I started using Duolingo seriously in October and I found it impressive how many tools it uses to motivate and keep you going. I set myself the goal to hit 30XP a day before it recognised my daily count (I tried 50, but I found that too much sometimes at the end of a working day), and set myself 'Double or nothing' wagers back to back. When I had enough lingots, I'd award myself a 'Streak Freeze' as a little safety net for those days when you just cannot. I ended up with a 45 day streak.
Then, on Friday, lots of different things in my life happened which resulted in the decision to move to Spain from January until (at least) April. (!!!) aaaaaaaaaaand, because of this, I forgot to do my daily Duo. No streak freeze to protect me, back to 0.
I had enough lingots for another Double or Nothing Wager which has helped me to springboard back into it, but otherwise I'm finding my "2 day streak" v disheartening! In an ideal world, Spain would be motivation enough but I'm living with people who speak English and I'd have lessons while out there - my lazy brain is saying "Give yourself a few weeks off!"
Saving up lingots for the Christmas extra lesson (harder now with the new progress bars) has been one way I've tried to keep myself motivated - does anyone have any other tips for motivation during lulls like this one?
My motivation comes more from those "magic" moments when I hear someone say something in Spanish and I actually understand what they are saying. It doesn`t happen often enough, for now, but it does happen more frequently so I know I am making progress. Also, I find there are times when I suddenly translate an English sentence into Spanish without thinking about it. I say to myself, "Is that correct?" and then analyze what I just said. It is very motivating when I realize I was right. So, I would say real motivation comes from those little moments of success. Streaks are nice, lingots are nice but they fall far short of real progress.
Said the person with the 311 day streak... (haha, I am very impressed!)
That's very true - I recently was listening to a song while in a car and managed to translate the lyrics. All I'd been doing was gazing out the window, half-listening so it really buoyed me up! I just found the daily streak a good encouragement to keep on slogging through when you encounter, for example, a module on a different tense that you need to do before you progress. All thoughts of, "That's tough, I'm tired, I'll do that tomorrow." are put off by that little number in the corner :)
Hoping for many more of those magic moments when I start learning fully in Spain - Duo is just the foundation of what's to come!
I have sent you few lingots to help you survive Christmas without pain, I have plenty of them. :-) All best from Prague
Thank you very much! Prague is beautiful in the winter, Merry Christmas to you :)
Write a list (3, 5 - 10 reasons) that states why you want to learn the language. Hopefully you're motivation to learn Spanish is beyond keeping a streaks, lingots and xp points.
Note: There are many people who live in Japan for more than 1-2 years that still do not speak Japanese because they live and socialize with English speakers. There are people who live outside of Japan that learn the language within 2 years or less because they're immersing themselves in the language through videos, film, books, and chat sessions online with Japanese speakers.
Thank you! My goal is definitely more long-term than Duo and I'll be fully immersing myself in Spain - my short term lazy brain is just trying to reassure me that I don't need to do any more, forget about daily streaks because I can get by in the beginning on what I know.
I find that lingots, daily streaks etc are just the furnishings and the small validations for making language learning become an automatic part of every day - the higher my daily streak got, the higher the stakes to keep it going, and the higher my language level became.
I enjoyed your note, though, very true! I have family who live in Doha in a bubble of Englishness. I am hoping that Father Christmas is going to bring lots of things to help me create a little bubble of Spanishness wherever I go!
I lost a streak I while back. I believe this is my 2nd or 3rd attempt to really use DuoLingo. It's paying off. I believe (I hope) I'm on automatic pilot at this point. Getting distracted or overwhelmed is really easy but this time (I said that 1,000 times) I'm focused and motivated.
I am totally feeling this right now. Due to health issues with my daughter I missed two days of practice. I had a streak freeze for one - but the other ruined my 170 day streak. I'm SO bummed by it. When I came back the next day I found not only had I lost my streak - the full-heart reward was no longer there...I realize I wasn't taking the classes just for the lingots and the streak...but they sure made it more fun! Now I'm fighting the "it doesn't matter if I log in and do my 20 points or not."
I took Christmas off (oops!) but getting back to it today with a mega session but it looks like you've managed to push through with a 17 day streak already!! The lingots and the streaks aren't the reason but they're just little mental boosts to know that you're on the right track. Keep it up!