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Social Networking & language practice

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Do the lovely team at Duolingo have any plans to develop social networking capabilities within the site? I only ask because I realised I've been learning Italian, but haven't once got to use it! :(

It would be nice to use it with native speakers or even other learners, but right now, I'm learning a language which I can't use.

If there are no plans like this, what kinds of things do the rest of you do to get some practice in? :)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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I go on a "Spanglish" chatroom most days. I think it's really fun and helpful. Try watching some movies and listening to music as well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dincxjo
dincxjoPlus
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That sounds good. I need to find something like that for Italian and German. I used Facebook groups before, until I found out that all my posts were showing up in the newsfeeds of all my friends. :/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HerrArbo
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Twitter is good for little word of the day/word quiz/reif conversations-with-thinking-time-if-required stuff. Fortunately I know some people who speak my languages so Im good for this too :)
By the way, it's better to have a second account for this - I find it useful anyway!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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I imagine they won't go beyond the bare bones of networking, so maybe a chat function will be added. It is, after all, an educational site, not a social networking site.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dincxjo
dincxjoPlus
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It doesn't have to be strictly one or the other. After all, it already has the 'stream' and the ability to add friends etc. You're right that it should be bare bones though - a chat function would be enough. Just to stop it ending up like Myspace or something. :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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Exactly. Just enough to allow fellow learners to communicate, but not enough to allow trolls. Trolls are a big concern of mine.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Greekz
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Agreed, a chat function would be better, split it into different languages and language levels or how far on your tree one is. Adding social networking sites will distract some people and just like you said this is not a social networking site.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Friglet

You know I was wondering the same thing. It would be a great addition to be able to chat with native speakers. For instance I know English and Portuguese, I would be able to speak to people learning the language while as someone learning French I would get the chance to speak to native speakers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Rat_Writer

I'm thinking something similar to Lernu's chat, but have something like "English/Italian Chat", "French/Spanish" chat, and what not.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dincxjo
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Yeah the Lernu chat system is great, although it could do with a few more members. I like the idea of a Duolingo one though, so we could discuss problems with learning and help each other out, except while using our target languages as much as possible. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duolingojay

A few options for language practice with kind of a social twist. If you have Skype, buy some Skype credits and you can actually try calling Italy -- say a business. Ask for directions or store hours or if they have a particular item. I miss the good ol' days when Skype had "Skype Me" and you could randomly chat with anyone online -- but those days are gone. If you are in a big city, you can try finding language exchange partners on Craigslist -- a lot of people visiting the US for short stays like to do this. If you want to practice through writing, try Fixoodle. You can practice your writing and native speakers will correct your mistakes and you can do the same for them. Best to have an Italian friend who you already know sign up with you. Way more Spanish & Japanese speakers. Some services like iTalki let you hire tutors who will teach you or just chat with you (not too expensive).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VASMA63

Great idea - I'd like to find a daily way to practice my beginning French too!

4 years ago