https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

1000 Days and nearly three years

Woohoo! 1000 day streak using the amazing language learning program called Duolingo. A confession, I have used the Streak Freeze feature on three occasions. In my mind this does diminish the accomplishment somewhat. I will say though that the first time I did miss my daily practice, my streak was already over 900.

My three year anniversary with Duolingo will come up in a few days, and what a lovely time I've had here. I've dabbled with French and Portuguese but have mainly plodded away with Spanish. In addition to Duo, I watch Netflix series in Spanish using the English sub-title feature and have a disk with basic Spanish vocabulary and short phrases which I play while driving in my vehicle. I've not had much opportunity to converse in Spanish and have little confidence that I would be able to communicate very well, at least initially.

My primary goal with learning another language is to exercise my aging brain in the hopes of delaying or possibly even avoiding completely the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. A secondary goal is obtaining the gift of being able to communicate with the natives of all of the wonderful countries where Spanish is the official language.

Thank you Duolingo. I use both a computer and iPhone to access the program. I've seen quite a number of changes over the last three years. And what do I think of these changes? Well, I would rate them at least a 9 out of 10. The Spanish instruction with its tree has grown and improved tremendously. I have really only one criticism and that lies not with the move to advertising but the quality of the advertisements. Many of them are just pure rip-offs and scams. Many are defamatory to well known and respected public figures in Canada where I live. I would implore you to be more judicious in your acceptance of advertising.

Thanks again staff and volunteers.

May 5, 2019

73 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/APRILBROWN4

Congratulations on the consistency of your practice ... Well done.

P.S. https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004087366-How-do-I-report-an-ad-

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thank you. I'll check out the link.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jeeves_bond

Having worked with online advertising I can say confidently: it's a mess.

Duolingo almost certainly don't choose directly which adverts appear on the site, there are most likely multiple ad vendors in their 'waterfall', probably ending with Google automatically auctioning the space off to the highest bidder when no-one else wants it. The whole process is almost designed to be Byzantine and opaque. And it's worse for us Canadians, if Duolingo are paying attention to what the ad networks are putting on the app, they're doing so in the US only. So they're not paying attention and the ads that appear for us Canadians are fewer and usually of lower quality.

That aside, congratulations on the streak! I hope to achieve the same one day; one thing I differ from you on is the use of Streak Freeze, I feel pretty good about my 212 day streak despite using Streak Freeze approximately once every two months, so I don't think it detracts from your achievement at all!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks. And thanks for the information. As with many things these days, it appears to be a mess - the advertising that is.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/egglady

I agree, there is no shame in using the Streak Freeze feature. I keep one paid for, just in case. While in the West Indies on a cruise a couple months ago, it was impossible to get an internet signal to do my lesson on one day. Those are the kinds of times when the Streak Freeze is nice.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

I just noticed that Duo posted my comment with a 999 streak rather than a 1000. But I swear I have a 1000 lol.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ella227254

It's cool, just wait till tomorrow and everyone will see that lovely number. Congratz!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks. Even the 999 looks grand.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Congratulations! I share your excitement at reaching 1000. It's such a good feeling and I wish you many more. A slow connection failed to accept my xp (on holiday in Italy!) so my streak shows otherwise. Ciao and here's to your next 1000!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

I'm sorry to hear that and congratulations to you.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Thanks Barold. I keep a record in my profile, just makes me feel better. Kudos to you, to borrow Songve's word.

May 5, 2019

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

Very inspirational accomplishment! May the next 1000 be even sweeter. A handful of lingots to mark the occasion....

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Ah Sunny. You are too kind. Thank you.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

100 days is looking a long ways off but a Duolingo Millennium seems like Infinity. KUDOS on your accomplishments and well written Discussion about your background and assessment of Duolingo.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thank you. I'm looking forward to the next 1000 - it really is an addictive pastime.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/egglady

Yes, it IS addictive. Now with the Leaderboard feature, I am doing far more lessons per week than I would have otherwise.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

I'm not familiar with the leaderboard feature. How does one access it?

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pv1204

Felicidades!!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thank you.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PhxBob

Bravo!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Bob ciao. There is a lovely YouTube listening video being developed by Simoneatt (he is on Discussion) and a lot of us are subscribing. You may like to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMH-c4JQUyk&t=49s Best regards to you.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RenSols

Congratulations pal, Keep it up!! I'm starting my journey in duolingo. I wish i could reach a streak like yours as well

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thank. You can do it!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jane203073

Congratulations, that's an amazing streak!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sue266906

Well done!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks again.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperLearner007

¡Impresionante! Realmente, te debo mi admiración.

Hiciste in buen trabajo, pero, para la próxima vez te recomiendo que escribas el post en Español o en la lengua que estés aprendiendo. Así podrás demonstar que los 1000 días han valido la pena, y, puede que sea más divertido :)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

I can read and understand your comment with difficulty. I wouldn't subject my potential audience to my very poor ability to write in Spanish. The comment was really intended for other native English speakers who are trying to acquire another language. But thanks anyways.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sharon446831

Hi BaroldThe1, Congrats on your 1000 day streak! I've used my streak freeze on 3 or 4 occasions and I am on day 1216 of the Spanish program. I'm curious if you may know the longest streak held on Duolingo? I have looked on the site but can't find that information or find a place to ask Duolingo directlty. I never received any type of recognition from Duolingo at 1000 day point which I must admit I was expecting. Anyways, congrats again!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mcneri

I will like to congratulate you then since Duolingo did not. You are OFFICIALLY a Duolingo MIllenial!!! I just started my own journey and I will like to invite you to guest post your experience and the most challenging parts of your journey so far. I see you reaching 2000 one day. Kudos to you and your effort as well as the consistency and discipline needed to fulfill this in spite of life's ups and downs. https://medium.com/1000-days-language-learning-streak

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Hi Sharon. It seems strange to me that Duo doesn't make some sort of celebration at these major milestones but it is what it is. And let me congratulate you on your wonderful streak!! I'm not sure if you are familiar with the www.duome.eu/ website. There are lots of interesting stats on there. For your personal stats try www.duome.eu/Sharon446831/ I hope this helps!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sharon446831

Thanks. I'm really enjoying Duo and you're right it is what it is. It would be good customer feedback if there was actually a place to give feedback! I'll check out those sites. Thanks again and happy learning!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Scarocker

Great work! Your persistence is admirable. I am only 38 days into Spanish and had been wondering when and if I would become confident enough to converse freely in the language. I have tried learning from a Pimsler audio course and my wife is a native Spanish speaker and we live in southern California so you would think that I would be able to get in some practice and gain confidence but at level 14, not yet. I am planning a trip to Peru in December and am really hoping to be ready to speak directly to my wife's family, at least a little. I too am watching Netflix and using the closed caption but so far I am listening in English and reading in Spanish. I plan to memorize many of the lines and then switch to listening and speaking along in Spanish.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Good luck to you. I considering watching an episode once with sub-titles and then re-watching with just Spanish audio. Just takes more time and a little boring lol.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sue266906

Well done!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/VickiBruns

Congratulations and advanced happy anniversary!!! How has Duolingo helped your Spanish? Would you say you are fluent ?

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

" I've not had much opportunity to converse in Spanish and have little confidence that I would be able to communicate very well, at least initially." From my post

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KingTMTheFirst

what a bloody legend

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Superb_Cheeto

No lazarbeam meme quotes pls @Tommy

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/alineaarruda

Awesome!! Keep going!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Ha Ha! Thanks. I intend to every day for the rest of my life. Good for the brain.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ibachic136

Have you tried italki? You can converse with native speakers over the internet, may help you get your confidence up speaking.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks for the suggestion. Yes I'd need to step up my game if I want to improve my fluency more rapidly. For the moment, I'm content to just plod along with Duo improving my vocabulary and reading and writing ability. One day perhaps.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dmitry_Gid

Recently I have lost my streak because I finished the circles and stories. Changed my activity to speaking with natives in games and Speaky app + i translate and sing 2 songs a day.

Stop and think for a second, what is it about having a streak or about results?

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Ah... we all have different aspirations and different paths to get there. At the moment I'm working to finish the Spanish tree. Learning vocabulary and improving my writing and reading. (also listening skills) The streak is a motivator which gets me to practice Spanish on days when I otherwise might not because of any number of factors. But thanks for the suggestions and the reflection.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nga104476

Congratulations! The secret to success is commitment. May you have many more 1000s.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Why thank you! And what a lovely wish you've made for me. I'm 67 years old and plan on living another 30 at least :) If Duo lasts as long as I hope to, I shall endeavor to practise each and everyone of those days. Imagine the streak - something longer than 10,000!!!! Best of luck to you in your journey, be it with Duo or elsewhere in life.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul427983

Your accomplishment is grand!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks! That's an impressive streak that you're working on!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sobesjm

Fantastic! I think by 1000 days you are on autopilot.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks. That's an impressive streak you have as well. Congratulations.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/libyanlegend

felicitations! I have no clue how you managed to do that as you may see the most ive ever done was prob 4 days............ you have unnatural perseverance ;)

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks. I'm retired lol!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mostlyb

Congratulations! That's an amazing achievement.

I think you are very wise to exercise your brain wrt Alzheimer's. IMO, it is something everyone should consider - along with several other activities thought to help (e.g. regular exercise, healthy diet, plenty of sleep).

I also applaud your desire to communicate with native speakers when visiting their country. It's a very respectful and open approach to people - something that we should all aspire to.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thank you! I also try and balance on a beam often throughout the day. And on one foot. The amount of brain activity required for balance is considerable. Another approach is to use your opposite hand for routine activities such as brushing hair and teeth, eating.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CA-93

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your experience here, it's very inspirational!

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thank you. Good luck!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Domenico3rd

I just started, i hope i can reach a1000day streak

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mcneri

Yes you can. I too just started. Join me and chronicle your experience here https://medium.com/1000-days-language-learning-streak

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

I hope you do too! I'll watch for you.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mcneri

Hi, I just started my own 1000 days of language learning journey. It is amazing to see that someone has recently completed their own journey. If it interests you, come along to the blog and tell my readers a little bit about your experience. Congratulations! Visit and ask to join the blog if you have done this journey of 1000 days. The world wants to hear from you. https://medium.com/1000-days-language-learning-streak

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniil457007

Well done!!! It's a really amaising achivment! Some day I had about 300 days in a row and was very excited. I was hoping to achive 365 days. But unfortunatelly I've lost everything. Actually there was a good reason for that - I became a dad of a beautiful girl! So. Good luck and take care!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks and congratulations to you! That's a really important achievement. Please enjoy this lingot.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

Streak Freeze feature on three occasions

Nothing to worry the least bit about :P. The main goal is to learn a languages, that includes taking breaks / relaxing / resting whenever you need it!

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

You are right of course but I notice that you've an even longer streak than I do. Congratulations.

May 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

By 2 weeks lol, basically the same. But thanks, congratulations to you too ;).

I've probably used like 50 streak freezes or so and I'm not ashamed about it :).

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/D3XT3RY0NuT

Congratulations!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BaroldThe1

Thanks!

May 10, 2019

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