I'm celebrating my 200-day streak with its funeral.
After 2 on-and-off years on Duolingo and losing my original 100+ streak, I've gotten 3 golden owls and a brand new 200-day streak. This is something I never dreamed of achieving, but now that I'm here, it's quite a hollow victory. Through the club system, I made some amazing friends, all of which I lost when the clubs folded. This dealt a devastating blow to my language studies. I lost connections to people who would be my friends when I moved to Germany. People who offered to host me as an exchange student. After switching to the forums I haven't been able to make any beneficial or lasting friendships. So I'm quitting to focus on meeting actual people and taking real classes. Fortunately, there are people who are passionate about languages enough to provide weekly local classes for free, even in some rare languages like Irish and Danish. Duolingo provided a good foundation, but took a lot of time, effort and self-motivation. Now I can learn much faster, and more importantly practice my conversational skills. I'm never going to give up on languages, I just want to move past the whole "celebrate a streak", "celebrate a golden owl" and "stayed in the XXX league". Don't get me wrong, I think the fact that there were people who congratulated me on my streaks and golden owls was the only thing that kept me going. But for now, I'm going to focus on studying for weekly classes instead of doing that bare minimum of 1 lesson to keep my streak. Duo took away my friends, my motivation and my first chance at establishing connections in a foreign land, but Duo also gave me the chance to get started in a language for free. As for my friends, I figure new connections can be built. I want to thank Duolingo and all the amazing contributors who do such a fantastic job. And another thank you to my fellow Duolingoers (even those of you who are just beginning) because all of you inspired me to keep going and without you I wouldn't be where I am now. Here's to the next era! :) Tom
PS Sorry this is such a ramble. I just feel a strong attachment to all of you here on Duolingo (who I never talk with as I'm not active in the forums) so I felt the need to say goodbye. Last year I got a 100-day streak. This year I got a 200-day streak. Right now I'm busy with school, but who knows? Maybe next year I'll come back for a 300-day streak.
Could you please edit your discussion and change the topic from "Educators" to "Duolingo"?
Most folks will miss seeing it in the Educators forum.
I agree, the loss of the sense of community that Duolingo used to have is significant :(
All the best to you on your next adventure!
Aww...Thanks :) I will miss everyone, and I hope you all will still be here next summer when I'm most likely to have time for Duo again.
Congratulations! That's sad about the clubs. This is why Duolingo needs messaging.
Thanks @lingopunk! I really hope people will make the forums as helpful and welcoming as clubs were. Just wishful thinking :)
Fledgling, there is definitely a right time to leave the nest. I'm too new to Duolingo to have experience with the clubs. Conversation, though, is an essential ingredient to language learning that requires personal contact. It seems you are focusing on what's most important for you at this point. Best of luck!
And you missed the king of the features, it was the immersion! We were so angry when they removed that!!
What was the immersion? I'm new to Duolingo, so I never saw any of these features I see people comment about.
They used to have Clubs on the app. They were groups of 50 people you could chat with from various countries all learning the same language. Duo would also give a daily task like answer a question in German, describe something in German, or write a poem in German. My key to learning was to join a club that was meant for Germans learning English. Basically everyone was native German and I got a lot of help. I'd also help them with their English questions or their questions on English culture. They taught me all sorts of sayings, slang, and cultural etiquette. There was one lady who did a weekly word riddle. It was hard because it was all in German, but it was very fun. One of them was the word "Blatt" which has two meanings: a leaf and a sheet of paper. I also learned about "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten". There was the club leader, a 12 year old boy from Germany, who was trying to learn English. For my benefit, he created long lists of phrases/slang explaining the little ins and outs of using each XD Those days were so much fun...
I am sorry. But good job getting a 200 day streak and 3 golden owls (I will never achieve that)
Haha, I also said the exact same things when I began. It's true, the Spanish tree is long, but of course you can make it! Good luck ;)
Why you'll never achieve that? You can!
The streak is not so important for me, but the golden owls, you definitely can!
Vielen Dank! Ich werde hier jeden vermissen. Aber viel Glück auch mit Ihrem Studium!
Thanks @Songve! I hope you stick around Duo for many more years. We need people like you. Good luck and keep writing those interesting and fantastic articles of yours. ;)
So sorry to hear about how the loss of clubs affected you. That was before my time. I do understand tho; our local IRL Irish teacher got a job offer of the lifetime on the other side of the continent and abandoned us. All our classes were cancelled! I'm happy for him, but damn.
Good luck to you. Like you say you've got a good foundation...you can take that anywhere.
That's pretty rough. Sorry to hear that! Irish classes and teachers are really rare. Good luck to you as well! (I would write that in Irish, but I confess I can't without the help of a translator)
Tom, well done on your 200 and I wish you all the success possible with new friendships and continued learning. Perhaps we'll see you back here one day. Be well!
Thank you! People like you are very important for our next generation of Duolingoers. :)
Congratulations and good luck with your language studies, what ever you do.
Congratulations Tom on achieving 200-and-100 day streaks (plus 3 golden owls) :) :) That spells commitment :) Indeed well done on all you have learned, including the value of both online & realtime supporters & friends and may you have many more of those and the best of future language learning experiences. Cheers Tom & Good onya (Aussie lingo for Good on you ie well done!)
Thanks! Being keen on learning accents as well, I can say the Aussie (and New Zealand) accents are really cool. :) What I like most about them is their unique phrases. "Goodonya" was probably the first Australian phrase I learned, and remains my favorite (for now). Good luck with your studies!
sounds like me - lost my 218 streak and wondered should I quit? but now Iḿ back on 83 and still going <3 :D
I feel sad for your friends, and the lack of messaging feature here, to keep contact (I know it's safer for kids)
You could ask people to come on a forum, elsewhere, and message them on the other site. I think it would do the trick, to keep contact.
How much did you learn here in almost a year?
Will you come back to make again some lessons, or learn new languages?
I understand the safety issue for underaged users. I had the opportunity to continue communications with one of my club friends who suggested we exchange information and move to an online chat site. I declined for the very reason that I believe Duolingo is safer for her (she was kinda young).
How much did I learn here in almost an year? Well, I had no language experience (aside from a little Spanish Rosetta Stone) when I started Duolingo. With the added help of YouTube, my German reading and writing is now at (approximately) B2. I still struggle with German grammar. My German listening skills are slightly worse at B1 and my speaking (the worst) is probably A1 or A2. My Danish is overall at A2 or B1. I never studied Norwegian here on Duolingo (that's my sister's work), but after 3 months of classes (one day a week), my Norwegian is at A2 or B1. More importantly, I can actually converse at this level. In fact, my speaking skills are slightly higher than my reading and writing skills. If I moved to Germany and immersed myself every day, I could probably cut down my learning time to months instead of years.
I will probably come back to Duolingo if I decided to take on another language. Most likely Dutch, French or Spanish. If I'm lazy, or not taking classes for a while, I'll also probably brush up here with a few lessons a day. I have and will always recommend Duolingo. One of my language teachers didn't believe in Duolingo, because he said they just teach random phrases that weren't useful conversationally. I said that's because he's never been in a club or on the forums. ;)
THREE golden owls?? Hoot - Hoot!! That is something to celebrate. Good luck in the next chapter of your learning.
Good luck on your new learning adventure!!! I wish you all the best!!! Also, any books or study material recommendation to start studying Norwegian from English? I'm a brazilian, so I'm a native Portuguese speaker, but it is easier to find good quality material in English.
https://www.ntnu.edu/learnnow This is the curriculum we use in Norwegian class. It's free and created by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. It includes work sheets and audio recorded by native Norwegians. They teach Norwegian from multiple different languages. We watch movies at class: The King's Choice (free for Amazon Prime members) and Max Manus. I also have friends in Norway that I write to. Lykke til!
Sorry about that. I changed my account to private after doing the glory run with leagues. I'm learning German, Danish and Norwegian currently. My 3 golden owls are the German tree, the German reverse tree and the Danish tree. BTW, your 720 streak is amazing!
I didn't realize you can change to private? Wow, you're working hard with your 3 languages...3 owls in German already is very impressive!!! You will be at 1000 in no time. I see 720 and it honestly doesn't seem I've done it this long...but it was all during the club era, so time flew cause we were having fun. I am happy there are learners like you still on here :)
Yes, you can go private but you lose the ability to make new friends or be friended of anyone else.
Good luck and sorry about your friends we will miss you a lot PS great job on your 100 day stream and 200 day streak <3
You will! Once it becomes a habit to do it at a certain time of the day, it is a lot easier to keep up with it. Although I must admit, the streak freezes have saved me about 3 times during this period. Nevertheless, it is something that really helps me to keep going and come back to Duolingo daily. I have immense respect for people who have been doing it for 1000+ days tho, that seems impossible to me ;)
The life lessons of consistency you learn on the way are entirely worth it. I've never had a devastating loss in my streak, but I've seen people lose their massively long streaks and pick it right back up the next day as if nothing happened. Their tenacity is commendable :)
HOW in the name of DUOLINGO, do you get a 200 day streak!!! I couldn't dream of getting that!!!
Me neither. Seriously, I would have been happy with a seven day streak when I began. I kept skipping weekends. Got to start somewhere though. Good luck!
Hi Tom! I have found that Duolingo can be a good additional feature to 'real' classes, as it functions as a quick assignment to refresh knowledge for me. Even though it may be easier than the things you learn in class, it keeps your language basis up to date. But I completely understand your reasoning and good luck on your further language adventures!
And who knows, maybe we will see you return for a 300-day streak ;)
I agree, Duo is a great "flashcard drill". I am just tempted to spend too much time here on the forums or stories or even lessons, when in that time I could be studying more advanced lessons or speaking with native speakers. I'm a student as well, so I find it difficult to keep up with both Duolingo lessons and homework from language classes.
Thanks for the encouragement! Like everyone starting from 0 again, 300 seems impossible. But...;) Anyway, good luck with your studies!
Yeah, I completely agree. I get tempted to be here as well whilst I should/could be studying more advanced things. Again, good luck with your classes, and thanks for your reply :) When you speak with native speakers, you will be on your way to fluency in no time!