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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Goodbye DUO......for now

I joined Duolingo in June 2019 because I needed 2 credits in a foreign language and I could actually achieve these credits via Duo. I chose French and to get the credits I had to spend 300 hours on Duolingo. In this length of time, I have spent an average of 3 hours every school day on this site, due to my stopping for weekends, my streak never got above 5. I've learned so much in such a short period of time and seen some amazing humans on this site. I've written songs in French, connected with long lost relatives who live in Paris, and entertained the idea of moving to Bordeaux. I know 4 months is not a lengthy period of time whatsoever and nowhere near enough time to understand the language fully, but maybe when I get out of boarding school this amazing site will become apart of my daily life again.

Merci Duo, Au revoir

EDIT: Holy guacamole thank you all so much. I really really appreciate all the support. It's actually hard leaving (at least for now) and seeing y'all respond wishing me the best is very encouraging. I wish all of you amazing bi-linguists and polyglots the same :))

October 2, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Titan

Great.

Why don't you continue? - French is a good language, also in the Business life.

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

French is my favorite language, I actually wish I was a native speaker. I'm stopping because I need to finish my other high school credits to graduate my senior year. Doing Duolingo has taken up 3 hours of my days to work and I need those hours to do other subjects. I believe I will get back on Duo after I graduate and move back to my home state

October 2, 2019

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

I recommend using the review lessons in Duolingo every day to make sure you keep what you've learned. 3-5 lessons a day can make a big difference in the long run, and it's easy to do that much as study breaks between your normal homework assignments or just before bed.

October 2, 2019

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

My thought too. And if you "work" (play) on the weekends as well, not only will you have a streak, but you will gain the important ability of learning a new habit -- which is useful in many aspects of life. Remember to repeat your Duolingo sentences out loud, it's important for muscle memory. And talk to your dog, cat, or sibling in French. =D

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

This is a very good recommendation, however, at boarding school a requirement is that I am not permitted to own a cell phone and can only access Duo via CPU in our classroom during school hours. Therefore, when school is not in session I cannot access this site. I appreciate the advice though and maybe when I get into college and have a personal cell phone again I will use it. Merci

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zac551962

Per haps you could apply for a special permission to use the computers?

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/K4ttan

I get where they're coming from, but they really should have a lab for extra curricular computer study. I'm the first to admit the internet can be a time suck, but they have software to make sure students aren't abusing the privilege. Good luck, hope you can work something out.

October 4, 2019

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

Sorry to say that, but if you stop or give yourself a break, you will forget what you have learned. That's why it's so important to keep in touch with your target language, no matter if you review or introduce a new material.

October 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mfeaver1

I agree with comment below. For now, spend just 20 minutes a day. I like to think 10 minutes in morning and 10 minutes at night is ideal. And we know we can all spare that if we want to :)

October 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simoneatt11

I agree with this titan, but I have to say that this guy should study what he likes, when he likes. Maybe one day he will come back on duo studying something else...

October 2, 2019

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

Sorry to see you go, but I'm glad you've gained as much knowledge as you have!

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

I am sorry to have to go indefinitely as well, honestly I've been so happy learning French. I struggle(d) with depression feeling like I couldn't accomplish anything and learning this language has by-enlarge changed that for me. Just another reason to appreciate this amazing, free educational site

October 2, 2019

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

You know where to find Duo if you choose to come back.

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Assuming the owl takes me back after I cheated on him with Rosseta Stone :'(

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Titan

Just enjoy the life. Tonight with Duo. Tomorrow with Rosseta Stone. The day after with Babel. How exciting and wild life you have. :)

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

I think I'll let Duo do whatever he wants on my last night with him happy tears

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E-Titan

Don't forget to say during the last night: "It is not your fault." :)

This is a cruel world. :)

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethS746001

he does. LOL

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chahla99

Learning all of this in a short time is amazing! I wish you all the best in your life.. keep going!!

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Thank you sm for the compliment, really means a lot. Best wishes as well :)

October 2, 2019

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

Excellent. You have to focus on your priorities in their turn. I am glad that this site has been so useful and enjoyable for you. ;)

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

I appreciate it :) it'll feel weird not spending a portion of my waking hours studying, but I have kept a notebook so I hope to not forget everything I've learned

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Hope to greet you when you return. Be well!

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Hey Linda, I think I shall return someday and I shall be well. For the record I enjoyed reading your comments and posts on Duo, thank you for what you do for this noble community of ours :)

October 2, 2019

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

Au revoir, Adiós, さようなら and good bye. Take care.

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Merci, vous aussi

October 3, 2019

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

This is the entity called Songve. I did not expect much from reading the title but was pleasantly surprised to read a well-written personal account of your language adventure. Thank you for sharing this and I am sure you will be successful in whatever you choose to pursue.

October 2, 2019

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

Perhaps this is where tizerman got his fuel?

@Eli, best of wishes and hope to see you in the forums again in the not-so-distant future.

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Jairapetyan, thank you and best wishes to you as well. Also, thank you for teaching the next generation, we need more people like this.

October 3, 2019

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

No, this is "post tizerperson" and I was wondering if anyone would ever get that reference.

Edit: BTW, here's another person with an unusual unique style:

"化鯨 (Bakekujira) I am a Harbinger of Pestilence and Misfortune. Accept my presence and despair."

October 3, 2019

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

Sometimes I wish we had a choice of how to upvote a comment. This one would get a LOL. =D

October 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Songve, thank you for your kind words, I have enjoyed reading your Tolkien jokes, "It's not a pear, it's a grape" still makes me laugh when I think about it, Owl Pacino, and medium rare streaks (no blood in mine please). Thank you for reading and I appreciate the support

October 3, 2019

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

Wow, impressing that you did all of that in only 4 months! I wish you the best luck with your french learning progress :) And I hope you return to Duolingo :)

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

I hope I have ingrained some French in my brain so when I come back I won't be as clueless as I was when I started ^^ merci and au revoir

October 3, 2019

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

WOW! Learning all that in 4 months? Very impressive. I wish you the best buddy, and I hope to see you around once you feel it's best to return.

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Thank you for your encouraging words, I wish you the best as well and when I can the owl will once again be apart of my daily life.

October 3, 2019

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

Great you found this site so achieving! I am currently learning French atm, and it is a fun experience on this site.

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Je suis d'accord! It is the most enjoyable thing I've done as a high schooler hands down.

October 3, 2019

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

Bonne chance!

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Merci ! Meilleurs vœux

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamie574779

You can write a song in French? Damn.

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

It's just a little something I wrote for my girlfriend, it doesn't contain complicated French AT ALL but she likes it so I've done what I wanted to do :)

October 3, 2019

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

Now that's dedication! Bonne chance with your other things :)

October 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Merci! Au revoir

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesPar654337

nice.

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Merci

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ricreis394

Bonne chance!

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Merci! :)

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eugenica1

Hope that you come back! I know this is a late comment, but best of luck! :D

October 4, 2019

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

I understand your decision to leave. There are so many interesting paths to explore, and time is finite. Wherever you turn, you will do well. The fact that you could spend three hours a day on a single school subject says a lot about you. Bonne chance, and I hope that you find time to return to French. Don't underestimate the fact that a mind can completely forget things that go unpracticed.

October 4, 2019

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

don't go bruh

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Parting is such sweet sorrow :'(

October 3, 2019

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

bye man

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Bonne journee

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NarantuyaA1

Bonne chance!

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Merci beacoup!

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Animallover5548

That is great on how much you learned and I took a break over the whole summer and I can keep speaking Spanish. Dou will miss you.

October 3, 2019

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

Good luck! hope you have fun.

October 4, 2019

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

Nice

October 4, 2019

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

Dude, stick around. It takes like 10 minutes a day to hit minimum. That streak isn't going to grow itself.

Maybe try some other languages too. I recently started branching out beyond Spanish and was definitely missing out.

October 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulianneSh16

300 hours is hard to keep up! good job

October 5, 2019

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

what are polyglots?

October 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azhar.11

Good.

But the heck are you writing it here? Is it your Facebook feed?

October 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EliMP4

Actually, no one on my Facebook knows I have been learning French lol, just thought the best place to explain my language journey would be to people who are also on their own language journeys

October 3, 2019

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

Indeed, it is quite inspiring really :D

October 4, 2019
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