Why I decided to return to Duolingo and not give up completely
I had been doing Duolingo for about a month until I decided to branch off and start following my "dream" of becoming an author. So I gave up on learning a language and starting writing. A few months later, in June (actually only three days ago), I was writing my book and my sister sat down next to me and asked me "why don't you start Duolingo again? You are far enough along in your story that you don't need to write a chapter a day." And I thought about it, and came to the conclusion that she was right. So I re-started Duolingo. I did that because I knew my future would be better if I persevered and continued French. So I did, and I'm already back in the routine again, getting my streak back, while writing my book. My question here is- if you ever left duolingo, and then came back, why did you decide to? Thanks for reading and have a great day =)
I have never left, but I would encourage you in the idea that you can learn a lot even if you just do a bit every day. Doing 5 minutes of Duolingo a day will make a difference if you do it for enough days. It doesn't have to get in the way of anything. During the past 1000 days, I have gone on a 5 month road trip across the lower 48 US states, moved country, started a new career and so on. Doing a little Duolingo every day didn't get in the way of any of that. Some days I do a lot, most days just a little, but it all adds up after a while. That is what makes it such a good language learning tool. Your dedication can be minimal and it still works if you just do a little every day.
I left once for about six weeks while I immersed myself in German Netflix and learned to understand spoken German building on the wonderful foundation duolingo had given me. Then I came back and learned more languages.
Giving up is never the answer to anything. Even if it's to take a break and try something new. Maybe try doing both? Set aside time every day for writing and for duolingo, it'll help you a lot later in life. Learning other languages is a life skill that everyone needs to know
One time I had a streak of over 220 days and I lost it. For some reason, it was such a bummer and I got discouraged. I didn't even look at Duolingo for over six weeks. I came back though with two different goals in mind: one is to work toward having an all gold tree and maintaining it as such, and the other is to work toward achieving level 25 in one language. Duolingo is fun, not a stressor!