https://www.duolingo.com/Anneduol1ngo

over 1000 lingots...

I've not got a huge streak, but now over 1000 lingots, despite giving away when I see a post worth giving to.

I wonder if the number of lingots we have can somehow compensate for loosing a streak? Certainly having a big streak results in getting a lot of lingots and so is evidence of a lot of work.

October 12, 2017

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Sialia2

Although "having a big streak" could often be accompanied by considerable progress, it does not necessarily provide "evidence of a lot of work". It merely shows that a person has done a minimum of one lesson a day, and possibly even less if they have purchased streak freezes. I doubt anyone would make significant progress towards learning a language at that rate.

Best wishes in becoming fluent in whatever languages intrigue you, but I agree with Daniel that many of Duolingo's numbers are irrelevant to that goal.

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ingochris

I'm sure many are of the mind that "streak" satisfaction is one such method which empowers gamification as a learning motivator. It works for me, at least. I find the numbers inspiring, including yours! :)

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sialia2

I agree that maintaining a streak can be an inspiration, and so can gilding a tree, or reaching a higher level. However, my greatest motivator for studying Duolingo and other language resources is when I realize I'm gaining greater fluency in a particular language. The ability to participate in a conversation, follow the dialog in a news broadcast or a film, read articles in newspapers and online, provide powerful positive feedback.

I wish you good luck in your learning, using whatever tools work best for you!

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ID-007
  • 1380

No you don't have a huge streak!-) I think the highest I've seen is 1600+ days. But your point is well taken. There is no loyalty appreciation built-in most of these systems. But then again, why do you really care about the streak or any other numbers (XP, lingots, tree or fluency levels, etc)? If you had 10-20 times more lingots, what would you do with them today? Regards, Daniel.

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

An important reason why the streak system even exist is because people put value in that "silly" number.

I don't think it's necessary a bad thing as long as it motivates / helps people to maintain their effort. But people certainly shouldn't stare themselves blind on the number alone.

October 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneduol1ngo

Are you just agreeing with me about my streak not being huge, a fact that I readily admit and my starting statement,or did you mean anything else by saying this?

I average 20 XP a day, but sometimes, when away with poor internet connection only do 1 XP. Today I did 30 but, despite the skill turning gold the XP were not recorded for some reaso so I have only 20 not 30 recorded. This doesn't bother me at all.

When we have a lot of XP each 10 days lots of lingots are added, reflecting the size of our XP which would normally bear some positive relationship to the streak length.

I have a life to live outside of DL so find that about 20 XP is about all I can do. However, if unwell or sometimes in poor weather I get rather more done.

Edit. I'm not looking to do anything with the lingots. I simply wrote this as some are really upset when they lose their streak and I thought it might help them.

For me, progress on the tree, keeping everything gold, and recognising that I am doing better with the exercises and so hopefully learning on the way is much more important. But a bit of fun and challenge meanwhile with the streak and the lingot is not harmful.

October 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sialia2

It sounds as though you are following a path that works well for you. Best wishes on your journey!

October 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/daniellesteckler

i would give you a lingot but i don't think you need it

October 12, 2017
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