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Gather Round Children.... Story Time in the Lab

I'm really enjoying Duolingo Stories for Spanish! So far I think this new feature is only available in Spanish and Portuguese, but hopefully they have plans to expand it to other languages.

Hahahaha.... something about getting all 3 shiny stars in each story is very motivating to me!

It's exactly why I would have studied much more on Duo over the years if they had added various unlockable categories such as trophies and other collectible items for each area of language study. And if they made that sort of progress visible on our profiles to all users on the site, that would have been twice as motivating!

I use the perfect continuous conditional tense here because let's face it, it doesn't look like that's the direction they are interested in taking the site! Although with features like Duolingo Stories in the Labs tab, maybe they are taking a step back toward that direction. I mean who doesn't like stars people??? :D

I don't know though.... maybe that's just me. I guess most people don't find that kind of thing useful, or they would have implemented it long ago! We are the guinea pigs and we are hooked up to electrodes that feed the data directly into their computers - and the guineas have spoken!

As it stands we've still got the language levels and day streak and.... they are trying different things, so let's give them some credit here. It's been awhile since I've really looked over the site and I rarely use the app, so forgive me if I'm missing some new pieces here. : ))

It's also been a long long time since I've posted in the forums. I was a daily Duo website user for years, until they took away the streams. I find it harder to get into now (I was like No Immersion + No Streams? What am I still doing here?! Mass exodus with all the other regular Duolingo users!!! ..... Oh wait, some of you are still here? o.O), but upon deep meditation and reflection (whispering so that the staff members don't hear) it's also far less distracting as a social tool now, which is probably (whispering even lower: -definitely- for me) a good thing.

So to conclude, this is me making a fun post after a very long hiatus from the Duo scene. Shout out to all my old Duo friends and acquaintances that still frequent the site! Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone. : ))

July 9, 2017

20 Comments


[deactivated user]

    Greetings, Charming One : ) Missing everyone, and the streams... The shout out is much appreciated : ))

    July 10, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

    rr! So nice to hear from you too! Thank you thank you thank you! ^_^

    Happiness is seeing you still working hard on the site - and answering posts like this one!

    It is also kind of sad because the shout out was heard only by a precious few....

    Now I am hearing that the majority of people got their Discussion tab taken away, too. 85% to be exact. : ((

    Hoping this is just another A/B test. Or, more like an A/B/B/B/B test.

    Could also be because they are overhauling the Discussion forums, and not simply taking them away completely.

    fingers crossed

    July 12, 2017

    [deactivated user]

      Wow! I had not heard that about the Discussion tab! Do you know if that is for new accounts? Or also old accounts? I have been half expecting the Discussion tab to disappear, given that it is still on the old code. On the other hand, sometime in the last day or two I can once again see my followers on my profile and also see who my friends are following. I am hoping it means that they truly are working on a way to communicate again. Keeping my fingers crossed! Take good care of yourself, my furry friend : ).

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmilyPlouffe

      I am not able to get it to go past the loading page. Do you know what the problem is???

      July 9, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

      I'm sorry Emily, I don't know why it's not working for you. Do you mean the images?

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmilyPlouffe

      it is the whole program that is not working. I can get to the lab page, but when I click try it out, it does not seem to work. :(

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTapeworm

      Ah.... I have such fond memories, from when I was just a little tapewormlet, of Story Time in the lab!

      July 10, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

      Yes!!! Welcome to my abode, dear cestode.

      I have a gut feeling that I've been infected by you before, friend. :D

      In any case - I'm glad I can be your Host here, at Story Time in the Lab.

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/estudianteMTI3

      Hey thanks for the cool post and the reminder that Duolingo is still cool. Have a great day and happy learning.

      July 10, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

      Hey estudiante! I remember you! :-D

      Thanks for being such a cool guy yourself - and making a Duo Discord server too! I don't use Discord anymore unfortunately, but it sounds like a great idea to bring people together to practice languages.

      Cool avatar too by the way. Was that one of Emily's or Joy's creations, or did you do it yourself maybe?

      fondly remembering all the different Duo avatar shops that popped up in the forums awhile back....

      I still have some old tiger owl variations that I ordered back in the day... plus this chunky little tiger that is one of the most amazing 'simple' drawings I've ever seen.... well worth his asking price of 30 lingots! (I think I gave him 10x what he was asking for it though because the poor guy was really short-changing himself for that kind of talent!)

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/estudianteMTI3

      Sorry for the late reply. Yeah I designed my own avatar one day when I was playing with one of my favorite graphics apps I'm not sure which one but I believe I might have made it with Krita which btw is a very cool app if you're into graphics design.

      July 16, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KVRMx

      Very cool.

      July 16, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KVRMx

      The soulful look in that adorable guinea pig's eyes spoke volumes to me.... Interesting post as well. Here's a lingot for your bank :)

      July 10, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

      Thank you k!

      Yes, it is very extremely important to choose the proper pictures and gifs to spice up a good discussion post. That particular guinea pig was a shout out to the great Empress Queen Josephine (Jothelan), whose day streak continues to remain strong even long after they took our streams away.

      The lingot is appreciated.... and returned to you, 25-fold! In my +3 years here I've accumulated far more lingots than I'll ever use in my lifetime. I can only continue to find ways to give back as many as possible, while I can still give them away!

      Wondering now..... if anyone will reply to this, I will give them 100 lingots.... just because.

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KVRMx

      "Anyone too busy to say thank you will get fewer and fewer chances to say it." - - (Harvey Mackay) THANK YOU so much C.T. !! You're way tooooo kind and far too generous. 25 is more than enough - all that I had wanted to do was to let you know I appreciated your humor. : ) *I am sure the great Empress Queen Josephine appreciates the shout out too!

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KVRMx

      Thank you so much C.T. You really didn't need to do it but you did it and I'm humbled by your great generosity. : ) Enjoy yourself wherever you are! Xxoo

      July 13, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasterZsword

      Ah, nice to hear from you, Ryan! Glad you're enjoying the new features! Most people have lost hope in Duolingo, but it's nice to see that some old friends linger. I want to read the Stories, but there are none for the languages I'm learning. Guess I'll have to wait!

      By the way, the guinea pigs are very cute!

      July 10, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

      Reena!!!!

      gives you a great big hug

      Yes, some friends linger here still.... I see them. I see them getting points on the leaderboard or answering questions in the forums. I want to reach out and say hello and be silly and delve into deep conversations about random things just like old times.... only....

      .... it's just.... not the same, to do it here in the discussions like this.

      sighs wistfully

      So many good memories we have of this place, Reena. I hold onto them still...

      even as these deep, powerful memories begin to fade away.....

      July 12, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasterZsword

      That anime gif nearly made me cry...

      Even if all we have are the memories, let it be a reminder of the beautiful, ephemeral moments in life that gives life so much meaning. I also miss the old conversations, as well as many of our old friends who left, like Sophie, Anise, Lucy (well, she's just inactive, I think)... I long for the duo fam again. DX

      July 13, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/l-ghasfur

      I have one question for you: why?

      Why do you ruin people's lives? Is there something about it that you find funny, that makes you laugh in triumph while all of the people you broke drown in their tears? No, I'm sure there's not. I'm pretty sure that you're just a mental monster, who breaks people inside, and let them drown in the sea of tears that you forced them to create. Yes, many people think this about you too. We're not offering a second chance. If you say sorry, for everything that you did, for all the heartbreak and tears that were shed, we won't forgive you. You don't have to apologize, since it'll be pointless. You're already the heartless monster, in our eyes. We think of you as a rude person who made someone cry. We're sorry, but we gave you a chance, and you missed it.

      February 13, 2018
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