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Motivation on Duolingo

Overall, I am definitely amazed at the effort Duolingo has strived to put up with free language education over the globe. It's key movements like this that make our society a more growing change.

Showed this to my wife and she already has shown a continuing interest in the online program. From the feedback to the immersion, it's already making her feel better.

One thing she noted about was the motivation and continuity in keeping up with Duolingo. While we both find this learning to be addictive, to our surprise, we also felt down the road that our motivation to continue was getting left behind.

We, as humans, have many tasks to achieve in the typical day. I personally have to deal with several thorough exercises to stay fit during my offseason.

I ask the Duolingo community a subjective question. A question that can be answered in many opinions.

How do you keep up with motivation on Duolingo? Name your strategies of continuing to sustain your streak and passion.

Thank you, Steven

June 29, 2015



Hey, Steven. Motivation is difficult if you don`t feel you are making the progress you should be making. Also, as you pointed out, we all have other things that need to be done on a daily basis that cuts into our study time and our motivation. I think the main thing to try to maintain motivation is not to make it a chore. Do as much as you can without making it such a burden that you dread doing it. That can be said of exercising, too. I remember a famous body builder saying workouts are something you hate to do and something you hate not doing. I found that to be so true. Good luck with your language learning.

June 29, 2015


I've set myself a deadline to finish French by the end of the year, which is doable as I'm more than 1/2 way through. Once you get a streak you'll remember it the next day and it serves as motivation for me anyway to come back and at least translate a sentence in immersion for days I can't be bothered to do lessons. I set my daily goal to 1XP to save me from having to do a lesson - a simple thumbs up in immersion gives you that 1XP and you can take a break that day! (But at least it keeps you coming back daily)

June 29, 2015


Set a challenge for yourself. For example, if you're studying Spanish, attempt to read the top news items in El PaĆ­s every day. To begin with, you'll be lucky to figure out the headlines. But as you study, every day, you'll see more and more things that make sense. You'll be able to read a paragraph beyond the headline. Then two. Then a whole story.

When Duolingo has a lesson that explains some new grammar that you've already seen in articles, you'll be delighted and go "so that's what that is!" rather than just confused.

June 30, 2015


I'll upvote the topic, because I like the responses. But...am I the only one that clicks on the profile for posts? Well done sir.

June 29, 2015


I think it's really him.

June 29, 2015


I find I do more when I have a goal, which is why my most successful languages have been Swedish and Portuguese (I already knew some French so that was a gimme). For Swedish, I want to move to Sweden someday, so of course I had to learn some of the language (which has also spilled over into Danish and Norwegian to some extent). For Portuguese, I want to communicate with a relative. So it's good to have something to work towards.

June 30, 2015


Even though we're division rivals, I gotta admit this was a great post you made.

July 8, 2015


Motivation for the most part is different for each individual but for me the thought of being trilingual is really really cool. The ability to help translate for others and assist in a crucial situation because i speak enough of the language is what keeps me going.

June 30, 2015


I think you have to have a clear reason for wanting to learn the language and you need to keep that in mind all throughout the process. For me, I want to learn Swedish so whenever I go to Sweden I can get a deeper understanding of their culture. I also have dreams of living there, so for me, that's enough to keep me at it.

I think you also need short term goals. I have two trips to Sweden next year, the first being in January, so in six months time I want to be able to hold a conversation in Swedish with native speakers. These kind of short term goals are a lot more motivating, I find, than open-ended goals, such as "I simply want to learn the language".

Language learning isn't a race, you can take it as slowly as you like and fit it around your schedule, as long as you're dedicated to your greater goal.

June 30, 2015
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