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.
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.
Well, I must admit I will probably stop practicing for a while... It was the last thing keeping me on track
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!
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."
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!
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...
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Sometimes I have to practice for an hour or 10-12 tries to get a successful round in.
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.
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.
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). :)
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.
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!
I lost my 16 day streak (Not much though), even though I had a streak freeze.
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.
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.