So I just hit my 500 Day Streak... This is how I sound!
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!
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!!
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.
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 :)
I'll be putting notifications on as well so I don't miss it ;)
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!
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!
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 :)
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 :)
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!
Hey Kubinhetz! Thanks for the comment, happy to reply.
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)
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!
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.
Excellent positive, honest post. Well done DannyBuoy. Am now going over to YouTube.... Lingot coming your way.
yeah, i hit a 10 day streak 2 days ago, which is the best i have gotten in a year... -_-'
Hunter, It's not about the streak, it's about the learning. Follow your own path. Whatever works for you.
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
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.
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!
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.
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 ✌
Here he comes! The 142th subscriber!!! I don't know Korean, but I don't see that much of an accent. Good job pal!
Very impressive, you are now my spirit animal. I will train everyday now because of you, Senpai! Keep burning!
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
Just decided to get back to Japanese and push through. You inspired me, you truly do sound Korean. ^ _ ^
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!
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!!!!
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).
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 !
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)
Really good! Your dedication is inspiration. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
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! :)
You can't really credit everything to the cute owl. You probably put in a lot of effort yourself. Keep up the good work!
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!
Well done! It's really motivating to see how fluent fellow duolingo users can get after committing to the app for a while.
It's so nice that you say thank you to everyone. You are really inspiring to me.
What an accomplishment, I truly hope that I can achieve this goal in Swedish. You truly sound fluent in Korean
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!!!
Congratulations! Well done, and inspiring to me and many others, I'm certain!
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.
Haha, yes! Spot on mate, i am indeed. My pleasure and thank you very much, Dan.
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!
Congratulations! I watched the entire video, it was very impressive! Keep up the good work!
Wow! It's amazing you've studied everyday for the past one and a half years! Great job, Daniel!
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!
Came back from Youtube.... watched your video and I love it! A lingot for you Dan!
you give good motivation to me :-) awesome !! I cheer your korean up as a korean.
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!
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 :)
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 ..
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
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!
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.
Danny, you sound awesome! Congrats!! I'm learning Japanese now for 40 days. Watching your video motivates me to keep studying!
Congratulations, 500 day streak is awesome and you did a great video too. Great idea to record your progress like that.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
Wonderful! This is very unexpected, is it? Congratulation for your determination to achieve such a rare achievement! Well Done and keep it up!
Wow! your video really motivated me to keep practicing my Korean! Your Korean sounds really good!
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
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?
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!!
Congrats DannyBuoy! I’m only on a 23 day steak and so far that’s my highest!
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 :)
Your so good! i watched the whole video and i am indeed impressed you inspired me to carry on learning korean
haha what a cute video mush very wholesome, enjoy learning! im not miles away from getting my 500 day streak, big love fam
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!
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.
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 :)
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 ;-;
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.
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!
Great Job! I aim to be and sound as fluent as that soon. Also nice job on the 500+ streak:)
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!
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!
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!
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 !
This is soooooooooooooooooooo cool! Can't believe you made it that far in Korean. Congradulations!!!
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.
Good job! I’m learning Spanish. I use to do Korean but I switched. But I hoping I can get there some day! : )
Very inspiring! Wish I could find a tutor near me for Swedish :/ not very common