SUGGESTION: Scheduled Streak Freeze
So, I travel quite a bit and I know lots of other people do as well. And when you travel, there's plenty of trouble with streaks, especially with internet access. Camping also provides this issue. I've experienced this firsthand and have heard complaints of losing streaks because of travel or camping and things like that.
Therefore, I have a suggestion for Duo: it would be really helpful if you could make scheduled streak freezes that last for multiple, pre-chosen days.
For example, if you were going on a trip and would be away for the 4th, 5th, and 6th of March, you would be able to buy streak freezes in the store for the 4th, 5th, and 6th of March. That way, you'd be able to travel for a while without losing your streak due to problems you can't really control.
I think this would be really helpful for a lot of people, and I know it'd be helpful for me. :)
After a while you tend to get way more than you know what to do with anyways. I have like 200 lingots and I have no clue what to do with them anymore.
EDIT: so THIS POST is where all those random lingots came from!!!! >:(
Correct, but please, consider that lingots tend to pile up (and sleep...). In the suggested way, at least there would be a useful use of them... thank you for reading
Yes it would be! As little as I like using a streak freeze, I travel a lot and don't always have internet access. While the streak is not what actually makes you learn the language, it is certainly a helpful motivator. I am aiming at 200 days in the near future. Thanks for the suggestion.
If you can pause your streak for several days at a time, it seems it would not really be a streak of daily practice. Maybe it would be better if Duo could allow the user to select the preferred way to count a streak: - consecutive days of meeting your daily XP goal (with no, or only rare, streak freezes) - set a weekly practice goal (ex: get at least 1XP at least 3 days/week; get 30XP 5 days a week; whatever that user finds most motivating), and count the consecutive weeks you make that goal.
The weekly streak would solve a lot of the frustrations I see people commenting on (where they have certain days each week that they just can't get internet access, or they do shift work so a few days a week they literally can't get 10 minutes to pound out a DL lesson...)
Maybe, rather than having some people with relatively tiny numbers because they're counting weekly streaks: as long as you are meeting your weekly goal, each day you do practice gets counted in the daily streak total so they don't have to change how everyone's streak is displayed.
I see what you mean about it not being a streak of daily practice, and think that a weekly streak is a good solution to this. I just feel that, when people have been working hard to keep up a streak and spent lots of time learning a language, it's somewhat discouraging to lose a streak because you didn't have internet access for three days. Yes, a weekly streak would be able to solve this problem, too. Just, some sort of solution would be nice.
This would be so nice to have! It drives me nuts when I lose my own streaks all because I can't get on the internet!
Seems like a very reasonable suggestion, but I assume that they'd make a it a duolingo plus option, so as to monetize it.
What ever they, do, Duolingo has helped millions of language learners for free. I hail them for that
Perhaps Duolingo could count total days of usage instead of consecutive days? Or let people enter their own amounts for what they want their streak to say?
If I could put in my own streak, I could say I ad a 1000 days instead of 68. It would be pointless because anyone could lie.
I was being slightly facetious, but on the serious side, perhaps the enter-your-own could be limited to no more than the total number of days since a user joined Duolingo.
It could eliminate a ton of sad posts about broken streaks.
That's the sad truth of it. I am always surprised when I see some people with Mega streaks like 2000 and above. Honestly, they make me feel "I have a long way to go" and help to increase my motivation..
This idea is ingenious. I have 1,282 lingots have not idea what to do with!
I would love to be able to spend lingots to pause my streak when I'm away from the internet.
Can staff give us a quick explanation about why this is not an option?
I sent a similar suggestion to them almost a year ago. I suggested that people be allowed to "pre-practice" for when they went places without internet access. So if you were going to be gone for five days, you would pay for those days with your lingots, and just practice five days worth ahead of time. So the same amount of learning happens, just up front. Not allowing options for when internet is available is especially frustrating when the reason you don't have internet is when you go to a country where they speak the language you are practicing and you get WAY better practice in person. This happened when I went hiking to Machu Picchu last year. The internet was very spotty at the hostels we stayed at, and couldn't be counted on. I normally NEVER have my phone out at meals, but I had to purchase internet from some of the restaurants we went to in the villages, just to keep my freeze. All the while speaking Spanish much of the day.
What if streaks didn't count consecutive days, but each day you've actively worked on your language, for instance, by completing at least one lesson (10 xp).
Then we wouldn't run the risk of losing our streaks al all.
We'd also still have the encouragement to keep studying - what the current streak is all about anyway - as we continue to see the number getting higher.
And for those of us who like it: we can also still see how far we are compared with others, and hold those with high numbers in great respect!
Just my two cents :-)
Good idea! Whilst a streak doesn't actually mean anything, it does help keep the motivation level up.
I'm not sure about choice of days, but having a "vacation streak freeze" that's good for 7 days, but can only be purchased once a year might be good.
I've maintained my streak so far and don't even have WiFi myself. I've stood outside of restaurants, libraries, etc. while they're closed just to do lessons with their WiFi...lol.
If one were to purchase several 1-Day Streak Freezes, wouldn't DL just "debit" them for as long as one is inactive or until the Freezes ran out? Or do they have to be purchased one at a time, immediately before they are needed?
This would be a great addition to the store, especially if you can get more than one. I prefer to go off the grid when I take trips.
I could have used this back when we still had skill strength. It would have come in handy during Hurricane Irma. Your suggestion is a great idea
I was just thinking about this when I took a look at the Discussion page and the first post I saw was yours! This is a fantastic idea. I care about my streak because it reminds me to keep going and not give up when I hit a language skill that is difficult for me.
At this time, I have 2154 lingots and I also wish I could have scheduled streak freezes. I once offered to pay 100 lingots a day for a short vacation that I went on a while ago, but I did not get a reply about that.
I remember when my tablet was working, about five months ago, i used to see a one week freeze called weekend or something like that. it appears immediately after finishing your first lesson on fridays if you have an android device. I hope this information is helpful.
you could keep a streak for a couple of years without having to open the app.
You could theoretically keep a streak without using Duo for years right now, if you bought new, single-day streak freezes every day. However, the idea behind the scheduled freezes is that you'd be able to travel or go on vacation or unplug for shorter times without losing your hard work. Everyone needs a break sometimes, but it seems a shame to lose a long streak due to a three-day camping trip.
That literally almost happened to me. One day I had already gotten my streak and I had a streak freeze that would last for tomorrow. After that day we left so I was able to do it again that day.
Please no! Streaks are already devalued. If you go down this road, the label ought to change to "high number I bought with inflated virtual currency" instead of "streak".
It would be better to remove all streak freeze variants. "Streak" should mean "days in a row practiced". If there must be a streak freeze option, at least make it have a reasonable cost, like at least one lingot for each day of your streak when used.
I used to feel that way, but then I lost a 190-day streak once not because I hadn't done the practices, but because I didn't press "continue" after answering all the questions in the last practice of the day and I didn't have streak freeze equipped. I'd just gotten back from a five-day trip to Norway where I'd made heroic efforts to get online, I'd been awake for something like 42 hours, and I forgot to press one button before going to bed and lost my streak. I'm still bitter about it three years later. So I don't think streaks are devalued if people take one day off, and I don't think streaks are devalued if people take outright vacations, and I'm just sorry that I had to learn that the hard way.
First let me say that different people have different methods of learning and encouraging themselves to continue, so the following is only my understanding and method.
It is my opinion that one should not place such a strong value on streaks (and levels), to the point of being so stressed if you have to start over. I am surprised at the level of angst I see in some comments.
Learning a language is all about learning to be patient. First you need to know your level: open a book, watch a movie (or the news or a podcast), read an article or a children's book in the language that interests you and you should be able to see what your current level is. If one day you do not use Duolingo, use an alternate method to keep practicing. If you have not the time to practice, that is also fine!
While you practice learn how to recognize where you make mistakes or where you have difficulty learning and find an alternate method or ask for help (these forums are a great place). If you do need someone to tell you your level then take an official exam or work with a tutor or in a language school.
Streaks (and levels) are artificial indicators of progress, to some degree, maybe not if one wants to use them as a measure against others. So I would suggest one pays as little attention as possible to them.
I agree that we shall use different learning methods to enhance what we achieve with Duolingo. However, some of us have very complicated, challenging lives and having a simple reward for finding the time to practice help us "To keep an eye on the ball" no matter what...Those few minutes of sanity that pay off. The reminder that you can and you are still doing something for bettering yourself. So, "The Streaks" have a more meaninful value than a "Good boy/Good girl" sticker for some of us.
I live in Florida, U.S.A. and we get hurricanes. I lost a steak to Irma and gave up DL for the rest of the season. OK! The streaks are not a big deal but considering the damage suffered through the storm, losing the streak is one jab I could have done without. There is nothing that can be done to save the steak as there is no power to charge computers or cell phones and thus one does not use precious battery power for DL. In addition, it was some days before the cell towers came back online. I would have gladly spent Lingots before the storm hit to buy a two-week freeze. I would like to see DL do this before the next Hurricane Season. I am ready with 1000+ Lingots and a 271-day streak to protect.
We had a HUGE snow storm and usually after that our power goes off for few days here in the West Canadian Coast/ Forest. Having earned lots of extra points and lots of lingots, this would be an opportunity for a fair Freeze if I cannot reach Duolingo. (I would still study from my Italian books!)
I love this idea. I'm traveling in March and am already resigned to losing my streak, especially since I'll be in an area with pathy internet service at best, but c'est la vie, I suppose.
I'm pretty sure I am in the wrong forum for this question, but it is related to streaks and I have no idea where else to ask it, so I'd appreciate any help one could give. I practice 2 languages French/German every day, and I do practice those every day, I would like to add Japanese to my list of languages that I am learning, however, with this language I do not intend on practicing every day, but rather giving it a go in spurts; I know that this is not how to actually learn a language, but I am also not very serious about learning Japanese just yet...so this would be more or less just a way for me to dip my toe into the water so to speak. If I do add Japanese to my list and I do not practice it every day, what happens to my streak?
Your streak does not depend on the language(s) you use to meet your goal. It just depends on meeting your daily goal through any combination of XP from any combination of languages.
For example, say your goal is 20XP. Day 1: 10XP in French and 10XP in Spanish, goal met, streak continues. Day 2: 10XP in French and 10 XP in Japanese, goal met, streak continues. Day3: 20 XP in Spanish, goal met, streak continues.