Duolingo Chat / Conversation Room Idea
*[I am informed that there are other posts similar or identical to the idea of "chat rooms," but due to their date, I felt the need to bring the topic of these rooms back to the table!]
Anyways, I would think that chat / conversation rooms would be a very good addition to the site! We, the people who learn languages, could become more enveloped in the cultures by speaking and conversing (carrying on a normal conversation), with people from different countries around the world. Hence, we could learn just a little bit more of each other's language and culture by speaking to them and growing a friendly connection between that particular person.
While just mentioning chat in general, one-on-one chats would be a more appropriate way to also converse, but that is only possible after meeting someone to get their name to add and chat to them. For rules (remember these are only ideas, they are not mandatory at all) pertaining to these topics, refer below:
-To reduce the risk of "trolls / spambots" , possibly, the rooms could have close moderation and etc. (Pu) -The chat rooms could be assorted into different languages, for example: There could be rooms for people who speak English (or are learning English), German (or are learning German), and etc. This way, people could be able to communicate with people who speak that language. In private chat rooms, you have the decision to choose the language topic, whether it is Spanish, Italian, Swedish, etc. -Private chat rooms could be accessed using a link / code (similar to that of a 6-8 digit code for the idea of using a code; I find a link more appropriate.) And all responsibility belongs to the party leader who can enable only certain things with the addition of flat rules from which the people who implemented chat rooms would decide. (I will listen out for ideas in the opinions that you post) -Public chat rooms could be accessed by anyone with the chance of being temporarily kicked / banned for reasons such as spam, inappropriate content, and so on. -Both public and private chat rooms would have a limit of people assigned by the "higher party," (As in the people who bring out the chat addition; Staff / Contributors) and when it seems fit, this limit could raise into a limit that fits more people. (like the limit of 10 people to 15/20 people) -Keep in mind that if you are unable to join the server, you should make a private server and invite those who you wish to chat with.
Remember, this is only an idea inspired by both my knowledge and discussions like this. As stated above, I was only restating the topic. Feel free to post your opinion below!
As a side note, I might add more ideas to the topic, but that depends on your ideas.
This is a GREAT idea which Duo will probably not implement any time soon due to the reasons that Dcarl1 mentioned. However, I would like to make a suggestion.
If you don't have a Google account, create one.
Then go to Google Hangouts - you will have to install a plug-in for your browser if you don't already have it installed.
Now you have a couple of options.
You will have to create a Verbling account.
Verbling charges for their lessons but their video chat rooms are free.
The chat rooms are organized by language and level (i.e. Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced; Spanish, Arabic, English....)
If a chat room for your language and level does not exist, it's very easy to create one.
When you create a chat room, you can limit the number of people in the chat.
If someone is being rude, you can kick them out and block them.
You can create a hangout not associated with Verbling.
You do NOT have to have other peoples' email addresses or Google IDs to invite them to the Hangout.
You can come here and post the URL in the appropriate forum so folks can click and join in.
Here are instructions on how to create a Hangout and get the URL: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Blog:Conversation_Practice_with_Google_Hangouts
With Google Hangouts (privately created by you or in Verbling) you can enable video or disable it. You can do text chat for clarifying what word you are trying to pronounce or for sharing a link to a good resource. You can share your screen if you want to play a YouTube video... it's a pretty fine meeting software for language learners :)
Zoom is also nice, but Hangouts is probably easier because lots of people already have Google accounts.
I wasn't aware of those; they look good! Have you used either of them before? My main problem with language practicing websites is that I am afraid I will get stuck with some real weirdo. I know I can just hang up, but it still makes me hesitant. Probably just a personal issue I need to get over :)
No I never used any language exchange sites. Those I mentioned above are SharedTalk replacements - thus public chat rooms. One of them is still work in progress. I haven't used them either. SharedTalk shut down, and just like many public chatrooms, suffered from the same faith. Which is, the same small talk, and also being taken over by few regulars who became hostile to newcomers.
That's a shame :( Thanks for the info, though. I have had pretty good luck finding language partners on ConversationExchange. It's a bit different, because you fill out a profile when you create an account. Then you can search for language partners based on age, gender, language, whether they want to be pen pals, or Skype, or whatever, interests...
So instead of being small talk over and over (Verbling suffers from that a little - Hi, where are you from, how did you learn X language, why are you learning X language), you get a bit of a relationship built up with your practice partner.
It takes a few tries before you find someone you "click" with that doesn't abandon you due to demands on their time, but it is a good site. The initial exchanges are all done through their system so you don't have to give out your email or anything.
I think DL has been pretty clear on its mission, and it's not to become FaceBook, but to focus on learning activities and offer free language learning to the world. What you suggest would take resources (time, money and personnel) to develop, that they don't want to divert at this time.
Much as the users may want this (and many do), they have no intention of offering it now or in the forseeable future.
Yeah, that is true, thanks for your opinion! ^^ I was thinking about that too... (The idea of facebook I mean) (I feel like this is a bad idea now.. might delete it? I dont know)
Well there's nothing stopping us from using a third party chatroom site, it just wouldn't have all of the features that you suggested.
Yes! I wasn't planning for all of the features I suggested to be used, the main point that I was trying to get across was that chat rooms would be a good idea. However, I still think that Dcarl1 has made a point on the fact that DL is meant to be a language site, not like facebook. Thank you for stating that!