https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge

1500 Days of Duo!

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Wow! I never would have thought, when a Facebook friend mentioned it was addicting learning languages on duo, that it would have had such a profound impact on my life. I was leaving for a family vacation to Portugal in a month and figured it was finally time to learn Portuguese (I'd been 3 times before and had been married to a Portuguesa for 6 years). I set ambitious goals and somehow managed to find internet and computers every day during that first trip to practice more and keep my fledgling streak alive. After I hit 200 consecutive days, I was determined to never let it lapse. Thank goodness T-Mobile offers free international data. Through two trips to Saudi Arabia, 3 more to Portugal, and several to Canada, I've practiced everyday. I can now speak to all my in-laws now in Portugal (and embarrass my wife with stories and anecdotes), and help my children learn Portuguese. It also helps me better understand some of the things my wife says in English, when she translates directly. Thanks Duolingo for 1500 days of fun and education. Here's to 1500 more.

9/21/2017, 4:39:04 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus
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That is awesome, thanks for sharing, rolosrevenge!

9/21/2017, 11:55:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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Always 35 days ahead of me vivisaurus, I've been chasing you since day 200 or so if I remember.

9/22/2017, 1:01:23 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus
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Oh I have to make sure I stay in line then XD A reminder to always make sure streak freeze is equipped even when you are pretty sure it is. But 1500 is special, the round numbers are always the most satisfying. :)

9/22/2017, 1:43:29 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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Yeah, streak freeze is important because sometimes with travel the timezones will lapse on me even though I'm practicing on my day.

9/22/2017, 1:16:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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Parabéns, parabéns, muitos parabéns!

A última flor do Lácio, inculta e bela. É, a un tempo, esplendor e sepultura. Ouro nativo que na ganga impura. A bruta mina entre os cascalhos vela!

Portuguese is one of my favourites. :D

9/21/2017, 5:06:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Parabens, é sempre una alegria ler dos logros comunicativos doutros estudantes no Duolingo! E os teus são muito impressionantes!

9/22/2017, 2:56:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/OldPalHappy

Amazing story!

9/21/2017, 4:41:49 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jtx120
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Looks like we're exactly 500 days apart!

9/21/2017, 10:53:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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Nice, gz on 1000 days!

9/22/2017, 1:02:07 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jtx120
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Thanks! It's been a lot of dedication and remembering to keep a streak freeze in place just in case...

9/22/2017, 2:35:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ali15168

that is awesome!!! good luck to 1500 more days!!!!!

9/21/2017, 4:42:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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I agree with OldPalHappy: Amazing! Anyone have enough money to buy a pizza for him?

9/21/2017, 4:43:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Lazuli_Rose

Good job and good luck! :)

9/21/2017, 4:44:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hanspersson
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Amazing! Congratulation!

9/21/2017, 4:45:49 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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Are you on the SHoF?

9/21/2017, 4:56:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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Yes, I think I'm like 40th place all time.

9/21/2017, 5:02:00 PM

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

9/21/2017, 5:03:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Anno-Domini
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Congratulations!!!

9/21/2017, 5:10:46 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/PandaSakuraTea

Congratulations! your story is so cool!

9/21/2017, 5:11:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JopxrVRd

wow! keep it up!

9/21/2017, 5:31:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeBlack684905

Amazing! Good job and good luck !!!

9/21/2017, 5:39:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum
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Congratulations! There are probably less than 100 users who have the same kind of streak as you!

9/21/2017, 5:44:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

Wonderful story! You could become a writer!

9/21/2017, 5:52:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum
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What?

9/21/2017, 6:12:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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I think they meant to respond to the OP not you.

9/21/2017, 6:24:33 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/NeonMoogle
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That's quite a long time! Congratulations!

9/21/2017, 5:54:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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Not a bad streak yourself, you're halfway there.

9/21/2017, 6:04:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/NeonMoogle
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Why, thank you!

9/21/2017, 6:09:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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Wow! Congratulations.

9/21/2017, 7:53:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ragnar_ramos
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Parabéns!! Espero um dia também alcançar 1500 dias.

9/21/2017, 8:26:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/quis_lib_duo
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Very impressive! Congratulations!

9/21/2017, 9:51:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/qhomee
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Great dedication. lol about the wife I also live in the world of "what hon".

9/21/2017, 9:55:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/APRILBROWN4
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Congrats !

9/22/2017, 12:33:36 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/KapitanKaya
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Congrats on your streak! And that is an amazing story!

9/22/2017, 12:36:08 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ayshamae

Incredible!

9/22/2017, 1:23:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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Have you ever been surfing or kitesurfing in the Algarve?

9/22/2017, 12:01:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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No, I do boarding at Figueira da Foz.

9/22/2017, 1:14:52 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/w1ndh0ek
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Wow that's quite a long streak, congrats!

9/22/2017, 6:26:40 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss
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Congrats!

Have you started the "reverse tree" or any "laddering trees" e.g French/Portuguese, Portuguese/French?

How difficult is it to learn Russian on DuoLingo?

9/22/2017, 12:00:26 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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I haven't done any of the reverse trees yet. French was a language I did immersion in college, so I was merely practicing. I was learning Russian because of lots of Russian speakers in my area but I moved so I'll be moving to Norwegian soon.

9/22/2017, 1:14:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LeiferB

Here's 1500 high fives! High five! High five! High five... (repeat 500 times)

9/23/2017, 3:06:09 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Scutigera

Well done. That's just over 4 years. But still it is inspiring. I tell my friends who have a 3 year old niece that as long as she knows less Portuguese than me I feel pretty good, especially as she's been learning it – in immersion no less – for 3 years now. :D

Curious though if the Brazilian style has been an issue or if you have done any supplementary learning elsewhere of the European version.

9/25/2017, 9:47:56 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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When I first went through the skill tree I would read everything aloud and my wife would help me with the European pronunciation. She'd also teach me the way that things were different, such as with the gerund and different words.

9/25/2017, 9:50:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Scutigera

That's even better to have a personal coach! :) No need for Memrise or similar in that case. :) I can imagine it means a lot to her that you have learned her language. And wonderful for the children too. Are they doing DL as well?

9/25/2017, 10:24:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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Not yet, they can't type. But they understand Portuguese really well.

9/26/2017, 3:31:50 AM

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That's great, wonderful story. Cheers to you :D

11/1/2017, 11:23:45 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/leonig01
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You never know what a real struggle for streak keeping is, until you find yourself in a rural area in Russia, climbing on a roof with a stretched hand holding the phone to get that 1 piece of signal to make your daily goal :)

1/24/2019, 8:33:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/rolosrevenge
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Before I had a smart phone, I had to hunt down someone with internet in small villages in Portugal. #TheStruggleIsReal

1/24/2019, 2:22:09 PM
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