I justt wanted to ask if Duolingo could have a kind of 'Chat-system'. The website is great, only trying to make a conversation would make the improvement much better. I learned already a lot, but i am also to shy to talk in public. So maybe if we could have that, that would be great!
Maybe, if you like, i want to add some rules too, if you (the admins) don't mind : -A thing in the settings in wich languages you ALREADY KNOW instead just the languages you want to learn.
-JUST WITH FRIENDS / FOLLOWERS. Duolingo has also those 'Followers', to inprove that we can use this so people who learn the same language as you can follow you, so it's a win/win: YOU got more followers AND you both improve your skills.
-Report button. I would love that i can make a coversation, but i don't like to have strangers who ask for my phone number,... So maybe like all the other chat systems a report button?
-Just a chat, no video and/or audio chat. I would love to stay anonym. But if Duolingo prefers with audio chat, could you change the voice?
So, this is what i would like to have as rules and to have on Duolingo. Have a nice day everyone!
Busuu has a feature sort of like what you are talking about. After you finish your lesson on Busuu it presents people who are online and offers you the opportunity to chat with them. I think Duolingo could do something similar.
Another nice feature would be writing exercise like both Busuu and Lang-8 have, but it doesn't look like those are going to happen in the near future.
Yep, Busuu is too expensive for me to use it as a main course, but I love it as a supplement to Duolingo. It actually has quite a bit to offer for free.
I've done the same! Most of my Italian vocab comes from the free use of Busuu, despite the fact that I used Duo a lot more. I'm not saying that Busuu is better, or else I would have quit Duo a long time ago, I just say that it has a lot larger amount of words to learn and its writing exercises still worth registering . Now I learn Japanese and use only Busuu, but a Duolingo course is soooo really needed, I can't wait for the Japanese course!
Duolingo is definitely better. And I think I would actually chose LiveMocha as second best (at least before they changed their system. I can't really say much about the new system since I haven't went through a full language course using it.).
Duolingo and LiveMocha were nearly a tie for me originally due to the fact that LiveMocha has both writing exercises (like Busuu's) and speaking exercises (where you read a paragraph in the language).
Then Busuu comes in at a nice third. I think Busuu is a little slow in the teaching process. Maybe it was only me, but I didn't pick up vocabulary and new grammar concepts as quick as I could have with Duolingo. I do love the fact that you can chat with a native speaker and it's pretty easy to find someone to engage in chat with.
I think I might be looking at all this too analytically. Lol.
I've tried LiveMocha last month and it was terrible. I went there after reading some very good reviews about the previous version, but the changes seem to have ruined the whole experience. Everyone was complaining on the forums/ blog comments. I did Bussu for a while, about the same time i tried LiveMocha, and it was ok, but much too slow for me. I did appreciate the text writing feature though.
That's terrible that LiveMocha ruined itself with the new changes. I was studying German on LiveMocha (using Memrise as a supplement) for a year and was near fluent with the old LiveMocha. It reminded me of Rosetta Stone, but free.
I also agree that Busuu's learning is too slow paced, but some people prefer that slower pace. I think Duolingo's fast pace is what really sold me on it. I tried out the "Duolingo only approach" with Italian and was able to speak short sentences in a few minutes. Can't really say that about most language courses.
I tried out Busuu, but I think that Duolingo is better. Thanks anyway :-) !
You don't have to switch. I only go there for the chat system. Hopefully, Duolingo will add their own chat system so that will no longer be necessary.
O.O I just read their Spanish half of the intro and I understood every. single. word. holy crap.
ack >_< I tried to talk there but all that kept coming up was Japanese and English. (But when I am trying to speak Japanese, all that comes up is Spanish!)
Personally, I like the concept of the Espanglish site, but the people there tend to be a bit rude. I went in there once, and they pretended like I didn't exist and went on with their chat.
lol. Same thing here, though after hanging around for a while, some guy 'hi'ed me, although he started off asking me some odd question. Sometimes you need to be forward a little and try to chat with them.
I think the site has become a bit cliquish since it began. I remember in 2004 or 5 when it started the people were a bit friendlier and the site was actually about helping each other learn Spanish or English.
maybe then IF it would be added on this site is that you can only chat with the people who have more or less the same level, maybe :) ?
Before this is implemented, the best you can do right now is link up with Facebook and practice with the friends you see are also practicing the language you're learning whether face-to-face or by their chat system.
The difference is that Facebook, Twitter, Skype,... is more to stay in contact with your friends. Duolingo is more to learn a language, so what i think is that better for us to have the chat for Duolingo.
This is a valid and interesting point. I hadn't thought much about this, since it makes most communication with other users relatively limited. These are good suggestions, hope Duo takes note!