https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY

Hit my 1140 day streak!

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Also inspired to see how many people are learning multiple languages on Duo! To a fluent and more communicative world!

April 8, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martad15

Hola VBA Felicitaciones!

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Hola Martad15, como esta? Tiene muchas lenguas!

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vincent051

Good job my friend! Stick with the program and keep having fun!

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci beaucoup! Danke schon! Muchas gracias! Vincent051, do you feel fluent in your top level languages?

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ForsinardFalun

Wow You are a good leaner! How long have you been studying in Duoilgo?

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you! Three years. The first few months were tough, and the first year a bit frustrating, esp. sorting out the three languages and my past experience with all three including Czech, Latin, Polish, Hungarian, Yiddish, Japanese, Gaelic, Norwegian, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. Polygot at heart!

How long have you been studying with Duo?

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Benjamin_2k..._

How long have you studied duolingo

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Over three years

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Benjamin_2k..._

Wow!!!!!

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jVLd4ypg

Hi, don't you mix up what you are learning! Nevertheless I admire what you've achieved

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Hi JVLd4ypg, Oh yes, I did, still do. A lot more in the beginning. It was Franishman some days, Spanglish others and Gerspanench others

April 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/..MinhThien..

Wow you are really good. Admire you too

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you, MinhThien, it's an important accomplishment for me. I really want to be able to speak to anyone anywhere, preferably in their native language. I like to say it's my Communication Kindness.

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/..MinhThien..

Me too. I want to get to know more people. Tell me how important I exist

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gvhf_sammy

I can relate. It is good to do something useful in my life nowadays.

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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So true!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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MinhThien, Did you mean, "tell me how important I am?"

Add value to the planet every day. Do and say things that make the world better in the highest sense.

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thlacko_

Woow, congratulations!! And I still can't reach 100 XD

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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I practice the first thing when I wake up. Otherwise I wouldn't make it either. You can set Duo to remind you every day.

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bigbenisboss

Awesome, Happy Learning!

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you so much!

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ForsinardFalun

1140 days. Wow That's my goal

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you! Merci! It has taken 3 years learning three languages every day. It feels good to read French, German and Spanish labels, to listen to all three on the radio, watch movies and videos, to translate (yes, I have been able to translate), and generally be able to understand these three languages. Wishing you stamina towards your goal!

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ledishe

did you use other application to learn spanish? any suggestions that would help me become fluent

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Hi Ledishe, I was taught Spanish for two years in school, but I just couldn't get it. I learned a few basic phrases and lost more than I learned after class. I learned more from being around Spanish speakers. But not always good grammar with the conversational Spanish.

In the past three years, I listened to the Duo Spanish podcasts off and on, practiced Duo every day, did the Duo Stories and finished them all. I read online about these two guys that learned each language fluently in 3 months by going to that country and immersing themselves. I couldn't do that, but I have a Brazilian friend who speaks Portuguese and another friend who speaks Spanish and I told them I would only speak Spanish to them. I text them in Spanish and only speak Spanish when I'm around them. They sometimes speak English to me, but I only respond in Spanish. That forced me to stop being afraid to trust that I know Spanish and built my self-confidence (which I think is a lot of language learning). When I speak to my Spanish friend, I'm surprised how many people nearby who speak Spanish join in. They made me feel comfortable and welcome. And it allowed me real conversations about things I do and understand.

It is said we only speak about 2,500 words regularly in our native language conversations, so that helped me to know that I probably know 2,000 plus words in Spanish...enough to hold conversations. Another confidence-builder.

I also use Mango Languages. The membership and app is free from the public library. Mango works similar to language immersion. Will that work for you? Do you have friends who speak Spanish or can you add the Mango app to your Duolingo learning? Let me know if I can help you more.

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/c-alexander

Tu es incroyable!

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci, charlieanglais! Je veux que être parler à tout le monde et comprend beaucoup. J'aime les personnes et j'aime plus tenir conversations. Comment tu aimes le français?

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunny.Kay

Wonderful news, very inspirational! Congrats on your success, and for your lovely motivation behind it. Some lingots for you.....

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you, Sunny.Kay! Beautiful name! How do you learn so many languages at once? Impressive! Was ist deine Muttersprache?

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunny.Kay

Oh, thanks, VBafY! It's a name I try to live up to. Language learning is a passion of mine, a hobby with the fringe benefit that it opens up the world for me.

I'm a native English speaker, an American. How about you?

Love your attitude and philosophy of kindness!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Same, Sunny.Kay, and a lover of the nuances in English. It's not necessarily a pretty language like so many others, but it's rich with variations and little flecks of so many other historic languages. Overall, I'm very fascinated with languages, written and verbal. I love writing! Fascinated with the history of language, cave writings and all!

Thank you, Sunny.Kay! For me, it's the only way to live.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louradour5

Hi Sunny Kay, could you explain the expression "I try to live up to" if you don't mind.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunny.Kay

Louradour5 -- I don't mind at all.

'To live up to' is a phrasal verb of 'live' and is defined in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English as: to measure up to, to reach, to do as well as expected.

The word 'sunny', when used to describe a person or their temperament, means: bright, cheery, upbeat, positive, encouraging.

So when I say that I aspire to live up to my name, I am saying that I strive to consistently reflect those attributes into the world.

I hope that helped!

Sunny

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louradour5

Many thanks Sunny, it helps a lot ! A new lingot for you

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Beautifully put, Sunny!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ta_Xuan_Hoang

Bien!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AldenAmott

good for you

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Good for all of us. The more we use the tools, the more we improve Duo.

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abbyandoreo

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci beaucoup!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Romeo234664

Also inspired to see how many people are learning multiple languages on Duo! To a fluent and more communicative world!

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Yes, Romeo234664, ditto!

April 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Antoine994183

Level 25 wow. Je tiens à vous dire bravo car la langue française est difficile avec ses nombreuses particularités.

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Salut Antoine994183! La langue française est plus difficile que allemand ou espagnole. Je ne peux pas dire pour anglaise car c'est mon langue maternelle. Merci!

April 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnKidd4

Well done you. Communication with kindness and respect .... how great if everyone applied that to every day life.

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you, AnnKidd4. Exactly! The world would be full of amazing polyglots devoted to global wellbeing. Imagine every single communication in every language (live, voice, text, post, chat, email, body language, etc.) done with kindness and valuing the other person as a whole, complete, worthy being. Imagine all those daily interactions consciously spreading kindness and adding up daily. (It's easier and weaker to be mean, hateful and unkind.) Kindness is a strength. Kindness takes strength. Imagine that

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.Sierra117

Is 1140 a significant number or something

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Naw, just forgot to mention it at each milestone, 30, 50, 100, 500, 1000...

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruby360784

HOOOOOOOOOOOOLY FRICK! That's multiple years of commitment!!!! Bonne traville!!!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci beaucoup! Oui, c'est plus de trois ans et deux mois. Tous les matins. Encroyable!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NureddinTurk

C'est fantastique

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci beaucoup! Tu aimes le Duo Plus?

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeighMurph2

Trés bien, bonne chance!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci, merci! C'est facile avec temps. Bonne chance!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sergei49

Better let's try measuring our ❤❤❤❤❤

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Aw, c'est charmant. If by hearts you mean kindness? Weil mit Herzen, dann ist das eine gute Sache.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erik-Fernandes

Congratulations!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you! Did you have fun learning English? Habla Español bien? Quelle est votre langue maternelle?

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hugh0scopy

Good job !

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you! How do you like learning English?

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexandraBarouty

Good for you! I can't believe you've spent so much time on it!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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What can I say, I wanted to really learn the languages once and for all. So I had to commit. When I made it a daily routine, it became easier. Just noticed the other day, when I hear French, Spanish or German, I'm not seeing the words in my head and then translating anymore, the word in its language makes sense to my brain. That's the point when you know you know it...you know?

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erik-Fernandes

Outstanding!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miranda32658

That's awesome!!! (but how did you do it?)

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Hi Miranda32658, Thank you!!! You can see my responses above to Rodrigo and others where I explain in detail, but mainly, I let the streak feature motivate me and I committed to practicing every morning on Duo. I used to get reminders from Duo, but now it is my morning discipline. Please let me know if you have further questions!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BenjaminLa972039

Congratulations! I am only starting my journey now and I am having a lot of fun.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you so much and congrats to you BenjaminLa972039! The fun is what makes this site easy to do every day. Some of the stories are hilarious! And the icons make me laugh.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheBadDog

Bravo/a! Puts my 64 days into perspective. Give Greek a try - lots of fun! :-)

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Hi IanTheFish, thanks! Trust me I was finally at about 64 days and happy just to manage that when I LOST my streak!! I was frustrated, but I recommitted. AND I lost my streak again! So I understand. Good to know, Greek is on my list for 2021. I have to get through Norwegian, Scots Gaelic, Irish, Navajo, Welsh, Czech, Japanese, Vietnamese, Swedish, Arabic and a few others first. Amusez-vous l'apprentissage!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fc0292

Congratulations!!! It is amazing how duolingo changed my life, I started using it to improve my german, now I am lost inside many languages..

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you, and all hail to you, fc0292!!! Changed my life, too! Finally I am a legit polyglot and moving into mastering three more languages. I am so very impressed with your accomplishment! Your panel looks like a box of jelly beans with all the colors!!!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fc0292

Thank you for your words!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VanDanhNguyen

Wow! I wish you happiness and hope you always keep many of your languages.

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Merci beaucoup! That's very nice of you to say, VanDanhNguygen. Appreciate it and same to you! How was it learning American English?

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PinkFlam1

h o w

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Well, PinkFlam1, I practice on Duo every morning.

April 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JOHNC145000

you have been playing for like 3 years straight

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Yes, it's been a long run, but worth it! Is that Welsh I see in your language queue? How's that going?

April 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RodrigoBalthazar

Hey, man, congrats! Do you study exclusively through Duolingo? You dedicate the same amount of time for the three languages? Did you have any previous knowledge? Have you tested for your level on any of those languages? What do you think your level is on each? B2? C1? Is it possible to reach B2 just through Duolingo? Again, congrats!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thanks, RodrigoBalthazar! I study in multiple formats, but primary Duolingo and Duo every day. I do a little Mango. I tried Speaky for live conversations, but no one seemed serious on there. I learned in school a little too. Yes, I dedicate the same amount of time roughly. Some days I'm better in one language so I go with that. I set up Duo clubs for Spanish and German and joined a French club--it only works on the mobile app though. Clubs helped me stay motivated and disciplined. I grew up around multiple languages, but everybody mainly spoke English to me. I tried to learn multiple languages over the years, but couldn't break through the barrier I had. I haven't tested. I am mainly interested in communicating with lots of people and for global wellbeing, so if I tested it would just be to gauge competency. Have you tested? Have you tried other language learning platforms? Have you tried Speaky or Mango? There's a new one, Drops. If so, how does Duo compare for you?

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RodrigoBalthazar

Thanks for the tips! I did not use Mango nor Speaky, but I'll test both. I really liked LiveMocha 1000 years ago, so I use Busuu for German because the format resembles LiveMocha (evaluating speaking and writing). Unfortunatelly it doesn't have all the languages I'm studying. I also use iTalki and Tandem (this one for speaking). I tried Drops but I didn't like it. I guess there's a limit for the gamification to be cool. I also use some text materials for the languages. I like to use duolingo when I'm not home or on office because it is simple and I can do it through my mobile. Also on testing, I did a TOEFL one million years ago so I don't think it would have any value anymore. I'd like to make a research on self-evaluation for autonomous language learning. There are some sites with tests but it doesn't cover all the active skills like speaking and writing. I think I evaluate myself mostly through reading (when I keep progressing on the difficulty of the material I read) and on chating (when I'm able to stay on the language longer while talking to someone). Anyway, I'm on my way on duolingo and I'd like to top some languages the way you did!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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You're so welcome! Look forward to hearing your feedback on Mango and Speaky. In my original language learning search I think I read about LiveMocha. I considered Busuu, but was already doing Speaky and Duo. I looked at Rosetta, Babbel and iTalki for a minute. It was all so overwhelming...if only I knew then what I know now, right?!

I don't like Drops so far, but just trying it. Agree on the gamification, and I find the icons to be inaccurate. For example in French, for "s'il vous plait" it's a very artistically stylized icon of a man begging. Doesn't equate. So I was promptly disenchanted. Love your research!!! Love to join you on it, if you're interested.

I agree some of best eval is difficulty reading and time in on convos. Hang in there on Duo, you'll make it sooner than you think. I'm very proud of my accomplishment on Duo, not so much of learning the languages--that was inevitable, but for sticking with it for over three years.

P.S. I was also using brain games apps as a way to augment my studies in school when I first started on Duo. My fav was the word challenges, and I'm convinced it helped restructure and stimulate my neurons.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

I don’t think it is possible to get to B2, just B1 at the max. You’d need more books to get to B2+ .

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bacimsoon

congrats!!! happy learning!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thanks! Happy learning to you, too!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrei.lix

Congratulations! It is very hard to achieve that!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you! I agree, but worth it!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/..MinhThien..

Now in Vietnam, we are having some problems. Those problems in foreign countries do not happen. I have a question about why. Our problem is: - There are Bot-tests that take our post back and say: "Manage posts"

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Benjamin_2k..._

Agree with you, if we post a topic, it will post back 10 times

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/..MinhThien..

Can anyone explain me?

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ioanna678593

In 3 languages 25/25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gongratulations!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you, loanna678593! I appreciate the support! Practice your English with me anytime!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m0xnix

Good job! Congratulations!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GracieJame10

GOOD JOB WOOHOO..... I ONLY HAVE A ONE DAY STREAK! ;) HEHE

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Thank you! Yay for one day! I had one day once, too. It takes time. You'll do it!

April 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

I always have one day streaks. Maybe it’s an internet problem. The streaks stop at 4 most times! (This is supposed to be funny hehehe)

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VBafY
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Point and a lingot for your humor, DanielVanD18! It was funny...a little streak humor!

April 10, 2019

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