https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

I'm not language superman... and I'm okay with that

So yeah, I've only got a 1 day streak. I don't do Duolingo every day. I don't always care enough to learn extensively. I sometimes just skim through everything and do a couple of stories. There, done.

But I'm learning. They say slow and steady wins the race. I've been on Duo for 3 years now, learning French and Spanish. I'm not fluent. I'm not a language superman. I see all of these posts on here about people posting about their amazing streak accomplishments.

That's awesome! I'm so happy and proud of everybody who is that committed to learning.

But I'm here posting just the opposite. I don't do my Duolingo on weekends. Sometimes I skip a day, sometimes I just have a life. I love learning, but for me, that means not stressing or feeling bad for myself when I can't see a thousand day streak on my profile.

So to everybody who can't do this consistently, or even fit the time in to do it almost ever. Let be proud of ourselves for this one thing: we're learning! Even if we aren't on the "leaderboard", or holding an impressive streak, we are taking responsibility for our learning, and we're all in this together.

10/19/2018, 1:38:55 PM

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I hold myself to the metrics because I know I'm one of those for whom a day off becomes a week off becomes a year off. But you're right; you absolutely must do what works for you. We all have our own goals and timeframes.

10/19/2018, 1:57:06 PM

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It's absolutely about me. Since I'm not enough disciplined person. Before I'd underestimated streak and its value. But when I was not having even an hour of studying here or anywhere else for two weeks I realised for what purpose it exists.
But I totally agree if you are disciplined one you don't need it.

10/19/2018, 2:26:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Sophiafilm,

I'm not saying that streaks aren't helpful to some people; if you are one of those people, I'm happy for you. I'm simply saying that we can be can also just be avid learners, without worrying about our streaks, or competition.

Thanks for sharing your view!

10/19/2018, 2:32:18 PM

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AbigailJennifer I didn't intend to confront your opinion at all, just sharing my experience. Sorry, if I couldn't make myself clear.

10/19/2018, 2:48:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterSoldier.

Steaks show determination and grit, a daily, dedicated duo user.

10/19/2018, 6:56:19 PM

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Yeah-- it's really just to add another game-y element to it. Abigail, I think, is using this more as a language learning website rather than the game aspect.

10/19/2018, 8:35:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterSoldier.

@xmira, I think that streaks are a nice motivation, and I look up to the people who have streaks 1000 days +, they inspire me

10/19/2018, 11:09:21 PM

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

Wintersoldier

Streaks show nothing about determination to learn a language as most of the very serious language learners are using multiple sources to aid learning and not just duolingo. I study for hours most days but sometimes not here much.

10/20/2018, 3:29:26 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

I agree completely! Like I mentioned in my post, I'm proud of everybody with long streaks. I just want to encourage everybody here to focus on the learning aspect.

Congradulations, by the way, on your almost 100 day streak! That's quite the accoplishment.

10/19/2018, 8:39:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterSoldier.

@AbigailJennifer, are you talking to me? And This is my longest streak yet, my last one, 65+ ended when I didn't have wifi for a week. :"( But, I kept up the learning, and now I'm at 97, I'm proud of the progress I've made

10/19/2018, 11:11:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanFung7

@WinterSoldier ok tryhard

10/20/2018, 5:09:44 PM

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well said!

10/19/2018, 2:07:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Wanna-bePolyglot

How big is your head, mate? Those languages must be hard to keep track of, am I right?

10/20/2018, 7:30:46 PM

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I don't have the best memory, and even if I did there's only so much a person can keep in their head. But it's exponentially harder to learn than it is to re-learn; my goal is to reach a place where I can quickly "dust off" my knowledge of a language in the weeks leading up to a trip.

10/20/2018, 7:43:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Wanna-bePolyglot

I see. Keep up the good work traveller!

10/20/2018, 8:07:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Duolingo is suitable for a wide range of learners, from the casual to the obsessive. Interesting to hear from the casual. Nothing wrong with that.

10/19/2018, 1:57:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Songve. Best reply of all! Chapeau!!

10/19/2018, 3:04:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Thank you. You are most kind.

10/19/2018, 4:02:37 PM

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Concordo!

10/19/2018, 6:14:04 PM

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I mean, I agree, lol

10/19/2018, 6:14:28 PM

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Italian is just so catchy isn't it

10/20/2018, 8:30:18 AM

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lol, yes it is, Liam

10/20/2018, 3:38:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sher818015

Well said. Have a Lingot!

10/20/2018, 3:42:00 AM

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This is just as inspiring as all of the "Streak" posts. I'm glad you wrote this; while I am also one of those who forgets things without daily practice, it is super important to realize that everyone learns at different speeds and in different ways, and you are darn right when you say "we are all in this together!" Congratulations for being a dedicated learner! :D

10/19/2018, 2:18:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Thank you, I'm so glad that you agree!

10/19/2018, 2:27:38 PM

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Thank you for making a wonderful post! :D

10/19/2018, 6:08:20 PM

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very well said, Compsognatus..:-))

10/20/2018, 9:10:57 AM

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Abigail Jennifer,

You know, I actually really like your post!! I agree with you that your individual journey is MUCH MORE important ..then all of the achievements you see so many others announcing about..

I personally believe that in studying languages , just like in many other activities related to personal development there is NO competition.. You should be competing with one and only one person in the world..YOURSELF..the rest of us are individuals with different abilities, different personalities, different goals and different time schedules and life styles..

So it really matters not who has 1450 days streak and 10 flags with levels 25 on their profile and who only does lessons when they feel like it or has only one language badge to show for it..

And also one other reason i really like your post..is that it clearly demonstrates that you have LIFE ..and Duolingo does not consume your time..like some other people's..

For me personally i make sure that doesn't happen , because I do have a life, and sometimes I do miss lessons or cut down to minimum if i need mental rest from Duo..I progress fast only because of my linguistic background but i am not obsessing with the result,i simply enjoy what i am doing achieving my personal goals.. I wish you to continue to be an awesome person that you are and be yourself! and enjoy your learning !:-))

10/19/2018, 2:03:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Giovanna,

Yes, thank you! Very well said!

10/19/2018, 2:23:40 PM

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you are very welcome, thank you!..:-))

10/19/2018, 2:25:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DevinDawso8

good for you

10/19/2018, 4:43:47 PM

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For what it's worth, I think it's best to take breaks here and there from language learning so when you come back you can get a sense of what you're retaining best and what you're struggling with. Like I know right now that if I took two days off I would not remember 'comhghairdeas.' Conas atá mé? It's easier to remember something you saw five minutes ago than two days ago. This is also why I know why I need to, for example, review a lot more of French compared to Italian or Spanish. I don't retain it as well.

I'm not saying consistency isn't important; it absolutely is. But there is something to moving away from something a bit, coming back, and seeing if you actually retained it, or have simply memorized it from seeing it so much.

10/19/2018, 2:05:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/CoconutMermaid

There are some Duo users (myself included) who tier their learning for this reason. For example, I have six skills on level 4, four skills on level 3, and eleven skills on level 2. (And the remaining thirteen skills I need to complete my tree are on level 1.) Right now I'm working on past tense (something I struggle with) so I'm going through all 50 lessons to get to level 5. I'll do a few lessons there and then go to my level 1 skills and test out of a couple. Then I'll do a few more lessons in past tense, then test out of a couple of level 2s. This is all over the course of several days, but bouncing around allows me to keep with my Spanish every day while also testing my long-term retention on the different skills.

Everyone learns differently though, so if taking a break is what helps you, then definitely do it! :-)

10/23/2018, 2:47:56 PM

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You speak the truth! Numbers mean nothing unless you actually learn. And yes, I have taken breaks that have been months long.

I know everyone wants a year-long+ streak but I don’t find it that important. I don’t think I got any higher than 200 in my four years on the platform. And I’m completely fine with that because life happens. I only spend lingots on the streak freeze because I don’t have anything else to spend lingots on (except double-or-nothing, which won’t make my lingots disappear anytime soon).

If fun learning means don’t stress yourself, then don’t stress yourself. ^_^

10/19/2018, 3:19:35 PM

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Right on!

10/19/2018, 3:23:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

If learning becomes a chore then what is the point? Sure take a day off now and again. But I think you need to do at least four days a week to progress - or even hold steady. But it doesn't need to be always DL.

The other side of streaks is if you wind yourself into it and then have to miss a day then it can be quite demotivating. This year travelling to Hungary I had no internet access for over a week (2 days travelling then an old, cheap hotel). Then for the next few weeks (using free WiFi at MacDonalds and on the tram) there was only enough for vital tasks. If I only worked for a streak it was all over - may as well take up crocheting.

10/19/2018, 11:40:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Interesting to read all these responses. It occurred to me, however, that if you really love the language (or languages) you are learning, you will surely want to use it and nurture it on a daily basis. A streak is what it is, but I'd find something missing if I could not read, learn or speak Italian, my chosen language, on a daily basis. Not so much about discipline but love of the language.

10/19/2018, 11:44:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Great insight, Linda7Italian!

10/20/2018, 12:26:00 AM

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I agree that performance metrics can take the joy away from many things. For me, learning a language is so slow and gradual that the metrics help to convince myself that I'm actually doing something :-)

10/19/2018, 5:58:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

That makes sense. :) Do whatever works for you. I'm all for the learning!

10/19/2018, 7:44:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

Your message is wonderful and I can relate to it a lot!

However, I think it's also necessary to understand that users who have long streaks are not always "extensive"learners. It is rather easy to get a small amount of xp everyday by simply doing a lesson which, depending on how far you are in a tree, should not take more than ten minutes if you're not trying to write things down. No matter how long one's streak is, they have the potential to skim through things just as much as a person with a one day streak is. I suppose my point is, our streaks don't define how we learn.

At one point, I had a streak over 100 days. While there were many moments where I tried to gain much xp in a day and truly study what I had learned, most moments consisted of me doing the minimum by taking at least 5-10 minutes doing a single lesson only. Me having that long of a streak does not make me a "superhuman."

You can only really determine one's language skills when they display it; it's hard to tell by a streak.

10/19/2018, 10:17:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Great insight, MasterZsword. I never though of it like that, but I completely agree.

10/20/2018, 12:23:00 AM

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So long as you're learning, you're doing Duo right!

10/20/2018, 3:59:40 AM

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That’s the most accurate and succinct comment I’ve read in a while. :-)

10/20/2018, 2:29:02 PM

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Agreed!

10/21/2018, 9:33:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/MariahDaws2

Hi am learning Spanish. I am going to learn French next year. The most my streak has gotten to is 5, because I don't do duolingo on the weekends. I am homeschooled so, I have to do duolingo througout the week. It is one of my many many subjects. And yes we are not superman we can be proud of ourselves even if we don't have a big streak, because we are still learning a bunch!!!

10/19/2018, 1:50:33 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

YES, MariahDaws2!

Keep on being you and doing what you can.

10/19/2018, 2:26:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/tu_madre_vic

I agree. You can study a language everyday without it being on duolingo, the only thing that matters is consistency in some shape or form. I find myself learning new vocab and pronunciations in Spanish constantly, whether it be from YouTube, music, or TV, and yet I can never keep more than a 10-day streak. This is not laziness (well, sometimes it is haha), it just so happens that Duolingo does not contain all the answers, and sometimes I can find those answers elsewhere. Some day, we will all get to a point where Duolingo has reached the end of its usefulness for our target language. And at that point, a streak just becomes an addiction to a number.

10/19/2018, 10:24:55 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Cumber-ground

I am at the point now that I am okay if I miss doing lessons for any length of time, as once I restart I find I did retain more than I thought. I am more relaxed about it all now. My only advise to anyone is find what works for you, trust you know best what is best for yourself and just enjoy your learning. If its lots of lessons each day, great, if its not that is also great. You are still retaining information either way. Before hours of lessons were pushing to get the xps and level up. Now if I put in some hours, its just for the fun. Nice to level up, but its not my motivation any more.

10/19/2018, 2:43:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Good for you, Cumber-ground! It's nice not to be bound to Duolingo, but still be able to find value in it where and when you can.

10/19/2018, 3:19:37 PM

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Congrats! You know yourself well, and do it your way. That's the best way.

10/19/2018, 11:50:44 PM

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Thank you for this post. I'm not a language Superman either. I practice about five minutes a day. Yes, I have a long streak, but it's just a daily trickle. Some weeks I might go gung-ho, do fifteen or twenty minutes, and maybe do some outside reading, but for the most part as you say it's slow but steady. No matter how you do things, stay in there! Do your best and forget the rest.

10/20/2018, 4:20:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Keep it up, Dammett, I believe in you!

10/21/2018, 11:07:30 AM

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You know what? I agree

10/19/2018, 6:17:03 PM

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I agree 100% And to prove it, lol, tomorrow I'm breaking my steak :)

10/19/2018, 6:18:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

Yes! Right on Joseph297228! I'm gonna hold you to that. :)

10/19/2018, 7:43:27 PM

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Ok, let's document it, lol. Right now it says my streak is 139 days. See you soon, lol

10/20/2018, 1:01:13 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethD.2

Hey Joseph. For your commitment I'd like to give you 14 lingots. That is what you would have earned for the potential 140 day streak.

10/20/2018, 7:07:56 AM

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well, thank you very much, Elizabeth! :) and heres 15 lingots for you just for being so thoughtful

10/20/2018, 4:14:59 PM

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

Joseph. I say not to do it. Even though streaks dont really matter to me and I do not aim for them, I did feel a little bit bummed out when I lost my 10 day streak lol . That 10 day streak was my record haha

10/20/2018, 3:47:55 AM

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sea-mist, thank you for your concern, but I'm sure I'll be fine :) Besides, I've already made the commitment, and I'm not gonna let Abigail down :)

10/20/2018, 5:13:59 AM

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If I were to lose my streak tomorrow, so be it. Some days I feel like spending hours on the site. Others, not so much.

10/19/2018, 9:28:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

YES judyholzwart!! Exacty the kind of adittude I'm trying to promote; love of learning.

10/19/2018, 9:30:20 PM

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    i guess,at the end of the day you're still trying and giving it a go,so many people just give up or not just bother,i cannot let my brain shrivel up,its walnut size as it is :P

    10/19/2018, 9:31:34 PM

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    Personally it's taken around 8 years for me to get to the level of German I have on Duolingo. I've taken long breaks, of 6 or 8 months. Then, I'd go back at it again. After a brief obsessive streak, another protracted break. What it did do for me though was create a long term memory of simple German.

    After the crown levels were added I had an epiphany that I could learn German similar to the way I read novels in English and I've become obsessed with Duolingo since.

    If Duolingo had stuck with the old way it was structured, I would still be struggling.

    10/19/2018, 9:53:15 PM

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

    Hmm88,

    have an lingot from me. 8 years is a long time to stick to anything (even if you do have breaks) congratulations

    10/20/2018, 3:45:30 AM

    https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

    Yay for Duolingo, then! Great job sticking with it for 8 long years! Take a lingot. :)

    10/20/2018, 12:24:29 AM

    https://www.duolingo.com/AlyssaBate3

    Salut! Thank you for posting this. I often feel discouraged when I lost my streak, but this post has made me realize that as long as I'm learning, I will be ok. Au revoir!

    10/20/2018, 3:21:35 PM

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    Gave you a few lingots to help you buy a streak freeze too. Go get one and let's hope you can get a new better one going! :)

    10/20/2018, 7:46:49 PM

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    Good for you ,Jerome..here is a couple lingots for you as well..

    10/21/2018, 9:35:57 AM

    https://www.duolingo.com/Trevorb13

    I've never got above a 5 day streak either - but it still all works for me :-)

    10/20/2018, 3:52:29 PM

    https://www.duolingo.com/rcelder

    I agree with not feeling pressured to continue a streak. As for myself, I had a tendency to lose it frequently, but I also noticed the going was slower. So i decided to br more disciplined and it has a difference for me. Basically whatever works for anyone.

    10/20/2018, 9:01:39 PM

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    ❤️ I have been on Duolingo for 5 years. My goal is not fluency. I have a brain injury. I don't know if I could become fluent without constant immersion and even then, I don't know. I just have developed an enjoyment around learning new words and feeling the grammar finally click into place for a while. Sometimes, I have even managed to use a bit for emergencies and, well I wasn't expecting that to happen once much less more than once! So, I keep working on the lessons and enjoying my time here with the courses and the community. I'm a strong believer that fluency does not have to be the goal when someone engages in language learning. I really enjoyed reading your discussion. ^_^

    10/22/2018, 4:31:26 AM

    https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

    That's a great aditude, Usagiboy7! Keep on rocking!

    10/23/2018, 12:23:30 PM

    https://www.duolingo.com/SummerB_03

    Hi, i'm learning spanish and french as well and i'm only on a one day streak as well, I love learning new things, it just takes time and patience to do stuff like this some people can learn it fast, I am a slow learner but i'm doing pretty good. It helps by writing them down so that you can remember them as well.

    10/19/2018, 1:41:27 PM

    https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

    Hi SummerHurs1,

    Yes, I completely agree. Writing what you learn down can be super helpful.

    Here's a lingot: cheers to you for taking the time, even though you can't do it iall the time, and even though you are a slow learner, to learn a language that's challenging to you. :)

    10/19/2018, 1:47:17 PM

    https://www.duolingo.com/MariahDaws2

    Here is a lingot for posting this. It has been awsome. All of these people are commenting and you can read there stories. So thank you!!!

    10/19/2018, 4:15:25 PM

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      ok so im learning german,im not the sharpest knife in the draw and i do get frustrated because the way i digest information and go off my nut shouting at my pc how ever i do enjoy it so much,maybe one day it will stick in my head :D

      10/19/2018, 8:42:20 PM

      https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

      Keep sticking to it, chris911165! Your hard work will pay off if you have one goal in mind: keep learning.

      10/19/2018, 9:31:47 PM

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        oh i intend no matter how little and inferior my brain is lol,hmm if i learn german it make make me organized and more efficient,unlike my current state which is chaos and irresponsibilty,its all fun though,maybe one day i'll visit germany even though there are a few living where i am in wales,its like the united nations so many languages to listen to too bad i cannot understand them not that im nosy lol :P

        10/19/2018, 10:05:10 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/JeromeBurr
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        Well Said!! I have a busy life also and sometimes i find it hard to squeeze in the time to keep my streak going. It is a modest one, but streaks arent as important as the learning. I recently got the flu and put my exp down to 10 to keep mine going, and even thought of doing 1xp per day setting lol. in the end, the streaks dont matter much, the learning and fun and community is what does. We have a great community and you definitely have the right attitude. Good luck in your language journey, if you ever decide to change your thinking to wanting streaks, here is 10 lingots to help buy a freeze. :)

        10/20/2018, 3:25:21 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        Aww thank you!

        10/20/2018, 3:58:02 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/JavierDuen4

        Right on! Nothing wrong with learning language for the simple love of learning language!

        10/20/2018, 7:08:21 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/rolltide05

        Thanks, I do agree!

        10/21/2018, 3:02:03 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/elliotkwolek

        Ναι, συμφωνώ μαζί σου! Κάθε άτομο μαθαίνει διαφορετικά και επίσης προσπαθώ να είμαι θετικός. Υπομονή, υπομονή! Ελπίζω ότι συνεχίσεις με τις γλώσσες σου!

        10/21/2018, 4:13:30 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/aprilonabike

        I think I spent a month not looking at the app; I don't know why. One conversation with a friend pushed me to start again and re-commit!

        10/21/2018, 4:20:19 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        Good for you!

        10/21/2018, 11:06:16 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Khairy92

        same here! i even go off the grid sometimes, maybe for months! then i come back again with a lot of energy and determination.. i think this is what makes dulingo special, its made to be flexible.

        10/21/2018, 7:28:01 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/SchonBaume

        Duolingo is about learning, as simple as that, screw the streaks or even lingots. it's all about learn the languages you want up to the hilt and don't give two hoots about other stuff. you may feel perky one day and want to study with full strength, the other day you may feel down in the dumps and don't even log into the Duo. Simply put, Enjoy learning.

        ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

        10/19/2018, 4:14:32 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanna-Louise
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        yeah, bro, you got it..totally true!!:-))

        10/19/2018, 4:17:38 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/R_R1234
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        Every word.

        10/21/2018, 7:19:10 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AngelSnowflakes

        hey same here

        10/21/2018, 8:19:06 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/JohnButler4971

        Before Duolingo I have been trying to learn French for years, in the past month I have made strides into German because I want to read and understand it. French has been shoved down my throat by both my wife and Mother-in-law and I can not place a grocery order in the language yet.

        10/22/2018, 12:32:46 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph297228
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        Just to let you know I keep my word, here we are, streak over, lol. Have a great day!

        10/22/2018, 6:04:15 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        Yay! Go you, Joseph297228!

        10/23/2018, 12:22:30 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Ellen113826

        Good for you! You're persistent and that counts more than super streaks. I'm like you--not a superstar, but plodding along. Remember it's the tortoise who wins the race.

        10/22/2018, 11:45:19 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        It is. I like being the tortoise, even though sometimes I wish I was the hare...

        10/23/2018, 5:47:50 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/seacc3
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        Haha....me too!

        10/22/2018, 1:07:19 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Pet3r_Deutsch

        Learning a language requires practice every day!

        10/22/2018, 1:30:56 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        It does, it does. But I still like the idea of not beating yourself up if you miss a day. :)

        10/23/2018, 5:47:14 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Kat-aclismic
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        Very good message! I feel like this will help many people feel good today. I'm giving you a lingot for being such a good sport!

        10/22/2018, 2:39:48 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        Aw, thank you!

        10/23/2018, 12:21:19 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/CoconutMermaid

        I'm the same way. I use the weekend amulets sometimes. Sometimes I forget. The one thing that has kept me most engaged and consistent is language exchange. Having actual conversations with real people has been so much more helpful than just continuing on in DuoLingo alone. And it actually keeps me coming back since Spanish is always on my mind now.

        10/22/2018, 5:15:59 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/MariahDaws2

        This is awesome how many comments you have. Congrats!!!!

        10/22/2018, 8:54:55 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/French_Master100

        lol

        10/23/2018, 6:12:43 AM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        Thank you! This is something a lot of people seem to passionate about. :)

        10/23/2018, 12:21:01 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/MiSamsung

        You might want to try what I do. I keep an old cell phone/ipod in the bath/washroom at home. You are in there for a bit anyway, so why not do something useful with your time alone on the throne. You can learn a new lesson or do a practice. That way you are using time that generally isn't productive anyway and most of us will read a book or magazine in the little room. LOL Works for me.

        10/23/2018, 2:35:43 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        lol that's smart!

        10/23/2018, 5:45:07 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Haughington

        Although I have maintained my streak thus far on duo, I apply this same attitude to other things I'm learning. I used to get so discouraged if I missed a few days of my self-imposed "learning schedule" and it would end up completely killing my progress. Now I don't worry about it, and it's great to be able to just get back to it at my own pace without feeling guilty-- instead just feeling happy to get back to it :)

        10/23/2018, 5:10:25 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        Yeah, that's how it should be!

        10/23/2018, 5:45:32 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/Polygl-not
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        I completely agree, I'm currently running my longest streak ever, but I recognize that it's not something to be compulsive about. I've taken breaks for months on end and I'm fine with that.

        10/23/2018, 5:38:35 PM

        https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailJennifer

        Absolutely!

        By the way... how do you learn so many languages at a time??!!!? It feels so crazy to me!

        10/23/2018, 5:46:32 PM
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