Streak Free Proclamation
Hear ye, hear ye (said Loudly) After losing an almost three (3) year streak last year and just losing an streak of over 300 days, I now proclaim I am no longer under the spell of the Streak. So if my internet goes out (for whatever reason) or I’m in a location with no internet (hopefully on vacation, fingers crossed), I will not sweat it. Now all those Lingots I save can be dispensed like candy among other Followers of the Green Owl. Thank you for your attention.
I will be losing my streak tomorrow as I will be flying out to Europe for eight weeks. I won't be worrying about trying to do my daily lessons as I will be able to use my language for real. I can already feel a sense of freedom not having the streak to worry about.
it's honestly incredible that you're able to use what you've learned after 505 days; In that sense, losing your streak is actually a great thing! Not only are you free from the streak spell, but you're free to learn the language yourself in the real world. Congrats to you!
Me too FLchick! I had more than a 3 year streak as well, then I lost it and don't care anymore. In fact, I usually dedicate Sundays to destroying my streak and not doing Duolingo.
Cheers to not caring about streaks! :-)
In fact, I usually dedicate Sundays to destroying my streak and not doing Duolingo.
Then how do you have a 9 day streak?
Edit: I noticed that you said "usually".
True. Also, I wrote a post where Duolingo gifted me a streak freeze, so even if I skip a day, it won't look like it.
@jason.mp4 Perhaps because I have purchased so many in the past. Or maybe after accepting it might display an offer for Duolingo Pro; one of the benefits is one Streak repair per month. IDK. Have a Lingot.
They probably updated their test as I didn't get that option. It just said that Duolingo gifted me the streak freeze.
Someone posted on here that they are permanently equipped with a streak freeze and have never even purchased one. Go figure.
You are free. You are free. Hooray. Hoorray. I think the Owl should get time off for vacation, sick time, weekends, and emergencies. These options can be done based upon time spent or XP earned.
Nevertheless, congratulations on your prior streaks. I wish they had streak badges so you can have a memory of the three year streak.
This streak badge is a good idea! It would remove some of the discouragement some feel when losing a long streak, since it would no longer be lost.
@Yubenna I’m in favor of anything that encourages learning/practicing. You may lose your Streak, but the learning stays. Have a Lingot. TFS
@pQp7zNt2 Thank you for celebrating with me and congratulations. Actually the three years seemed to go by quickly. Have a Lingot.
Yes, I lost my streak 2 o 3 times for different reasons and I didn't die a horrible death or anything. =D
The streak is just a simple thing to keep the "competitive people out there" hooked and showing off.
You know, if you have a 5005 day streak, miss one day and cannot get your number back, it doesn't mean that those 5005 days' work go down the drain and your acquired knowledge and skills magically dissolve in thin air. It just means that DL wants to keep you glued to their screen. If you want to keep glued to their screen just do it because you want to learn, not because of DL's number handouts =D
@Foblin The first loss I ever had wasn’t very long, but I was down about it. Then I got over it and started again. But every time I lost it, it bothered me less. Have a Lingot.
If my memory serves me well, my first loss was a little bit more than 300 days... I might be wrong, though. I also got a bit annoyed but life outside was too interesting then to lose my time with such a quibble so I'd say it didn't last longer than 1 hour altogether (the issue kept returning to my mind randomly but whenever that happened it was shooed away quickly as life kept also interfering with more interesting stuff :D)
After that I'd say had one or two short losses (around one week long or little longer) but no problem from then on.
Having a long streak might be nice but I don't really mind if I lose it or not. My priority here is learning my way and at my own pace, not collecting flames and showing off.
I'm happy about you and all the others who managed to get rid of the streak burden! =)
Wow, according to your Duome page you have 414777 XP. Congrats!
And, I'm glad you ended your Streak addiction. Well done!
@mwbrand1 Thank you. I have been a member for several years and enjoy learning on Duolingo. Have a Lingot.
Luckily for me I figured out pretty earlier on the streaks don't matter, and neither do lingots. It's pretty interesting how numbers can affect us, when they actually don't mean anything. It's why clicker games work so well.
At the end of the day you just have to consider that streaks actually don't mean anything outside of what meaning you give it. If you treat them as some sort of number to be proud of, fair enough, but it also means that number will control you because you see it has some sort of reminder on how much you have learned.
But here is a radical idea. The knowledge you gain is a better measure for how much you have learned than the amount of days you spent in a row doing lessons on duolingo.
It's why clicker games work so well.
You nailed it there! =)
The knowledge you gain is a better measure for how much you have learned
And the best side of it... that measure is not a number but a wonderful, mercurial and alive cloud! =D
Thanks for your post, MarchinBunny!
@MarchinBunny What you write is true. However, the more you regularly practice, the more you learn and retain. So you can’t help earning a streak. It’s a Catch-22. TFS Have a Lingot.
While I agree, I think it's important to mention that you don't actually have to make it an everyday thing in order to learn and retain. For example, pretty sure most college classes typically take place once per week. I think some can be 2 to 3 times a week. But that's still not everyday.
In fact, doing something every single day can actually have the reverse affect because you are not taking enough breaks. So you may begin to get overwhelmed and start rushing through it, not retaining as much as you could be.
I would see the streaks as less pointless if you were able to set your own schedule for which days you practice.
Well, no, it's not that doing it every day overwhelms you, it's about how much you do every day....research shows that language learning is best done in small amounts, daily, so that's what I do. I just do one lesson per day in each langauge, and sometimes I do extras, like a story or something.
@7.Julia.7 Daily practice has been beneficial for me, as well, but only in the language I am currently focused on. Thanks so much for sharing that information. Please have a Lingot.
The streaks do matter, because they remind you to do your lessons. It's a balance - you don't want to get hung up on them, but, at the same time, you want to keep them in mind, because they cause your brain to remember to come back every day. I try to find that balance. I've lost my streak several times, usually at the 100 day mark or so, although I've also lost it at like the 20 day mark or something, too...and that's fine. I always realize what happened the next day, and just go on learning. I find keeping my streak keeps me motivated, and reminds me to come back. It's a great feature, and does matter. A person just has to realize that, yup, it matters, but, yup, it's also okay to lose a streak.
@Thea210 Thanks so much. Sometimes we can’t help accumulating a short streak. Have a Lingot.
My 88 streak made me hungry this morning. I ate twice. Now, the search begins for Owl Pacino.
Be careful, I've heard he's beefed up his number of bodyguards, now people are out in force searching for him...➰➰
I laugh uncontrollably every time I read "Owl Pacino". This may need to be a meme soon...
@jeorgeEccles That’s so kind of you; I’d be happy to re-distribute them. Since you don’t want a Lingot, please accept my thanks.
@sweetvictory16 Thank you for your post. Being happy is a good thing. Have a Lingot.
A few days ago I was sick and was in bed all day and the next day I saw that my 30 day streak had been lost. I was so upset. This post makes me feel better. <3
@TheManlyWaffle15 I know how it feels; I, too, have been there. I’m glad you feel better. Have a Lingot.
@Inkaberry I’m living it now. Thanks for your support and here’s a Lingot for you.
Oh ye unbeliever, you should be burnt on a pile of Lingots for this heresy !
@Hannibal-Barkas Congratulations on your impressive streak. Please don’t throw me in the briar patch. Have a Lingot.
Since you now have 7,999 lingots, I will do the honors of giving you your 8 thousandth lingot! Congratulations!
XD that was an impressive streak, but I'm glad that you're not letting it get to you!
@Divvivia Thank you. I used to get personal satisfaction from my streak, but I’m over it now. TFS. Have a Lingot.
I had a streak of almost 2 years once. Losing it didn't impact my dedication to language learning one bit. Once it gets that high the habit is well and truely ingrained and the benefit is just bragging rights. The loss of which I occasionally mildly regret but which simply wasn't important enough to stress over.
@bookrabbit Congratulations on your impressive streak. The first streak I lost soured me briefly, but I got over it quickly (also, back then I wasn’t purchasing freezes). The habit is the important part. Have a Lingot. TFS
The streak broke its spell over me a few months ago when I deleted my old account over various frustrations I've had with Duo. But after discovering that it works better on Chrome than Edge (which is just as horrible as Explorer was), I'm going to try to get back into it more. I've been doing well on Memrise, so I plan to alternate days between the two. Without worrying about streaks & scores, maybe I'll actually learn something!
@Lisa705213 I’ve never experienced problems with my web browser, but you obviously love learning languages. Best of luck. Have a Lingot.
I agree, and in favt I will go one further nd declare that I HATE the Streak.
I learned a long time ago to disregard the Streak and just pay atention to the real reasn I started DL in the first place, wich is to learn another language. I am doing that, and since I hven't been able to buy even a single cup of coffee anywhere with my Streaks (or my lingots), I now know them for the useless , potentially discouraging, trick that they are.
I am here for the language, not some stupid addiction to accomplising a meaningless goal.
@MattRosemier Currently I don’t hate the Streak, I’m just disregarding it now. I believe it’s meant to be a benevolent encouragement to foster daily learning/practice. However, thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions. Have a Lingot anyway.
I think you both are right in respectively hating and disregarding the streak. I find both your approaches healthy and cathartic.
Anyway, I don't think the streak is meant only to be a benevolent encouragement to foster daily learning/practice. Let's never forget DL is a business.
I don't like the streak either. what is the point? to motivate us? or is it another reason to help us earn lingots..?
I think it’s meant as an encouragement to learn or practice everyday. I felt it a personal accomplishment to maintain a long streak and it was fun to get lots of Lingots, even though there’s not much you can do with them. Have a Lingot.
It hurts in the short-term to lose a long streak, but I'm glad you're feeling better! Hopefully I'll be able to get out of it one day, hopefully while traveling to the place I've been studying so long to visit.
Haha congrats for getting from under the streak spell.
Question for you: have you been learning one language consistently for the 3-4 years? If so, how fluent have you become through this app?
Thank you. For the past few years I’ve been studying Scandinavian languages, but Spanish was the first language I studied when I joined. I would not call myself fluent, at all. Have a Lingot.
@ADQyQ, I know your questions weren't directed at me directly, but here, have a free answer anyway.
I have studied Spanish primarily on DL, but I have also studied French and Italian. Duolingo is a wonderful resource, and it helps a lot, but, imo, under no circumstances should it be seen as a one-way means of gaining fluency In fact, in my opinion, other than total immersion, I don't think that there IS any one way of learning a language.
These are the methods I have employed (and although I am not fluent, I am getting there and at present, I am close enough to be able to get by in a Spanish-speaking country. I travel a lot and know this from experience):
Michel Thomas' language course. It's an 8 CD st that really breaks down a lot of the barriers to learning languages (available on Amazon).
Duolingo. I don't come here for useless streaks or lingots, but if you look at it as a serious learning tool, DL is top-notch.
Memrise. Another free online learning tool, it has some strengths that DL does not and some weaknesses hat DL doesn't have. I recommend using both of them ( on alternate days if you haven't got time for both every day ).
"Why Not Spanish" (as in "If you are going to learn another language, why not Spanish?"). WNS is a terrific channel on YouTube, with a native Spanish speaker (Colombian), and her American husband, that will really help with your ability to understand spoken Spanish.
Watch videos/movies/tv-shows in Spanish with English Subtitles ( or whatever your native language is ). Find some Spanish music you like and listen to it a lot. I am a big fan of Mala Rodriguez, and her song "Quien Manda" ("Who Rules") is ace in my opinion.
Make friends with friends from Spanish Speaking countries, and get them to let you practice listening/speaking with them.
Most importantly, have FUN. This is a wonderful journey you are on, and if you pay attention to your successes and your progress, it can be a constant bright spot in your life. Even on days when it seems like everything is crummy, if you are making progress with your language learning, it can brighten things considerably.
And THIS is why I ignore the STraks. Losing a big Streak can really take the fun out of what should be a happy part of your life, and I have seen way too many people get so discouraged when they've lost a Streak that they just give up.
Remember, the Streak is not a real thing, it's not why you are here, so just disregard it and hce fun and learn.
I lost mine on a cruise in the Caribbean - on the whole, it's a good trade-off.
I lost my streak because I went on holiday. It was incredible as I felt so free and I didn't have to stress of having to do it. I know your feeling :)
@twilight That’s a great reason to lose a streak. Now I don’t have to stress either, but I intend to still practice often. Have a Lingot. Thanks for posting.
I use Duolingo to learn Esperanto but sometimes I get so frustrated at some of the weird grammatical rules (or lack thereof) and sometimes I get downright angry and hate Esperanto, so the streak does help me not get discouraged and quit. I accept that I will not be able to maintain it indefinitely though.
@bartimaus I am thinking of learning Esperanto. I really know nothing about it. You already have a good streak going. It’s amazing to see some of the long streaks members have. Here’s a Lingot you can use to buy a streak freeze. Thanks for posting.
This is a good reason to embrace the streak! To use it instead being used by it! =D
It's great that your losing your streak. All that matters is that you learn and and that's all. It doesn't matter if you have a lot of lingots or a long streak or are in the top leagues. Good job not being under the streaks spell!
@elephantlove I hear you and agree. For awhile I was competing in the leagues. I’m taking a few steps back, but intend to practice often. Thanks for your support. Please have a Lingot.
Congratulations! I was just on vacation in a very mountainous region of the U.S. and lost my entire streak. I was fairly upset for a few days, but I quickly got over it and actually enjoyed my time there.
@butterflygirl217 I would exchange a streak for a vacation any day. How nice for you. Thank you for your post. Please accept a Lingot.
Wauw! I love this thread .... Reading all responses is a bit freeing for me. I have definitely been a slave to my streak (as you can see, I still am) but this thread has been freeing enough. I am hope to walk away and just go outside and use my knowledge elsewhere without fear of running back to save my streak. =)
@SaffyJustine I didn’t feel like a streak slave until recently. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll pursue it again. Anything can happen. A long streak means you’re studying every day and that’s a good thing, to my mind. Thanks for your post. Please accept a Lingot.
Thanks for this @FLchick. I just lost my streak of 662 days, and I'm not even sure it was fair, as I'm disciplined about keeping a streak freeze equipped and thought I had one. I came here to the forums to see if there were any Duolingo system failures yesterday, or other people complaining, but after your proclamation of freedom I will just not worry about it any more!
paul.stephenson An impressive streak to lose; thinking I was equipped, but wasn’t, has happened to me, also. I welcome you to the club as another member welcomed me. Also, please accept a Lingot. Thanks for your post.
I lost my care for the Streak a few years ago. It only makes me stressed.
Haha Owl Pacino sez: "I now disown you for renouncing your streak. And whenever you visit your mother, let me know a day in advance, so that I won't be there." Hahahaha!
Dugggg, say it ain’t so. Very impressive streak you have, congratulations. I’m not trying to dissuade anyone. Thanks for sharing and have a Lingot.
Good luck with that. I recently lost my 50 day streak and I just want to kill myself. There should be a "Save your streak for one week at just 50 lingots" in the store.
I forgot to add a smiley face to indicate I was being sarcastic hahaha cheers guys! @Flchick I'm returning your lingot as I have over 1000 already and don't know what to do with those. XD
@-Locky- I know, you’re so right. I usually give one to comments I like under sentence discussions. The Spanish tree seemed to have more funny ones IMO. I’m obviously also sharing them on this discussion. I’ll pass yours on to someone else. :-)
:O Kill yourself??? :O
I see French 13, English, 25, German 12, Italian 10, Spanish 11 on your achievements. Why is it so important to have a Streak 50 next to those?
@-Locky- Losing it used to really bum me out, but each loss hurt less and less. A one week freeze makes sense to me. Have a Lingot. TFS
streaks are serious business. whenever i ask my sister how many 'little fires' she has and she replies zero i start laughing and tell her how many i currently have.
@unpeudeneige I won’t try to change your opinion. Congratulations on 36 days. Have a Lingot. TFS
I had saved lingots over a period of time so that I could keep my streak of 320 days protected whilst I was away on holiday by spending 10 lingots every day to maintain a streak freeze. However, two days into my holiday my streak freeze said 'protected' even though I had not spent that day's 10 lingot fee. I have been back for three weeks now and have a streak of 20 days, having lost my original 320! My streak freeze still says 'equipped' and there seems to be no way of unlocking it? Any clues? Thank you
My streak freeze is permanently stuck on 'equipped' even though I have not spent the necessary 10 lingots in a day in order to set it up that way. Any clues about why this would be? Thank you
Lucky you; I have no idea how that could happen. I purchased and used freezes often to maintain my streaks, but I was quite disciplined about practicing Duolingo daily. It really helps with language retention. Have a Lingot.
Congats! I might be deliberately breaking my streak soon just so as not to get into the streak frenzy.
There is a lot of chatter going around in government around the world about cracking down on internet addiction. Don't be surprised if you start to see legislation proposed (and passed) to hit out at companies that have embraced a business model of addiction.
Yes, it's obvious that the streak has a potentially (and widespread) harmful side. Fortunately many also see the light sooner or later and break free.
For those who care, crossing the international date line will cause a day to be missed even if you do offline lessons in PLUS. You'll need a streak freeze. I was expecting to lose my streak while traveling over 6 months but found it was mostly an easy habit to maintain.
Thank you for your sharing that information. I agree that Duolingo becomes an easy habit. I always try to practice first thing in the morning. Have a Lingot.
I had a huge streak too...but then became extremely busy with work which meant there were days every week or so I couldn't come on here. Forget the streak (and the gnawing obsessions it bring) - I'm focussing on levels and trees! So nice to hear someone else giving up on the streak!!!