Connecting ALL Duolingo Users
I think that Duolingo should make it so that people learning English have at least the possibility to view the main discussion area (where this discussion is posted). I really feel disconnected from the users that are learning English. They could have it as one of the boxes on the side, which would lead them here. They could also practice their English skills here, by reading through some of the discussions. Also if it would show your progress in the other languages you are studying after you start learning English. That would be nice. I know that the Duolingo team is really busy right now, and I want you to know that I appreciate all the work you do, so thanks for at least reading this ;)
I think it should go both ways as well. I'd love to practice my Spanish by engaging in discussions on the Spanish boards, but because I'm not doing Spanish to English lessons right now, it defaults to the English screen for me and makes it far too complicated to switch.
Unfortunately, I can't bookmark pages on two of the three computers I use to access Duolingo. But thank you, I will be bookmarking the Spanish board on the third as soon as I get to it. I still think there should be an easy link within Duolingo to switch between them without having to go all the way into my personal settings.
It's not too hard to memorize the link. Just add /topic/ and the number you want after that.
Still much more inconvenient than having a button or a drop-down list or a "box on the side" as TessaBlack is proposing.
Yes of course. The problem is, we might get people who know zero English coming into the English forum and posting in other languages. And the same for other languages.
Too Cool! Thanks for the link Samsta, and for the idea TessaBlack. While I was poking around on the Spanish board I saw that one of the DuoPeople (Marcela Benitez) is experimenting with a Google+ site to practice audio/video chatting for the Spanish to English group.
A while ago, someone posted a list of links to the discussion boards of each language for easy access. I can't find it for the life of me right now, but I do have the Portuguese link: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/273/sent
I have it bookmarked on my toolbar, so if I want to view the discussion page in Portuguese, it's just a click away.
What would be really neat is if we could use Duolingo itself to translate the Duolingo forums into multiple languages. It's kind of ironic that a project dedicated to "making the Internet available in every language" segregates its own forums by language. Hopefully forum translation capability is somewhere in DL's future plans.
Amazing idea! I think you should be able to choose a specific language's boards and switch between them rather than straight up mixing them together. Beginners and speakers of less languages may struggle with all the languages.