1000 days of Duolingo
Today was my 1000th day here and it's been interesting to see how Duolingo has changed over that time. So many improvements and so many more people. I also got 100 lingots for a 1000 day streak! Thanks to all who make Duolingo available for free to the world.
Congratulations! It is not just about the number of days but the commitment to log in each day and do a certain amount of work. I have to wonder if you find duolingo still challenging enough to want to continue for the sake of learning, alone? I am finding the exercises a bit too easy and hoping duolingo will add more exercises, bonus skills or even a new tree for advanced beginners like myself. Anyway, enjoy your day and your achievement.
I think it was Luis Von Ahn that said once you reach a certain level in Duolingo, you should mostly be using other resources (books, native speakers, music, etc.), so I don't know about holding out hope for an advanced tree.
But they also said in the very beginning that they would never add any languages that weren't useful in the real world and they're going to add Klingon, so they may change their minds in the future.
I have no interest in learning Klingon but I suppose one could argue that it might be of some use. If two people want to communicate in that way, so be it.
I still say duolingo could be so much more if Luis wanted it to be but apparently he is just going for the numbers. I cannot fault him for what everyone else is doing but if a site offers to teach a language it should do so. To get people hopeful they will actually learn a language is wrong if you are not going to follow through. It should be made clear for all who sign up on duolingo that they will not be able to actually learn a language but they will get a good start on learning one.
I have had this discussion before and had people reply that it is unrealistic to think one could learn a language on a website. I disagree and believe it is indeed possible but we will never know unless someone actually tries to make such a site. Speaking from my own experience, I would say we would need between five to ten thousand words, lots of translation from our native language to our target language and plenty of interaction with a voice generated program or actual human voice. We would also need a good three to five years of this to truly learn a language depending, of course, on the language. These are just my guesses from where I am now but whether I am right or wrong there is no doubt that more content would definitely improve the ability of the student. I only hope that Luis or someone who has that foresight will take on this challenge. Yes, it will be a monumental challenge but think of the possibilities.
If duolingo is to take us farther they need advances in voice recognition. It needs be good enough understand what I meant and then work on my pronunciation one syllable at a time. The technology just isn't there.
A good ai so we could have a conversation would be useful as well.
Without either of those be the end of the tree you need other resources anyway.
Congratulations, great achievement! I could give you a lingot, and sure here have one, but I guess you already have quite a lot of those... a quick calculation is that for keeping your streak alone you have received 5050 lingots in total! Do this another 1000 days and you will receive another 15050 lingots... but I guess you do not care so much about these anymore!
How is your Spanish now? Do you have any plans to pick up another language?
¡Felicitaciones! Estoy trabajando en un nuevo hilo para los que tienen una racha de un año o más, aquí: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13152151. Actualmente, estás en el lugar décimo noveno.
Congratulations! I am working on a new thread for those who have a streak of one year or more, here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13152151. Currently, you are in nineteenth place. [ I wrote the Spanish part first :) ]
Congratulations on your amazing 1000+days of practice Lyarra!!! I have also been with duolingo for pretty close to the beginning of it's inception as an app and have to agree with you. (Though I have definitely never been anywhere near your amazing streak!) Literally just a couple days ago I was thinking about how much it has changed and how many languages it has added in the last while. Definitely a big thank you to the creators and contributors for making language learning accessible!!!!
It is because of Duolingo that I have been able to make huge steps in my dream to learn another language that I otherwise would not have been able to afford. (And for making it much more fun than just trying to memorise words and phrases I randomly would have picked up on my own.) I have actually been able to speak with Spanish speakers who have limited or no English, and when they ask how I learned, they are shocked to find out through the internet. It is seriously such a successful feeling to be able to communicate in a language you were not born into. I truly appreciate the efforts of everyone on here and the community of learners helping each other on their learning goals. (Now I am considering maybe picking up a little bit of some other languages as well hehe)