https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Half a decade on Duolingo.

Today officially marks 5 years on Duolingo for me, this experience has honestly been one of the most interesting periods of time for me, especially this year in particular. I feel like this year alone i have learned so much about myself and my language learning abilities, with the introduction of the crown level system it feels the way it did when back when i first started in 2013, it has given me motivation to review old skills and really hone them. My goal this year was to finally start a new language but ever since the crown levels were introduced i just took that as a sign for me to continue the Portuguese tree and finish it out. I didnt want to start learning a new language until i felt really sure of my Portuguese skills. I have had the chance to review and relearn old skills, and for the first time in five years i truly feel like i can actually speak this language, and i mean honestly have a conversation and be able to read and write the language and that feels so good! I finally feel like all the work is resonating with me and im feeling like i've actually accomplished what i set out to do and thats such a good feeling. i still have some trouble understanding and spelling but its better than its ever been. I have seen a lot of criticism of the crown system but it has really worked well for me personally and i just want to thank duolingo for creating the new system, it came at a time when i just lost all desire for language, but the crown system made me reconsider learning again and it has completely re-motivated me to keep going. Anyway i just wanted to say thank you for 5 very unique and interesting years, this project has meant so much to me and i have seen so much growth from the community, duolingo has had real world effects and i have been part of that, that feels really great to be part of something that has helped so many people across the world including myself. From the bottom of my heart i just want to say obrigado duolingo, for making language free, fun and accessible to all. Here's to another 5 years.

October 20, 2018

129 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/pilgrim2k

Congratulations on 5 years, (1825 days), I only have 20 days to make my 5 year anniversary as well. It's been great. Here's to five more good years of learning!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thats amazing!!! Congratulations on your streak as well, its crazy to think we started at almost the same time. Seeing people with streak number so close to mine is like we all had the same thought to start learning at the same time.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/VStarTraveler

Congratulations to both of you on your great runs on Duolingo! I'm another who started in the same general timeframe as the two of you and who has greatly benefited from the experience. Keep up your great work and learning!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ldor54

Congtats for all of you. It's soo long way to go still 19 days streak.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NicolasHIk

Congratulations!

I also have the same feeling about duolingo. Before I discovered Duolingo, I have been studying Spanish on/and off for 6 years and still wasn't able to maintain a basic conversation. At some point I just accepted that language learning wasn't for me. Then when I discovered Duolingo, I was able to speak Spanish after only 6 months of studying haha.

5 years ago, I would have never thought that it would have been possible for me to be fluent in a third language, nor to be able to maintain a basic conversation in a fourth language and the Idea of learning a fifth language was simply crazy!

Anyway, congrats once again and never give up! Don't hesitate to learn a new language as well, you will not regret it!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Wow congratulations on your journey as well, its amazing how much you have accomplished in just a few years. Duo has offered so much to so many people its kind of unbelievable. i definitely need to look into a third language real soon. Thank you for your lovely comment.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Leslie483050

Congratulations! Well said. You have inspired me. Bravo!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you so much, im glad you liked the read.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Galaxy582

That is awesome. Have a few lingots.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Lol thank you for the lingots, i have so many at this point i have no idea what to do with them hahah. Hopefully duo expands the store in the future.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph297228

I want to buy a mug, lol

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

They don't have mugs but they do have shirts: https://gear.duolingo.com

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph297228

Lemniscatarum, I know that, lol, but I still want a mug :)

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Print a photo of your face on the shirt and you have your mug.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Deact1vated_User

Well, technically, your profile picture is a mug.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ryanaissance

There's plenty of sites out there where you can take an image of your owl, or whatever you want, and have it printed on just about anything, including mugs. Cafe Press comes to mind.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rafaelshay1

I'm barely a week in duolingo, still getting on my feet. I hope to have a wonderful experience. How do i get lingots?

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Melyndi

keeping a long streak will get you lots. 1 lingot for 10 days 2 for 20 etc. When I hit 1010 I'll get 101 more.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SweetCandyz

You get lingots by completing a lesson and leveling up, also if someone gives you a lingot.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/yibemajam

Rafaelshay1 you will soon have so many lingots you wouldn't know what to do with them. Just keep at it and have a wonderful time learning a foreign language (or more). Have a couple of lingots from me.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FatSheep2867

If your on phone there's more things to buy

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ElementalYT

like?

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

I remember there being suits and costumes you could buy for Duo (the owl) to wear. Not sure if that's still an option

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nikolai_Novikov

they even have anew one - roman legionnaire or smth.

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bookrabbit

Congratulations! Fantastic streak:)

I agree with you about the crown system. How you describe your feeling about properly understanding Portuguese after using it is what it has done for me in Russian. Everything is falling into focus finally:) I just wish I had time to use it to focus on all my languages in the same way. Too many languages too little time ...

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Lol i know what you mean, there's so much to learn.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WarriorCleberz

First of all, congratulations! You showed discipline and willpower in these last five years.

Portuguese is my native language, and I believe to have a lot of vocabulary to learn, always! Including for the natives. As in English, it's possible to improve a little every day.

Você fez um grande estudo até aqui! Tenho certeza que seu ritmo mental é incrível hoje e sua motivação só aumentará! Essa é uma das grandes vantagens do Duolingo. Continue sua jornada, ela será incrível :D

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Muito obriagdo! Boa sorte para você também!

October 21, 2018

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

Awesome. Amazing.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you very much!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

bravo and happy 5 year duoversary! It is amazing to hear about what you have gained from duolingo. It truly is a great program. Happy continuing!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you very much, i cant belive its already been half a decade, time flies like crazy.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

time flies like crazy, yes, that"s true! I started learning spanish half a decade ago, first in classes, then on duolingo. Its been an amazing and rich experience. A good use of time, it has opened my world.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/colt45rd

My 1414 looks soo puny

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

LOL, you should be proud of that, each streak is personal to the individual and we should all be proud of our own journey no matter how small or large it may be.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

haha! I think your 1415 looks very UNpuny! :-)

October 22, 2018

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

nope, my streak of 1 day looks puny lol

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rolltide05

Wow... just wow. That is very inspiring, we all have those times where we think we should give up and sometimes that feeling gets pretty strong but the fact that you kept on going is just so inspiring, and for 5 years! Wow. I've been learning Korean for a long time and was happy to see that they added it to Duolingo so, we'll see how that goes, lol. Apenas lhe queria dar os parabéns.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you very much, i would love to learn Korean, i've been into k-pop lately and i would love to be able to understand what they're saying haha.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnButler4971

Congratulations on your 1/2 decade on Duolingo. How many languages have you profiently learned and can fluently speak?

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Ive only studied Portuguese and i really felt my skills were pretty good a few years ago but recently ive noticed a "surge" in my abilities its like something in my brain was like " okay you know this now" and i just feel more fluent than ever before. Im definitely going to look into more languages in the future.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rangdo

Congratulations! I've only been here for just over a year, but it's great to hear from someone who has had such a good experience and who therefore is inspiring for others. I'm really liking the crown system as well, for similar reasons to you: I'd got to the end of my Italian tree, and other than gaining levels, the motivation to keep going back was beginning to ebb. That was a real problem because what Duolingo really helps me with is keeping my knowledge fresh. I travel to Italy once or twice a year, but even though I tried learning some Italian, in between visits it would always 'reset' to zero. Sticking with Duolingo means that doesn't happen and I can actually improve over time.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Exactly! Im glad to hear that other people are benefiting from the update as well. And congratulations on making it a year!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Julia800203

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your experience. It's really encouraging. I have been studying the Italian course for over a year (423 days, to be exact), and right in the middle of it they switched to the crown system. At first I was not very enthusiastic about it, but now I can see that it's an improvement. I haven't finished the tree yet. My daily goal is 30 points, and my "system" has been to work on each skill up to the third level, and then to go on to the next level. I find the discussions very helpful in clarifying points that I don't understand. If I have more time after doing my 30 points, then I go back to one of the previous skills in order to reinforce it. I have 6 more "skills" to go. Once I have done that, I will go back through the tree again to reinforce my skills and "go for the gold"!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

That sounds like a great plan, i feel like the crowns really give people more customization with what works best for them. We all have our way that works best for us and i think thats great. Good luck on reaching gold!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Judy_Blue_Eyes

Kudos to you.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you very much.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sarapinowitz

Congratulations!

This give me reassurement that Duolingo does make you fluent in a language!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, yes there are times when i feel like im not grasping the concept of the subject, but if i just dedicate a week or two to one subject at a time i usually understand it perfectly. It just takes time i suppose.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Saved_by_Christ

Congrats Mashallissane! Very insightful and inspiring post! That is so good that you know what has been helpful and what you have learned during your time here. I wish you all the best and hope you will be around here for at least another 5 years! :)

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you very much, i plan on stay as long as possible.

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

Impressive! Any thoughts to a second language, now that you've met some of those goals?

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

There are so many options, id love to learn all the Latin languages, but i would also like to challenge myself further and maybe learn Japanese or perhaps Korean. Theres so many options out there i just got to find the right place to start.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Wingtaylor

congrats im proud of you

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you so much, im proud of me too lol.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JesseSequoia

Nice

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

thank you!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Meital640

Congratulations!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RichC14

Congratulations. I hope you get the opportunity to use your new skills in Brazil and/or Portugal .

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

I hope to as well, that may come true in a year or two if things work out the way i want.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/compsognathus

Very inspirational, congratulations!!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you so much!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RachelF12345

Congratulations!!!! Have a lingot for your accomplishments and perseverance!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, it will be a nice addition to my cough 16154 lingot collection. hahaha.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Robwith1

You have so many comments but I have to thank you for such a lovely letter.There are so many bored retired folks around me and I am introducing them to Duolingo.I am heading to 1000 streaks so I have to congratulate you for your hardwork. I started Portuguese but it is so close to Spanish that I am mixing up both of them. I am now concentrating on Spanish and French. Cheers to you.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

That's amazing that you're spreading the word and getting people interested in it. lol i started the Spanish tree for a bit and i was so surprised how slimier the words are. Strangely i think Spanish words sound a little more natural to me, but maybe thats because i grew up with a lot of Spanish speaking folks where i live.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/YnaUZpIJ

Parabens! Eu achei o Duolingo na Internet e estou aprendendo turko. Comecei na semana passada e estou adorando!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

É um programa tão maravilhoso. Boa sorte na sua jornada!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Karlsenski

Congratulations on 5 years on Duolingo! I just realized that my 5 year mark is literally tomorrow, so your post really resonates with me. I don't think I ever would have considered learning languages to this depth without it. Even if Duolingo isn't so great on its own, it certainly opens doors. I hope the next 5 years turn out just as well for you!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnButler4971

I am about to hit my one month on, I have enjoyed the learning. Wanting to learn to read in orginal language some of the blogs I read. Looking to learn Korean next as I work with a Korean family.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Karlsenski

Just keep at it. It looks like you've got a good streak going there too. If you do it every day for long enough it stops feeling like work.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

That's so amazing, keep up the great work, one month will turn into one year before you even know it!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Wow congratulations on hitting five years, so crazy how we both started almost at the exact same time.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/YarkoRab

OMG! Congratulations!!! Seeing your streak I wish I had started much earlier ;-)))

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, its never to late to start, soon you'll be there too.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jil_C

Congratulations!
and thank you for sharing your experience and achievment with Duolingo in such a lovely manner. I too started with Duolingo five years ago but without a regular practice until this year when I decided to work towards achieving my goal in languages with learning at least one to conversational level. Thank you Duolingo, Marshallissane and all of us helping each other here. It's great!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

It really is such a great community, and were all a part of this experience. Good luck to you on your journey.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MustaphaMondeo

I had a 400 day streak when the crown system depressed me so much I gave up. I'm finding it to be an utter slog now.

I'm a completist. I had to go right back to the beginning and it bored me so much I could have cried. The change to Crowns didn't suit everybody. And I still hate the arrogance of the duo team for not giving me a choice to continue using use spaced repetition.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

I understand that point as well, i even considered quitting because i myself am a completest and i feel i must finish everything out, but i still feel like im achieving something with the crown levels. In fact the crown levels feel more challenging to me that its almost re-motivated me to see just how far i can push myself. I understand that its not for everyone but i think having an open mind to new change is always a good thing.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich

That's incredible! I'm not too far behind you! Congratulations!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, very impressive streak.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RogueOfMetal

Congrats on the 5 years! I regretfully lost my first 60 day streak due to passing out at the time, but been doing pretty good with keeping up with this one. Stagnated for like a year repeating the same French lessons just to keep up the streak, now moved on to Norwegian and actually learning again.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

I know what thats like, a couple years ago i went through some pretty hard life altering circumstances and duolingo was just too much but i had to keep going with it because of my streak, if it weren't for the streak i probably wouldn't be here right now, on duolingo that is. Im glad i stuck with it though, im learning more now than i did in my first year it feels.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Meraviglioso. Congratulations!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Mutio obrigado!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph297228

Congratulations! Raises a glass of Prosecco Here's to the next five years! :)

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Ill drink to that, Cheers!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Joseph297228

Cheers!

October 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/labradore1

Clap clap clap clap clap!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

bows lol thank you.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sanjay865263

Congratulations!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you very much!!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/rockerbox

Amazing! Well done, and your message on your progress for Portuguese is inspirational!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, i hope someone out there reads this and decides to keep going even when it gets really tough.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MoraSten0586

In strong agreement with Marshallissane concerning the support of the new crown system. Renewed motivation, interest, and greater success keeps me going. Communication en español is much better and understood by los camareros en el restaurante de español. Never quit. This is more doable than ever.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

I was skeptical of the crown system at first but i soon realized its a much better and in-depth system as opposed to the other way, I honestly feel duolingo is at its peak at the moment and i can only see it getting bigger, the entire community demands improvement and the staff usually provides, its quite symbiotic in a way i haven't really seen before, it feels as if its changing in the direction the community wants and thats so refreshing.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Firegirl369

This is so inspiring

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, im glad you thought so.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jake768026

Amazing perseverance!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you so much!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Stathis94

Congrats:)

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you very much.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Einna12358

Congrats! I have only been on duolingo for four days, and so far it has been amazing!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Best of luck to you on your journey, its defiantly a unique experience.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Wow! Congrats!! 5 years of dedication is a long time.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, weirdly it doesn't really feel all that long, i guess time gets lost on all of us.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Melyndi

wow! Congratulations!

Yeah I had a similar experience with the crowns. As well and the podcasts and stories (My main language is Spanish) I love how Duo just keeps adding new stuff for us intermediate students, some of who wouldn't know any at all if it wasn't for Duo. I'm only nearing 3 years but here's to hitting 5 eventually.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

It's nice that they keep things fresh and updated, i feel it improves the language learning experience overall. Congratulations on getting to three years!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/seacc3

Wow! Massive achievement, congrats!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you so much!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ShakedYizh

Congratulations! now write that in Portuguese hahahah

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

LOL i know i should, but with the amount i talk and the fact that i can barely spell in English id be here all day, maybe my 6 year duoversary ill write a Portuguese version as well.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/yibemajam

Congratulations, keep up the good work.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, i will.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/spiceyokooko

Well done! I'll be coming up to six years in January 2019!

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Congratulations on going for 6 years, thats impressive work.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Seattle_scott

Congratulations. I've always said language learning is like long distance running. Great job on the perseverance. You're a real inspiration to keep going.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you, it totally is like long distance running, every once in a while you have to slow down but you keep going, then out of nowhere you get a rush of energy and and your cranking out like 10 lessons a day.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Pennieboo

Congrats! I've been going for 5 days (that number seems very small compared to 1825) but I think it's inspirational that you've been here for so long and hope to learn here for as long as you!

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

We all start somewhere, good luck on your journey, keep at it and you'll get there soon enough.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72

Congratulations on reaching five years and to many more. It was nice to read your post as you reflect on your language learning experience. While it's interesting to see the new crown system, it'll be interesting to see how DL evolves in the future. Again, congratulations on an impressive language learning journey. :)

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Im sure they have something new in store to shake it up, and whatever it is i'll be ready to take it on.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/cchase007

Congratulations! It is a treat for me to read your post and those of some of the other long term learners!

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshallissane

Thank you im glad you enjoyed it. Very nice streak yourself.

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/11100100

that's absolutely amazing!

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/regisSG

Parabéns!! Um dia eu chego nesse numero de strikes também

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Judy782664

Love it. 1221 days for me.

February 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich

Congratulations on your Level 25, Level 3 and 1,230 Day Streak! That's excellent!

February 7, 2019
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