It’s a Streak!

While I was in Green Valley, I hit my 1,000-day streak with my Italian lessons on Duolingo.  I can’t think of anything I’ve ever done 1,000 days in a row, except for being a parent and breathing in/out all day!

I spend more time on my Italian these days than when I started.  You’d think that 1,000 days would make me fluent but when it’s only 15-20 minutes a day, that won’t quite do it.  I can read a fair amount of Italian at this point and if an Italian person spoke to me VERY slowly and didn’t get too complicated, I could understand.  My accent is OK but speaking is my least proficient area – I’m still a bit slow on the uptake when trying to put sentences together. 

The chance that I’ll ever actually get to use my Italian proficiency is pretty slim; not sure I’ll be getting to Italy again in my lifetime, but I figure I’ll keep it up as long as I’m still enjoying it. 

What would you be willing to do for 1,000 days straight?

36 thoughts on “It’s a Streak!”

  1. I would walk a mile a day to this song.
    “I would walk 500 miles
    And I would walk 500 more
    To be the man who walked a 1000 miles
    To fall down at your door.”

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  2. I could wake up every morning and make a cup of strong coffee and watch Lake Superior roll and change outside my window every morning for 1000 days, and probably for another 1000 days after that. I just need the window that looks out on the lake!

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    1. One a day sounds like a tall order to me, tim, but what do I know, I’ve never written a song. I do know people who have, though, and they seem to agree that some songs pretty much write themselves; others they have to work really hard on, and they can be a long time coming. Good luck.


  3. Rise and Do the Thing Again Today, Baboons,

    Aside from the basic functions of life that you mention, I am at a loss. There is a game I play on my iPad, “Flow” that I play a lot, but I have missed days here and there. I feed and walk my dog every day…except those dog-sitter days.

    I am with Renee at this point, I am ready to be retired. But that plan is in transition. Things are slowing down and the person taking my job is coming on while I ease out.

    I think up ideas. Every day, all the time I think up ideas. I have learned that not every idea is worth a follow up, so most of them I ignore. That is it.

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  4. I don’t know how the Duolingo lessons for Italian are presented but I gather they differ from language to language. I tried Duolingo for Japanese for about 100 days. There was no aural/oral component but there was quite a bit regarding the written language in its three systems:katakana, hiragana and kanji. New vocabulary was introduced in context but without defining it beforehand and once introduced it often would not be used again until many lessons later. The quizzes, in the form of multiple choice, adhered to a rigid structure with always four choices and with at least two of them obviously wrong so it was possible to progress without really retaining anything. And that’s what I found after those 100 days- that I really hadn’t learned anything. It’s possible that their approach just didn’t match my learning style but I am reasonably confident that after 1000 days I still wouldn’t have much to show for it.

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    1. Italian version of Duolingo seems much better than what you are describing for the Japanese. There’s actually quite a bit of spoken material, both the app speaking to me, and then requirements that I speak on the app. I am sure that if I worked harder at it, I’d be farther along. But I’m also sure that if I had pushed myself to work much harder, I might not have a 1000-day streak!

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  5. I’ve been doing my 7-minute yoga routine for 1000 days running – haven’t missed a day in a few years, I’m pretty sure.

    And Husband and I are perhaps on our way with Wordle, which we do every night around 9:30. I believe we’re at 198, so it will be a while…

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        1. I’m pretty sure I probably have a 1000+ streak in reading but since I don’t keep track of it, I wouldn’t want to bet my life on it. Most mornings I read for an hour or so before I get going although that’s not my only reading time.

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  6. Congratulations, vs, that’s quite the accomplishment. If I were in your shoes, I’d reward myself with a trip to Italy sometime soon.

    Like BiR, I’m pretty sure I’ve checked in on the blog every day since I discovered it in 2011. There might have been days when I didn’t comment, but on most days, I did. On Wordle, I’m on day 434, and of course, I read every day.

    Meditating is something that I’ve done daily for many years. It’s an essential part of taking care of my mental health. I do a much better job of that than taking care of my body. When the nearest YMCA closed in 2019, so did my weekly exercise program. Of course, a year into the lazing around, Covid provided a convenient excuse to just vegetate, at least for a good while. But that’s about to change.

    I have scheduled an appointment tomorrow with a local gym that specializes in working with older folks and people with disabilities. I’m hoping they have the kind of personnel, programs, and equipment that I need. It won’t necessarily be a daily thing, but if I can get this old body to move two or three times a week, I’ll consider it a gain. My bad knee continues to be an issue, as does my lower back, but building some strength elsewhere in my body might help. We shall see. One thing I know for sure, just sitting in a chair all day long because every conceivable body part hurts when I move, isn’t a viable long-term option.

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  7. My mom said she was done cutting my dads hair about 20 years ago. And she won’t eat potatoes anymore because she made too many meals over the years and doesn’t want to do that anymore either.
    I’ll bet she’s done both of those over 1000 times. (After doing the math, the haircuts won’t reach that. But maybe if you add in her cutting me and my brothers hair it would make 1000.)

    I’ve played a lot of games on solitare on my phone.
    I milked cows over 1000 times. Maybe I did that 9000 times since we took over the farm, Much more than that before we took over. But as a job, any of us could claim whatever we did at work as being done multiple times.

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