https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

Just lost my 110 days streak

Well, it was bound to happen, I was doing the bare minimum for days now, so I finally missed a day. Anyway, I was planning on keeping it till May the 1st, the day I go for a weekend to Munich - where I will be finally able to put into practice what I learned. So I guess I almost made it which isn't that bad.

Cheers :-)

April 29, 2014

46 Comments


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

I'm not sure if I would feel free or devastated losing my streak...

April 29, 2014

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

I ended a streak at 301 days last November. I was unfazed, but there's definitely a sense of liberation from the self-imposed pressure to keep it going.

April 29, 2014

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

I'd imagine.

April 30, 2014

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

Same here. I think more devastated than free.

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/riyan.adiputra

agree

April 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

Well, I must admit I will probably stop practicing for a while... It was the last thing keeping me on track

April 29, 2014

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

Heh- yeah, I know the feeling. But at the same time, I recognize that I shouldn't be doing it for the streak, or the lingots, or completing the tree, even. I ought to do it just for the learning. After all, that's my real goal.

If I spend a week gaining points and extending my streak, but I do it the easiest, quickest way (2 minutes/day) and don't learn much in the way of words, that's really not worth much. On the other hand, if I only work on it a few days one week, but I spend a longer time, and I really think hard about what I'm learning, that investment can lead to more significant progress in the language.

Let's say I focus on one lesson- an earlier one that I've passed, and is currently gold, but I know that I don't really understand- I got past it by guessing. If I just go back and repeat (not refresh) the lessons until I truly understand the material- that will be much more valuable than any number of XP, lingots, etc. Focus on the real goal!

I just realized I'm writing this more for myself than for you! :-) But if it's helpful to anyone, I'll be happy. Viel Glueck!

April 30, 2014

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

This is largely my attitude as well. In other posts, I've likened keeping the streak going to Jerry Seinfeld's "Chain". For me it's not about the number itself, which is why I don't use streak freezes or get upset when I'm forced to break my streak. It's just a tool to motivate myself to spend some time working on my Spanish every day.

In recent months, I actually do very little on Duolingo (usually I just do a practice session or redo a lesson or two a day), but I only come here after I've done some work on my own off-site. Lately that's mostly watching some news videos or a TV show in Spanish and reading through some Spanish-language news articles or e-books. I've also got a grammar book that I'm working my way through. At this stage, Duolingo's Spanish course is largely functioning as a tracker for my "chain."

April 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sar17

It's definitely true that more intent and attention are better. But sometimes there are a couple of days or a week when I do just hang on to the streak, and I find that even that little bit has value, keeping things just a bit fresher in my mind. Big goals are great, but sometimes it's the little things that keep us going!

April 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexander69631

So true it deserves a lingot,

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vassia.gkogkou

I had a three day streak once......

April 30, 2014

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

Me too.

May 1, 2014

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

:(

April 29, 2014

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

Agh, I know the feeling. Not quite, but I got to 30 or so which was extatic. Not only did I miss a day, I didn't use duo for 2 or 3 weeks...

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

That's a distinct possibility. :-)

April 30, 2014

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

I bet the roof didn't cave in when you lost that streak!

April 30, 2014

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

Mwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

April 30, 2014

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

I'm sorry for your lost, and if you for aiming at May 1st, then I totally think it counts. I guess you will learn a lot in Munich!

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grumpycat1

i learn every other day.....it is no shame. People what is happening with this streak fetish? some people prefer to learn on weekends, some just on Mondays and Tuesdays....

Oliwia, you did a good job, have fun in Munich!

April 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/0liwia

Thanks!

April 30, 2014

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

Don't worry. You will have a second chance.

April 29, 2014

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

Not bad! 110 days is terrific! Enjoy your trip to Munich.

April 30, 2014

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

I went to Munich last year before I knew of Duo. You will have a great time! I once lost a 99 day streak which was a bit annoying.

If you get to the point were you have a long streak and don't want to lose it buy a streak freeze from the store. Although it is kind of cheating. I have one so i can keep my huge streak going!

April 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lgarratt2

Wow I'm at 116 days for German, have you completed the tree now? I haven't yet and I'm committed to not lapsing practice until I have. Since I leave for my trip to Munich on the 3rd September, another 125 days away, I think the feasible 241 day streak is my follow up goal :D

I managed to go to a conference/holiday here in Australia recently and just picked a random basic lesson every morning to keep the brain fresh. But once home, made sure I went back to 5 lessons a day to regain momentum. I have to finish writing my PhD between now and September which will make life difficult but I'm totally hooked on Duolingo and know what I prefer to do on the computer haha.

May 1, 2014

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

Enjoy Munich, good food, good beer, good people. It's only 2 hours away from me so I have been there a few times. The BMW museum is a great place to visit.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MKB1234

Sometimes I have to practice for an hour or 10-12 tries to get a successful round in.

May 2, 2014

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

Sometimes life gets in the way! I stopped for a week and lost a 40-50 something day streak because I was just so tired from work - We have been doing overtime for the past 3 weeks trying to finish up a Carousel. I was upset with myself, but also.. I was just darn tired. Relax, enjoy Munich (beautiful city! I am so proud to be able to say that I have been there once now!), and eat a bit of Döner for me.

May 3, 2014

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

I thought my 65 day streak was good. And then I scrolled down.

May 7, 2014

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

It IS good! :-)

May 7, 2014

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

Have 10 lingots.

May 7, 2014

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

Good for you!

April 29, 2014

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

Oww, but that's still excellent. My biggest streak ever was probably like ten days, so... I'm a bad example for the rest of the hardworking community.

April 29, 2014

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

It's not a contest and the streak is only a tool to help motivation. If you're happy with learning and not paying attention to the streak, that's fine, don't worry and good for you!

That said, I do like the pressure to have to learn/revise every day to make things stick a lot better. I'm very surprised I'm keeping it up for so long, even with motivation I would have expected life to intervene (being away from home for a weekend, going for drinks right after work, etc). :)

May 1, 2014

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

That's great, I love the fact that you can keep that constant drive to exercise every day. Personally, the pressure just gets to me really fast and that sense of obligation compels me to take a day or two off. But it does work better for me this way, thank you for you kind and encouraging words.

May 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MKB1234

I lost 124 days when I went on vacation and thought I was keeping my streak going only to find out the practices never registered!

April 29, 2014

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

Now THAT must have been devastating.

April 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MKB1234

Nah... just disappointing.

April 30, 2014

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

I am sooo sorry :(

April 30, 2014

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

I lost my 16 day streak (Not much though), even though I had a streak freeze.

April 30, 2014

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

My sympathies ......... similar thing happened to me with both German and Spanish.at 60/70 days but that was even though I did not miss a day. I think there must have been some bug at duolingo back then. Enjoy Munich, it is a lovely city

April 30, 2014

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

I lost a 76 day streak

April 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ginnyweasley354

wow

April 30, 2014

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

If it makes you feel better - I gave you a Lingot.

Ich fühle deinen Schmerz

May 1, 2014

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

I wonder how many lingots people have. I don't use them so they accumulate. I think there should be something more to use them for, to add incentive. After all they're the only reason to become attached to a streak.

May 1, 2014

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

Too bad. My highest streak is 8 days!

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kt98762

The streak keeps me motivated to it daily, but like mentioned, it is about the learning. If I know I am not going to be able to do much in a day, I will do Basics 1 for the sake of my streak but, the majority of the time, I will make sure I can do some in a beneficial way every day.

December 6, 2014
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