https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

So I just hit my 500 Day Streak... This is how I sound!

Hey guys,

I've been using Duolingo for years, at first for learning French. It's honestly such a fun app, free (but I pay for Plus), and a great tool to practice the basics, and stay sharp on some more complicated stuff.

Across my year and a half of learning Korean, I've definitely used other apps, and even had some tutoring, but I credit my persistence to the little green owl, for the community and gamification of language learning.

If your curious to hear how I sound, I uploaded a video of my current speaking and vocabulary level on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx3csUqH-ug

I also did one a year ago after 6 months of learning if you want to compare my improvement!

Thanks,

Dan.

May 16, 2019

272 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

What a wonderful feat, Daniel. I watched the entire video and I must commend you for having achieved so much in the last 1.5 years. Keep up the great work! A lingot definitely coming your way!!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Far too kind jeg! Means a lot.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Nice streak btw.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

Thanks Daniel.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DarahHunsa

Wow. That's fantastic...and I thought I was doing great with a 389 day streak! You inspire me to not just learn to read and write my Dutch, but to speak it well too. Thanks.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Darah! You're doing great :D

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LucaNowinski

Congrats on 400 days!

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hahah yeah! Nice job Darah!

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MobiuS_360

Wow! That video was extremely professional, I'm glad to see you put your Korean into good use and remain dedicated, so inspiring ^_^

BTW, you just earned yourself a subscriber :)

-MobiuS

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Mobius!!! I really appreciate the support! My next vid will be of my current working holiday in outback Australia :D

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MobiuS_360

No problem!

I'll be putting notifications on as well so I don't miss it ;)

-MobiuS

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

ditto

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks so much!!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SandraStea1

How inspiring and uplifting! I love your video and your honesty and passion for languages and life. Thank you for sharing that with us all!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wow you almost need two pages for all your languages! Top stuff, thanks so much.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyMarlana

Holy crap, is that ever good! First of all, congratulations on your 500 days. Very cool to let us witness the moment! I'm glad to be your 148th view.

I have to ask, did you read that whole thing like a script on the screen, or was it rehearsed, or did you know what to say?

I don't know any Korean, but to my ears it sounds like you could easily be understood by a native speaker. I'm sure that immersion in the Korean culture will fix a lot of the brain-freezes you have when speaking. Jealous that you've been and are going back!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks so much for the comment Marlana! I scripted it myself from known words, and then read it mostly from memory (and knowing what I wanted to say about certain things). I think my next update video will be off the cuff, to show how my spontaneous speaking has improved. I hope you get the chance to travel far and wide again soon :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyMarlana

Thanks! I won't be in Ukraine any time soon, but the next closest community of Ukrainians is in Edmonton, Alberta. (I lived there for two years, from 2002-2004 but didn't know any Ukrainian back then.) The goal is to surprise some relatives in the prairies that I've learned our family's language. So far, I've been able to test out my chops on my 99 year-old granny. I created a post about that here.

I think it's an awesome idea, recording yourself and hearing you improve as the months go on. I also just did a recording of myself in April, and will do it each month to see how I progress.

Aside from Ukrainian, I did learn German over twenty years ago, and went to Germany and had the same issues trying to search for the words as I was speaking to people. After two weeks or so, I just found myself thinking in German and then before I knew it, German was just falling out of my mouth. I'm so sorry I didn't keep it up, because I lost a lot of that skill. But being immersed with native-speakers is truly the way to do it, forcing you to do nothing but speak the language so you don't fall on your crutch to speak English.

I read that you have a girlfriend who is Korean.. is your goal to move there? I used to work with a guy who taught English as a second language in South Korea years ago and married a girl he met there .... cough-cough one of his students cough-cough. :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hahaha Marlana! What a read, I hope everything aligns for you :) I'll go check out your post now :) Wow, having learnt another language must be so exciting, hopefully a lot of the skills have carried over! I definitely want to spend some years there, but I really love living in Australia.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Kudos. Refreshing to hear some background on reason for streak and how you have improved. Duome shows impressive stats for you.

Last streak post I read was a liar who said he was new working on a streak...having been here for 8 months.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Songve, what I'm most proud of is being able to talk to my girlfriend's mother who can only speak Korean :D Language is such a great gift :)

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Your video was excellent. Interesting to see "before" and "after", an impressive improvement. And nice touch showing the turnover to 500 days on the streak icon. Duolingo should reward you with that video. Did you do the videoing and editing as well? That was very professional.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Your girlfriend must be so proud. And if you ever ask for her hand in marriage, I bet her mother already would approve. How did her mother first react when you started talking Korean?

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

You're far too kind Songve, much appreciated!!! Yeah, the video was all me, except for the fact my girlfriend held the camera and shined her iPhone light on me because I looked like the grim reaper from the down lighting! ahaha, she's an angel. Her mother actually laughed from shock! And that's just from me saying hello to her haha. From there she got used to it, and eventually became confident striking up conversation with me, and I'd answer as well as I could :)

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GraceCox159150

im so proud of you Danny

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Aww, thanks Grace!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GraceCox159150

ur such a sweetheart Danny

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kubinhetz

Great job, my friend! I am proud of you!

Even though I'm not very close myself to your target language, my girlfriend loves korean culture and I know you are already speaking very very well! If you don't mind, I'd love to ask you some questions:

1) How do you consider yourself now? An advanced speaker? Or more like an upper intermediate?

2) I watched your video eager to know more about your method, but you spoke briefly about it. How was your study routine? Did you use any complimentary resources?

Thank you for such an inspiring video! I wish you keep studying and perfecting yourself in korean and all languages you come to be interested! Cheers!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Kubinhetz! Thanks for the comment, happy to reply.

  1. I'd consider myself an intermediate reader and writer, but a low intermediate to high level beginner speaker (I'm tough on myself because the more you learn, the more you realise you don't know! haha)

  2. Because (like everyone) I've got a hectic schedule, my time spent studying really varies. But I can spend hours on some days, and only do enough to maintain a streak on other days. Most days I'd say I spend at least 30 mins studying, or watching informational vids. The days I feel the most progression is with my tutor, and prices and quality varies, but my current tutor is amazing. And she speaks 95% in Korea to me, so it really helps my conversational skills. But I only get tutored once or twice a week.

Best of luck on your journey, (with French), Korean culture rocks too!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kubinhetz

Thank you for your answer, my friend!

I know how it feels, even though I practice french for years, I consider myself mostly an advanced reader and upper intermediate writer/speaker/listener (lost a 800+ streak last year during a family trip... I simply forgot it for 2+ days, that was painful!).

By the way, I had to use french for my "survival" today, some guy from Africa tried to scam me in french... it was both funny and educational!

I asked you these questions because sometimes I feel like "duolingo simply isn't challenging me enough" but at the same time I'm not as confortable with the language as I would like to be, you know? Some kind of "language limbo". To get around this I've been looking for bigger challenges: news in french, french books, setting my games to french language... that seems to be doing the trick.

Finally, I thank you for your vows of success! For me I feel the journey is still beginning. I'm brazilian and english is my second language (I'd consider myself pretty fluent in it right now :D hope to reach this level on other languages). With that in mind, french can be considered my third language. Besides, I've been practicing lots of spanish because "how can I live in south america and only speak portuguese, english and french?!" and out of curiosity got to know the russian alphabet and some basic phrases. So that means I have a good knowledge of 4 languages and a basic grasp on a fifth, with all intentions to improve this number... Whew!

My dream is to know a bunch more and go to one of my favorite multilingual places in the world, the Disney's Epcot World Showcase and talk to the cast members in each country's native language (if they work at a given country, they are either natives or great speakers of the language). That means that besides getting better on my current challenges, I still would have to tackle Arabic, Italian, German, Norwegian, Japanese and Chinese. Given that I'm still in my 20's and each language makes the next one easiers, I believe it is doable!

Best of luck to our language challenges, brother! Wish you all the best.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

You're a legend mate! I would have sworn English was your first language!!! I reckon you're well on your way to achieving your goal, I hope we cross paths again! Good luck, Dan.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Excellent positive, honest post. Well done DannyBuoy. Am now going over to YouTube.... Lingot coming your way.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Linda!! And right on your 500th day too!!!! How cool :D

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hunter766412

yeah, i hit a 10 day streak 2 days ago, which is the best i have gotten in a year... -_-'

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SandyJames10

Hunter, It's not about the streak, it's about the learning. Follow your own path. Whatever works for you.

May 17, 2019

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

haha hunter, that probably would be the best run Ive had and I've been here for over a year too. I know I wont be making a 500 day streak LOL

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elaphantlove

yeah I barely ever get over 7 days :(

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Streaking or not, persistence is key! You got this!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

This is the start of a great streak I reckon ;)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/smalltiddygothbf

I watched the video and liked it— great work!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

I really appreciate it!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pQp7zNt2

Wow!!! Your video is inspirational to all language learners. I loved it. It is so exciting to see the results of hard work. Just Fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing this with us.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wow thanks PQ! You're right on the 500 club as well, best of luck.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/-Leafheart-

Great job! That must be a lot of hard work, effort, and dedication put into that! You're a great example to others who are thinking, and are trying to make a long streak! Again, congrats! You've made it far! Keep going on with your journey!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Leafheart, I'm stunned by how nice your comment and so many others are!!!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

I made a return trip to your channel and was pleasantly surprised by your plethora of other excellent videos. You are professional, even if you do not receive money. You are one who could quit their day job. Love to see someone enjoying life as much as you.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Songve! Thanks AGAIN! :o

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/avidtatter

Wow! I grew up with Koreans, and I can say you really are getting there. I don't speak Korean and I can't understand very much, but I was able to understand a decent amount of what you were saying. To me, native Koreans sound very calming and comforting and those are the exact vibes I got from you. You've really given me hope that I still might be able to learn Korean :) Congratulations mate! Tom ✌

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks so much for the kind words Tom! I really love how native korean sounds, it definitely makes learning the language a more pleasant experience :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/2345DUDE

Nice job!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks a lot Dude!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mwbrand1

Well done! Your video was inspirational. Thanks for sharing this.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks a lot! Your streak is inspirational! :D

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperLearner007

Here he comes! The 142th subscriber!!! I don't know Korean, but I don't see that much of an accent. Good job pal!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Haha I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of language learners! Thanks SuperLearner (you're living up to your name btw haha).

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Noroi

Very impressive, you are now my spirit animal. I will train everyday now because of you, Senpai! Keep burning!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Haha Noroi!!! Thanks for the comment, we can do it!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/YonatanMil2

Thanks for that video, it inspired me. You seem like a humble and honest person. Bonne Chance in your studies!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Aw thanks Yonatan! I really appreciate it :D good luck to you

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivonna-Mae

This is honestly inspiring! I am learning a language with a different alphabet than in English as well, so I know that sometimes it can be difficult. And I agree with the streaks. I kept up with mine and it’s motivating, especially seeing the video you made. Thank you for sharing. I hope you go on to achieve proficiency

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wahoo! Go Ivonna! :D Thanks for your comment :)

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NeoNeko77

Just decided to get back to Japanese and push through. You inspired me, you truly do sound Korean. ^ _ ^

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks and good luck Neo!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/exp271828

No matter that it was scripted, that is simply GREAT! (Your youtube video, that is.) Personally, I'm not a big fan of streaks - but I love learning languages, and will use whatever is handy to do so (whether it's reading and writing down the Spanish warning signs on the bus as I'm riding to the shop or to school, or reading Russian over in the deli across the street from our shop, or reading a German dictionary or watching a German movie in my spare time) ... and you clearly have a love of learning Korean, which is what it's all about! And if streaks help motivate you towards that, then you go, dude!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks for the comment Exp! I really appreciate you taking the time :) Yeah, streaks, leaderboards, clubs, etc, all motivate people in different ways. I'm a huge fan of stats, and streaks are such a simple and motivating stat haha. Wow it sounds like you live in such an interesting, diverse place! And learning things that naturally would really help in your day to day communication as well, cool :D Good luck!!!!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/exp271828

Thank you for your kind words! But to be honest, most folks here don't even look at the multilingual opportunities that are all around ... the US is, unfortunately, a very monolingual place (sigh). But if you seek, you surely can find! It's what you already know - if you see somebody who knows a foreign language, just dive right in and introduce yourself!

Example: Last week, I met a lady who was reading «Быстрый Английский» (Fast Engish) on the bus ... so I just said «Доброе утро!» (good morning!), at which she looked at me in shock and didn't say much. But the next time we met, we had a nice long chat - me in broken Russian, she in broken English. It made that long bus ride a lot more fun, for sure! (The people at the deli say they can understand me when I try to speak in Russian, but sometimes I think they're just being kind - chuckle).

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hahaha ah that's such a sweet story!!!!! Wooooow :') That's a great attitude, my friend!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Darius568602

Wow, that is impressive!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Darius, congrats on the 100 day streak, and all those languages!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/samk893588

우와 비디오를 밨는데 엄청 잘했어요! 진짜 대단해요 500 일 계속 공부하더니!! 경주도 참 예쁜 곳이네요 네번 이나 가봤는데 ㅎㅎ 앞으로 도 파이팅요 !! To be honest I actually never thought these apps workout for real but seeing your video I gained confidence now that I can improve my German here! I am quite new here but I'm already enjoying this platform, thanks for the inspiring post! Good luck mate !

May 17, 2019

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

I've been learning German here (and with a couple of other sources eg youtube with German music) for about the length of time Danny has been learning the Korean and I can read a German script quite fluently at this point.

You'll get there if you keep working on it though the German does get tough t times. I still cant get the word orders right so have to stick with really simple sentences if I'm trying to converse (written) in German with someone. but yeah I"m a fluent German reader now if reading out loud (even with words I dont know what they mean)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wow that’s awesome, I’d agree that my strongest skill is reading, but grammar can always still catch me out! Thanks for the comment :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

감사합니다 샘 씨! Persistence is everything I reckon, and we’ve got so many different avenues to explore ourselves, whether you progress fast or slow, moving forward is such a great feeling :) Good luck!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jil_C

An outstanding achievement from both you and your Mum, she did a great job bringing you up! Have a lingot and if we are both still here on your 1000 day anniversary, I'll give you 2 lingots : - ) Happy travels and best wishes.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wow thanks so much, I’ll tell mum that! I’m sure she’ll appreciate it. See you then, and good luck on your own journey!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Super-Steve

Really good! Your dedication is inspiration. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Super-Steve! Appreciate it a lot :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Asia924608

you sound amazing! I am trying to learn Chinese, and I have't really been taking it that seriously. Your video gave me great motivation and I hope to learn Korean next! :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Asia! I would love to learn Chinese next, credit to you for trying, it looks super tough haha appreciate the kind words, good luck to you!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jsck413

You can't really credit everything to the cute owl. You probably put in a lot of effort yourself. Keep up the good work!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

You're right! But I tip my hat to Duo for getting me started :D Good luck Jaeden.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PrincessPolly1

This is a very inspiring post! I just hit 300 a few days ago, and I'm at level 25 in Spanish, and I hardly dare speak it. :-( So your video is inspiring. It may be because I'm a perfectionist, or just that I need to try some other resources to enhance my speaking skills...I don't know...I'm starting to think I don't have a very good head for languages :-) But that's OK, I'm still going to practice.

Korean is MUCH harder than Spanish, and it's very impressive how far you have gotten! You certainly have an excellent motivational factor there with your girlfriend's mom.

All the best to you!

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

AWW thanks Princess Polly! Speaking is so scary! But I guess the way it is is that to get better you've gotta do it >.< I think you'll find a lot of people can relate to you, and that you've got a great head for languages :)

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PrincessPolly1

Thanks Danny!

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/v1cki1956

That is awesome

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Vicki!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/au.re.mi

Congrats!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Appreciated, au.re.mi!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/connor393501

nice man

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Connor!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gamerboy6jsjsj

ok

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlvinChin6

Very awesome indeed. And you inspired me to work harder to learn!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks so much, we got this B)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/John.Fraser

Well done! It's really motivating to see how fluent fellow duolingo users can get after committing to the app for a while.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks John!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elaphantlove

It's so nice that you say thank you to everyone. You are really inspiring to me.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Haha I wasn’t expecting so much attention, least I can do is appreciate it! :)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LangPhile

That is so cool! You have improved a lot! Best of luck ahead!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks LangPhile, great streak and total languages!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elle_pech

Congrats! Good luck with your language learning in the future!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Elle... SO CLOSE TO 1000 :o :o :o

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TrentOvert21

What an accomplishment, I truly hope that I can achieve this goal in Swedish. You truly sound fluent in Korean

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Trent, you got this!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/iksFelix

Wow, that's awesome. Great job. Here is a lingot for you! :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Felix!!! And here’s two back ;)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LingualLightning

Congratulations! Keep up the great work!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks LingualLightning!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Proverbs_2_6

Outstanding!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Appreciated Proverbs! Nice job on the streak of your own :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hanxm

Congrats! You've definitely learned a lot, it's inspiring to see people learn and use a new language! :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Eirlys, I agree, and spend a lot of my time watching shows about foreigners speaking different languages :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Len-8

Great video Daniel, you sound like a great person. Looks like I'm going to have to give you a lingot for your hard work and great effort!!!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Len, such kind words! Wow

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kyulnight

축하해요~ 영상을 보고 저도 더 열심히 공부하고 싶어요. 한국말 진짜 잘하세요^^

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

감사합니다 큘 씨! 우리가 같이 열심히 공부합시다!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/NguyenThanh98

You've done a great job man! Respect!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Trng! Appreciated :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/y.ademas

Congratulations! Well done, and inspiring to me and many others, I'm certain!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Ademas! I draw so much inspiration from other learners too, because we’re all on such a relateable journey in some way. Awesome job on your streak! Legend!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MichelleWo86375

Thank you for sharing! Your video was incredibly encouraging!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Michelle!!! How fun is language learning

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/xenoglot

Great video! Congrats on the 500 day streak!!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Xenoglot! Congrats on everything yourself... holy wow haha

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkHaydos

Great effort, Dan! Truly inspiring. I very much enjoyed watching your video! Are you an Aussie too? You said 3 words in English, but i thought i detected an Aussie accent there?

Keep up the great work, and you've no doubt inspired many others who have either read your post, watched your video, or done both.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Mark! You hit the nail on the head mate, haha. And judging by ‘Haydos’, is that because you’re Aussie too? Thanks for sticking through the video, so generous of you. Good luck with everything.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkHaydos

Haha, yes! Spot on mate, i am indeed. My pleasure and thank you very much, Dan.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/strmzzz

This is so motivating and really well done. You've done so much, and in so little time. Keep up the good work and please share more of your language journey with us in the future!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Strmzzz, I really appreciate you taking the time! Best of luck to you, hope to see you on the discussion boards more too :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MEMES...

I feel so puny...no streak...

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Memes, don’t worry about it! I spent a couple years on this app before I started streaking, and they aren’t the be all and end all :) just keep plugging away at your language and you’ll get there one day if you want!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/cookeve000

You sound awesome! Your dedication is inspiring, honestly :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Says you, Cookeve! Thanks so much, and well done yourself!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CatherineL452867

Congratulations! I watched the entire video, it was very impressive! Keep up the good work!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wow thanks so much Catherine!! You really didn’t have to do that, but I’m so grateful you did! Good luck to you too :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/OliviaBelt8

Wow! It's amazing you've studied everyday for the past one and a half years! Great job, Daniel!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Olivia! The gradual improvement is the greatest reward :) good luck to you :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlyssaOwO

I watched the video and left a comment keep up the great work!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Alyssa!!! Thanks so much for that, I appreciate your time :) good luck on your journey

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DevilsLearn

Congrats Mate! Im trying to study hard like you! I watched the video and maybe I can get my 500 Streak! Again. Great Effort, Love the way you sound. Congratulations you should be really happy Daniel! Congrats!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Devils, I really appreciate it! I’m stoked, actually, not just about how I’m doing, but that there are so many generous people out there happy to share their time. Good luck to you.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Chaconn

Nice

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Chaconn!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/nana.alnajjar

Amazing and so inspiring !!!

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Nana!!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CORYINJAPA

Good job! Did you only use dualingo?

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Cory! I honestly feel like I used every app under the sun to some degree, but so many of them weren’t worth coming back to... Duo was the foundation, but I built on it with the occasional tutoring session and watching countless explainer videos on YouTube haha

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nina_DN

Came back from Youtube.... watched your video and I love it! A lingot for you Dan!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hello again Nina!!! Thanks so much :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexandraEpple

wow. congratulations. Well done

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Alexandra!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/brokenson3

Good job mate!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Brokenson!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JinheeYoun

you give good motivation to me :-) awesome !! I cheer your korean up as a korean.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Jinhee!!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/PJKaiser27

Hi Dan! It's great to see your progress - and though I only dipped my toes in Korean (didn't get past the writing system), I commend you on your commitment to it. I may come back to it eventually - I'm going back through my Portuguese tree at the moment, and I believe Chinese will be getting my attention again after that. Take care and keep at it!

  • Peter
May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wow, you're smashing it PJ! Thanks for your comment, you too!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Marjoda86

Very impressive!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Marjoda!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan-man

Amazing work Dan. Your video is so inspiring. I am currently learning Danish and enjoying every minute of it and hope to get my French up to a level where I am happy with it. Thank you for sharing :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks my fellow Dan! I know you'll get there :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Capriquarian

You speak like a native! Well done. :)

+subbed.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Wow thanks so much Capriquarian! (Is your name a reference to Mass Effect?)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kay_T_Bee

Wauw, I am stunned!! 500 days!! This is awesome!! That's a long way from the 6d streak i am at today. LOL. I think i just bombed you for being my "mental mentor" to keep going and not giving up by following your progress. You just showed me it IS possible. Now i am curious where i would be in 1.5 y.. Let's start with next month maybe ..

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Woo let's go Kay_T! Even if your streak slips every now and then, persistence and passion will get you there! Thanks for your comment :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IanHaarlem

Congratulations. Really impressed. Speaking the language really does make the difference. I am on day one again and will aim for your high score

Well done again

Ian

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Ian! It looks like you're doing a great job anyway!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhon04

Nice, Congratulations on your big achievement Danny! By the way, can I ask you if what are your motivations in learning French and Korean? All the best!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Rhon, thanks a lot! I honestly think that (to my ears) they are two of the most beautiful sounding languages in the world. I haven't studied French for years, but if Duo brought in a course where I could learn French from Korean, I'd be back into it!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhon04

Really? Wow, but yeah, honestly speaking French do sound good. I'm also studying french for some time, but I only knew some very basic words. I am focusing more on my German. What is your native language again? By the way, your video on Youtube is awesome! Keep it up.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Rhon! I speak (Australian) English haha, trust me there’s a difference ;)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rhon04

Yep, of course there's a difference haha. Cheers mate! :-)

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kerry707667

Hi Dan, I just watched your video and was very impressed with the wide range of vocabulary you have learnt. Congratulations!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Kerry, I appreciate it so much.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Carina724288

Danny, you sound awesome! Congrats!! I'm learning Japanese now for 40 days. Watching your video motivates me to keep studying!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Carina! Wow you’re doing great, you’ve got this :) thanks!!

May 18, 2019

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

Congratulations, 500 day streak is awesome and you did a great video too. Great idea to record your progress like that.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Sea Mist! Good to see you :D thanks again

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JohannesBe321028

Congratulations on the streak; your dedication is admirable. I hope to be fluent in Italian one day. There are a few Italian people that I know in my area. I would consider Italian to be a fairly easy language for me. It's pretty accessible. I have a long way to go before I reach my 500 day milestone but I am almost half way.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ThatsPretty_Gr8

Good job Danny! That is super impressive! I just started Duolingo and hope that someday I will be as good as you. Congrats for the dedication!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Pretty Gr8! You got this :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Johannes! That’s awesome, I wish you the best :D you’re doing such a good job already

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/j111302

Wow this is epic

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

thanks so much j!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eva542236

Congratulations!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Eva! Thanks for the comment here :D

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BYE_SISTER

GOOD JOB

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Sister!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Nga104476

Just watched your video. You are one of a kind, Dan. I am hoping to be half as good on my 500 day streak, if ever.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Aww wow thanks Nga!!!! You can do it!!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TimVarley

Definitely worth a lingot. I only recently decided to continue with french after many years of blagging that my secondary school education in the language was sufficient (it wasn't). I have found, like you, that duolingo is not the only means but it is the most accessible way to learn a language and the tether that keeps me interested. Keep up the good work!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Tim, really appreciate the comment, and totally agree! I’m really proud of the Duo team, even if there’s so many things I’d love to see added or changed! Good luck with French :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/WiskyRock

Great, Dan! You are quite an inspiration. As you see I'm trying hard to maintain my streak, concentrating on French and Dutch at the moment, having managed to conquer the Polish tree. I hope you keep up the good work.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Awesome job across those languages and with your current streak! How nice is the 365 days streak haha thanks so much.

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshlynOzi

Wonderful! This is very unexpected, is it? Congratulation for your determination to achieve such a rare achievement! Well Done and keep it up!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

So unexpected!!! It’s reaffirming to know that there are so many generous and considerate people out there! Good luck with your studies, thanks!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenny759980

So fabulous!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Jenny!!! You too!!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ParkJimin307567

Wow! your video really motivated me to keep practicing my Korean! Your Korean sounds really good!

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Jimin ;) Just keep listening, reading, and speaking and you’ll get there !

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Resni

Congratulations Danny! I just saw your video and for a learner in one of the hardest languages for a english speaker you sound pretty fluent for 500 days! I am getting close to 400 days but I am nowhere near the progress you are! Keep up the good job! Share any tips if you have 'em ;P

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

I’m sure if you sat down and said what you know you’d sound very similar! Either way, let’s stick with it! Thanks so much for the comment.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaelDeng1

Nice dude

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Michael!!!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/EmptyGuy

Yo, you are an Inspiration, with a capital I! Truly! Splendid job, Dan. Keep it up. Keep rocking. Keep inspiring. PS: Number one tip about speaking/learning Korean you can give to an (aspiring) Korean-learner who feels they're on the verge of giving up?

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey EmptyGuy! Thanks so much for your comment :) I guess my only advice would be to keep it at. It will probably take years before I’m truly comfortable in social speaking situations with Koreans, but the journey to that point is still fun. I think having a tutor or someone to speak with occasionally is really helpful too. Even if it’s just once every few months. Keep it up!!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Charlie463480

That was very inspirational, thanks for sharing.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Charlie!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CoachGirl_

Congrats DannyBuoy! I’m only on a 23 day steak and so far that’s my highest!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Awesome work CoachGirl! No matter what happens to it, persistence is key :D

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CoachGirl_

Thanks I really appreciate it. That will motivate me to keep on going!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RevLauren

What a wonderful achievement!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks RevLauren!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/adriancendrowski

Congratulations, looking forward to your 1000 Days Steak!!!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Haha, after this warm reaction, so am I! Great stuff Adrian.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TVBZZ

That's great DannyBuoy. You're a true inspiration!! I'm still new to Duolingo, but I'm excited to get where you are. Here's 5 lingots :)

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks TVBZZ!!! So much appreciated! Here's 10 in return ;)

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Charm68614

That is fantastic, Danny. Great commitment. Well done.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Charm, your 111 streak is my favourite number!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Cute_Liv

Your so good! i watched the whole video and i am indeed impressed you inspired me to carry on learning korean

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Aww thanks Cute_Liv!!! That means a lot to hear, you got this :D

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IsobellaKD

haha what a cute video mush very wholesome, enjoy learning! im not miles away from getting my 500 day streak, big love fam

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Aww thanks Isobella! Too kind. And you're so close!!! You got this :)

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elaphantlove

You are so amazing! I wish that I could sound like that! I am new to doulingo but I am really looking forward to eventually learning a new language!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Haha I'm nothing much! But thanks Elaphant, you can do it!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Pascal447824so

yo you're awesome man. now my streak is still low but im working on it. hopefully i get just as good results from it as you. keep it up!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

You will, Pascal! And a streak of any length shows commitment to learning, and you've clearly got that :) Good luck

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/bobbyHuysen

Wow Dan, I came across this at the right time. I've been studying Spanish on duo for 3 months and want to stop. It feels like im fooling myself, while putting in such a hard effort. I can read and translate the language - but is is so hard to be fluent in understanding !!! Maybe i should bite the bit.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Cheers Bobby, speaking and comprehension takes such a long time to become proficient at if you aren't completely immersed in the language I reckon. I'm in the same boat at times, studying hard but still only catching bits and pieces of conversations, and replying like a baby at times. Keep up the good work :)

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JRoy727

dan impressed

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CameroonTh

Excellent Daniel. You, are indeed an encouragement. Keep persevering.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Cameroon, and props on your almost year long streak my friend :)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Tiny1133

Person after a 100 year spanish streak:"This is how I sound: says a bunch of stuff in spanish about all the work they have done XD Also great job! I have a 0 day streak ;-;

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Haha Thanks Tiny! Just keep persevering!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/nicoleshipton

Je regarde le vidéo aussi! Tu es très excellent!!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Merci Nicole!!!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DouglasVir3

Great video Dan, you've inspired me to try and speak more Japanese . Enjoy your holiday with your Mother,she will be very proud of your Korean language skills.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks so much, I will do :) good luck with Japanese!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BrittGobble

Congrats and well done!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Britt!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mpark1016

I applaud your dedication Daniel! As a second-generation Korean-American person, I am able to comprehend Korean but I have difficulty speaking it sometimes. You have inspired me to give it another go at Duolingo! Thank you so much!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey MPark, wow improving your korean skill will be such a meaningful process for you then! You’re Korean side will love it!! Thanks :)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/vedavyase

Congratulations, you are an inspiration, Dan.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks so much Vedavyase, too kind !

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Araiskesy

Congratulations ! This inspires me a lot.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Spacey, good luck!

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Ne71A1

Great Job! I aim to be and sound as fluent as that soon. Also nice job on the 500+ streak:)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thank ne! You got this :)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/johnson.jijo

This is really inspirational for me. Good effort Danny Buoy.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Johnson! Appreciated

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GoyangiJeon

Hi there Daniel! Any pointers for a beginner like me? I've been studying for a year now, but no where near able to speak like you. I am unfortunately restrained to doing lessons on my breaks at work and after I get home from my job. Being limited to how much i can study every day kinda stinks. Also I dont get much practice in. Congrats on your 500! im almost there im at 211 day streak. It would have been the 365 days i've been studying but at some point in time I forgot a day so i'm only on a 211 day streak. Keep going!

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Goyangi! Ahh bummer about the streak drop, a random glitch or oversight is my biggest fear! haha. If I was you, I'd start writing a page of information about yourself in Korean, with what vocabulary and grammar knowledge you have. I'd read it out and practice it, because a lot of the time, the first few questions a Korean person will ask you will be along the lines of, 'Wow can you speak Korean?' 'How long have you been studying?' 'Why Korean?'. Having practiced responses to these questions won't only help start a conversation, but it'll also get you practice at speaking and trying to sound more natural (by all accounts I sound like a robot still btw haha), and will start developing you sentence making skills, which is essential when you're on the spot trying to talk to someone! Hope that helps!

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GoyangiJeon

I will sometimes go to Twitch and watch Korean streamers and say a little hello and say I'm practicing Korean. That is the exact response I get a lot. "Wow you're good" I usually laugh because I know I am not good but what conversation I do have with these individuals even with my limited knowledge they still seem to understand me for the most part. I have spoken via Discord voice channels with natives before and also gotten the same reaction. I only get any talking practice in is because I sing along to my favorite K Pop songs. Now I know that's not the be all end all way to practice but it does seem to help with my pronunciation as I have been told my pronunciation is pretty good. :) And I jotted those questions down to work on mashing together responses thanks!

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Sounds fun! And a great way to get real life experience in, nice one :)

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MariamMoheb6

ooh Dan! that's amazing ... you really inspired me what a professional video .. keep up the great work i really hope i can take that shot in German !

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Mariam!

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/geetarristo

Super inspiring

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Geetaristo!

May 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/IsabellaC.361758

This is soooooooooooooooooooo cool! Can't believe you made it that far in Korean. Congradulations!!!

May 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Isabella!!

May 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MahbubehMovahed

Hi, nice job and thank you for sharing your experience. i'm just wondring how to keep the streak, it's complicated i think! Its just few months that I started learning French.

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Hey Mahbubeh! If keeping the streak gets hard, you can make it so it's 10xp, which is just one exercise a day. You got this :)

May 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Just_a_lil_bear

Good job! I’m learning Spanish. I use to do Korean but I switched. But I hoping I can get there some day! : )

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks Lil Bear! I'm sure you will :)

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JRoy727

can i have some lingots about tp hit streak of 250 days

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks JRoy! Here you go!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JRoy727

great work

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/umadsbruh

Very inspiring! Wish I could find a tutor near me for Swedish :/ not very common

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Thanks a lot! I do all my tutoring on Verbling (online)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JacobLilly5

Yeah Guy. HMU with some lingotssssss

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Haha no worries :)

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LUDZ_DUO

this is a meme, isn't it?

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DannyBuoy

Not that I'm aware :')

May 20, 2019
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