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''the more time i put in, the less i should quit'' a cool way of thinking to stay motivated

hola todos!

<pre> Today i hit a nifty 20 day streak on here and have been learning for a total of 25 days at about 2 and a half hours a day. i've been lucky because i feel the same amount of motivation to learn espanol as i did on day 1 but a cool way to think about it is the more time i put in, the more messed up it would be if i quit. when i hit a full 2 months it would be even more messed up and a waste of time if i quit. so just wanted to share this thought process with the dl community, put in the time and you're helping yourself out because theres no way you want to have ''X'' amount of time learning be for nothing. I hope this helps anyone who's been feeling like there losing some motivation. I mean you wouldn't walk an hour to a store then turn around and not go in when you get there, would ya? well, i just wanted to share a great way of thinking to keep at it. </pre>

Gracias y adios!

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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

That's a good way to keep motivated if it works for you. The sort of "time invested, gotta finish" model is certainly what got me through my last year of undergrad and my last few months of grad school!

That said, if you google for "sunk cost," you'll get a lot of articles about how it can artificially keep you invested in something that's not worth the time: http://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/03/25/the-sunk-cost-fallacy/

That doesn't apply in this case though, not if Duolingo is helping you. So keep at it!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

hmmm very interesting, gonna give it a read. thanks a lot for the reply.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

I don't think it necessarily applies to educational contexts. It mostly describes why people do stupid things in economics and psychology. For education, if something is working for you, keep doing it that way, but also explore other ways of thinking about the concept.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

just read it. really interesting article thanks for linking it. agreed, i guess a good example would be learning to work a cash register at a job, a fully functioning person can not do something everyday and not improve and learn it. haha i mean even if you were purposely not trying to get better at it, you would pick it up, but i agree it all but applies to economics and psychology. even when it comes to physical accomplishments, a person has to know and realize when it's a lost cause or a danger to themselves. Learning and neuroscience is different in that sense. thanks again for the link and feedback. sorry for the long reply.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

As superdaisy says, "time invested, gotta finish" is OK if one is positive that the goal is worthy of my time and effort. But if "X" amount of time can end up being 'for nothing' it is also possible that "X + 1" amount of time may be for nothing. The old maxim I heard from my parents, "finish what you begin," can be foolish if beginning was a bad choice, IMO.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

I feel ya rspreng-inator, rspreng-o-rama! It's worth it as i live in a spanish speaking community and might be going to a spanish speaking country for a little. Im in it to win it my brotha!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LazCon
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Good for you LDawg. Gotta keep motivated. I've managed to make it to day 88 (though some mornings I may only manage to "strengthen" one or two skills without actually learning new ones :-) Still, every "review" or "strengthen" lesson helps reinforce my knowledge. I do appreciate what some others have said about effort vs return. You know, the old saying "A job worth doing is worth doing well." (Note, it mentions 'worth doing' indicating not all jobs are worth it. Good thing DL is. I've learned and retained more since joining in April than I did in a year of Spanish in high school and a semester in college.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

Awesome! Huge congrats on your 88 streak. Well learning me for makes a lot of sense due to my location and possible future short visits to certain destinations. I find duolingo super effective, also im a little older now(a little more mature, i hope) so i'm also taking learning another language seriously this time around. I find the more i get on here or watch a movie en espanol, just to surround myself with the languague the more i can not help but to pick little things here and there. Best of luck in the future fellow duolinger.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/meggycortes

ugh i lost my 11 day streak and i feel so disappointed

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

don't worry meggy, it's only a number. Start another one, i don't think missing one or two days every now and then will hurt.

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