Why do people leave Duolingo?
I have noticed that nobody from my friend list have ZERO points fot last month. I wonder why people leave Duolingo?
Some people start because they wanted to start a hobby, some people start because they wanted to exercise their brain with something that can also be practical. With any of these things, interests fade, schedules get busier, people forget about the site; a number of things can happen. I think most people who join duolingo are going for a more casual experience, rather than trying to actually fully learn a new language. That takes a lot of time and dedication, and I think a lot of people simply do not want to put forth the effort to learning a new language. Also, sometimes things are fun while they're new, but quickly become a chore.
Some finish the language they came to learn and switch to sites offering more advanced content. Duo only goes to at best B1 by their own claim. I'm 95% right in every German skill I am just about ready to stop doing Duo all together if they drop discussion I won't be staying for the last 5%
It doesn't work for everyone's learning style, people do get bored, and once you've finished a tree and strengthened it for a few months, it doesn't give you a chance to advance. Or, it was assigned by a teacher, and class is done for the year.
Some people realize they aren't really interested in a language, or any languages, after trying for a while and learning about them. Sometimes they get busy, of course, but then there are also people who outgrow Duo's content and start going for advanced material.
Duolingo can only take you so far. After a while you learn everything from the course(s) and are ready to move on. Or, in my case, the languages you want to learn aren't available on the site.
Some people leave because they lose their streaks. As for me i can personally use Duolingo nonstop, even if you finish the course Duo has a huge vocabulary that you can strengthen every day.
I stopped because I've gone as far as I can with Duo. I'm taking time away to focus on refreshing languages it doesn't offer, namely Latin and Classical Greek. I'm improving my modern languages elsewhere, as Duo doesn't take you particularly far. I still lurk on the forums, and this topic jumped out at me. :)
There are several possible reasons:
- The removal of immersion
- The perceived "gamification" of Duolingo
- The loss of streaks
- The completion of trees
- Boredom/lack of satisfaction
- A busy schedule
My brother lost his 110 day streak and now thomaselovespop is an abandoned account.
I suspect the overwhelming majority of people leave because they're just not really that committed to begin with. A number of my friends have joined, based in some measure on my experience; only one has stayed around for long. And "stayed around" still includes plenty of weeks with no XP at all.
The vast majority are also using app versions, and, well, I don't think I'd have stuck with just the app version for long, either!