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How did you build up the habit of duolingo every day?

pcuci
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Hi everyone!

I see a bunch of you have amazing streaks of 50+ days

Any tips for us beginners on getting consistent practice? I average about 10 day streaks, then something happens, and bam, back to zero...

Thanks much!

Paul

PS: The goal is quality learning. If not every-day practice, then what are other successful strategies? (I also see folks come in once a week and do a marathon session of 100+ points)

4 years ago

31 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
oskalingo
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I typically wake up with a 'hungry' brain. So I usually do some duolingo first thing in the morning to feed it. Later in the day I may do more (I usually do), but having already done a bit in the morning I know my streak is safe.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kassandra8286
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I am the same way. Not everyone is a morning person, and those types may not be able to wake up early enough to do more than jump into the shower and dash off to work or school, but I can't function unless I have a couple of cups of coffee and some "me time" before I start my day. I used to read a book, now I practice Spanish. Once it becomes part of your routine, it turns into a habit and then almost like an addiction.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
oskalingo
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Yes, I'm definitely a morning person so doing it first thing works for me. And actually I become quite dumb at night - I figure I lose 10 IQ points every hour after 9:00 pm - so I doubt I'd be able to get through a lesson if I did it last thing at night.

But I understand that for late night 'owls' it might work best for them to do it at night. So of course, you've got to find what works best for you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kassandra8286
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Yes, I'm a little dumber at night also, but I figured that had something to do with drinking wine. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
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I think I am rather morning person (my mind at least think so, sometimes my body doesn't agree with when it is time to get up). But I usually leave practicing Spanish as a last thing to do, before going to sleep or doing some usual evening things. But Spanish is just fun, I don't rush it, so it is just like a sweet Spanish kiss for better sleep :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TerrenceLJones
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Hi Paul! I was the same way until I set myself a goal of studying spanish for 90 days straight. After I got going I've been what some would deem selfish with making this goal paramount to my day. Currently I've chosen 2 things to do each day; 1) Language Studies 2) Write at least a line or two for my blog. I've decided that each day I will feel successful, not matter what else goes on, if I just do these two things. Over the last 141 days, this razor-like focus has gotten me through sickness, fights with my wife, fears, sadness, bouts of depressed moments, and tons of other life inconveniences. As of today, I've studied Spanish for 141 days and written for 134 straight. Now it's become a habit. A habit that everyone in my life knows about. A habit that others — like my wife, friends, co-workers — are inspired and encourage me about. The only thing I can suggest Paul is to focus on studying one-day-at-a-time and you'll be surprised by how quick those days add up and how many other areas of your life this "new habit" will affect! Thanks for the great discussion topic!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/b.gomez555

I got into Duolingo because I take Spanish class at my school. By practicing Duolingo, I have improved my grades. Find some reason to practice every day. For example, find a friend or somebody who speaks the language you are learning. You will want to practice everyday just to be able to talk to them. Another example: If you are learning Spanish (just for example), go and order food at a Mexican restaurant in Spanish. By adding real world motivation and purpose, you can get lots more done! Also, just learn to love the language. You won't get far if you don't truly have a passion for learning.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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At first, I was so excited to learn that I spent almost every free minute on Duolingo. Then I started to care about the coin stacks (Weekly progress tab on my home page). I wasn't satisfied if my coin stack for the day was less than full (which means 91+ skill points). Then the streak came, and of course I don't feel like losing my streak because of some random laziness.

There is a simple strategy: Don't break the chain. It is usually easier to do something every day than to come back after a break. I know if I skip a day, I'll easily skip another day, and the third one, etc. - what do I care if my streak is already lost?

Also, there is a simple solution to "something happens": practice in the morning, at least a little.

I'm moving towards the end of my third language tree now, and there was only one situation when I actually skipped 4 days. This was when a friend of mine came to stay at our place, and we were very busy. There was no "streak" option back then, and I couldn't find time to earn 91+ skill points every day, so I didn't bother.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratica

First of all, I've been home bound for about 3-4 months now, so that should be taken into account as I type this.

I personally just.....do it, I guess? I don't have much to do during the day, so Duolingo keeps me entertained while I sit in my house, carless. It's a very good distraction tool, and it gets me learning one of my loves--Italian language, which by proxy allows me to learn about the culture.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/queendeeny

I tell myself I only need to get 1 point to maintain my streak. So on busy days, I'll just make sure to get at least a point or 2 before I go to work in the morning with timed practice or practicing one word from vocabulary. Once I'm on if I'm not in a rush, I'll stay on and get more practice. Also, I try to have a goal for the day such as strengthening all weak words, doing 1 lesson, translating 3 sentences, that sort of thing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ashshurbanipal

You can get a reminder email at a certain time for each language you forget to practice. You can this by clicking on your profile then click on notifications.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pcuci
pcuci
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@Ashshurbanipal - Heh... I get annoyed by the notifications...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratica

This is what I use--my phone sends me a notification if I haven't practiced that day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pcuci
pcuci
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@Pratica - at what time does the day actually end? I'm on EDT.

I tend to complete lessons last thing in bed before I fall asleep (helps with learning), and/or on the stationary bike at the gym (again, exercise + mental work helps with retention).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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For you, it ends at 12:00 EDT, for me, 12:00 CST; its 12:00 wherever you live. A new coaching feature is coming tomorrow (already out on iPhone), maybe that will help you stay motivated.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pcuci
pcuci
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@Samsta - cool, thanks. :)

I don't think motivation is the problem, rather appropriate reminders throughout the day would really help perhaps.

Really appreciate everyone's input here. Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt
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I am not sure I understand your question. Is it about the time you get the reminder e-mail? Duolingo gets your local time from the device you are using, so the day ends when the clock on your computer or mobile phone or tablet says it is midnight. You can set the reminder time from the settings (in the web interface), so if you have a break everyday at noon for lunch and you want to get a reminder to do your practice, then set the reminder to 12:00pm, if you want to make sure you don't forget to practice before going to bed, then set the reminder 10 minutes before your regular bed time. If you practice before the preset time, then you will not get the reminder. There is no "multiple reminders per day" option yet, but you can trick the system by setting the german reminder at noon, the french at 3:00pm and the portuguese at 11:pm for example...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratica

I honestly have no idea, I'm sorry. I usually get my reminders in the morning, IIRC.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingPenguin
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I have a few ways of making sure that I practice every day. First off, if I feel that I'm going to forget then I leave the Duolingo app open on my phone so that whenever I look at my phone throughout the day I'll be reminded. Secondly, I follow quite a number of discussions, so whenever I check my email I'm constantly bombarded with Duolingo emails, so I never forget about it. Thirdly, Duolingo is the tab that my web browser always opens to, and finally, I've just gotten in the habit of making sure to do some every day, because I know that wanting to maintain my streak will keep me doing something on the days I don't feel like doing anything so that I keep the momentum and stop forever.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pcuci
pcuci
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@LingPenguin - seems like a clever system you put together, a safety net of sorts.

Does this interfere negatively with other parts of your life? I sometimes get frowns from friends when I go for late dinners and I remember I was half-way finished with a level, and so I end up playing. It gets worse when I exhaust all the hearts and need to start over, haha. :-D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/queendeeny

I can relate to this! We might have to start a support group for Duolingo addiction. But if family and friends complain, we can remind them that at least we're not addicted to internet porn or gambling.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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I would suggest doing a timed practice then. It great when you only have a little bit of time, and as long as you get at least one answer correct, you get credit for the day.
I usually do a timed practice first thing in the morning, and then later in the day when I have more time, delve into new exercises when I have more time. This way, even if life gets in the way, I still have my morning timed practice already complete.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingPenguin
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I don't let it interfere with my life. Because I have so many reminders I can confidently put it off until I have free time, and the reminders are unintrusive and I only really see them when I have time to kill, by which point I may as well practice Duolingo, since my other option would probably be to play a game on my phone. Also, the worst case scenario is that I stay up a few minutes later at night cramming in a quick practice session so I never worry about putting it off too late.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidBallantine

Two things; I get up a half hour earlier than usual now and just do it. This relieves the pressure of having to do it throughout the day. The second suggestion is now instead of a bathroom book I do Duolingo. Rarely do I get through an entire lesson but I take a few extra minutes, lean up against the sink, and finish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
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First thing when I wake up and last thing as I'm settling down in bed. A twice a day routine insures that if something happens and I miss one, then I've still got the other just in case.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jetsetterd
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I do it first thing every morning, at breakfast. life is busy after that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bellanoemiii

I actually love going on duolingo and I am on day 3 right now! I just got obsessed with it! Even my mom wants to learn italian. We are working on it together!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iustitia
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I think it became nice habit when I truly understood how does it work and whole word strength thing. Streak also helps. But at first I wasn't practicing too much and I didn't remember to do it every day. I like comparing my results with others, so following some random people with high scores helped as well :)

And then just weeks and months passed and I am where I am. I don't care about the streak so much like I did. I cannot keep it higher than 50 days :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emills14

I built it into my commute in the morning. I'm on the train for at least 20+ minutes and thanks to the caching in the app I can do lessons underground. :)

This strategy of course makes weekends the real challenge but I just remind myself how many lingots I'll get for the next 10x streak.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimDeets
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Well, I'm not working right now, so that helps (but I'd rather be working!). I'm hoping that maybe learning Spanish and other languages will help me if I practice immigration law (I'm a lawyer).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ladona22

Lost e mail this week, gave me access to my ladona22 account.

4 years ago