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Lost my 1085 day streak... and I feel broken.

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Earlier today I had some internet connectivity issues. No surprise, every now and then your connection is down or you simply haven't got time or whatever. So I always just have a streak freeze equipped, no big deal. Or so I thought... I came back later and... I see my 1085 day streak is gone.

I'm not really sure what happened. Maybe I didn't have a streak freeze somehow. Maybe an earlier exercise got booked on the next day and stole my freeze without me noticing. Maybe, maybe. I've looked at the graph, and although I tend to do one ~18 point exercise a day, the graph bobbles between 0 and ~40, so it's a possibility.

But whatever the case may be, and it's probably my fault, I feel devastated. The previous time I lost my streak on Duo almost made me quit permanently and I feel a lot worse now.

How do I get motivation again to continue? Even if I continue, the streak number is going to go up again, and it's going to be less than it was for three years, and the number is going to be staring down at me from the top-right, mocking me. And even as it slowly rises, it's still playing a numbers game: eventually something is going to happen that just kills all my joy in Duo.

Streaks are bad for me, that much is certain. I'll stick around for a few days, trying to find the motivation, but there's a chance I'll give up on Duo forever. What to do? How do you guys deal with this?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Meadows24

Its okay, go get ice cream

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FloweringIris.
FloweringIris.
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Or some donuts ;-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ham-Ham2
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:)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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You have to grieve for it. At least, I did, and my two "significant" streaks were insignificant when compared to yours.

What helped me was to edit my bio so that it said "Lost streaks: 420 and 186 days". That way it was at least recorded somewhere, and I could look at it, and know it had been real.

Maybe you can also take comfort in your impressive string of flags and high levels. I only have the two courses, so that wasn't much of an accomplishment, but yours is. So hopefully you can find a bit of solace in your flags.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarolinaViking

I would start by asking myself why I'm doing it. If I'm doing it solely for a "streak" I wouldn't be motivated to keep doing it. To me, that's the wrong reason. I want to learn more about a few languages on a basic level and practice them so I can move on to deeper levels of learning and eventually be able to speak with natives.

You can always keep track of your streak manually if that's what motivates you. Pop it in a spreadsheet or some other tracking app and keep it alive if that's what keeps you motivated.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.P.Niers
G.P.Niers
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I didn't start doing it for the streak. Or even continue.

But when it vanished, I felt horrid. This streak thing is a demotivator rather than a motivator.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Captain_Caps
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Since is a demotivator, as any objective achieving activity, you should get rid of it. One solution could be religiously coming here day in, then next day don't. Now you have a motivation to come (your schedule) without its drawbacks (the little streak symbol).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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But it motivated you for 1085 days and demotivated you for only 1 day. That sounds quite a good track record.

And don't forget why you are doing Duolingo or all your achievements on Duolingo which are much more important than a number.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emeyr
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I lost a streak of 560+ days, and it was a big shock at the time because I had made such an effort over the year to connect with DL while traveling to far-off places where the internet was less than reliable. Then liberation came. I no longer have to maintain "the streak". Why bother? Maintaining a streak now wouldn't reflect the progress I have made in these last years. There are worse things in life than losing a streak. ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paulenrique
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For sure =) Once I lost my 10 day streak =/ But nothing to worry about =P Wise words from you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wittykittycute

Well... you could keep your streak in your mind. The next day you do something on Duolingo, add it to your lost streak. Then, write it down somewhere (like on your bio, like Lrtward.).
Don't worry, it's not the end of the world, just the end of a streak. I know it's sad, I know what it feels like, losing something (that's kind-of like nothing), but... as I said... It's not the end of the world. :')

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grihau
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I know how it is. I did not return for almost a year. Now I want all units golden again. By the time I cared less. I lost my streak of 7 days yesterday (yay^^) and it does not matter anymore to me. For me, the streak was a big motivator until I lost one of more than a year. Because you know it takes so much time to get it back and luckier people did not lose their streak, so you are behind. So I am using Duolingo now on a basis that I compare the XP per week and per month with the ones of my friends. Running a competition an that basis keeps me going. I ignore the streak more or less, knowing how much pressure it used to give to me: the challenge to find an internet connection every day at the right time slot, as the day-change relies apparently on the Duolingo server, not your local time or it gets confused, I dunno.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JJPAUL0

okay Here is what i want you to do buddy i want you to go your bathroom mirror and just hype you self up for a new streak journey, so you can get prep when you start it again but don't start it until tomorrow because you motivation is already weak, So by hyping your self up for a big day can make it ten times more exciting if you let it. Make it fun say thing you wouldn't normal say to hype yourself up make funny faces as to speak to you self then after that my friend it's all on you, this works for me on many accession when i need it / let me know if it worked for you

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarionSweeney

I know my streak loss pale's compared to yours (343 days), but seriously what matters is that you are learning languages, not accruing streaks. Believe me, I know how you feel (I think, anyway). So take a deep breath, and keep on going. You can do it :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jemima_11

Keep on trying. You got this!! If you made it up to that number, I'm sure that if you set your mind to it you could pass an extraordinary number (one that you haven't even had the thought of reaching). I know you can do it as long as you stick your mind to it!!

Don't give up on Duolingo *don't you like it

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G.P.Niers
G.P.Niers
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Huh? It says I posted this 58 minutes ago even though I posted it just now... maybe I just discovered where my streak went...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PandaCupcake12

Oh no! I feel so sorry for you! But. If you are learning a language for just a streak, just numbers, then what is the point? Is it about actually learning a language? Being able to SPEAK to others in something that previously seemed to you just like a jumble of letters? Think about it. If you continue to learn, you would be able to boast to other people that you can speak multiple languages, which is quite amazing in itself. If you gave up DuoLingo, you would not only be giving up on being able to understand another language, but also the hours upon hours of work you put into it. The streak isn't the only thing that shows how much time you have spent learning languages. What about all those flags next to your name, and the level you are at with them? If you are only using DuoLingo to show people that you have a really long streak, then give up now. Think about why you began using DuoLingo. Was it because you decided you wanted a really long streak, or was it because you ACTUALLY wanted to learn a language?

Hope this helps :) Panda

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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I am very sorry, that was an awesome streak. Can you pay to recover the streak? But just remember why did you come to Duolingo, to play a game or to learn a language? As a game Duolingo is not the best, there are many great games, but to learn a language Duo is fun.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stajia1
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What an impressive streak! I know I never got that high, but I understand that pain :(. If you want motivation, keep coming back here! We support you! Find a buddy you can talk to through here or another language website and make a "language date" with them. Every week, find someone to share your progress with by talking to them in the languages you're learning! It's motivation if you can show people how far you've come! Good luck to you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathangrant00
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You could always try to get in the level 25 Hall of fame for Portuguese and German! And the streak Hall of fame has a place in it for lost streaks so others can see it there! We need awesome people like you on Duolingo! So, get well soon

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tyler194721

I am with you on that

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stripedkitty
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So many people are inexplicably losing their streaks, I think they're glitching. That was an impressive one, too... I see you don't have an avatar...how about the streak flame with "1085+" superimposed?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert_Valenza
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I used to see your translations in Immersion: they were always very clean and I could tell how seriously engaged you were. Somehow I was never aware of just how long your streak had been. I am so sorry. Is there any silver lining? I am obsessive-compulsive and my streak is just a little longer than yours was. I actually admire my duo friends Ben and Gretchen for how they let there year-long streaks go when they traveled to wonderful places. I feel enslaved: when I travel I have to make sure I have wifi on the airplane no matter how much it costs, and I always study itineraries for duo times, and even worry like hell about time-zone shifts which are really hard to anticipate because that aspect of the system is just plain goofy. What I am confessing here is that if my streak ended through no fault of my own, it might be a good and relieving thing, since I am not wise enough to end it myself. I guess I am saying that it is not your fault, so forgive yourself, rebuild it if you must, and try to enjoy the liberation.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mincentbaker

I can really, really relate to what you are saying and my lost streak was way less, ( 182 days in Italian). I did the same as you, I felt so bad that I posted on the discussion and that's really unusual for me :) I just felt like i wouldn't be able to get motivated again, because I'd travelled ia lot in that time and had completed it so carefully every day. Thank goodness, a lot of really nice people posted straight away and were very encouraging & even gave me lingots! I didn't even know you could do that. Anyway, all those nice people got me up and motivated again and after about a week I came back. So, let us all help you back up! We know how bad it feels .

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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That is truly no fun. Very sorry to hear it. But you can make it up! I lost a half-year streak once and started again, for instance.

As far as the streak freeze goes, it works well (so far, anyway) to buy "double or nothing" each week, and upon notification that it has "cashed in" I renew it and check that the streak freeze is still in place--so far that's worked just fine.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLover.

Oh no! I'm so sorry. :(

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iToochPlayer

Keep trying. Set that lost streak as you new year's resolution of the next 3 years and a goal.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deyan161
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Devastating. Especially as it was so impressive. Duo needs to credit longest streaks, even if lost. And it seems from the forums that a lot of people lose streaks from connection/technical issues. Perhaps the answer is to benefit by allowing yourself a total holiday from Duo - since the streak is gone - then come back in a week or two.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MARAWUGU

After I lost my 510 day streak I entered the app on my phone and was asked if I was willing to pay $ 9.99 for education purposes, in exchange for restoring my streak; you may try the same

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FieryCat
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I believe that they must notify when the streak freeze gets deactivated. Now there are five users from this list (Streak Hall of Fame), having 800 and more streak days without the streak freeze. Be careful. And I feel sorry.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevinguy19
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Know that your dedication to using Duolingo for so long is a major accomplishment. Although you managed to use the site for such a high number of consecutive days, the amount of learning you have done and the progress that you have made is more than lots of people who just quit the site after a short span of time. Also, Duolingo is confirmed to be working on a feature that says your total days spent on the site, which will surely take into account your accomplishments. Just take it easy and keep learning!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tyler194721

I feel so sorry for you

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruferales

Maybe one day the streaks will be replaced with the number of days you actually spend on practicing, regardless of any breaks, that would be much better, as the number would never go down. It's not like if you lose your streak you suddenly forget the language anyway... And we would also need an official ladder / high-score or something like that, so everyone's achievements won't go unnoticed.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StaceyWelu

This suggestion from StripedKitty is brilliant - " I see you don't have an avatar...how about the streak flame with "1085+" superimposed?" Then you can think of your new streak number as building on that...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sie00
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This is the saddest thing that I have ever read #firstworldproblems

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhabarberbarbara
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My Condolences. How about you try a new love (as in a new language) to heal your heart? If you start a language now you can say that your new streak is your streak in language xy. Good luck keeping your motivation

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paolasid1309
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It is very difficult to find the right words ... I am very very sorry for you. Try to think that now you know five languages that three years ago you didn't know ... I know it: it is not enough ... but never is enough in this moment ... :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trenton
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This should give one cause to reflect on the value of the coin as opposed to the value of the item bought. Which is worth more.???

1 year ago