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

I did it!!!

After 5 hard weeks of only earning 1 XP a day, I finally got demoted back to the Bronze league. At times I wanted to give up, do a normal,10 XP lesson, but I stayed strong. Heck, I even lost my 51 day streak so I could be demoted. (edited to add that I may have lost it because I forgot to do my 1 XP, but I am going to pretend it was because I was so dedicated to being demoted.)

It was so close. Just an hour ago, I was in the 44th place. Thankfully, the person behind me pulled ahead and earned ten more XP. I won! I made it to the Bronze league!

To anybody who is trying to get demoted: You can do it, don't give up. Life is hard, but now I am overflowing with happiness. It is all worth it.

August 5, 2019

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

Love it when someone achieves their goals.

August 5, 2019

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

Way to go! Not everyone has the stamina to do what you've done. You're an inspiration.

August 5, 2019

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

Thanks. Your words mean a lot :D

August 5, 2019

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

You are the personification of this great quote by one of the worst US presidents, Calvin Coolidge. You are my hero!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

Press on, chocohipkookie!!

August 5, 2019

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

I am determined to stay in Bronze for at least another 2 weeks, to get the full experience. It doesn't end once I get to Bronze. It ends when I get the 50th place in Bronze at the end of the week.

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwbrand1

It ends when I get the 50th place in Bronze at the end of the week.

This reminds me a bit of the Lantern Rouge in cycling, where the last place finisher is celebrated. Here is Wiki article that describes it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanterne_rouge

August 6, 2019

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

This is one of my favorite posts of the week! (No joke)

Congrats on reaching your goal. Very impressive! :)

August 5, 2019

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

Thanks, Andres! Glad you like it! :D

August 5, 2019

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

If there was a Lingot Bank, I'd rob that mug, jussayin'! Demote myself on purpose? Not so much.

All my life I HAD TO FIGHT to get into that Gold league. People die every day to achieve the things you achieved, and you just... throw it all away. Pathetic, really.

And Bronze league? BRONZE? You know what else is bronze, Choco Chip Kookie? Do you? ...Pennies. Is THAT the lifestyle you wanna live!? And to think we were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you! HOW DARE YOU!

Here, take this lingot. Go and get you some sense.

August 5, 2019

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

Pennies are GREAT! Don't hate on the pennies!! THEY DID NOTHING TO YOU Insert crying emoji

You may think I let people down, I think I gave them inspiration to LOSE EVERY WEEK. (side note: there will still be endless complaints about leagues, but whatever)

August 5, 2019

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

HAHA! You're hilarious! Honestly, Leagues are not the end all be all. I also have a Busuu account (not sponsored, i promise lol), and I get all the motivation I need from that site because other language learners correct your writing and speech. For example, over 8 Native Spanish speakers, whom all study English on the app, have helped correct my Busuu assignments. They even have language proficiency tests hosted by Mcgraw Hill so you can check how fluent you are in the language (A1, A2, B1, B2) - On the free account, you can take a placement test to see approximately how fluent you are in your desired language.

The leagues do motivate me cause I'm a numbers guy, but I'm not going to sit in a dark corner of my bedroom and cry myself into a miserable ball of nothing. I just made it to Gold League, and the top person already has 400+ xp...LMAOOO! Like...how even does that head explodes

I like pennies by the way. I save them (along with dimes, nickels, and quarters) in a gallon jug, then when it's full, I dump them into a Coinstar machine to convert them to CA$H! ;)

ok i've written enough, goodbye lol

August 6, 2019

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

Oooo, Busuu looks good. I think I have used it before, but pretty sure it was a long time ago. If I took the test, I would probably get a negative A1 lol

Leagues used to motivate me, but I have moved on (I bet you probably already know that considering you read this post, but meh). Eventually Ruby just got bland, no use in staying in a league when there is no promotion.

Pennies are really great, I am glad we both like them. Insert dramatic (or sad?) music They deserve more. Nobody appreciates pennies enough. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk about pennies on a language site. Audience claps

I have also written enough so goodbye hehe

August 6, 2019

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

lmao "negative A1!" I'm SLEEP! Can't stop laughing!!

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GypsyVanner7

Oh wow, you are patient. And now you can have the satisfaction of working your way up again!

August 5, 2019

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

Lowchen, im responding to you here because it won't let me respond to you below. 1 XP lesson exist for timed practices, because I only do one answer and then let the timer expire :)

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GypsyVanner7

I'll have to try that.

August 5, 2019

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

I think you went sufficiently overboard to make it clear to most that you were playing. But seeing as how one took it seriously, unless they are seriously playing with us which would be most impressive, it is almost a post that demonstrates Poe's Law.

August 5, 2019

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

It would be extraordinarily impressive. GASP Maybe that was their plan all along...

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jan139433

Nice parody. Or maybe it's performance art.

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelvin401862

You made me laugh. Keep up the good work.

August 5, 2019

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

Formidable! Congratulations on your achievement!

August 6, 2019

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

Man you are my hero. Who cares about the first when you can be the last with your own effort? You made me laugh. I understand what you did and I appreciate that.

August 5, 2019

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

Exactly. Being last is twice as more enjoyable than being first.Glad I could make you laugh :D

August 5, 2019

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

Side effects may include being tempted to get 1st in Bronze, then demoting from Silver back to Bronze, then repeating it again to grind for lingots.

Side effects of that may include earning lingots from levelling up.

Anyway, nice post. I think leagues would be okay if there was a setting that let you not participate without becoming private and/or if it used crowns.

August 6, 2019

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

Oh dang, thanks for letting me know. I will be cautious about the side effects. Don't want to get caught up with that :(

Also, completely agree with you. Wish it was optional, like how you could choose to be in a club.

August 6, 2019

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

I am confused, why would you want to get demoted? I'm in Ruby and it's awesome!

August 5, 2019

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

ok don't answer I just read the rest of the comments xd

August 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosiahShel3

I understand this was a joke post, but why? I do duolingo, but I don't even care what league I'm in. I just try to learn, so then I can go up to people and talk to them in another language just to see their puzzled look. But what's the point in being first? You get brownie points and stuff like that but it's not important. All you do is waste your time and spend hours upon hours doing something that literally means nothing just so you can be first place. So if I'm going to learn a language, I'm not going to learn it to be first, I'm going to learn it to annoy people for the fun of it.

August 5, 2019

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

Why, you may ask? My answer: Why not.

August 5, 2019
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