience you must have had while doing the same thing for nearly three years, even though your priorities change.

Let's see what I will have learned once I reach my own personal 1K.

EDIT: The post is now here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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The biggest variation is how much time I've had per day to work on duolingo. I've had stretches of time with lots of free time that I've devoted to lessons, and then I've had times (like when I gave birth) where I was in surgery, on pain meds and not 100% sure what I was doing. I think I used the streak freeze once when I got 10 points in one day, but not my 20 point minimum during that time. Either that or it was on the day my kid was born, and I just lost track of time and didn't get any points that day. Most of the time I'm balancing work, a class or two and a baby. Many duolingo sessions happen while waiting in a line, or playing with my 20 month old son. He seems to enjoy hearing other languages, and will tolerate a quick, easy lesson.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Cool. Thanks for posting! And congratulations on 1000+ days.

> 6) . . .

The language is rather operatic.

> 7) . . .

Hmmm . . . I never thought of her as sexy. I'll have to listen again. It's probably due to my age.

> 10)

ROFL! And just wait until he's a teenager. You ain't seen nothin' yet.

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https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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7) . . .

Hmmm . . . I never thought of her as sexy. I'll have to listen again. It's probably due to my age.

I had turned her off before because I couldn't stand her anymore. But now (due to Russian) my sound is on again, and I'm listening to the odd duo (pun intended) of the French woman and man constantly repeating each other's sentences. It's like some tense chamber play.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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ha, for the record, I'm not turned on by her, but I think her reading is hilariously sexual, kind of over-the-top.

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https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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10)

ROFL! And just wait until he's a teenager. You ain't seen nothin' yet.

Согласна!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Awesomegirl4321

Woooow, 1002 day streak you must have gotten 100 lingots 2 days before! That is ALOT!

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https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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Congratulations on your awesome streak and your incredibly powerful brain!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/superjessem

I don't think I could keep one THOUSAND streak days! Congrats!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ARainhaRuvia
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Wow! My problem is I just get too excited about every language. It's hard to stay focused on one. But I really want to KNOW the languages I am learning so focus is what it is going to take. Also I started the reverse tree for English from Portuguese so I'll go on the Portuguese discussion board and can use my Portuguese there! I hear there are websites where you can actually verbally talk to people in your target language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I have the same problem, but it's a great problem to have, isn't it?

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https://www.duolingo.com/ARainhaRuvia
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Haha, yes it is!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cub0ne
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How long does it usually take for words to fade from your memory (sorry for the random question) and Congrats on the 1000 day streak, I could never get there, like, ever

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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It's not that hard if you set a low minimum and do it when you first wake up. My daily goal is only 20 points. So for the memory question- it all depends on if I made an association with the word. Have you ever heard of memory techniques? I don't want to explain it if you already know (and it's easy to look up), but I am able to make an association with a word, especially if it's humorous or weird, it will stay in my mind for a long time. If I'm able to associate an image with the word, it will stay. What don't usually stay are tiny variations of spelling, and things I don't make an effort to make some sort of link to. Or if I accidentally make a false association, that can be a pain, because I'll remember it incorrectly for a long time.

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https://www.duolingo.com/tanyafava

That is incredible - I don't think I have seen a scorecard like yours before. Can I ask, out of interest, how comfortable do you feel conversing in the languages you have reached level 25 in? I'm really interested to hear how Duolingo helps people in real life (having studied two languages - not through Duo - for years and really having to work hard for every word I retain!) And I love points 6, 7 and 8.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I'm pretty comfortable in everything but Portuguese (it's the newest to me) but I just watched a movie from Brazil and was happy with how much I was understanding. I work at a big University and am lucky to get lots of opportunities to practice other languages. My 25-level languages are pretty good for basic conversation. I am pretty fluent in French, having lived in Paris for a year, and am okay in Spanish, but once the conversation gets on to unfamiliar topics in German or Italian (and eventually in Spanish too) I start to lose about half the conversation. So I guess I need to start reading more books!

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https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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Congrats! I can remember when you posted about your 2-year streak, and now you're here. Time really flies.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anthgrl
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Congrats lolaphilologist! You guys with your amazing streaks are very inspiring, and I really enjoyed reading your list of the things you've learned (those robot voices can be pretty entertaining at times...). Best of luck on the next 1000 days! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Congratulations, 1002 days, that is awesome!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Congrats on 1000 days! You are absolutely dedicated and the effort you put into language learning is outstanding. I wonder what other languages you'll be adding to your collection in the future. :)

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Congrats on 1,000 days AND beating me to the Esperanto owl!!! ;)

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Congratulations! :D

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Congrats!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rodrigolbueno

Congratulations Lola, you are a great example of inspiration for all of us!

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https://www.duolingo.com/SilverDolphin218

Wow, what an in inspiration! I started to use duolingo for re-teaching myself Irish (I'm going to the Gaelteact during the summer, so I need a refresher!), and I realised I could also learn Italian, and now I'm starting Russian as well. This will be interesting.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tonywangtj
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Congrats for belated "millennium milestone" here!

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