https://www.duolingo.com/WackyJack

Why you should keep up a streak

1.) It's a good motivator.

  • Keeping up a streak can force you to keep going, meeting your daily goal even when you may not feel like it. In the long run, it is a far more effective mode of encouragement than other methods. I find myself persevering through a tough lesson after a long day just to continue my streak.

2.) It's a status symbol on Duolingo

  • People with 300+ day streaks are part of the Duolingo elite, and their comments and words have more importance, as they should. If you like the discussions, then shooting for a really long streak can have the added benefit of increasing your street cred!

3.) You get the added benefit of lingots

  • For every 10 days you complete, Duo will give you a lingot. While this may not seem like a lot, by day 80, you will get 8 lingots.

4.) It's fun

  • Last but not least, keeping up a streak really is enjoyable. If you are a person like me that has a tendency to become really engrossed in things, then after a few days of maintaining the streak, it will become quite fun. It's sort of like exercising: after you get the habit, it's actually very enjoyable (at least that's what I've heard :) ).

I hope I persuaded some people to join the way of the streak!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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Whoo hoo! It's my 600 day and I am giddy! Whoo hoo!

4 years ago

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Huge congrats to you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ritwikpand1

haha.congrats :D

5 months ago

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That's crazy impressive.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maisie07
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Wow !!! Congratulations.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sieverco

The streak feature is one of the best ideas ever. If it weren't for it, I'd probably stop using Duolingo so much.

4 years ago

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As simple as it is, the streak is also what has kept me studying languages on a daily basis.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/robinactuary
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I am obsessed with keeping my streak, maintaining it even on the day my father died. This can't be good.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline

Sorry about your loss. But are you serious?

4 years ago

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Yes. I told myself that I needed to relax and think about something else for a few minutes.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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My condolenses, but I think that I would have done the same (trying to keep my streak). My dog passed away this weekend and that loss is as huge as loosing a human family member for me. Maintaining the streak allows me to have a constant in my life. Hope you can cope with your situation and all the best to you.

4 years ago

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Thanks. You too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline

Guess, Duolingo is an important part of your life then. Happy learning!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Guys, John Arnold crushed the magical border of 700 consecutive days today. Let's celebrate! =)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trottoar
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In one hand it's kind of true, in the other hand - I lost my streak few days ago due to some "time" issues, and therefore I couldn't get motivation for another day or two, because I was doing the streak from the very beginning again. So, the conclusion is, if you keep up your streak, everything is ok, but if you lose it accidentally, well, then you're lost ;)

4 years ago

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For languages, ten minutes a day is probably better than seventy once a week, so the streak helps with that. (also, I can find ten minutes most days, but not might have an hour or so spare on any day) In the end, motivation is what works for the individual.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ManOfGer

I agree with everything except point 3. I've been on this site for 5 days now and I have 47 Lingots. Looking in the shop, there's nothing I particularly want to spend them on. The only thing is the extra skills. I bought one of those a couple of days ago and found it a little disappointing, as well as a little too advanced for where I am now.

I think the idea of Lingots is good, but as it stands, I'm struggling to see the point of them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WackyJack

I use them to buy progress tests... They really are worth it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blubehriluv

I find them useful in heart refill and streak freeze... We have our different needs; someone who is always on the go and wants to keep up a streak when they aren't able to study would find them very useful.. But if you don't need them, kudos to you :), but at least they're there for those that do. They've saved me a nice number of times.

4 years ago

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Thanks a lot for posting! These are all the reasons I keep up a streak :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MrJoshuaTozer

I do it for those sweet, sweet lingots.

4 years ago

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I would like to add that the longer streak you get, the more motivation is there to continue it. You have made more effort already, and you feel like you owe your former self not to screw all that up. It's crazy addictive, like developing a character in MMO. Great motivational tool, like all the gamification in the Duo.

4 years ago

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God reasons... btw does my say count towards anything yet?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WackyJack

Not yet, but neither does mine. GeniusJack's does, big time :).

4 years ago

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i meant for this specific discussion. and it was a joke.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eddie_Sammon
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I found that maintaining my streak stressed me out, so I don't really go out of my way to do it. I pretty much ignore the streak feature; hence I'm on a streak of 1. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WackyJack

It's not for everyone, but for some people, it is the best kind of motivator.

4 years ago

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People with 300+ day streaks are part of the Duolingo elite, and their comments and words have more importance.

I wouldn't say that, necessarily. My comments were more important than anyone else's long before I got to 300 days. :)

Seriously though, I agree with the whole post. I find my streak to be very fulfilling, and a great source of motivation to continue practicing. Nice thread!

4 years ago

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"My comments were more important than anyone else's long before I got to 300 days. :)"

You must insist.

4 years ago

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You have missed one advantage out! You will learn your language quicker if you practice a little every day.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/integra0

That's not entirely true. The subject here is the streak, not the learning.

You can keep your streak for the whole month of vacation by doing everyday one timed practice where you answer one single question from lesson one, then quit. User: one point. At the end you got 30 days more, and you have forgotten everything beyond lesson one (OK pushing things a little here).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WackyJack

Personally, the 50 xp daily goal prevents me from doing that. I would suggest that serious learners use it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline

I agree. Streak is not mandatory for learning. You have shown one aspect. At the other end may be someone practicing regularly Monday to Friday and taking off during the weekend. He will have a good grasp on the language but never have a streak more than 5.

4 years ago

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I've got a 30-day streak. I started Duolingo 30 days ago :P

4 years ago

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The first 30 days are the hardest. Now it should be a habit. Onwards to the next 30! =)

4 years ago

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I lost my streak... ;(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ktcrochet

I just lost my 281 day streak. It is heart-breaking! I was so looking forward to 365. I honestly thought I practiced Saturday, guess I was wrong. And I'm kicking myself for not having a freeze in the bank. Oh well... I guess this is not the worst thing in the world :)

I definitely won't be taking the streak very seriously in the future.

3 years ago

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Wow. That hurts. I just lost 20 and I am freaking out. I don't want the behavior to become addictive so it is humbling and perhaps for the best. I wrote down my 20 in my diary and will keep adding it to whatever streak I can get. Because quite frankly I must have signed off too early by a few minutes, I am pretty sure I did my regular time. ( minus a few secs). perhaps it was DL glitch!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ccampbell59

After reading all the way down to your posting in this Discussion, I found your words more comforting than all the others above! I lost my 50-day streak a couple of hours ago (like you, time just got by me) when the bewitching hour hit midnight on the "Streak Clock". And even though I realized my mistake just 20 minutes later at 12:20 a.m., according to all the postings in this forum, I'm in the same predicament as you and so many others: It's simply gone.

And, like you, I did not have a freeze in the bank, even with a large number of lingots to spend. I made the mistake of not paying enough attention to the freeze feature, mainly because I never understood its purpose ... until now.

Your concluding remark, as the other comments in your posting, "Oh well ... ", and your strreak being so much longer than mine, helped me realize, too, that it's not the worst thing in the world.

Thanks a bunch!

2 years ago

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1111 days and counting !

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gomos

I might try to keep my streak for now, but eventually it might become too boring!

4 years ago

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Duolingo must already be doing something right as it's the first site that managed to motivate me into keeping my streak. Other sites like KhanAcademy and StackExchange have streaks, but there is not enough motivation to keep them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cognoscenti1965

I agree that practicing every day (or almost every day) is the best way to reinforce your new language skills. I also try to make sure my strength bars are always full - I'll strengthen existing skills before moving on to any new ones.

One great use of the lingots is to buy a streak freeze for those days when you just don't get to it. I always try to have one in credit because some days you just don.t manage to practice. I lost my streak when I traveled for a month round Italy recently and didn't practice, but before then I had a great streak going. Every one in a while I'd miss a day but it didn't matter because my streak freeze covered it. And once you get over a hundred days spending 10 lingots every once in a while to keep the streak going is worth it.

4 years ago

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My lingots, myy precciiiouusssss! Combine the steak and the Double or Nothing, after that you have #3 too, aaah the good motivation

4 years ago

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I almost lost my streak a couple of times, but I managed to get in even just the bare minimum every day, which still is giving my brain an excuse to think in another language. It's definitely worth it, and I wouldn't have come as far as I have without that daily motivator. Woot for the streak!

4 years ago

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Lost my 93 days after doing on vacation! But I am back !! Vacation is just as important and one needs to respect others close to us on that vacation who are not in the duo mindset

2 years ago

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Is there really no way to recover a streak? For the past two days, I've been stuck helping friends out in the evening until really late and working most all day, which resulted in me forfeiting a streak freeze yesterday and almost losing my streak today. I tore away from my insistent friend just long enough to squeeze in the exercises this evening. Then, lo and behold, I lost my wifi connection just as I was finishing the last exercise to hit my goal, tried to salvage it by buying a streak freeze in the last 15 seconds, and then the streak freeze ended up on the next day instead, and my 40 something day streak is gone. Of course I lost my wager too. This is remarkably disheartening :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IndraPokha

Thank you dear Wacky Jack for very interesting facts about streaks! :)

1 year ago

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Streak is such a great idea, by which you can at least see the difference between you and the other learners, I am on 78 as you can all see but still very ambitious. And yeah that is true for those who say it pushes you up coz I started as a kidding with Spanish but now I speaking it, well not that fluent but I am proud of what I am doing.

Duo, I give you 5 stars out of 5.

Omar DARWEASH

7 months ago

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I think I am one of those rare people who enjoy learning for the sake of the joy of learning. In other words, I am in this to learn a language not to get streaks or collect lingots. Honestly, if I practise every day for a hundred days and then I happen to miss a day then I am just not going to beat myself up about it. I will just be looking forward to getting back to my language when I get the first opportunity, which includes listening to the radio and podcasts, reading books, having conversations and anything else that is involved in language learning. So if I miss a day then I am probably doing one of these other things. I am actually surprised at how many people only use Duolingo to learn a language. Is there some kind of mass app addiction going on? Personally I wish I could switch off all of the distracting features so I could get on with what the app is supposed to be there for.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wesley136716

The streak is based on an arbitrary number 12 midnight. It does not always reflect a work ethic. For example, I started duolingo over 3 months ago. I have not missed one day since I started. I have only short streaks because I dont get home before midnight. I do not work normal working hours. Everytime I get a streak going, it is lost by 5,10 or 15 minutes. I arrive home, then do my duolingo before i go to bed. But the streak is lost. It is BS to me for that reason. It is also BS because one can repair it by spending money or by, investing previously, via lingots. Which to me is dishonest. We do not pay to get the first place trophy, we do not pay for a higher score on a test. So why can people pay for a streak repair. BS! They can pay a million dollars but if they missed a day, it is still a lost streak no matter what it says on the app. The system cannot be trusted. There is no repair.

My work ethic exhibits more honesty because I complete my lessons before I end my day, everyday. The arbitrary 12 o'clock fails. If the cut off time was set at 1 am. My streat would never have broken. So you see, the displayed streak on the app does not tell the entire story.

1 week ago
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