Can I buy a vacation?
After a year on the job, we earn a couple weeks of vacation. After a year on duolingo, why not let us use lingots to buy a couple weeks of vacation?
I went on a glorious back country trekking adventure, which was away from all internet service, now my streak is gone and I start from zero...
I would happily spend 100 lingots on a week vacation and 200 on two weeks!
I am impressed that you have achieved French level 25 and continue working other languages. I admire your priorities. It says a lot that you went trekking instead of maintaining a silly number. Your streak of one day is a credit to you.
If you are out in the back country (I'm so jealous, by the way!) then you are not logging in to Duo and studying every day. Why should we get to keep our long streaks when we are not, in fact, doing what is required to earn them?
We don't lose any lingots, we don't lose any levels, we don't lose our translation tiers, none of our lessons re-lock themselves.
The streak is just an indicator of how many consecutive days we've studied on Duolingo, anyway. For all we know a person with a small streak and high levels like yourself could have just come back from a month of living in a foreign country, which would be way more significant than a little number by a flame. Yes the streak indicator is meant to be motivational, but don't give it more value than it's due.
We're also real people with real lives. Streaks are motivational, but daily review is also important to learning. Yet if we were taking classes we'd still get weekends off. It would be nice if we could keep the motivational tool going so that duo truly fits into our lives. If streaks are to be treated so lightly then why bother paying attention to it at all?
Yours is the most meaningful answer I have seen. The streak is definitely motivational - that's the point! Thanks!
Thank you. So many people say things that sound as if they think the streak is more important than anything. I think it's all about learning languages and finding the happiness that it'll bring us and the good it'll do in the world. Let's find ways to keep the motivation going and getting where we'd like to go, even if that means a little of what some call cheating. So what. It's about learning and growing, not being a perfectionist.
Your streak may be gone but your knowledge will still be there.
I have been on several holidays since starting with Duo and some have not been easy to maintain my streak but I have managed it. You just need to be selective on your choice of holiday and how much your streak is worth to you.
I think that if people are excluding themselves from the sort of holiday they might wish to take on the basis that they'll lose their 'streak' here, the tail may be being allowed to wag the dog.
Seriously, if you're going to schedule your life around the Duolingo streak?? I think it may be time to unplug from the 'net altogether for a few days and get some perspective...
We all have choices, it is not a case of tails wagging dogs at all. The important point Is that it is the knowledge that remains. The streak, while being a useful motivator, should not be the overbearing factor but if it is then we may have to make a choice.
How about you keep a pen and paper streak for yourself? Get a notepad and draw a little flame or whatever for every day that you spend x amount of time studying your target language. That way, if you are away from the Internet, you can still study using good old fashioned books. Or, if you are lucky enough to be in that situation, no books but actually conversing in your target language with native speakers. After each day you complete your daily goal, take out your trusty notepad and draw your little streak symbol. There. Just as satisfying. When you get back from your time away from the computer, you come back here, post a picture of your hand-drawn streak, and get the high-five/pat-on-the-back from the Duo community. Problem solved. :)
I would also be happy about a vacation mode. I mean I really would like to learn while in vacation, but yeah without internet this is not possible.
I guess so long as we only lose the streak it doesn't really matter. I will be on a few breaks where there is no WiFi or any sort of internet connection so I will have to read the French verbs etc that I know I need further work on. So long as we keep everything else losing a streak is not much at all. However what happens to the sections that we top up daily, do they stay where they are or do they have to be repeated?