https://www.duolingo.com/SvenHaers

What time zone is used for the streak?

I've been working on my streak for exactly 41 days today... and of course, I want to keep going!

But.. the 27th this month I'm flying to the states for work. I'm going to have a very busy schedule plus there is a time difference of roughly 6 to 7 hours between my home town and where I'm going!

Of course, a true student is not deterred easily.. but I would hate for my streak to fail because of (for instance) the 9 ~ 10 hours flight, combined with a time zone difference.

How to deal with this conundrum? :-)

Some info for you wizzkids out there:

I will take my departure flight from Amsterdam around 11-ish on a saturday. That means I will have to leave home at around 7 AM Dutch / Amsterdam time, from which point on access to a wifi network is not guaranteed (although I could still use the App via 3G while still at the airport).

Upon landing I will have to disembark, pick up my rental car and drive to the hotel (and hope for no heavy traffic). I don't suspect I will be able to access any wifi until I get to my hotel and check in. Even if the App take the timezone into account, it won't "know" I've switched timezone until I make this known by logging on via the hotel's wifi connection.

So there is a very real possibility that I might miss my streak, right? Dutch time might be far past midnight by the time I get to do my next exercise!

Same goes for the flight back home.. I depart from the American airport at around 08:00 PM local time, by the time I will have been disconnected from any free wifi spots for several hours. I will embark on a roughly 8 hour trip (return trips are usually faster because of tailwind) to which I will have to add 6 to 7 hours time difference... by the time I'm able to pick up a Dutch 3G connection, 24 hours will have passed again.

I'm open to suggestions! (and yes, I know there is something called a 'streak freeze' but I've never tried it (how does this work anyway, you still need an internet connection to enable a freeze? ..and I would hate to lose two times 10 lingots on a short trip, since I'm saving up for a test and an extra exercise)

July 18, 2014

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/bchan

Your timezone is constant with your account. Your account is set to Europe/Amsterdam, +0200, which means that regardless of where you are, we use the Europe/Amsterdam timezone. Therefore, unless you're traveling/without internet for a full 24+ hours, you shouldn't be forced to lose your streak.

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenHaers

So the streak 'day' is counted against the last time you successfully finished an exercise rather than the last midnight before you did so? That means I have a full 24 hours (or rather, 23 hours and 45 minutes to allow for a few attempts :-)) of leeway after I rush in an exercise before I board?

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bchan

The day is midnight to midnight of the last time you extended your streak. So, for example, if you extend your streak at 2 am on Monday, you have from 12:00 to 11:59 on Tuesday to extend it again. I say 24+ hours because assuming you do your practice at the last second possible (ex 11:59 pm on Monday), then get on a plane and fly for 24 hours, you'd 1 minute to extend your streak before you lost it.

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenHaers

I think I got it :-). I keep my watch on Dutch time anyway (nice to instantly see when I can call home, when my kids go to bed etc) so basically if I extend my streak on sunday morning, Dutch time, I have until monday evening (still Dutch time) to extend keep it going.

Thanks!

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich

Can you trust one of your children to access your account? All you need is one point and then you wouldn't have to use your Streak Freeze that you purchased.

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich

Congratulations on your two young children, SvenHaers! I didn't realize they were so young! Good luck with your Streak Freeze! I would be sad if I lost my streak! I'll contribute a lingot to your purchase!

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenHaers

Although my son would be honored to do this for me, the fact that he is only 2.5 years old my hamper the proceedings. My daughter, 6 months into this world, would be equally linguistically challenged ;-).

But thanks for thinking with me anyway, I'll just try my luck on the freeze and my ability to quickly get from airport to hotel and back. Those Americans have fast cars, right?

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

The streak freeze is bought in advance and the program doesn't use it until it is needed; however, I have not always had good luck with it. I still always keep that equipped, which means the minute it is used another must be bought. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3447614 Your question is answered in the NEW USER FACTS under 8 which talks about streaks: Midnight is determined by the time zone in which you signed on and does not change when you change time zones. Fact 9 explains the streak freeze. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1426103

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenHaers

Thank you very much!

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Xneb

I think point 8 has changed now, I recently went on holiday to Denmark from the UK and the streak changed at midnight Denmark time (11pm UK time) and now I'm back, it's changed back to midnight UK time, though I'm not sure if this is true for either of the mobile apps. Though for your trip, I'd still make sure that the streak is enabled

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenHaers

Yes, I went ahead and bought a streak freeze just to be sure. Too bad it's 10 lingots but still better than losing an important source of motivation :-).

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl

Have 10 lingots for that streak freeze. :)

July 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SvenHaers

You are very kind! I will put them to good use!

July 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie

Be careful with this, especially since (bchan says it still won't change). Your graph is based off your local time, so it may look like you got points for a day, when they don't actually count towards your streak. Something odd may have happen with your account, but it is something to keep in mind.

July 19, 2014
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