https://www.duolingo.com/MindyMalka

Duolingo on Jewish Holidays

I have been using duolingo for about two years. Recently, I've been on a roll, 130+ days straight! But this is my problem: I am an Orthodox Jew and thus a Sabbath observer, and I don't use my computer from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Also from sunset to sunset on Jewish holidays. Normally this isn't a problem: I do duolingo Friday morning or afternoon and then again Saturday night. And I can even "buy" a single missed day. But this year the Jewish New Year is Wednesday sunset to Friday sunset, followed immediately by Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. So there will be two days (Thursday and Friday) when I can't do duolingo at all. And I would love to maintain my studying streak. Is there anything I can do?

August 30, 2017

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah_Chava

As an observant/Orthodox Jew myself, I have the same problem. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way within the halachah to keep a streak going with Rosh Hashanah (as well as Sukkot) back-to-back with Shabbat. For most of the two-day yamim tovim, I've found that if I buy a streak freeze from the lingot store (which will keep your streak going for one missed day of practice), I can use practice in the morning or afternoon before the holiday starts, use the streak freeze for the first full day, and then practice again after yom tov is over. However, when it's followed directly by Shabbat, that method doesn't work, as only one streak freeze can be bought at a time.

Unfortunately, I've just had to reconcile myself to losing the streak (while my current one is not very long, I did have a 162-day streak prior to being without Internet for a week, so I'm certainly familiar with the feeling of not wanting to lose a long streak) and starting fresh. (Maybe think of it as a new start in honor of the new year? Or simply Kiddush Hashem. ;)) I wish I had another answer for you - sorry. Perhaps someday Duolingo will add a muti-day streak freeze that will help all the observant Jews out there keep their streaks going over the holidays. :-)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn

There isn't, you can buy it back afterwards though

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MindyMalka

How do you do that?

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

When you lose your streak, on the app (app only) they will ask you if you want to buy it back.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn

It can cost anywhere from £3 for lower streaks to £12 for higher ones so I myself do not deem it worth it although other people do

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MindyMalka

No, don't want to pay for a streak. Also, this is not forgetting but something I can anticipate in advance.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Effie36

Well, if you have a friend who is not Jewish, you could give them your account details, and ask them to do a lesson each day. You can even give them the answers in advance. That will be enough to maintain your strike. However, you'll need to ask a rabbi about this since it could be "Amira Lenochri" / "Shvut". If it's okay with the Halacha and your friend doesn't mind - then you have a solution (and an awesome friend!...)

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/davidcwalls

If it is OK with your rabbi, it might be easier for your friend to buy a steak freeze each day rather than doing a lesson.

September 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Danthecan1

I currently have a 397 day streak. Alas. It looks like it is going to come to an end. I made it through the yomim tovim of the past year by purchasing streak freezes and doing my lessons on erev yom tov and motzei yom tov, but now with my first day 3 day yom tov coming up since I started my streak, I don't see a way around. I was thinking I could use a weekend amulet, but now that I see that it can't be bought until Thursday or Friday, it doesn't solve the issue. Asking a non-Jew to purchase a streak freeze is an interesting ideas, but halachically I don't think it will fly - amira l'akum.

September 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyEinstein

Honestly, non-religious friend is the best idea imo. Good Luck.

September 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

There's a streak freeze, but that only works for one day. Is there any possible way you could do it at all the second day? I'm sorry, I know almost nothing about the Orthodox Jew religion.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MindyMalka

Nope, as Qiunn says, it's not allowed, and certainly not important enough for me to do on the holiday. But it would be nice if there was some way to buy a longer pass. Is it possible on my smartphone?

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn

unfortately only for saturday and sunday, it is called a weekend amulet but it does not apply here.

You may just have to start again, it sucks but it can also be a sign of your dedication to G-d and your religious discipline so it's not all bad, he sees our dedication and sacrifices :)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MindyMalka

Thanks. I hope God has more important things to worry about than my duolingo streak.

September 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MindyMalka

Well, a friend 8 time zones west was able to do duolingo for me when it wasn't yet holiday there but was midnight here. but then my maintain your streak for one day didn't work, so I lost my streak. ah well!

October 6, 2017
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