1000 days streak anniversary
Okay, how can someone feel after 1000 days in Duolingo family?
I think it is something and in the same time nothing. I started just as a try, to try to remember my French from school. And almost in the same time, to start learning Italian. It was fun, but "en mangeant vient l'appétit", by eating comes the appetite. Really surprised, but immersing into a language you discover little by little how to recognize the structure of the phrase. Repeating more and more you memorize the phrase and a new one intrigues you to discover it, as a new land, to decompose it and then to compose it again. This is the first step to master a chapter. Most tricky proved being German and Turkish, I am a native Greek speaker, so I always compare the phrase with the translation to my language and English. Many mistakes came from this transfer, it is not an easy job.
Duolingo, after all these years, has been transformed. There is always the Golden trophy. I wish it never change. I conquered French, Italian, Spanish, Greek (inverse tree for me), Turkish Golden Owl and I am trying to finish the German one. But Duolingo tree changed in the meantime. I lost some owls because of it, the French and Spanish trophy, but it doesn't matter, it is something I can accept, a new trophy can be a matter of time. There were no Crowns that time, there was a Fluency meter, that vwas fainting by the time and you had to keep it up all the time.
I embrassed the idea of clubs, it was a brilliant idea! I founded 6 clubs, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and German, the languages I am trying to master through Duolingo. They were good clubs, IMHO. Every week I was organizing a competition, 350 XPs and Top 10, but no 0 XPs or banned, it was a success this kind of competition. About 4/5 of members were staying each week, sometimes more. I noticed that many learners start a language and they are very enthusiastic in the beginning, but by the time this enthusiasm is fainting and they stop in the end. I say, we have to insist!!! A Golden Owl is just the beginning. We have to insist, to repeat and go further! There are many more resources out there, free, videos, texts, even books.
The adventure with clubs ended two days ago. It is a major milestone in my Duolingo adventure. I lost a lot of friends. Should I abandon my try? Well, I don't know. All clues in Duolingo are not important to me anymore, they are just an index of fluency. But Duolingo is in my every day routine. I use it when I am bored, I am waiting at my dentist's, when I am nervous, to distract me from my problems. My wife had had a difficult surgery and I was waiting out of the surgery room just trying to get my daily scope, 50 XPs for every language, it was a way to distract myself from the problem. Yes, Duolingo helps!
What is next? I have some plans. To finish the new trees, French and Spanish, that I had finished in the past, but I have to do it again. To finish the German tree, quite a challenge. To make all trees gold (a major ambition, but let's be optimistic!) To finish all Duolingo stories. To start an Arabic tree if it ever comes, to start a Japanese and a Chinese tree (this is quite challenging! ). Okay, am I too ambitious? :) Yes, but I actually believe that this language trip never ends. Language is a human conquest and there is in many forms. I incline to believe that language influences human mentality, human thought. Thanks, Duolingo! I could never know it without you!
And may your wife get well soon.
If you're interested, you can join my german club here: https://join.slack.com/t/duolingo-ge/shared_invite/enQtNjM5NzgxMTExMjE2LTQ2ZDY5ZWMwZTYzMDM1ODQ0NTY0NmJkYTRjMGE1ZmMzMDcwNTM3ZDMwYzM2ZWVkMDNkZmM5YzdkNjRhMDJhZGI
Oh! I remember you, old friend Cosmoscarl. You were in my German club for a long time! This proposal gave me an idea. What about start participating in Slack workspaces each other. So a good network of learners could be created. It would be an interesting experiment that Duolingo cannot implement. Unfortunately!
That is an impressive litany of languages. I have 21 days to go before my 1000 - and I've only really stuck to Italian with any perseverance, I hang my head in shame and awe. Well done you! At least my typing has improved. Look forward to hearing what you have achieved by day 2000, hope you keep going and stay enthused. Nice to have read your thoughts and experiences in the duoverse.
Hello Stergi3. While I am not as ambitious or as diligent as you, I can say that my Duolingo experience has been similar. When life stressors are too much, I find that my commitment to Duolingo gives me an outlet — it is something positive that I do for myself, a promise if you will. I do not often read posts although I should because a lot of people here are very motivated and motivating, and you are definitely one of them. Thanks for the post. It has given me a nudge to reach my goal of being conversational in 5 different languages by Oct 2023.
PS. I tried to give you lingots but I am not sure it worked.
Πολλά συγχαρητήρια που κατάφερες να φτάσεις Χίλιες μέρες, δεν μπορώ να φανταστώ πόσο έχεις αφιερώσει τον χρόνο σου στο να μαθαίνεις νεές γλώσσες στο Duolingo. Είμαι σίγουρος πως σε βοήθησε να καταλάβεις πως πολλές γλώσσες κρύβουν και πολλά οικία στοιχεία μέσα τους, αλλά όλες είναι μοναδικές με τον δικό τους τρόπο. Εγώ δεν θα μπορούσα να αφιερώσω τόσο χρόνο σε 4 γλώσσες, θα πρέπει να είναι κατι πολύ δύσκολο, εγώ σήμερα έφτασα τις 100 μέρες που κάνω Ισπανικά, αν και έχασα κάπου στις 25 μέρες μια φορά, όμως το Duolingo με βοήθησε να μάθω πολλά νέα πράγματα, και η Ισπανική Γλώσσα έχει πολλές ομοιότητες με την Ελληνική, και αυτό ειναι ένα πράγμα που με έχει βοηθήσει να τα κατανοήσω πιο εύκολα.
Πάντως 100 μέρες δεν συγκρίνονται με 1000, και ξανά λέω συγχαρητήρια, και εύχομαι να συνεχήσεις να μαθαίνεις νεές γλώσσες, αν είναι κάτι που σε ικανοποιεί.
Wow, it is so awesome that you have been doing Duolingo for so long and have followed through for almost 3 years! I’ve been doing Duolingo for at least a year, but my streak is only at 120. I’m proud of that but compared to yours it’s nothing! I think the thing that is really interesting about your story is how many languages you’re learning and how you’re getting into it and trying to do as much XP each day as possible. The ambition is great! Hope your wife gets well soon.
What an achievement ! What a mentality that you have !
i am just a small Arabic boy experiencing the big world ,but life is too short ,and i hope to have half of your ambition . indeed learning a language changes your mentality ,makes you humble, considerate, and respect others .
thank you , i wish you the best , you lighted up a candle
It's too bad duo doesn't have a real discussion board that we can easily go between discussions and also ping each other. I'd make you a bet for lingos. It could help you get to 7 days and then 10. You make it to seven I give you 25 lingos, you don't - then you give me 10 etc. Just saying.
The only thing that didn't change all these years is Duolingo Store. İ have got a lot of lingots but the only i can actually do is to keep my streak by streak freezing. It is really strange that lingots give you time to stop using it. Maybe a more versatile and rich store could motivate people more. I could propose to buy a Plus for instance, using lingots, or at least a special price for Plus.
Yes, trying to learn a foreign language through another is harder. There is no such a tree. You can use some tips if you want as to use Google translate, but it is time consuming. So you can try English trees, so you are double benefited, you can learn both languages. Comparing two languages phrases with you own it is skill actually. Imagine how much effort is to figure out some idiomatic phrases.
A good source of speaking language is TV series. Because Duolingo isn't a real life speech, as you know. There is no slow motion in life :)
Really inspiring comment you made here! Dolingo begins as a funny way to learn and then you kinda get hungry for more learning. More languages are added the more you want to learn....I began by trying to learn too much at the same time and got lost. One after the other is the best for me :)
Thank you Duolingo indeed to exist and always be evoluting clap clap
Great post. I don't think I'll make it to 1,000 days, so first congratulations. I enjoyed your description of how you've used Duolingo and how it has changed over the years. The language trip never ends and with Duolingo the road is always changing. It is nice to be on the journey with a great learning community.
It's a beautiful adventure! Wow, just reading your post reminded me of so many things that I had forgotten. I break my streaks quite often, but still stay steady with at least 50xp almost daily. I would like to have a few more consistency patterns to track... such as 25 days a month or consistent 3+ times a week. I am focused on Spanish, but also dabble in Korean, Italian, Japanese, Greek, and Hawaiian. I would like to add Arabic if it comes as someone else said, and Finnish. One other thing that would be nice is if there were streaks by each language. I focus on one, get my points, but without the magic "fluency meter", I don't often know how long it's been since I touched the others. Great post, fantastic discipline and huge congratulations!<h1>polyglot</h1>
I 'll tell you a tip. Don't put extreme goal. Because it happens very often not being able or feel demotivated some days. Just 1 XP is enough. Whenever you cannot practice, just spend your streak freezer or take an exercise for 5 minutes, no more.
Another tip to get a lot of Lingots: Start a new language, the Basics are always so easy. Most likely prefer the inverse tree of the languages you are learning. It is useful to learn the language you are interested in as well.
Wow, you founded six clubs...what an impact in our Duo community. And even with the loss of the clubs and your friends, your enthusiasm and gratitude for Duolingo are so evident. I salute you. You are an inspiration for the rest of us. Congratulations on 1000 days and best wishes!