My 4 years of Duolingo
A 1460-days streak may seem remarkable. Actually it isn't. I often use to lose motivation for learning and exercising or doing the gardening.
The only thing that keeps me going is making a habit of it. At least 1/2 an hour of learning after breakfast. If I have to stand up early and to leave the house at 7, then my learning session starts at 6.
I did 9 trees, none of them in my mother tongue German. I love to do the learning crosswise. I made the French tree e.g. from English and Spanish, having a a sound basis in English and Spanish before my Duolingo-Start. Duo only shows in the public profile only subscriptions from one language, no reverse or cross trees at the same time.
For me, doing my learning with Duo, Babbel and memrise is simply part of my daily routine. I am having breakfast every day, i brush my teeth and i drink about 10 cups of coffee a day. Learning is exactly the same. No questioning whether I would prefer sleeping a little bit longer or finding an excuse. Making up a decision once is easier than deciding every day. And after two weeks it is getting easier every day. The habit is getting control of the situation.
Congratulations on this milestone, Guitarluehe.
I feel indentified with your story. Even though it will be some months before my Duolingo experience reaches the four-year point, I have made it part of my daily routine and it has also become part of my breakfast. I do many other things every day but just as one finds time to exercise, sleep or eat, I find it for my daily lessons. Perseverance is certainly a key element in this experience.
I hope you keep finding Duolingo interesting in the future and thanks for sharing.
Wow! Du trinkst zehn Tassen Kaffee jeden Tag? Ich liebe Kaffee, aber ich könnte nie so viel trinken. Wenn es koffeinfrei wäre, vielleicht. Was ist deine Lieblingsmarke? Congratulations on all of the progress you've made. It's good that you've never been without internet access for more than a couple of days. I've been on DuoLingo since April 2015 and study first thing every morning, but I miss days every now and then, and the hurricanes that come through here can knock out the electricity and internet access for days at a time. Pero tras vivir en Florida por tantos años, estoy acostumbrado. ¿Puedes practicar cada idioma con personas que viven en tu pueblo o ciudad, o algunos solo por internet? ¿Tienes un idioma favorito? Mi favorito es el aleman, pero no conozco a nadie en mi ciudad que habla o aleman, o frances. Bonne chance avec toutes tes études.
You are wonderful and your streak is amazing. I love it and your motivation to go on and to make learning a part of your learning routine. I am always thought to be crazy for getting up at five just because I want to practice my languages, now however, I have found someone who does the same ;-))
Thank you for sharing, it is such a good story. .
When I restarted learning latin , I found a blog saying "do your lesson in the morning , once it's done nobody will take it away from you !! You won't have the excuse of not having time or be tired , it's the beginning of the day : you're motivated , you feel good , nothing bad has made changed your mind from your lesson yet..." Well it's true for everything , we're much more willing to do something in the morning . "l'avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt " isn't it ? ;)
For me, doing my learning with Duo, Babbel and Memrise is simply part of my daily routine
Wenn Du Tipps zum Memrise Web Portal und Tampermonkey User Scripts brauchst, kann ich Dir ggf. weiterhelfen.
Ohne "all typing", "auto correct", "Audio Provider" und "Timer Disabler" würde es meines Erachtens garnicht gehen.
Verwendest Du die auch schon alle um Multiple-Choice & Co. bei Reviews abzuschalten?
I'm only a little over a thousand days behind you! :p
On a more serious note: congratulations. That is an amazing achievement. I hope one day to have a tally like yours. Even in my comparatively short streak I find that for a few months, keeping the streak going is easy- but then I hit a patch where I just want to do the bare minimum to keep the streak alive... but then I hit the ground running again with enthusiasm again.
My desire to learn comes and goes- but I hope I can carry on through the trying times and get better across the board.
Surely, you've hit some patches where you didn't have as much enthusiasm too.
I feel like recommending you a book. Not too short, not too long. Easy and fun to read for non-specialists like me.
This is outstanding, of late i realized and started my daily learning activity. I wanted to know one thing. From your experience, how do you learn a language which is not commonly spoken in your region? Its just the online learning which keeps me going, but the practice offline is missing from my routine.
Hi raviurfharry, in Germany we have public colleges for adults with very low costs for their courses. They are called VHS = Volkshochschule. Normally I concentrate my learning on one or two languages which I am going to use for the next trips abroad. And at the VHS I am joining discussion circle for these two languages.
But even if you do not have this possibility you can learn a lot on your own. Think and speak in very simple sentences and do it every day for some minutes. Start your day with talking to yourself "Ich bin ausgeschlafen. Ich stehe jetzt auf. Ins Bad! Zähne putzen! Duschen! Rasieren! Ich freue mich schon auf meinen Kaffee. Schade ich muss heute arbeiten. Ich würde viel lieber zu Hause bleiben...... Doing the same thing some days in a row your mind learns to think in the foreign language. And thinking is the most important part of speaking. To reassure that you are really dispense with translating from you mother tongue think in pictures. See the picture of the bathroom, of shaving, of your morning coffee in your imagination while speaking the words.