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Farewell, streaks!

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Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of streaks!

Here were my individual streaks as they were listed in my user-file before midnight tonight. Alas, yesterday I simply couldn't find the time to practise 20 languages on Duolingo.

It had been a while since I looked at them, however, and I was surprised that I managed to rack up streaks of more than a year in nine languages. Obviously, no streak-freezes were used as these would have reset the numbers recorded in the user-file:

"streak":71,"language_string":"Greek"

"streak":346,"language_string":"Esperanto"

"streak":296,"language_string":"Vietnamese"

"streak":347,"language_string":"Italian"

"streak":375,"language_string":"Welsh"

"streak":286,"language_string":"Irish"

"streak":391,"language_string":"Spanish"

"streak":439,"language_string":"Russian"

"streak":286,"language_string":"Portuguese"

"streak":276,"language_string":"Norwegian (Bokm\u00e5l)

"streak":436,"language_string":"Turkish"

"streak":89,"language_string":"Romanian"

"streak":196,"language_string":"Polish"

"streak":402,"language_string":"Dutch"

"streak":402,"language_string":"French"

"streak":279,"language_string":"German"

"streak":431,"language_string":"Danish"

"streak":12,"language_string":"Hungarian" (I lost this one a few days ago due to the app not synching properly)

"streak":375,"language_string":"Swedish"

"streak":165,"language_string":"Guarani (Jopar\u00e1)"

Does spending a very small amount of time each on a lot of different languages every day for a long period work? Yes, I'd say it does. Thousands of items of vocabulary are now safely installed in my long-term memory, and as Duolingo is based around sentences (its masterstroke), the method itself very easily keeps different languages apart. However, it is certainly not the way to learn anything quickly. As you might also expect, I find my faculty with Germanic and Romance languages an awful lot better than with the rest.

But now the burden is lifted. I might well take it up again, later on in the year, but the coming month I shall spend trying to get my Mandarin back to a half-decent level.

1 year ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Jocelyn-H
Jocelyn-H
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Last night, I was pulling a really close one. I knew I could do a lesson in under two minutes, so there I was at 11:58, not bothering to change my timezone as a safety measure. I was on one of the last few problems, and the internet faltered. It came back at 00:01, and that is now the value of my streak.

Nice work on yours! Best of luck learning in the future!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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I don't think changing your timezone would have helped. You can't cheat DuoLingo. It goes by the real, actual time of the timezone you were in when you created your account (not the time on your computer).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daerdemandt

> It goes by the real, actual time of the timezone you were in when you created your account

... if it got that one right, of course. Duolingo thinks my day ends at 23.00, for example. Don't trust your clock, look at "hours left" in "daily goal" section.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Congratulations on the death of your streaks. Have fun with Mandarin.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Quite the feat(s)! How did you figure out what to work on each day in each language?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
garpike
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Largely I just followed the trees, gilding skills in order, combined with new lessons if I hadn't finished the tree in question. Then, of course, some skills are more problematic, so I practise them more for several days in a row. In the case of Vietnamese, for example, I really can't retain anything without repeating each skill for quite a number of days; in the case of German, however, just gilding the tree sequentially works well for me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein
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Mandarin is the cat's pajamas. I am doing Mandarin right now in school. Have fun. Hopefully, we will be doing it on Duo soon enough.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliusSerb
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How do you get this file? I know that individual streaks could be checked on the app, but this seems to be raw data.

1 year ago