https://www.duolingo.com/ChipHarrel

Thanks Duolingo! You are the best. But it's time to end my streak.

I have learned so much through Duolingo. Best language app I have seen or used! That said, there is only so much time available in a day and I need to concentrate more on listening, speaking and reading - and the self-imposed pressure to keep my streak going - as well as proficiency levels in both the french and anglais trees keeps me from doing so. So time to move on.

My last day will be Monday March 26 when I head off to Belgium and then to the Alsace for a few weeks. At that time I will have a 440 day streak, level 25 in french with more than 36,350 pts and level 20 in anglais with more than 15,000 pts. I feel good that I have been able to keep at it so long. Had I not enjoyed myself, obviously I would not have done so. Again, thanks Duolingo and special thanks to the moderators (for sure Sitesurf) who do such a great job explaining the intricacies of french. I am sure I will be back soon!

March 19, 2018

36 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

I love this post! It is true that duolingo in definitely the best language app.

Now it's almost time to kiss your streak goodbye.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

Congratulations on all you've achieved, ChipHarrel, and have a great time in Belgium and Alsace! :-)

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo

Start a new streak when you return.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Stardust103158

Please keep us posted on how this works when you are over in Belgium and France. I'm curious to see how your studies on Duolingo helped you in the real world of speaking with the natives.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Hermione3.2

that is one long streak sorry you had to break it.....please tell us how it went at Belgium and France ...........and start a new streak when you return!

March 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Good luck! Alsace is a beautiful and wonderful place, I wish you luck!

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/albaduine

Congratulations on your wonderful achievement, Chip! Have a great time with your hard earned language skills on your adventure. Bon voyage!

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kay.lee.831

Congratulations on working so hard! Have fun in Belgium and Alsace!!!!

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Congratulations, sounds like duolingo has done its job and now you are ready to spread your wings and fly! Félicitations et bonne voyage!

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

ChipHarrel, enjoy your travels, and congratulations on your accomplishments here! Be back soon - no pressure about streak - to keep the practice. :-)

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ThePotterhead1

Good luck, and have fun! I am sure you will be moving on to great things.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ioanna678593

Congratulations! And I am happy and respect duolingo because is the first time in my life that I learn something for free and I use it to understand more and more

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TiaSivadil1

Having a 434 streak is amazing! I agree, although with a very low streak, I have begun to realize that this will help me in school. Not only this, it is also very fun to use! I wish you the best of luck. As they say in french, Bon Voyage!

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ChipHarrel

Thanks everyone for your good wishes!

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SMAKCANADA

ChipHarrel: what is your native language? If English, why did you study English? Congratulations on your achievement. Out of curiosity, why did you study French and what other methods or courses have you taken to learn languages previously? Merci et bon voyage!

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jagneet

I heard somewhere that doing the reverse tree helps. ChipHarrel might have done English from French.

March 19, 2018

[deactivated user]

    Yes, it does. I am a walking English dictionary, writer, editor and tutor, and came to Duolingo to brush up on my French, yet the reverse tree throws curveballs at me.

    March 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/GabeDC

    Hello there! I've found the same to be true about the reverse tree. Studying French is part of the reason I love language so much, and so by extension it's partly why I became an editor.

    I especially enjoy reading the discussions among native French speakers in the reverse tree. They can get as frustrated with the esoteric parts of English as I have with those in French. Good times.

    March 23, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Yes, you are right. The French are really perplexed as to why we say 'She and I' they kept insisting we should only use we. I kept stating that we English want to specify the persons in the we.

      August 7, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/ChipHarrel

      My native language is English. Once I finished my English to French tree, I began the reverse French to English tree because there are many terms and expressions there in French which are very different from those in the French to English tree. Besides Duolingo, I have used listeningpractice.org to practice conjugations, lyricstraining.com (french music where you pick out missing words), and several Youtube programs. Now I am moving on to French Today audio books to give them a try.

      March 19, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/GavinSalem

      Farewell!

      March 19, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Izim_M
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      I agree at a certain point it's very useful to move on to other studying methods (although I continuously keep using Duolingo myself for every language, just to a smaller extent than in the beginning). However, don't let this be a reason to stop using Duolingo. If you feel like you got the most out of Duolingo for French or English, perhaps you can keep using Duolingo for other languages. Either way, congratulations for getting so far and best of luck with your journey and further studies. I live in Belgium so perhaps we'll see each other some day, haha.

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/ChipHarrel

      I am sure I will be back at some point in the not too distant future. :)

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Izim_M
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      That's great to hear, good luck!

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Thagaste

      Resonates with me. I can recommend Assimil for deepening your learning experience in almost any language. Like here: no homework required, just reading and speaking and listening. I'm using Duolingo & I hope to finish Italian this week. Good luck in Belgium and France!

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

      Please let us know about the culture and food there when you get back. Bonne chance.

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jaecelle

      Your Duolingo streak was impressive! I wish that I could be like you but sadly, school is really stressing me and I have no time to do Duolingo. Anyways, bonne chance on your journey to Belgium and Alsace! Adieu! :)

      March 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/_.Kim..Yuu._

      Congratulations! 1 like for u

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Dionnluc000

      Congratulations, ChipHarrel! I hope you have fun in Belgium! (PS try their waffles...they taste AWESOME) :D

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/Sophie172414

      that is amazing i can barely keep a one day streak i would be devastated to not be able to keep a streak like yours!!!

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaTammet

      Have a great time! :3

      March 23, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/RPerozok

      Congratulations!!!!!! Have a great trip!!

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/CSA_GW

      Congratulations on all you've achieved.

      I need another 150 days to catch up with your level of streak

      March 20, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/DracoLokiRen352

      Nice job, and have fun in Belgium!

      March 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/NikoMeuret

      Admire the commitment! When you learn more you will have to come back and share with us!

      March 21, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/ChipHarrel

      440 days reached! 1740 lingots with which I can get "nothing" but it was fun achieving them, lol. Good luck to all of you with your studies. I will return in a few months and start a new streak. By then I assume the new crown system will be fully rolled out. From what I see in the comments, newer learners like it but more experience learners are complaining of not getting proper credit for past work when their crown levels are set up for the first time in the new system and find a lot of unnecessary repetition of things they know already. I did see a post that tests may be being developed to allow users to test out to get placed into a higher crown level. There are also a few other matters people have complained about. Hopefully, the developers will listen to the complaints and where warranted may necessary corrections. A bientot!

      March 25, 2018
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