I can never keep a streak no matter how hard I try...
I even have it for school, but on the weekends I lose my streak. What can I do to make sure I keep it? Could it be that I'm just not motivated? It's really not about the streak that matters to me... it's that I don't think I'm learning anything... =^_^=
Maybe your thinking is all wrong. If you got more interesting things going on during the weekend, why worry about the streak at all?
I suggest that:
- You find out what motivates you during the week and make sure that you keep that up.
- Assuming that your goals are small (10XPs), I would not sweat about the weekends, unless you watch non-French TV programs and eat ice cream all weekend long!-).
- Assuming that you want to learn the language (rather than score lots of XPs, lingots, etc), try to find other means of expanding your French. You could read, translate, watch and/or listen to French material that is of interest to you!
There is a weekend freeze on the Android site. It's called an Amulet and it works for both Android and web site.
But I wouldn't worry about the streak. As long as you get back and keep learning that's the whole issue. This is a self-learning site so everyone has to find his own rhythm.
Try to set your coach goal to 1XP in the web settings and practice on the web with "timed practice".
Try to answer 4-6 questions right. This will give you 4-6XP.
You will at least manage to correctly answer 1 questions = 1XP = streak saved.
Be careful on the mobile apps:
They overwrite the 1XP setting with 10XP!!! (the later versions, e.g on Android, also ask you raise the 1XP goal to at least 10XP after finishing a lesson)
I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you're making it a chore, you're not going to want to learn the language anymore. It's supposed to be fun and exciting. For me personally, I do like Duolingo, but if I only focused on Duolingo I would lose interest very fast. I DO keep a streak every single day, but not on Duolingo, it's through all the language practicing in general I do every day. You're focusing on the wrong thing. The more you think to yourself "I have to maintain my streak, I have to maintain my streak", the more you're going to look at Duolingo (and language learing on general) with disdain rather than excitment. If your streak on Duolingo isn't coming naturally, then don't worry about it. Use your own streak that YOU enjoy. It's YOUR language learning experience, nobody else's. Your streak (and your level) on Duolingo has nothing to do with how well you can speak a language. What matters is how you can function in that language in the real world.