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To people who use duolingo and work / go to school a question.

Hi, I have used duolingo essentially as a full time job for about 2 years. Mostly redoing trees over and over. I am disabled and where I live is very inaccessible leaving me house bound much of the time. I decided to dedicate my time to Duolingo so that I could still have something to do. I'm on my fourth or fifth run of the welsh tree, and get probably around 500-1000XP per day on average. Although I do have some days I get none.

Anyhow, this isn't going to be my life much longer. I got into university a third of the way across the world, and now I have to find a way to balance both Duolingo and University.

I know other people use duolingo and work full time, or go to school full time and I'd like to know how do you balance Duolingo and life? I only have duolingo right now but soon I will have a life too and I don't know how to deal with it. I would like advice from people who use duolingo in addition to having a life.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Borbotrincess
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Well, most of us don't spend much time here, which is not necessary. The trick is to do it every day. The truth is that we all find time to do the things we love most and, for me, I am addicted to language learning. I feel like making time to study German makes me more efficient at work/home.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YoloDawgz

I use duoling and go to school but... I mean, sometimes it's hard to keep my streak and go to school and do homework (especially when my teachers give lots of homework at once) But u can change ur xp needed in a day to just 10. Sometimes I only have time for 10 xp in a day. Also make sure u always have a streak freeze just in case. Have a happy day ;) Good luck with University ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juliecaesar
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To me, it is a hobby like many others - something that I devote a little time to every day, because I enjoy it and it makes me happy. I make time for Duolingo by doing lessons instead of watching TV, or on the way to work on the subway, or even do a few XP during my lunch break.

For me, the trick is to never put myself under pressure - if I don't feel like doing lessons, I'll just skip it and do more the next day. That way, it stays fun and never feels like a chore.

You may not be able to continue doing as many XP a day as you are now, but I think you'll find it quite easy to fit some Duolingo time into your busy day. :-) Anyway, I wish you the best of luck at your new university! I hope you have an amazing time.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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When I started I had an injury so I was home more. I took advantage of that time to use the web version which I find is better. Especially for the Timed Practice. Since I don't have as much time on the computer now I will resort to using the app. It's not as good though you can review things and pick up vocab on it. And it's more commute friendly which is mostly when I do it now.

I recommend doing as much as you can in the language(s) most important to you until you have to cut back. Then just find ways to fit it in that don't interfere with the rest of your life.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piper-fred

HI! First up, congratulations! I wish you all the best for university! I am a full time student, and therefore have my goal set to the lowest possible amount, meaning that if I have some extra time, I can do more than my goal, but on those days where I have heaps of work and/or am super tired then I just do a simple lesson. Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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I work full time. Sometimes I do one hour a day, sometimes I do a few minutes. I prefer to have a fix schedule for Duo, and I do it in the morning, every morning for a few minutes, If I have time during the day I come back and do more. Today I wasted a lot of time posting comments.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eaw6371
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I use Duolingo as a break from having to do 'actual' studying, for my university classes. I use it about 20 minutes a day reviewing things and I think it's a good balance. As long as you use Duolingo a little every day, even just a few minutes, I think it's very possible to continue learning a language and doing other things with your day.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LasCicatrices
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I don't believe this would be much help to you, but I usually sneak onto Duolingo while I'm at school, I learn more from Duolingo in a few minutes at lunch break than I do in a full day of school. I try to find free time during school days to work on Duolingo, usually you can keep your streak if you set the XP goal to 10 points per day. (that way it only takes one lesson)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyobiCat

I just do it when i have five minutes, as it takes me that long to get 20 XP. Also, I use it as a break from conventional work to scatter my brain.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachael.cr3
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I have used Duolingo while working full-time, as a graduate student, while travelling long-term, and while unemployed. If you pick a time of day to do a few lessons, you'll find you can keep your language skills up reasonably well. (Get a streak freeze if you're worried about your streak - if you have a really busy day or something, it's very helpful.) It's a great way to pass the time if you're commuting, or waiting at the dentist, or between classes, or before you go to bed. I've managed to finish a surprising amount during my time in graduate school, when I've been super busy.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arnis.e

Hi ! I am quite a busy man - working full time job at night and most of the time taking almoust full time day job to make some extra money . Besides I am the one to buy food in the shops and very often cooking dinner to my family. I know 4 languages fluently , some more I can read or understand . End of last year I decided to give me a present at the end of 2017 i.e. learn Spanish - so I started learning at Duo Spanish and German - up to now I do it every day and I am quite sure will continue. You will have to learn to make priorities in your life and organize it (as some extra tasks will appear ) .Learning language is everyday job - you were doing it full time - thats a luxury if you like it. I have enough 30 min to 1 hour. I am using it as my fun time or rest from everyday tasks.So good luck with University and try to keep Duo in your life.

1 year ago