https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

365 Day Streak!

Well guys, I made it -- 365 days of consecutive practice! Lots of hard work, but it feels great to hit a big landmark. I don't have much in the way of tips/insights/reflections, but I'll do my best to answer any questions you might have.

On to year #2....

Anticipating some likely questions:

Are you fluent in Spanish yet?

No. But I'm better than I was when I started. I still have a hard time with colloquialisms, and casual language. I still have a hard time with listening and speaking. And my vocabulary is annoyingly small, so I feel like I still talk like a small child.

What do you do now that you're done your tree?

Mostly just "Strengthen Skills", with a little Immersion mixed in. I just finished my reverse tree recently (Spanish->English), so now I'm branching out a bit to different websites, watching videos in Spanish, etc. I'm enjoying BluiBlui, which was recommended on the forum a few days ago. And I use Memrise on occasion, when Duo gets stale.

Any plans to tackle another language?

Not yet. Once I solidify Spanish, then.... maybe.

Did you ever miss a day and have to use the Streak Freeze?

Yes, once. I had about a 150 day streak at the time. Logged in at 12:01am and saw that my XP for the day before was 0. I was terrified that my streak was about to reset itself to 0 days for about 30 seconds until I remembered that I had bought the Streak Freeze many weeks prior. Whew...

Do you have a life outside of Duolingo?

I eat and sleep most days.

September 21, 2014

65 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

I already said "congrats!", so I'll cut to the chase...Well, that was fun, as you answered any questions I would have had. Now join the Unofficial list of members from the one year+ hall of fame already! :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Oh right, good idea. I'll get right on that. Jumpin right over all the "Soon to bes" :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

Congratulations!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks jolynne! Yours isn't too shabby either :)

(makes me wish my days went more quickly than yours)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

Huge congrats! Pulling for you to have an even more successful second year of learning. Muy buen trabajo companero.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Muchas gracias, ldawg. It's encouraging to see you making such quick progress through your tree and being so active on the forums, really inspires me to keep plugging along. :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLdawg

I really appreciate it writchie, unfortunately i'm usually on the forums asking for help more than i'm able to help someone else but i'm hoping to reach a point where i can be of assistance to fellow duo'ers. Keep on keepin' on and keep us updated on your progress and journey.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

Impressive! I hope to get there soon.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Only ~50 days left, you'll get there!

It's a lot easier to keep it going once it becomes part of your daily routine, as I'm sure you've noticed.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT

Congratulations!

Haha, I love that last Q&A! It's so true :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

I can't help it, haha. This language-learning stuff, it's just a wee bit addicting.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger

Felicitaciones! You are an integral member of this site. I see your posts every day, and you always have wonderful insight into whatever topic is brought up. Your 1-year streak is an inspiration to all of us little guys who recently found Duo, but are looking forward to one day achieving what you just have. Keep up the good work writchie!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

I see your posts every day

Stalker :)

Seriously though, thanks for the kind words. I don't know about integral, but I try to do my part to help people when they need it. After all, the community's a big part of what makes this site so special, and such an effective learning tool.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger

Indeed. You probably already posted this somewhere, but may I ask how long you spent working on your Eng->Spa tree? Before completion, that is.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

You know, I have no idea, haha. A year maybe? I didn't work on it very consistently for my first 6 months or so on the site. But once I decided to take it seriously, I probably averaged 2 lessons a day, a little slower toward the end. I think the Spanish tree has around 320 total lessons, so... maybe 200 days?

I did have some experience coming in, having taken ~4 years of Spanish between high school and college. Even so, a lot of the tree (past the first checkpoint) was brand new to me.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger

Aha, thank you for this information. Perhaps I should take my time as well as I near the completion of the Spanish tree.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bscrant

Congratulations. I hit my 365 day streak today, just 9 hours after you.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Awesome! Race to 2 years? :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/farmgirl00

goodjob!!!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

thankyou!!! :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/moon1002

Congrats!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks, moon. :)

Your flags there are really a sight to behold. That's incredible.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LeIouch

Congrats keep it up! :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Will do, clovis.

Next goal: Fluency!.... or 500 days, whichever comes first :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MaeeSafaee

Congratulations :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thank you, maee :) You're coming up on 50 days yourself!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/xdjzxwjpdjxzw

Congratulations on your streak! :Þ I'm working towards a 100 day streak! :Þ

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks, Mary. You're almost two-thirds of the way there!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/xdjzxwjpdjxzw

You're welcome. And thanks for the lingots!

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat

awesome!

Very nice feeling to know you have committed yourself to learning something for a whole year of your life!

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Haha, oh god. 4% of my life, down the drain.

I suppose there's worse ways to spend my time :)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist

I take it that you like statistics? :)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

I like easy statistics, haha. Once they started sneaking Greek letters into it in college, I decided I'd be happy to stick with "normal" math.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/teamshortcut

Well done! I did it recently: when I get to quadruple digits, I'll let you know!

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Hey, awesome! Meet you there in 2016 :)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LiFicreator45

amazing! now you have 370 day streak but it well just get higher and higher. Congratulations I really feel happy for you!!!

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks! I'm quite happy for me too. It's been a fun journey. :)

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LiFicreator45

and BTW how did you posted the videos here?

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

That was an image (.gif). They're posted the same way any other picture is posted: ![](image_url_here)

See this thread for more formatting options: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2591660

September 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/anika.y

You've come so far! 1142 days!

November 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline

Congratulations! Nice to see such dedication towards language learning. Quite inspiring.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks, remoonline. Honestly though, I'm more of a "sucker for meaningless metrics" than a "dedicated learner". The lure of a huge streak was too much to resist :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FaroukZeino

Congratulations, i hope you to success in the next year with Spanish :")

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks, Farouk! -- are you crying? :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FaroukZeino

You are welcome, for what am I crying ?

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Haha, the emoticon: :")

It looked like tears to me.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FaroukZeino

It's just a smile :)

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AnikaYamar20

Congrats! I hope i can also hit a big landmark like you and other people :D

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks, anika. :)

You'll get there soon, it's a lot easier once you get in a routine.

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth

Congrats and keep up the good work!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks Zainth, you too!

September 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AnikaYamar20

That is so kind! The fact that you are giving away the gems you earned to people who responded to you! Thank you soo much for the gems! The gems was all i needed to take the 25 lingots test :D

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Gems? What gems? I'm not giving away any gems :)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91

Congratulations, after that much time I think you stop counting and just one day you realize that amazing achievement. I hope you can continue to improve you're Spanish and every other language you want to study in the future.

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks, Eey. You're totally right about "stopping counting" after a while. Once logging on becomes part of your routine, it's not necessarily "hard" to maintain the streak anymore.

Also: your :)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91

=)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Losteraable

Congratulations! Lots of people have many days like you and I hope one day I will have as many days as you ^^

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thanks, Losteraable! Only 364 days to go, haha :)

September 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Losteraable

Yes I hope I will achieve that^^

September 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

You totally gave me the link here because I missed this one, didn't you? :PPP

I hope this bit of nostalgia for the year you started your journey makes up for it :D

Happy 2013 pop-culture gif you rock that new years harry potter! xD

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4

Thought never crossed my mind. :)

Edit: It's a big mystery about the lingots. They just appear every time people post here, it's really strange.

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

You know what didn't cross my mind until just now? All of the ones I recognize are zombies. Oo And who even is that one in orange??!

Edit: aww, did you give me lingots?

September 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LiFicreator45

suddenly you got a lingot good for you!

September 25, 2014

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