https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT

How It Feels to Lose a 500+ Day Streak

Yesterday, the unspeakable happened ... I lost my 569-day streak. As I realized that I hadn't practiced Duolingo in a while, it was already too late. As I saw the streak say 0, I felt a range of emotions. Luckily, I've made it through all the stages of grief and now I am accepting the outcome.

What happened? School is a lot of work, and that is my #1 priority. However, I have been slacking off recently. Yesterday, I planned to finish my homework for the weekend, but I got distracted and didn't even touch my backpack. The same thing happened with Duolingo. I usually refresh one lesson before I go to bed everyday. However, I just did not have the motivation to complete the lessons.

What will happen now? Right now, I need a little break from Duolingo, until I can get school figured out. After I lost my streak, I came to the realization that things need to change. I need to get school, life, and basically everything else together.

What did I feel? The 5 stages of grief are real.

Denial: "No! This can't be real. I had a streak freeze", I didn't realized that I forgot to go on Duolingo the day before also.

Anger: "Why did I let this happen?! All of this hard work was for nothing!!! I spent all this time and I just lost it in an instant!"

Bargaining: "I'll do anything to get my streak back! Except pay $9.99 for it back. (That's a little too much BTW) I'll become a better person, I'll be nicer. Just please give me back my streak."

Depression: "Why? I was doing so well, and now it's all gone. I'll never get that far again."

Acceptance: "You know, this is a lesson. This shows that I need to straighten up my act, and stay on top of school. I need stop being lazy all the time and get it together."

Plans for the future I have already bought another streak freeze, but from now on I am going to work harder on Duolingo. Lately, I haven't been doing much. When I go on break for the holidays, I am going to work a lot harder. The previous time I lost a streak was when I had 100+ days, this time it was 569. I plan to get a 1000 days streak. When I lost the 100+ streak, I planned for a 365-day streak. I achieved that, and went even farther. I WILL get a 1000-day streak in September 2019, when I'm a freshman in college.

The thing about language learning is that there will be mistakes. At times you will feel like nothing is paying off. Other times you just want to quit. Sometimes it's good to take a break from time to time, but the next time you'll just work a lot harder.

December 11, 2016

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/nguyenthaman

Wish you overcome sadness :)) i also lost 250 streak give you 3 lingots

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/wombatua

Is there a liberating aspect, too? I keep mine going mostly because I can, but I wonder if I'd feel less obligated if I did let it go...

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz

I think so, yes.

Oh, and to the OP: great that you don't give up! You're definitively a good language learner if you don't force yourself, but do it for happiness. :)

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Highly commended.

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

I'm glad it didn't make you stop learning and you plan on working even harder on Duolingo! I know some people will just say it's only a number, which it is, but I too would be crushed if my streak went down to zero.

Thankfully, we love learning languages, so that won't dampen our spirit! :-)

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/psifish

I voluntarily gave up a 436 day streak last year. It was a great move for me as long streaks get to be burdens. I've read posts by people with 1000+ days streaks, and they can be really depressing as the compulsion to keep the streak negatively impacts their lives.

My advice is to shoot for some number <= 365. Then take two weeks off.

December 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Congratulation for coming to your senses. Now you can fully enjoy playing on Duolingo.

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

I will have to make a choice to end my streak someday, I think. Duolingo is a ritual for me and I always have time for it. When I truly believe that I understand all of the sentences (most of my mistakes are stupid spelling errors or using the incorrect preposition) then I'll gladly "lose" my streak.

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Selma-Ibrahim

Same.

Although my streak wasn't really that impressive, I can relate to how you're feeling. School, on its own, is a lot of work. Add that to Duolingo along with trying to keep your social life together. It's exhausting. And I ended up slacking off in the end. Just like you. I'm glad there's someone out there I can relate to. Hey, misery loves company ;).

Anyways, I'm glad that losing your streak has encouraged you to keep working even harder. Good luck =)

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/tavi_s

I didn't get the chance to pay $10 to get my streak back! :(

December 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/iyoossaev

Same here. I wonder why you can't just buy 7 freezes at the same time, in case of journey, loss of Internet connection, catastrophies or whatnot. Why do I need almost a thousand lingots for, anyway?

December 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lanny.ripple

I lost 30 days early on (been practicing basically daily since I started) but came across a post later that pointed out that while Duolingo has done a great job of gamify-ing language learning what we are(/should be) here for is the learning. The streak is gone and so we lose the badge that we can slog though it better than others but the knowledge is still there.

You know you had the streak even if others can't see it.

December 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/CR_Avila

Omg Man.... I can't even imagine what that felt..... U r strong,I would have left Duolingo after that... keep it up man!

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Takei61

Do not give up! Nothing is serious :)

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK

Oh for God's sake. It's a bloody streak. You're not under bombardment in Aleppo. Get a bloody grip - and some perspective.

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6

True. It's not life-threatening. We Americans tend to lack perspective on what's important. We could learn to be more quick to accept hardships and say "that's life"

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

I can relate to you so much and the description of the different stages is quite accurate! I lost my 610 streak last week. I lost it because I was studying for exams last weekend and then I also fell sick so Duolingo was the last thing on my mind and hence I lost my streak. Fortunately, I only have a few more days of school before my 6 week Christmas holiday so I can spend that time organising everything and getting lots of Duolingo done (my trees have degarded a lot). I wish you all the luck with getting your next streak goal and future language learning. I do agree losing it makes you decide to work harder.

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mincentbaker

I can relate and enjoyed your analysis. I lost mine probably a day or so before you and discovered that it was a big motivator for me. Congrats on getting a 569 day streak - sounds amazing to me - sure that you'll get the 1000 day one as well.

December 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SupremusSwaggus

Thanks fam. I needed a push too.

December 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Your loss of your streak SHOULD feel great.

Now you are free! Free! Free

FREEEE!

No more shackles!

Now you can focus on learning where your attention should be

I had an over a year one so know what I am talking about.

December 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lupus55

I lost a 550+ streak a couple of years ago when I visited another state and didn't have Internet for 3 days. But having said that I am just a creature of habit, and just shrugged it off. As you can see the streak grows again.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ChauLe3

I've lost 118 streak and it was a lesson for me, I'll never forget it again. Come on, start everything from zero :D

December 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RAbbott7

I feel you. I just lost my 930+ day streak. I think I'm in the denial stage right now.

August 30, 2018
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