Finally! 100 day streak!! Russian and Spanish
It finally happened! I have reached 100 day streak! It might not be a huge deal for many OGs here on Duolingo, but it is an important milestone for me.
Post my visit to the Russia last summer, a friend of mine has recommended Duolingo to learn Russian after expressing my interest in the language. I didn't think much of it in the first few days I tried it. I reached a 12 day streak and lost it. I knew that if I wanted to have a chance in learning Russian, I should have a strong commitment to do so, and losing streaks isn't a good start. So I have decided to set a 100 day streak as goal, 3 months of learning seemed to me a good period to check my level and that's what I did.
Alongside Russian I chose Spanish to tag along, since I have studied it for 2 years in university and I didn't want all that effort to go to waste. I also checked whether learning 2 languages at the same time would affect my learning experience negatively. Fortunately, it did not, the two languages are as far from each other as they can be (different alphabet, structure and vocabulary). Furthermore, having a solid base in Spanish has helped me to not mix the languages.
Of course I did't rely solely on Duolingo, I started immediately listening to Russian music and trying to memorize some of the famous ones, I followed many random YouTube channels just to get used to Russian around me. I also started chatting in broken Russian with my friends from Russia, who until that point only spoke English with me. I found a Russian book online for foreigners and started reading it daily, although I skipped the grammar at first (for a beginner, Russian cases can be terrifying).
I didn't expect that a 100 day of learning Russian would be significant, but as I said in the beginning, it's the commitment that matters. I can now form simple Russian sentences to describe what I'm doing and what I see, I have acquired a lot of useful vocabulary, I can read Russian quite easily, I can write obviously but not in cursive (that would be another mountain to climb), I can also follow along with videos which I think are a representation of daily conversations and understand at least the topic and some vocabulary.
I have finished the Spanish tree which is normal (I tested out of more than half of it) and with continuous strengthening, my Spanish has greatly improved. I added way more vocabulary and grammar rules, I am able to carry a conversation about various topics and Duolingo has its share in my current level in Spanish. I also enjoy watching Spanish YouTube videos especially Latin Americans. I'm planning to start the reverse tree soon, I know it will help a lot.
This has been a wonderful experience for me. And for that, I have to thank the Duolingo team the contributors and generally the amazing community, for the encouraging environment that they have created. My language learning has just started, I will keep practicing everyday and keep improving. For people who just started, 15 minutes a day is nothing, but after a 100 day it becomes 25 hours of straight learning (that's a full semester in my country). For everyone else
Here is to another 100!
congratulations, that must have taken a lot of time, and it must be quite rewarding!