https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo

Streaks - something I've come across

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So basically, for the past two days our internet has stopped working. It's fixed now, but on the first day my streak freeze was absorbed, and on the second day my streak disappeared.

But no, this is not to complain about the faults of the streak system (of course I'm disappointed - I was at 250 days).

As my schedule became more busy with new things I had started, Duolingo went from being the first thing I did when I went home to the last. I began producing music electronically and sharing it, which took up most of my free time.

So I ended up getting one single immersion point each day, not really learning anything. It wasn't real commitment. A few months before I had finished my Spanish tree and moved on to my French one, and at that time, Duolingo was still one of my top priorities. But that soon died down. I began to feel like Duolingo was becoming more of a task rather than something I could enjoy daily, and resorted to getting one point a day.

So, actually, for me, keeping my streak up was slowing me down instead of motivating me. Don't get me wrong, streaks are a wonderful way to motivate Duolingoers, and Duolingo is one of my favourite websites. But now I can enjoy longer sessions without worrying about Duolingoing daily.

Does anyone else experience this? ;)

July 23, 2014

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lindaljc
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I find the streak useful to my learning style, but I know it is not for everybody. I do think it would be nice if your longest streak, once lost, could be reflected in your profile - just to show you've been there!!

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo
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Yes!! :)

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaPoot
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I've made the suggestion that keeping track of "active" days on DL would be nice - that way, when you lose your streak, you still know that you've been on DL 596 days (or whatever). Just recovering from a loss streak as well - a little disheartening but I don't always have internet available to me. Would be nice to be able to buy more than one streak day to cover those situations. Right now, if you know you won't have internet for three days, there is no way to "buy" day 2 and 3 once you've absorbed your streak saver.

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

That's a really good idea. Far more informative to other Dlers than 'The day you joined, or cheated your streak with a quick bit of immersion, or things other than full lessons. I don't worry about the streaks so much any more )Though I still find them an incentive) But I've lost my Streaks through some 'Hospital Stays' (Longer than a day.) Hospital puts Streaks into perspective! lol :)

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lindaljc
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I like both those ideas!!

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Very well put :) I've been DLing for about a year and a half. My longest ever Streak was about 85 days, but that was when I was motivated, sometimes doing 4 hours a day. My cheat used to be the Vocab Tab, which gave short lessons on a Word, and was enough to keep your streak.

I'm a Musician, who has been recording for 40 years; Own little studio at home too....But my distraction became 'Writing - Words not Music (Though I've written about 300 songs, over the years.) - Anyway - Am on my Second Novel, and It's no surprise my Streak is currently zero.

But I am on DL every day, but just the Discussion Pages. Just waiting for the Motivation to return.

Congrats on your 250 Streak And your Tree, :)

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/stwel
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Yes, the streak sometimes tends to become a goal in itself, which is not what it is intended for. I have also experienced several days where I just did a single lesson to keep my streak, but of course you don't learn much that way.

Currently I am aiming to finish my Italian tree in about a month so I have a good motivation to learn a few new lessons every day, but after that I might consider ending my streak. The reason is that although I want to continue learning languages and using Duolingo, I want to use more methods and resources than Duolingo alone. Being "obligated" to use Duolingo every day would just be counter-productive.

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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They say that doing something everyday for a month or so makes it a habit. It doesn't really matter if you gain a single point, the fact is that you have to come into Duolingo, go into immersion, find a document, click on a sentence, and translate/read/upvote it. Doing so brings you into the environment of language learning and eventually you may feel like learning once again.

Now consider the alternative, if you come once a week, do 1 lesson and leave. Eventually, you'll outright stop using Duolingo,and it may become a chore. So that is the real goal of streak, creating a nagging feeling that you'll lose something unless you come here. It is similar to becoming an alcoholic. Go to the bar once, and you may stop whenever it becomes boring, do it every week and it becomes a tradition or addiction.

P.S. In my case I ignore the streak completely and sometimes consciously make it "break", I mainly use the language forums as something to keep me coming to Duolingo, and sometimes I get the feeling to do the lessons.

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo
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I agree - and actually every month or so did spend a few hours doing Duolingo in one sitting. But it became an annoying habit. I'd rather if Duolingo were more of a hobby instead of a part of daily life.

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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How I feel about a streak: It's the cake at my birthday party, but it can't replace the people around me. I've got a life to live, people to love, and a purpose to fulfill. So, it's not everything. :)

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanhull321

I purposely lost my 50 day streak yesterday to simply feel free. Now, even though I am determined to continue learning Spanish, I won't feel the pressure that I started to feel as my streak got higher, which significantly decreased the fun-ness level of Duolingo.

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
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I wish I had the courage to kiss good-bye to my 280 day streak and feel free. Alas, . . . not yet, but perhaps one day! :-)

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

Set it free!

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/seili
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I was just thinking about this today - the more of a streak I get, the more I feel like it's making Duo a chore and not just fun like it was to start with. But...I like Duo too much to stop using it enough to end it. shrug

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jitengore
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Clearly streaks work for some and not work for others. If one is getting fixated about maintaining the streak, it is time to let go :)

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/seelian
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Dont be sad, a lingot for you. But you still will back to duolingo is it? I might got question sometimes. @__@

July 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo
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Of course! Duolingo will always be on my mind :)

July 24, 2014
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