https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Staying Active

Hi everyone! In both of my languages, Spanish and Polish, I really do want to someday be fluent. However, after getting a week streak, I suddenly find myself not getting on Duolingo for two weeks ;) I know it takes hard work to master a language, so how do you users stay active on a daily basis?

November 15, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/idkhbtfm
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i always find myself a time to do Duolingo, the same time each day. for me, it's right before i go to sleep (which probably isnt healthy for my sleep schedule, but it's been working). i suggest doing this, and sticking to that one time you set aside to do Duolingo, and focus on that one activity for a certain amount of time

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

It sounds good! Yeah, I need to set aside a certain time because then, I can actually retain some of the crazy Polish words there are XD

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ID-007
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Maybe you are lying to yourself! You say "I really DO want..." and then you take off 2 weeks out 3! How bad do you really want to be fluent?-) IF you are serious, I suggest:

  1. Learn a new skill every day/week
  2. Review 1+ old skills every day

Learning a language is like many other long term activities that do not ( seem to) have immediate rewards until you are able to use the skill.

One motivator could be to find real goals for learning Spanish, Polish, etc and then try to learn enough of the language to where you can see the progress towards those goals. For example, I would learn Greek to find out more about some of my roots. One 'easy' motivator for me is to learn Greek one step ahead of my kids. They learn a 'useful' language and I know that one day I will be able to translate Greek documents that are not 'readily' available in English. The point here is to find intermediate milestones to your real goals...

HTH and keep owling! Daniel

PS, I took a lot of time to answer your question because you seemed candid with your audience!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Thank you! You really took time to answer my question. Especially with Polish, I can see how continuous exposure comes in handy! It is great to see devoted people like you! I an going to start out strengthening all my skills then move on from there! Thank you for the support!!! :)

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/kelemontevideo
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I joined a few Duolingo clubs (on the phone app) and it motivates me to keep my xp up to stay high in the ranks. Since I have the app, when someone beats my XP I will get a notification that they have more XP than me. Not sure if you use the web version or the app version but as far as I know you can't see the clubs on the web version.

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Yeah, I usually use the web version. It seems you really have a knack for this website :) 643 days! Congratulations. Hopefully, I can stay on top of it!

November 15, 2017

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I do mine mostly on my work commute. You could try that (work or school).

As for not being motivated, maybe those just arent the right languages for you. I have not a jot of either South Asian or Italian heritage, and yet I’m mad for Italian and Hindi.

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Ohhh.... Yeah. It isn't that I do not like the languages, but it is that, especially with Polish, it takes a lot of patience to memorize the usage, saying, and spelling of a word. For me, I just think that it would be useful to use these languages, especially Spanish out in the real world. Tanks for your response!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Quesadiller
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Maybe you should find a language you are TRULY interested in.

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Spanish has been the language I have been exposed to all my life, and Polish what makes most of me up. I feel like these two would be the two I am most passion ate about!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Quesadiller
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Okay! That is great!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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Do your lessons first thing in the morning...gets the brain thinking!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

I wake up at 6:00 for school Mon.-Fri. I do not think I am awake enough for Duolingo XD Thanks for the suggestion!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FreeHelicopters

Becoming fluent takes 450-600 study hours. That's 2 hours a day for a year. Fluent with putting in 30mins a day would take 3-4 years, that's some serious dedication.

How do I stay motivated, just like working out you need to make it a routine part of your life. Never skip a study day even if you are not in the mood and just do 10 minutes, never skip.

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Okay! It sounds like never skipping is the theme here. I think that it becomes easier to make time for it the more I make time for it on a daily basis! Thank you for responding!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Quesadiller
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I joined some xp contests to keep me motivated. Also, I am in a classroom (my own) that makes fun xp challenges. Both of these keep me motivated! I hope that helps!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Thank you! Do you mind if I follow you to encourage me? Thanks, because I did it anyway! I will try to continue working to my skills each day!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Quesadiller
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I'll follow you back!

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

:D Thanks

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/renatocarnaval
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In the beginning, I tried to do the lessons at the same time every day. This helped me create a routine. Today, after 4 years, it's already part of my day ... I do not have to keep remembering to do lessons ... it's automatic .... I just do it.

November 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Well, it definitely looks like you have the process down :) I hope that I can find myself making time for it like you do going forward!

November 15, 2017

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I make sure that I don't "find time" to do it. I make time to do it, because daily exposure is critical to building and maintaining language proficiency. That does take effort, so it is important to motivate yourself.

Ideas like "someday be fluent" are normal, (I think almost everyone here has that goal in mind) but the imprecise nature of that idea doesn't lend itself to pushing for growth. Come up with a specific target and a reason, like "reach CEFR C1 in Spanish so that I can take a proficiency test and put it on my resume" or "reach CEFR B2 in Polish so that I can chat with people in Polish on Facebook." Knowing what you want and why you want it, specifically, is a much better motivator.

November 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Clark.Chapman

Yeah! It is great to think of the big picture when trying to be fluent in a language! I understand how tough the road will be, but I feel like have the right inspiration to do it! Thanks for the tips!

November 16, 2017
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