Today is my 1000th
Wow – what an awesome 1,000 days. Thank you Duolingo, and thank you to all the friends I have met along the way. You are all incredible. My adventure has spanned three states and two countries. Some days are a pleasure. Some days are just torture. I can remember nights scrambling minutes before midnight trying to beat the clock. It has been an adventure and life lesson. And I am extremely grateful to everyone who challenged me to continue and push forward. Buena suerte y gracias mis amigos.
Hello, Sim! ☺
How do you type in multicolor? It is very interesting to know.
Thank you very much, Algarve.
I really appreciate your invaluable help. ☺
Was about to respond but Algarve beat me to it XD And yes, you are right, it is interesting to know! For me, it adds a cool effect to congratulating someone :D
Wow, the bulb just flashed. For the past year I kept hearing people use a word I thought was “vale” in really inconsistent ways. I wasn’t familiar with “dale”, so I looked it up. And then it clicked for me. I was not distinguishing between the two. So, DiegoDutra, can you please tell me your English translation from “dale dale”. Muchas gracias,
"Dale, dale" = "Go, go." "Dale, dale" is an encouraging expression to continue and keep doing what you're doing.
Thank you EdouardC2020, that helps a lot! It all makes so much more sense now. It had always baffled me.
In German there is a similar expression. "Dalli dalli!" which is used to tell someone to hurry up.
Danke! I'm surprised I haven't heard that one from my German husband. LOL!
Oh really!? There's a strikingly similar expression in Korean that's said like, "Bali, bali!" This directly translates to, "Hurry, hurry!" (Hurry up).
@DiegoDutra. De nada, amigo. A propósito, tus logros son impresionantes. Motivan a seguir aprendiendo. Saludos :)
Hola Diego, I am from the United States pero yo tengo una mama Mexicana. Te felicito mucho por tu streak. I bet it took a lot of time and dedication. Sigue! tienes algunos tips para aprender un idioma mas rápido? Gracias!
Starting is the hardest part, and you nailed that. Stay strong and good luck Harvey.
Same! It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was on 0.... Good luck with getting there
nice going HarveyPott, as I read this now you are at 126 days! Still going strong!
Kudos for your chiliad.
BTW, 1000 is the smallest number that generates three primes in the fastest way possible by concatenation of decremented numbers.
PS: 1000 is a Harshad number in base 10.
Songve is Duo's mathematician - that owl can't even count his own feathers. Good one Songve! Btw. I think they must have deleted my maths joke under your Russian one! I do need to be roped in once in a while.....Goodnight! ❛¿❛
RobertKoeblitz. You give me inspiration when I feel that I've been slogging away for so long and I still can't understand when I watch a movie or listen to radio. But, saying that, I've learned that it takes a lot longer to master a language (especially at age 74!) than I thought it would. There are so many different aspects to it. Reading, writing, grammar, idioms, local jargon, regional dialects, etc; and, as for hearing... well, Spanish must be one of the most difficult languages to comprehend when hearing it spoken because Spanish nationals speak so fast! And, of course, they drop endings, many don't sound 's' sounds, run words together, and all the other manners of speech which make individual words difficult to distinguish and interpret for an estranjero. I have had to move my goal posts and now they are so far in the distance I can hardly see them! But, I don't mind that now. I just keep on practising every day, because I believe that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And every day for me, is one step closer to those far off goal posts. When I look back, I can see how far I've come and how much more I've learned. My motto is 'Keep on keeping on'. So, thank you again for your encouraging comments and, many, many congratulations for your achievement!
MaDhyan, what a wonderful comment, and excellent work keeping on going on!
Almost like you, I'm on my 18th day streak. It seems a long way to the 1,000th day but nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
I wish you success on your path to progress in all aspects of your life. ☺
Remember to keep a mobile with you at all times, use public wifi if you have to.
Just remember to log in!
Syliane1, CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! Your streak is 1003 days today, bravo well done!
Thank you AudinoChen, And congratulations to you too. You are closing in on four years. Very impressive!
Obsessed can be fun. : )
We'd been without power for nearly 3 days. I drove 45 min to the nearest town with internet access to do my 30 XP - just got home to find we are back up and running! Lucky there is a great thrift store and Walmart in that little town. Made it seem like I wasn't crazy enough to go all that way just to use the library's computer! I'm protecting a measly 147 streak. What lengths will I be forced to go to in the future?? I'm eager to find out. I love this website. My hat is off to you, Robert.
KJBESSA, I love any note that starts with "obsessed can be fun". We really need to sit down and have drinks one day. I understand exactly what you're saying. It can turn crazy in an instant. Did you have phone service? You can do this on a phone, tablet or computer.
Thank you nwood22. ¡Buen trabajo y buena suerte para ti también! 500 in two days! Congratulations!
Thank you again to everyone who responded. It is touching to see such overwhelming community support. I wish each of you the best of luck and continued success as we move closer to reaching our goals.
You’re amazing! Keep up the good work. I struggle with the language but thanks to Duolingo I just keep learning everyday. My streak is 476 days! I will never give up
Happy belated birthday!! Congratulations on making it to 1000 years old! May good health remain with you for 1000 more!!!
wow incredible 1000 days of learning. keep up the good work. I need this motivation to learn Spanish. only about 40 days for me
Remember to log in if you want to reach the big boys. Get a phone that can take advantage of public wifi.
Good luck and remember to log in.
Congratulations on your 1000. I know what you mean about scrabbling to beat the clock. I have lost some phenomenal streaks as I travel a lot and sometimes it has just been because I forgot what time zone I was in. I´m sure you feel my pain. Have a lingot on me.
Yes I recently lost a 370 day streak while traveling in Italy because I had no Wifi for several days. I even paid for wifi one day to complete a lesson and buy a streak freeze but the connection was so poor that I couldn't even complete a lesson. :(
Congratulations, what an accomplishment you have achieved! I can appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into having such an excellent streak. Satisfaction and more importantly improvements in your target language. Well done
Holy shazams thats amazing.
I almost have a double digit streak, can you believe it?
I totally get "scrambling minutes before midnight"!!!
I am not a creature of habit at all, and Duo has helped and continues to help me with learning how to maintain consistency with a helpful habit.
Thanks again for sharing. Lingot for you!
Congrats! I signed two years ago but just know returned hoping to get to a 100th streak at least, but more important, feel some progress on the way to some new languages I am interested to master.
Thanks for sharing, it totally helps to see that it is achievable.
Congratulations! May your learning and your streak continue to grow as long as you choose. :)
Quick answer and hopefully a motivator: Duolingo has helped me read and write Spanish, and also understand the grammatical points that had been confusing. To a lesser extent, it has helped me "hear" Spanish, although many native speakers still tend to slur, cut off words and use a lot of local phrases that don't make sense without explanation. My biggest weakness is speaking. My pronunciation is poor. So, I have started augmenting Duolingo with intercambios, basically an hour or two speaking with a native Spanish speaker who is trying to learn English. It is a win/win for language and great opportunity to merge into Spanish culture even though language is still a barrier.
Jermaine, it is a process. It is funny and frustrating. If you have realistic expectations and commit to working a little each day it will become fun and rewarding. Just, embrace the process.
Congratulations! 1000 days can be hard work but also fun like you say. Good luck with your Spanish journey and thanks for the tip regarding intercambios. Ill look to doing that when I get further down my tree.
Why not just watch Spanish movies and listen to Spanish radio too?
I bet there are even different dialects even with Spanish people, so naturally you don't want to sound like a robot who's reiterating everything from here.
You know what you must do.
¡Felicitaciones! Realmente amo esta lengua y espero que puedas seguir profundizando en ella para llegar a un C2.
I'm curious, do you or anyone here have helpful tips or advice for getting the most out of duolingo?
Hi Arin, I posted some thoughts yesterday for Jermaine. They are in this thread and easy to find above. Hopefully, those will give you some insight.
Thank you Joe. My thought to you is just to be realistic. I shared above, Duolingo has helped me read and write Spanish, and to a lesser extent hear the words and speak. I have no aptitude for language, which is sad because I enjoy speaking Spanish. I had no prior classes, fluent family/friends, etc. Maybe you have a better background. I do not know how hard it is to learn French. I can fumble through simple conversations pretty easily. But, I do not consider myself anywhere near fluent. I think true fluency comes from years of practice and at least some complete emersion. For your own sanity, enjoy the process, it is amazing to carry on conversations and learn about other cultures. If you target in on something you can achieve, it will be fun and rewarding.
Thanks for coming back to me Robert. Good to hear someone else’s perspective. I guess unless you can immerse yourself fully into the language and culture it will always take a long time to become fluent. I’m enjoying learning a new language from scratch and have made good progress. But I’m a bit impatient and would like to be conversational by now...but I’m not and will keep preserving. My multi-lingual Swiss girlfriend (5 fluent languages) puts me to shame so I’m very determined.
Wow, congratulations Robert, that is amazing! I only started 2 months ago on Duo, and was really happy to reach 60. I can only imagine the feeling for reaching such a milestone.
The dream of any Duolingo user. There is no greater feeling than accomplishing such a feat. Du bist unglaublich! You are amazing!
Whaaaaat???? Coloured multicolour type?? I would just be grateful to have constant sound. Its one thing to get a question wrong because I made a mistake but its really disheartening when its the full sound not coming through. I checked on help but being technically challenged, it left my head buzzing. Being retired, I REALLY miss the IT department, and if you work in one, hats off to you. Where would we be without you??
I told someone before, starting is the hardest part. You nailed that! Day by day, you are on your way.
@RobertKoeblitz 1000 days. it's almost 3 years. does it worth to sit and use this app daily for few years? how much time do you dedicate for it daily? Till what level does this app help you to reach in Spanish? What is your result?
Hi Mutawahesha. I asked the same question when I started. So, my answer to you now is “yes, absolutely”, it was worth the time to me. If it was not worth my time, I would have stopped. The beginning levels are quick. They get harder. You can get by with 5 or 10 minutes a day, or hours if you want. I learn something new every day. Some is simple vocabulary. The harder part for me is gramatical structure, comprehension and pronunciation. The language builds on itself so you constantly refresh what you learned before. To me, the “daily” aspect has more to do with a commitment to the process. If you take a day off, why not two, or possibly a week? Next thing you know, you start from scratch again. Maybe the way to look at it is: Three years is going to go by. In three years, you either will, or will not, know a foreign language. It looks like your favorite is Japanese. Which do you want to be?
Hi :) The commitment to do the same thing each day is a real challenge for me. I get bored easily and need something new. Until now my maximum is one month. But what make me really going is a challenge or/and a competition. Wanna be friends and compete with each other? As for languages, let's say...There is a language I must learn and it's Arabic. I've started it here on Duo 5 days ago :) Japanese is like a sweet piece of cake next to a cup of coffee for me. It's easy to learn and number 2 in my list :) French (B1) and German (B2) I already know and speak, but they are rusted, need refinement (will be after Arabic and Japanese). As for Swedish. I've worked in a swedish/norwegian travel agency for 3 months, so I wanted to pick up a language until an intermediate level. But I resigned so I put Swedish on a shelf. So my priority is arabic. And I'm really serious this time and sure I will succeed :) Also I want to say that your commitment is admirable and all guys who do it every day for few years, it's really something :)
I just followed you. Arabic seems like it would be a very difficult language. You are a tough one. And, the competition is on. I was just in Sweden and Denmark. I thought I had overslept the first morning. I am not used to daylight at 4 a.m.
I just saw your points for the week. Very nice, roughly five times my total ...
Wow, Olga. Awesome week for your studies. Keep on the Arabic. I would like to stay in contact. If you would like to also, forward me a private message. Here is an older, junk email address for me: firstname.lastname@example.org. When I get your email or WhatsApp and I will reply with mine.
I don't know you, but congrats and best of luck :) Hope that on the 2,000 days you'll know even more languages and stumble upon amazing people on the way