https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick1107

Lost my 927 day streak :(

Just lost my 927 day streak which i started back in 2016, it feels sad but also a liberating. I think i will focus more on the languages i really want to learn and try to use other sources than duolingo. Thank you Duolingo for keeping me going, lets see what the future will bring now

August 19, 2018

41 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Glad to hear you beat the dreaded SLAS...Streak Loss Anxiety Syndrome.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Patrick. Oh my, what a great response to such disappointment. Have been in the same boat. It is liberating, tis the acquisition of knowledge that's important. Good luck with all you do...

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SparklyJCH

I was distraught when I lost a streak of just over 100 ... but it was strangely liberating too ... so I do understand. Onwards and upwards ... time flies and it will soon build up again .. you won’t be able to resist!

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

Thank you for sharing your views on losing a 927-day streak, it sounds like you are approaching your loss in a healthy and positive way. To liberation, and to more language learning. :)

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RRVCAB
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I had a 330 day streak and lost it. It felt awful at first glance. I then realized that truly I only missed one day and my commitment to learning a language was as strong as ever. The streak is only a number that we flash around. You have a great attitude !

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ceki86

"I then realized that truly I only missed one day" - Nicely said. Perhaps it shouldn't be about days accomplished in row but simply total days accomplished for a change? It could indicate how many days we have spent with Duo as it's positioned quite blatantly, but it wouldn't raise such concerns. And what it takes to keep the streak is just one lesson a day, sometimes completed willy-nilly and everyone loses it all eventually one day. We all appreciate decoration for loyalty, so it's normal I believe. That change would be nice. Cheers.

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I doubt this will ever happen given that DL has a lucrative sideline selling 'streak repairs' and Plus membership (which now includes a periodic streak repair allotment). A total days score would be interesting to see, but it wouldn't encourage people to return regularly, which is an essential part of both a successful language-learning system and a freemium business model.
Streaks are probably the least-worst thing DL could have chosen in this regard, as they are non-essential and don't affect access to content, but attempting to hold streaks generally improves learning outcomes (at least initially).

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ken482461

Hello Garpike, a question: do all those flags mean that you are studying 34 languages? I am new to Duolingo.

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

Ken.. yes he is. Some people are language addicts haha

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchByte

Well, I don't know. Some sorts of extra calendars and widgets could show the total days and stuff, but the main point of a streak is motivation. However another part of the streak was the lingots. Lingots are becoming less worthy now though.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich

Ooff, that hurts! You're listed in the Alumni with Lost Streaks, if that helps. https://duome.eu/alumni

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Am98505

You know, now I don't feel so guilty about losing my 30 day streak lol

It's a shame that it looks so bad when you've only missed 1 day, but you do still have the same knowledge you've accumulated over the past 2 years, which definitely won't be affected by taking a short break lol

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley

yeouch! I felt bad after losing 165 days.... :) I hope this hasn't soured you completely on Duo. Still a great place to learn if you haven't mastered everything.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Ha, ha "yeouch". First time I heard that word was a narrator on YouTube who was filming a huge calving of an Alaskan glacier that created a tsunami towards the boat. He said it five times. Seeing it here is only the second time I have heard it.

BTW, was that you perchance?

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley

hahaha, I've never been to Alaska, so it wasn't me! I think I learned it from an octopus, to be honest...

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hooooooooookage

10 is my highest streak.. I always forget... i'm just so lazy.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/GeneralGinne

Oooh, that hurts. :( But good on you for finding the silver lining! I have so many different resources for learning my target language (plus currently living in the country of my target language), that if I were to ever lose my streak on Duolingo, I'd do exactly what you're doing. People try to downplay the streak, but at the end of the day, it really is a good way to keep people motivated to use Duolingo alongside the other excellent resources that are available out there. Duolingo alone won't get you anywhere near fluency anyway, so I say get what you can out of it, then move on to bigger and tougher. ;)

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

Why don't you repair it on the mobile apps (in the lingot store): https://www.duome.eu/Patrick110799

You have restarted your 2 days streak, so the repair item will very soon (probably third day) switch to ELIGIBLE:FALSE.

If you do not own an Android smartphone or Tablet for running the app, you could install it on an Android emulator software (KOPlayer, Bluestacks, NOX, Memu, etc.).

I repeat: As you have already restarted your streak (2 days), you will NOT be able to get the "repair item" very soon!!!

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchByte

I don't know. Repairing a streak isn't always worth the money. Sometimes it's OK to just lose a long streak, and start afresh. Streaks eventually, after a long time, are less of a motivation and more of a burden.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

@FrenchByte

Hi,

I can understand this point.
There are pros and cons.

But my completed official Memrise PT 1-5 and "Learn PT BR Basic" courses show me that without any shown streak and a longer break (there is no "Overduess" SR support) it literally is almost impossible to get started on reviewing them again!

For sure I did much better in the beginning as I progressed up the 1-7 series laddering chain...

I do better with PT7 where my streak has not finished yet and I occassionally do PT6 in parallel.

I am not a huge fan of multiple-choice so I use the "all typing" userscript on the Memrise web portal which makes typing longer phrases/sentences and reviews of these courses much more difficult.


Well, and then there is the (Streak) Hall of Fame www.duome.eu as one of the biggest motivators to keep going.

The available L25 and "golden owl" HOF (you have to have a minimum of multiple courses completed) do the rest to "play the Duolingo game" :-)

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/0-3
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It's alright. It's not your streak but your own the progress: Are you speaking the language and you remembering things. Are you using the language. Are you enjoying your time learning.

It's always good to switch up ~ :)

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky

Uggg. I am at 901 today and have a vague idea that it would be neat to be like Scheherazade and rack up 1001 - so would be a bit disappointed by losing a streak so close to the goal as it were - but i can see how not being worried about maintaining a streak would be sort of liberating.

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Niamh122713

lol and i feel bad for losing a 16 day streak...

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryAnne993219

Good post. I lost one the other day, not a long one, though, because I had a busy wonderful day.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/GregMorgan9

I dont know how i will react in such a situation. You have a good attitude. All the best buddy

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Yuuki_Kawabe

It's ok Patrick, I lost my 200 day streak too. :C Here have a lingot. :)

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

Hey Patrick.. Regardless of what duo shows you as your streak here, deep inside you know that you are now on 928th day today. So, keep your own version of streak for the personal record. What the world sees as your streak is not more important than what you consider your streak is. If I were you, I would say I am on 928th day by which I reached level 20 in Russian and French, 15 in German, 6 in Italian, 4 in Swedish and 3 in Hebrew :)

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lunaromantic

Oh my gosh... that's a huge streak, can't believe you've kept it for as long as you did... I'll probably lose my streak in a few days or so because I lose interest in things quickly.

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KarDaq

Yes, even though I just recently started Duolingo, I have used other schooling websites when I was younger. Ah, well, I didn't cope too well with losing my 200-something streak. I know, but yes, it is liberating.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MeridatheRed97

Hey good for you. I feel like a streak on this is awesome because it encourages you to do it everyday even if it's only for ten minutes. However I can understand why it got kind of trapping. It can become a routine.

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Allysa62583

that's a great achievement ! it sucks that it was lost though. have a lingot :)

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kl.estes

A lingot for your loss, brother.

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ilovejin

that's a wonderful way of looking at it! I applaud you for your positive look on this.

xox

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/xol_1

It can be difficult to be in cell range every single day. I think it would be awesome if they offered better options for missing a few days. Like paying to take a week off... etc.

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KeziathePizza

Such determination dramatically wipes a single tear

Okay, no, I'm serious! I love your positive attitude! Good luck, friend! :'D

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CommanderSp

that sucks

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Michiamopietro

Way to go on the streak! That was great run. Now, with practicing that long, do you feel that have made huge strides in learning the languages you have chosen?

August 21, 2018

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    I think I have that same streak! I don't worry too much about my streak I am just used to doing a lesson or more daily. But I have already been using other resources.

    August 22, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ken482461

    Love your bounce-back-ability. We focus too much on these streaks while they only let you know how many days you did the course. It is like working a whole year and then not being able to work a couple of days for whatever reason. Life goes on. Enjoy it.

    August 22, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/LorettaPresley

    I purposely killed mine. I have so many different resources and sometimes I just don't feel like Duolingo. I am being drawn more towards other resources that offer things Duolingo doesn't such as listening comprehension. I'd work on other websites or with stuff I got from the library and then make myself crank out a Duo lesson just for the streak. Sometimes I'd panic at 11 thinking "Oh no, did I do Duolingo?", other times I'd get up and "get it out of the way" right away. On many days, I wasn't "learning" anything on Duolingo but just doing some random lesson for the streak.

    I want to go to France for my birthday and my thoughts went to "What about the streak? I hate doing Duolingo on a phone so I'd have to take my tablet...Could I buy streak freezes? How many can you buy in a row?". When that happened, I knew that streak had to go. I'm not letting the Duolingo streak cast a shadow of this wonderful trip.

    Consistency in language learning is important but everyone deserves the occasional day off, like Christmas for example. I don't want to be that person who goes into labor and buys a streak freeze before going to the hospital.

    I still study every day, I'm just using many different resources and not only am I learning more, the variety makes it much more interesting as well.

    August 22, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater

    I understand the sadness and the liberation haha. I lost a 468 day streak but by that time I was focused on other stuff. I felt free.

    February 25, 2019
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