When You Snap a Streak

I snapped a 39-day Duolingo streak last week. I was so preoccupied, I didn’t even know it had snapped until the app told me the next day. (And offered to restore it for $2.99, but that’s another story.)

When a streak breaks, it’s easy to question your ability to execute the skill at all. It’s easy to say: “That’s not for me” or “I’ll never be able to maintain a streak that long again” or “I’m no good at this.” Or even just, “I give up.”

The best thing to do, though, is to start a new streak as soon as possible. Now you have a new goal, and one you know is attainable: beat your last streak.

I’m now on a four day streak, aiming towards 40. It won’t be easy, but I know it’s possible.

Whether it’s piano practice, tooth brushing, exercising, or language: streaks break, but we mustn’t break with them.