Proud of myself for hitting 700
Yesterday I got to a 700 day streak, and I just wanted to pat myself on the back. I don't form good habits readily, but I do my Duo set every day. I'm not sure where this is going in my life, but I just keep chipping away. Chinese is especially hard, but I'm getting better and answering correctly. It will probably take me the rest of my life to get through all the trees. :)
I started with Spanish nearly two years ago and did just Spanish at a pace of about 40-50 XP per day. As I got close to the end of the (old) tree, I added French, then German. Those I had studied before, so it's mostly review. When Chinese came on, I started that because my son married a Chinese woman. Every day I do at least one unit of each language, sometimes more. It takes me about 20 minutes. I also do 1500 points on Memrise Chinese every day, so that adds about 5 or 10 more minutes.
Thanks. Chinese is hard, especially on Duo. If you have time, I recommend ChineseClass101.com, which is not free. It's a more complete course, and there are tons of lessons. At this point I use both Memrise (paid version) and Duo, and they complement each other. But the 101 gave me basics that allowed me to progress. Good luck!
Indeed it is, they'll need a lot of luck, I was a little biased towards it after seeing how "simple" (and I say that with STRONG quotation marks because it's totally subjective) its grammar was, but I myself gave it a go, and just remembering how to introduce yourself is hard enough with all the symbols and tones, the other aspects of the language besides grammar certainly make it a challenge, as you can see I gave up on it (mainly to focus on other European ones, but I hope to go back to it someday).
Thanks. I'm really lazy and going very slowly, but I decided to make this a priority in my time. Like I said, I don't spend more than about 30 minutes a day on the four languages together. If I were lucky enough to have a trip planned, I would do a lot more to actually learn how to converse. I'm just having fun.