Chatroom Guide (for you)
Obviously, Duolingo can't be all things to all people. I have seen a lot of people requesting and wanting chatrooms.
Well, I can't give you that and I certainly can't make Duolingo give you that. Will there be chatrooms here in the future?
No guarantee. But there are chat-rooms for practicing languages. Here are a few I've compiled for you.
Feel free to add any chat-rooms (specifically ones for practice) that you know about.
If you vote this up to keep we can keep it at the top so others can find chat-rooms!
Spanish (also English for Spanish speakers)
Mulitple Language Chat
Yep, apparently ICQ has an abundance of foreign language chat-rooms.
Here is the link for Duolingo's Portuguese discussion page: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/273/sent
I think that there is one for every language. It's really good practice to answer questions people may have about English, and you're helping other people learn a language at the same time.
The Duolingo user, Paulenrique, answers a lot of my questions as I'm learning Portuguese, so I'm trying to give back by helping others when I can.
General Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/216
English Language Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/217
General Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/816
English Language Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/818
General Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/272
English Language Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/273
General Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/651
English Language Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/652
General Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/515
English Language Discussion: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/456
Thanks for this addition! This is really useful stuff. It's great to give back.
No problem! I think I'll post it again later, as its own post. (I added French and Italian).
Thank you. I need all the help I can get and this will boost anyone's confidence for learning a new language.
It would be, but they try to focus on the most needed things first. Fortunately, there are other chatrooms in the meantime.
I haven't tried it yet, but would love to know if you end up liking it. I might check it out later as well.
only if they're a teacher, if it's a regular person it is still free even if they are a native speaker.
after you've signed in click on language partners to find someone who speaks your target language. All you have to do then is send that person a message and exchange skype addresses! almost everyone I have talked to on that site is very nice and helpful. you may have to spend a little time helping them with english in exchange for them helping you with spanish though.
Hola, mi nombre es Mary(Maria in Spanish) ?Como estas? Hello, My name is Mary ?How are you? Me gusta aprender Espanol.
una nina it's female una feale un male except when you have to say wash your hands lavase las manos. crazy huh?!
It looked like it might be the best. Made me wish I was learning French seriously. :/
I spent a while in the french-chat room but found it really odd. Nobody would talk in the public chat-room (only private messages all the time), which was frustrating as a learner... I wanted to lurk a bit, adding the occasional comment but mostly practicing my comprehension, but the conversation in the main chat was largely dead. Occasionally it would perk up with people often using slang and shortcuts (really unhelpful for a learner). Private messages are great but it is hard work keeping up a conversation at the same speed as an advanced learner.
A great resource and vastly underrated is virtual worlds, specifically Second Life. While it can be used for a lot of no good, language learning is the biggest part in the education sector on SL with universities and institutions on there providing language learning lessons and courses.
But I find it most useful to hang out in regions that are in your target language, I can immerse myself in "Virtual Spain" and see written Spanish and also spoken (voice chat) Spanish all together in one place and even attempt to chat to others and make friends. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_World_Language_Learning for good info!)
Thanks, hope someone finds this alternative to be interesting.
Thanks for the additional information. I imagined travelling to "Virtual Spain" could be immensely helpful and fun! I appreciate it.
Well, the hack a thon added something like this. (I'm not saying when, since that's a mystery) (But sorry, this comment, I post to you must be useless) Anyways, thanks for the sites! They'd work really well for the meantime.
Actually the chat thing is only with a bot. An automated language speaker, which is really cool but not the same. :/
I know what you're talking about. I only saw a Duo-chat in the hackathon, though, which would be with the owl and more catered to learning than speaking with native speakers.
Also, yes, this is for in the meantime while we wait. Thanks for your comment. Any thoughts on my threads are always appreciated.
I hope people learning these languages (and any others) will find value here, and maybe bookmark the thread for future reference if they're not ready to chat in real-time yet.
Thank you. Now I can pratice my Spanish and get corrected on it. Once again, THANK YOU.
Thanks you for your comment. That's good idea, I support to you and hope us having a chatroom for everyone practices.
At the top left of the Duolingo lesson you click it you will see 3=then add another language
I do not know where to complain, there is no support link on Duolingo. But I have bug in the Application. Eg. If I stop in the middle of the course, and go somewhere, and later, after I enter the application again it will restart my course so I have to repeat all sentences from the beginning which is very annoying..