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My Duolingo Advice from 100 days!

Today marks my first time reaching a 100 day streak, after only joining the site 115 days ago. Over my time on the site, I feel as though I've learnt a lot and want to share my experiences with everyone.

  1. Become involved - One of the best parts of this site is the community. They are a great source of motivation and advice. Participate in discussions and events, and you will feel part of it, and thus less willing to give up.

  2. Gild as you go - Personally, I find it easiest to gild your skills as you go along, instead of letting them degrade. This is because your memory retains information if it is reviewed sooner (see here), plus it looks nicer!

  3. You can learn multiple languages - It is possible to learn multiple languages at once, and in some cases it can be good; if you don't feel like doing one, you can practice the other. However, to make real progress, I would recommend not learning more than four at once.

  4. Don't feel restricted - At one point in my 100 days, I'd got into a pattern of doing a set number of lessons or XP per day, which restricted my progress - if you feel in the mood for it, go for it!

  5. Share the love - This one is quite similar to No.1 but one feature that I feel is underused is the "like" button. Whenever someone you follow levels up, give it a like to encourage them to keep at it!

  6. Get in a routine - Get a set time and place for your Duolingo time; for example - every morning at around 8am I regild my skills, at then in the evening at around 6pm I learn new content. This helps you to get on track with your streak!

  7. Strengthen individually - When you regild as you go, it is much more beneficial to strengthen individually, as you focus more on the topic. (Sometimes using the general button I says I strengthed a skill when there weren't many questions on it and I don't feel I know it).

  8. Take it in chunks - When you are faced with large lessons with 10 lessons, it's easy to groan and say "Another day". To make it easier to make progress, break it down into smaller, mangeable chunks (eg. 3 lessons a day) and you'll be there in no time.

  9. Use userscripts - Remember that XP bar? I've got it! Using userscripts such as the XP bar and Course Progress script, it gives you a better idea of your progress.

  10. Keep calm - There will be bad days. I've gone from a full progress bar to an empty one in a short space of time. Just keep calm and remember: "Today I will do what others won't, so that tomorrow I can do what others can't."

Thanks Duo, and here's to another 100 days! :-D

December 22, 2014



As some of you seem to like the quote, enjoy this:



Great advice! Bookmarked.


There are many things that you can buy in the world, but 100 days on Duolingo is something you just have to earn. Well done.


"Today I will do what others won't, so that tomorrow I can do what others can't."

Thanks for sharing that quote. I needed it. Teşekkür ederim mi amigo.


I really appreciated reading this. I'm sure that folks all over their trees, even those who are finished will still find something helpful here. Thank you! :)


Excellent advice!


Congratulations and thanks for sharing the advice! All of it is great! Also, thanks for the second userscript! :D Happy learning!


"Today I will do what others won't, so that tomorrow I can do what others can't." I like that! Good post! Thanks!


Awesome advice! Glad to see more people doing the 100 day advice!


Yes, it was your post that inspired me to do this! :-)


I really love this post! I have lost some motivation in finishing my Portuguese tree, but because of Christmas Break I have a lot of free time. I will set my alarm for 8 AM and do your strategy. (I hope that you don't mind me stealing some of this wonderful advice.) Anyways, thanks so much for giving me new advice! :) I can tell that you are an awesome person. ;)


I'm an earlier riser, you don't have to get up at 8am if you don't usually! Do it at times that are comfortable for you. :-) Good luck!


Thanks! Turns out 8 AM doesn't work out for me. :P I slept right through the alarm. xD I guess I'll have to do that strategy... just at different times. :P


Thanks for the advice.


Thx for ur advice - i made it to 60 something days and stopped :S - but here is to a new streak!


Wow, thanks a lot! Great advice, which I'll always keep in mind (and the quote too)! :)


Great topic and how you have continued to keep yourself motivated! Very good information.


Great advice, thx!


Danke for the advice! The userscripts are super useful.


Thank you for the advice and the quote. Cheers to you for another 100 days. :)


this is great advice!


Great advice! Now I am inspired and maybe I will add another language too. Thank you for posting!


Stupid newbie question here but what is "gilding" and "regilding" mean?


Making your skills gold again, as after a while they regrade. :-)


Thanks for your advice, it's very inspiring :) I love your quote as it's meaningful, so I would like to share the love and gift you a lingot. Merry Chirstmas!

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