https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

The first hundred days!

I'm downright flabbergasted to have made it to the hundred-day streak! I've historically been terrible at sticking to my goals if I don't have a grade or a deadline forcing my hand, which made me pretty pessimistic about re-learning French on my own. So glad Duolingo helped me surmount my own shortcomings!

I have found it such a pleasure to check in here every day, in no small part because of the community -- hearing about other people's successes is such a strong motivator!

Milestones still to go: finishing my tree (maybe by day 150?), and the 1-year streak. My most ambitious goal is to test into a Francophone Literature class next school year (I'm in grad school) -- my skills were far too rusty a hundred days ago, but I'm starting to think it may be feasible.

Merci et bonne chance!

April 15, 2014

83 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KidPub

Wonderful! I hit my 100-day mark on Sunday and opened a nice Bordeaux to celebrate. For me it was a resolution to do this every single day...for some it's no big deal, but for me, sticking to that resolution meant something. Next stop for both of us...deux cent jours!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Congratulations! Bordeaux sounds very appropriate. See you at two hundred! :)

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annika_a

See you both at 200! :-)

Your challenges and goals sound very similar to mine... Before, French always felt like a chore (which I ended up ignoring for years at a time). But now, thanks to Duolingo, I am actually truly interested, and regularly use other resources as well. Fluency is still far away, but every little helps!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DevYil

I'll join the 100 day-club if it's okay, though I have nothing noteworthy to say! :D

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Go team. :)

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cdeloy

YES! remembering to celebrate is so important to motivation! I keep looking ahead to the one year streak!

April 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Yes!!

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BastouXII

Cool! One Bordeaux bottle a day! I'm so angry at myself I forgot to log in two days ago because I was on jet lag from a 15 hours trip. I lost my 60 days streak then :-(. Well, I'll just have to work a bit for 60 days and I'll be back to that level again...

April 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

I know it'll happen to me eventually, too -- my life just includes certain things like taking off for backpacking trips that I know will be worthwhile pursuits, but that will interrupt the streak. Welcome back after your very brief break. :)

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BastouXII

Yeah, some life experences are really more important and worthwhile than record numbers on a game-like language-learning platform!

April 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John.Ru

Awesome job. I love reading things like this.

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DonCarlosPeligro

Congratulations Northwesterly!

I typically would have stopped learning a language by now, but even on the days I don't feel like doing anything, I do at least enough to keep my streak alive. And eventually, I get fired up again and start hitting duo harder. I'm still the tortoise and not the hare -- or penguin :), but I believe, for the first time that I truly will learn another language.

April 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Thank you! Agreed -- while many days, checking in is merely a formality for me, or a distraction from my other work, being here every day and having a tangible reminder that learning this language is important to me keeps me focused, keeps me from straying for months at a time. The habit is valuable no matter how perfunctory it may be at times. And patience is so key -- I've learned more from spending five minutes a day here for the last three months than I did from years preceding.

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephanieauld

Merci pour ta inspiration! I'm definitely a binge-purge kind of Duolingo user and I'd like to have a a little more consistency in my practice. I'm working toward fluency in French or Italian and proficiency in German (I'm an opera singer so I sing in those languages all the time but hope to find work in Europe in the next 5-10 years). Bonne chance!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mundusfr

En Français, devant une voyelle, même s'il s'agit d'un nom féminin, on fait comme si c'est du masculin. Donc ici, il faut écrire Merci pour ton inspiration. Nota bene, cette règle ne s'applique qu'aux adjectifs possesifs.

Je compte sur vous pour corriger mes fautes en Anglais.:)

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stephanieauld

Merci! (pour ton inspiration)

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skywisej

Congrats! I just hit my hundred day streak too!!!

April 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ooOBilalOoo

Congrats to you to !

April 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Yesssssss! :D

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kat99

Woot! Woot! Woot! Woot, woot! Doing it Duolingo style!!! Hey, here's a lingot! Woot! Woot! Woot! Woot, woot! Doing it Duolingo style!

April 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zelah_Meyer

Well done & good luck with your future goals! :)

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Thank you and the same to you!

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lpybus

Welcome to the club! Keep it up! I'm also a grad student, hoping to audit an advanced French conversational class next semester. I think I'm about ready, even though I'm entirely self-taught!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Right on! I think making it into the class is a pretty ambitious goal for me -- I have a long way to go right now -- but a good challenge.

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chopinfan

Awesome! I lost my 142 day streak not too long ago. Starting over now. Keep up the good work. :)

April 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Thank you! I'm anticipating losing my streak sometime this year for a vacation, so keeping the motivation up then will also be really important for me. Bonne chance!

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diegocifue4

very good¡

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Thanks!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tonywangtj

Bonne chance à toi!!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FKrasniqi

Well done!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bcbrita

Bravo! Congrats! Keep up the good work!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darren_Mart

Bravo et bon travail, je suis inspiré maintenant!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

Thanks for sharing this :) Awesome job!

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

Thanks! :)

April 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sbbecollier

how many admins are there?

April 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DXLi
Mod

    Congrats! Keep it up!

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/centime

    Félicitations, Northwesterly!

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Thank you! :)

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/howard10000

    Well, I've achieved 12 days. Some way to go.....

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    They say it takes 21 days to form or break a habit, right? You're more than halfway there!

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cupcakes2020

    Great!!!!

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/finnessa

    Congratulations! I am working on French and Spanish and am on day 34! I studied French and Spanish in high school and Spanish in college, but I just wasn't strong at all. Thanks to Duoling and using Anki (a flashcard system). I am so much better than I was. I a adding to my vocabulary and I actually think I do better with less teacher instruction, not more. I enjoy the learning and I am hoping to find a peer to work on my natural pronunciation ability and conversational style. I think what you are doing is amazing and wanted to say, keep up the great work!

    April 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    That's awesome, finnessa! I think having some background in a language and taking it up again here is a great combination, so that you're not starting from nothing. Wishing you luck! I recently started with Anki myself.

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

    Anki is great, especially if you change the response field over to type to answer. Of course that isn't so handy for mobile apps.

    French students will understand what I mean when I say Sitesurf lives forever or until my anki program crashes.

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trainpilot

    Very well done :-)

    April 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Thanks!

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tintin_73

    Congratulations! I just hit the 100th day streak myself! Duolingo is truly an amazing tool for us language enthusiasts!

    April 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boringtomi

    Very nice! I’m on my 50th day today, and at the 2nd checkpoint... It might sound very slow for many of you, but I’m not trying to rush through all the lessons... Instead, I try to make sure that I keep everything fresh as much as I can, so every time I learn a new skill, I spend a considerable amount of time strengthening that skill and then doing general practice... Having said that... I’m amazed how far I got in 50 days, and I’m not talking about the tree itself, but the level and complexity of what I can say and understand by now. Or am I doing it wrong?

    April 20, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    I don't think that sounds slow at all; it seems like a really wise approach! I'm going through French quickly only because I've studied it before; I started German (brand-new to me) at the same time and have gone MUCH more slowly. Sounds like you're laying the foundation for a really firm grasp of the language, rather than storing tons of vocabulary in short term memory. Which is awesome.

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boringtomi

    Thanks! At least that's what I'm attempting to achieve...

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

    Every student has to work out the approach that works for them. I use your approach which has the effect of making slow progress. Every now and then I go back to the beginning and go through every lesson, repeating until I finish each one with all three hearts. I have no interest taking the time to learn to speak French, just to be able to read and understand it.

    Of course, that approach wouldn't work for someone who is going to France next summer and wants to be able to move about in the native language.

    That's the beauty of Duo. What works for you is what works for you. What works for someone else is what works for them.

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boringtomi

    Je suis d'accord avec toi, mon ami

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Totally. And I love hearing about what people's specific goals are and how they use the platform to work toward it.

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tbvjshqk017

    Congratualation! This might sound very weird but I've found that ppl harassing each other with non sense can also motivate each other in a veeery weird way.

    This is what I heard from a sergeant in my younger days, that the superior who pisses you off in a right way can also motivate you, and you can improve yourself off of his/her nonsense.

    After all, passion is a combination of anger and inclination.

    once again congrats to your achievement!

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Hahahahahaha, this is certainly the approach they take in grad school! Tends to lead to copious drinking and complaining, followed by getting back to work.

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tbvjshqk017

    army will piss you off good too.

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SIRWLT

    Congrats! :) I just reached my 20 days streak today. :)

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Congrats! And now you're up to 26!! Think that puts you over the 21-day threshhold for learning a new habit. :D

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SIRWLT

    I've been here for longer than that, but i lost my streak and i've been on hiatus for two weeks or so, motivation was low. But now i'm back. 100 days streak here i come. =D

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elem.Learner

    Congrats! This is such an inspiration for me to continue! I too am in grad school and have been bad about reaching my goals when it comes to learning a new language (put of fear of failing). Thanks for the encouragement:)

    April 16, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Right on! Good to see another grad student on here. Can be hard to add one more thing onto the existing work, right? But simultaneously nice to have something you're doing just for yourself, and not for your degree.

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    (Also, I SO hear you on the fear of failing.)

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elem.Learner

    YAH...work full time, school full time and your teachers are all like, "20 page paper? No problem!" haha.

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bwthemoose1

    Congratulations on reaching the 100 day mark. I wish there was something Duolingo could do besides just giving 10 lingots. I reached 110 days on my French tree,then I hit some internal roadblocks. I am continuing with my Spanish because I want to learn some medical Spanish for my career, and learning two languages at once was just too much.

    April 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    That's awesome! When I was learning Spanish in Los Angeles, I had several med-school classmates who were learning it for the same reason. I'm right there with you -- trying to plan ahead to stay motivated once I finish the tree, and to keep working on my conversational skills. I also tried to do two languages at once and have found myself more productive focusing on one.

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/casalong

    Congrats! I've found that Duolingo makes it easier (more appealing?) for me to spend at least a few minutes each day on learning a language or languages. The format is fun and no expectation is set for me except the ones that I set for myself. Keep on the good work.

    April 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Agreed. And while I may feel frivolous, or that I'm not progressing, on a day-to-day basis, learning a little bit every day has brought me much further than having lofty goals that I fail to work on for months at a time. The habit is so important!

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mellifluously

    That's wonderful, great job! You inspire little 'baby-streaks' like me around the world! :D

    April 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emanbelikova

    I'm still in high school, so, not being able to get on often, you probably get better than my 2 day streaks. Saturday and Sunday is all I can handle.

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    That's awesome, though, that means you're learning 7 days a week! Those 2-day streaks will add up so fast. I wish Duolingo had existed when I was in high school, I think it would have really helped me.

    April 23, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emanbelikova

    I'm enrolled in french 1 as a freshman, and I've already learned words that not even the french 2 kids will be taught. I feel so ahead with my A average in there, and it gives me something to keep working on.

    April 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

    Since you can't use your streak to acquire lingots, here's a few you might be able to use.

    April 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cupcakes2020

    may i have some too?

    April 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Bonne chance and lovely username, Mellifluously! :D

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CJtheItalian

    I wish I procrastinated as much as you do.

    April 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    CJ -- for reals, you've got to work on that. My Duolingo progress has benefited a great deal from my being in grad school and having many reasons to procrastinate by checking in here. Channeling those procrastinatory instincts in a productive direction is key.

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CJtheItalian

    Thanks for the advice. I'll "channel those procrastinators instincts in a productive direction" next time with patience. Danke!

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northwesterly

    Urgent deadlines are key. If I have an important project for grad school I find myself ~magically drawn~ to Duolingo. :D

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CJtheItalian

    I get it. Helpful procrastination. Almost like now, I'm in the central time zone, so it's 1:21AM. But this isn't helpful. Thank you for giving me a key. ; )

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackParu

    nice

    April 17, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wildengel

    Impressionant!

    April 18, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TanteGeorgette

    Oui, j'aime aussi passer mes jours avec monsieur hibou!!!

    April 19, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarah.greenleaf

    wow, that's really inspiring. hope you make it into the class!

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