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

1000 Days at last!

I've been looking forward to this for a year. Started from my first day on DL. Did have one streak rescue. BTW, I have over 6000 lingots, so no need to contribute!

May 9, 2019

91 Comments


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

Congratulations! I’m at day 916 and can’t wait! My husband says, who cares? I guess I do!

May 9, 2019

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

Well, I do too! The 900's were rough, kept worrying something would happen.

May 9, 2019

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

That's wonderful! Congratulations to you as well :')

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S.A.Debre

I still gave you five lingots, you can't stop me!

May 9, 2019

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

Seems you were stopped.

May 9, 2019

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

how?

May 9, 2019

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

he could have given 41 lingots or42.. or 43 and so on haha

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jasmine839804

:)

May 10, 2019

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

Well done, great commitment.

May 9, 2019

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

Kudos for your Millennium.

May 9, 2019

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

A Millennium! I never thought of it like that. Thanks!

May 9, 2019

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

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I get a 5 day streak if I'm lucky! You must have worked sooooo hard! Well done!

A Language Learner

May 9, 2019

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

Congratulations! :D

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/buck72

Congratulations on reaching an impressive milestone! And to many more milestones in your language learning. :)

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

Two years and nine months - great thing! Perfect time to give a motivation to others - yes, it is possible to have a four-digit-streak.
And, yes, the Lingots keep coming, no matter what. I'll be over 10K before I pass the three-year-line

May 10, 2019

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

Wow, very impressive stats.

May 11, 2019

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

1000 days?! wow that's awesome! gives lingot Then reads I have over 6000 lingots

May 9, 2019

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

Thanks, and have a couple back!

May 9, 2019

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

I remember that passing one thousend days was really amazing. Congratulations to you and much more fun with Duolingo!

May 10, 2019

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

Thanks!

May 12, 2019

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

Good job! It's not easy to keep a streak going for 3 years! One of these days I might do a streak post. Maybe at 3000.

May 11, 2019

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

You can do a streak post now! 1500 is a reasonable milestone I would say. Just curious what happens when you get to 25. Do you do one language at a time and then when you get there you start a new one? Which one did you do first?

May 11, 2019

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

I already had good familiarity with all the main European languages (the big 5: Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese in that order for me) before Duolingo was invented, so mostly did the trees for fun and review.

I enjoyed the translation feature immensely before they killed it off.

I had some basic Russian as well, so finished that tree (long before they had crowns). I had never really done much with a Scandinavian language, so I chose Danish and finished that tree (again, before the crown feature was added). I did Esperanto out of curiosity, and finished the tree, but since then they've added to the tree, but I don't have much interest in completing it again. I did the Romanian tree to sort of round out my interest in the Romance languages.

The only language I'm really currently trying to learn is Turkish, which I had no exposure to at all prior to Duolingo. I started the tree when the course was first released here, and only recently finished the tree. Barely learned a thing, though.

Now I'm working on getting each skill up to 5 crowns. I started back at the beginning and just stick with one skill until it's maxed out then move on to the next. Haven't gotten too far because it's so darned hard, the way the lessons are laid out, compared to French, for example. Can barely do one lesson a day now because it just takes so darned long and is so frustrating. I really hope that one day they'll improve the Turkish course to match the quality level of the Spanish or French courses. Anyway, I had to go to Memrise to continue learning Turkish. As I actually learn more on Memrise, maybe the Duo lessons will start being easier and make more sense.

I'm currently re-re-reviewing French to keep my daily streak intact without stressing over the too-difficult level 5 Turkish skills. (They changed/modified/added so much to the French tree in the recent update, it's really wonderful.)

Well, that's it. I'd really love to learn Swahili and several other languages as well, but currently the Duo courses aren't of much help to me. Maybe it's my learning style, but the structure of the French and German and Portuguese (etc.) courses works for me, but the way Swahili and Chinese and Japanese and Hebrew and Hindi are presented here doesn't work for me.

Anyway, good luck on your studies!

May 11, 2019

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

I agree. 1500 is great. I was a bit reluctant to post but I'm glad I did.

May 11, 2019

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

I see the level 4 hebrew. Take some time to learn it some more! It's an awesome language. Plus arabic is coming out this summer and if you know hebrew it will make it a lot easier.

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SGuthrie0

Congrats. Hope I can get there.

May 10, 2019

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

I look forward to reading your post when you soon do!

May 10, 2019

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

Nice job! Still working on mine, even I use a little sneaky streak freeze here and there.

May 10, 2019

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

Great job :)

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mi38al

Congratulation, nothing to say else.

May 10, 2019

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

Daaaaamn, that's some dedication!

May 10, 2019

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

congratulations. This is a great success

May 9, 2019

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

Well done!! Thank you for sharing, it's very inspirational. :)

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Firephoenix3655

Wow! GG

May 10, 2019

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

Congrats and thanks for this new motivation!

May 10, 2019

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

Congratulations. Well done.

May 10, 2019

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

Have 10 lingots. :)

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jasmine987654

Wow! Congratulations on this milestone, I hope your streak continues for as long as you want.

May 10, 2019

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

Only one streak freeze during a period of 1000 days? Impressive!

You don't want to become a lingotionaire? (supposed to be contraction between millionaire and lingots :P)

May 10, 2019

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

Nothing to buy as a Plus. They need more stuff!

May 11, 2019

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

Wow that is very impressive! I'm new to Duolingo and I hope to have a streak as awesome as yours!

May 10, 2019

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

Good luck! I might have done Japanese if they had that when I started.

May 12, 2019

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

Congratulations! 1000 days is quite the achievement!

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParkJimin307567

That is impressive man! Keep up the good work!

May 10, 2019

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

congrats on 1000 days! this is awesome!

May 10, 2019

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

6000 lingots :0

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7ga4Ktv4

i'm a little over halfway there.. i recently calculated that i've used 27 streak freezes. as my streak remains intact since the day i started there has been a while a year ago or so that i only logged in every day to buy a new streak freeze to keep the streak intact. my account exists for 530 days so 27 streak freezes as i have a 503 streak at the moment.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/unhappy.birthday

nice

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jasmine839804

WOW! THAT"S AMAZING!

May 10, 2019

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

What a mark! Congratulations! Keep it up! Successo nella tua vita! Duo

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BaroldThe1

Congratulations!

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kl.estes

Yes! When one wins, everyone wins ! Outstanding!

May 11, 2019

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

Hi, congrats for your achievement, I am looking forward to completing this 1000 days milestone as well ;)

I want to ask you: What are your takes on this 1000 days? Did you learn the languages that you wanted to? How well? How effective it was? Are you planning to keep using Duolingo?

These questions are just out of my curiosity, I would appreciate if you could reply them ;)

May 11, 2019

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

Great questions. I was worried about my brain rotting with age, and I heard that learning a language is good for that. I came across Duolingo somehow and gave it a try. I picked Italian because I've always wanted to visit there. Italian is the main language that I have worked on.

Duolingo has changed a lot since I started in August 2016. Back then there were no crowns, just the tree with one level. Completing a tree was not that hard to do (maybe 14000 points) and once you did there was not much to do. They used to have a translation project but it was terminated a bit before I started. The big suggestion was to do the "reverse tree", that is, pretend you are an Italian learning Engish. So I did that and completed that tree fairly quickly. Being bored, I then completed the Spanish tree. I live in Texas so learning Spanish is much more practical than Italian as far as daily use goes! However, I really prefer Italian, and the Spanish was clashing with it in my brain, so I went back to Italian. Once the crowns were implemented, the tree became much harder to complete. In fact, I'm still working on the Italian tree. Mine is about one-half level 4 and one-half level 5. There are a bunch of lessons out there!

As far as fluency, the best I can say is that I'm comfortable with the structure of the language, but my vocabulary is weak. Three thousand words or so is not very much. I can get the gist of things but need to look up quite a few words. As far as speaking and verbal comprehension, those are quite low. If I had more time I would listen to more YouTube videos and podcasts. There are a lot of great resources out there for that.

I think that with the help of friendly native speakers I could scrape by in Italy. I would certainly not be worried about the basics.

I plan to stick with Duo. I also have Memrise but I don't like it very much, although it does have a few nice features.

I hope that answers your questions!

May 11, 2019

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

Cool, I'm glad for you, looks like your brain is far away from "rotting". I like this "reverse tree" idea anyway, I am planning to do this for every language that I learn through Duolingo, but I think I will do this by skipping a lot of lessons...just to "review" the language where I feel that I need to work on.

Did you try Duolingo Stories for learning Spanish? http://stories.duolingo.com/ If not, check it out.

I can understand what you said about Spanish clashing with Italian in your brain, I am a native Portuguese speaker, and even for me(who is more used to the "Romance Vocabulary" if I could say that) that happens(and sometimes even worse because I mix everything up...Portuguese, Spanish, Italian), but personally I do prefer Spanish, but I love Italian as well, and I will actually start to focus on Italian on this Monday, because tomorrow(or maybe today) I will finally finish my Esperanto tree after almost 10 months learning it.

Thanks again for your replies, I will try to get to the highest fluency level that I can in the Italian course, but for sure I will watch a lot of videos/movies on the internet, and also listen to podcasts as you quoted, I think it's a good thing not only depending on Duolingo....by the experience that I had with Esperanto I don't think one can really learn a language only by using Duolingo...but for me Duo is still one of the main tools for that purposes!

Did you try to have conversations with [native/other] people in Italian?

And "Three thousand words or so is not very much.", well, I don't know but I think that 3000 words are something!! For me the hardest thing in Italian is to remember the correct articles("li,lo, la, le, i, gli"), how was this for you? Currently, do you feel comfortable with these things?

I think your history is very inspiring, thanks for sharing it with us ;)

May 11, 2019

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

I did check out the Spanish stories, they are great. The Beelinguapp app is similar and they have Italian.

I have only spoken with one native speaker, but that was long ago. He was a waiter at my favorite Italian restaurant, from Napoli. Somehow he landed in Miami with no English at all. Learned English and Spanish. Really great guy. He left the restaurant and I lost track of him. I would love to see him again.

I'm ok with li, lo, etc as long as I can remember the gender. Harder for me is which preposition to use after a verb - di, a, per, su, nothing - seems a bit arbitrary. I know there are rules and lists, I need to work those.

Grammatically, I would say verb conjugation is a weakness. I'm OK with the presente, imperfetto and futuro semplice but weak on the passato remoto, congiuntivo, and condizionale. I will probably be better after I do those lessons at level 5. Level 5 really beats things into your brain.

For every quirk I find in Italian I just remind myself it could be much worse - I could be trying to learn English.

May 12, 2019

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

Good, keep practicing it! Have you ever been to Italy?

May 24, 2019

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

Congratulations on such an impressive achievement!!

May 11, 2019

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

I donated you a lingot anyways! :)

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReidFultz1

congrats bro

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anna904078

That's amazing! How do you feel about your level of language proficiency that you've gained during that 1000 days?

May 11, 2019

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

I just wrote a long post about that above.

May 11, 2019

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

¡Felicitaciones! Eres un buen estudiante. Don't lose your streak man!

May 12, 2019

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

Gracias Señor. Lo aprecio. I'll try not to!

Look at that Spanish trying to confuse my poor old brain. I understand that native Italian and Spanish speakers can almost understand each other. Is that true?

I always felt that if Dante and Cervantes got together they could have created a great common language.

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jasmine839804

I believe it is true Italian and Spanish speakers can somewhat understand each other. A friend of mine speaks Spanish very fluently and states that they can somewhat understand each other because of some similarities in the languages.

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Claudia581500

I am Italian. I can't speak Spanish, but I understand it quite well. I had pupils from almost every part of the world, and I gained some familiarity in understanding languages, but unfortunately not in speaking them.

May 12, 2019

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

Thanks for the info!

May 12, 2019

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

DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!! THAT'S LOT OF LINGOTS

May 9, 2019

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

It is. Once you get a long streak going you get a whole bunch of them every 10 days.

May 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jenny759980

Very inspiring. I hope you celebrated with dinner out.

May 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pascal447824so

congratulations sir :)

May 10, 2019

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

I wasted 30 lingots on the French Flirting course... can you give me a comfortation liingot?

May 11, 2019

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

Thanks my friend(s)!

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rebecca917247

@o@

May 11, 2019

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

Congratulations!

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marcus226451

Congrats on the self discipline. I'm curious what has been the biggest benefit during that time learning wise? what progression did you make from then, 'point a' to now, 'point b' during those 2 plus years?

May 11, 2019

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

The main benefit is anticipating visiting Italy with some basic understanding of the language. I would also like to get to the point of reading some Italian literature, but need a lot more words for that - I hear 8000 words are needed for basic novels. But mainly I just enjoy using the app.

I recently bought a Scanpan non-stick frying pan. They are made in Denmark and are very nice. The little instruction book has instructions in a lot of languages, one page per language. I immediately flipped to the Italian page and was able to get most of it. I read the English page to verify it. That was fun. I guess I'm easily amused. (The English translation needs work, btw, if Scanpan is listening!)

I'm not sure what you mean by progression, but I wrote a long post above that might cover it.

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Claudia581500

Io leggo sempre le istruzioni in inglese, perché spesso le traduzioni in italiano sono incomprensibili...

May 12, 2019

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

Congratulations on your millennial streak! It takes prioritizing, I know, and probably some luck that pressing life events didn't get in the way. Is 2000 next?

May 12, 2019

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

2000 for sure if I live long enough!

I did have some pretty bad life events during that time. I found that studying was helpful to get through them. I'm only committed to two lessons a day, so it is not much of a burden.

May 12, 2019

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

Congrats! That's wonderful. Definitely an achievement. :)

May 12, 2019

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

Congrats, that's such a huge achievement! Do you find that you have a good grasp and confidence about the languages you're learning now?

May 12, 2019

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

Thanks! I have some longer posts above that talk about my fluency, or lack thereof!

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharkman777

Bien trabajo!! Bon travail!

May 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aneleh843105

I am sort of new here, enjoy learning Italian and currently have 319 lingots... but did not understand what exactly do we do with the lingots?

May 12, 2019

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

I wish i could do the same

May 14, 2019

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

Well done

May 14, 2019

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

Interesting. I notice that the begging for lingots posts have been deleted. Who goes around and does that?

May 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Claudia581500

Why beg for a Lingot? what do they do with them?

May 22, 2019

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

No idea!

May 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Firephoenix3655

cant stop me heres 50 lingots!

July 15, 2019

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