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New feature: Meet-up organiser

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Would it be a lot of work to create a simple meet-up organiser for Duolingo users who want to also get conversational language training for free?

I guess this would spice Duolingo up even more.

Keep up the good work! Thank you!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/kristinemc

Hi sqreept- this is something we have in the works for early 2014. There are people in Berlin and other cities across the globe that are already meeting up. Where are you located? Would you be interested in starting a group? Conversation in real life is definitely important in language learning :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryWeather

I'm glad to see that you guys have this in the works. Honestly, this site keeps getting better and better. I participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and we do meetups too, and I can vouch that it really helps to meet others interested in the same things you are to keep you motivated. Learning a foreign language is difficult and can be discouraging at times, but if you have others to help you out it's not intimidating. Plus you can't beat actually conversing in a foreign language ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sqreept
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That's great news. I'm located in Bucharest so Berlin is close but not close enough. And yes, I would definitely want to start this here.

You guys are doing an excellent job! Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/n.gratton
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I've found a couple of outside websites to meet language exchanges, and have a couple of productive email exchanges going on as a result (but you can also use it to find people near you, or to arrange Skype interchanges).

http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/ (there's a small fee to initiate email contacts with people - I paid twelve US dollars for a three month membership).

http://conversationexchange.com/ (free)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sqreept
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Of course there's a few places where these meetings can be organised already. But the point is to make it accessible and free directly through Duolingo's interface. Thanks for the links. They might come handy in the meanwhile.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryWeather

I really like this idea! And you can also find others who want to learn languages besides the ones featured here on Duolingo ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator
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Well, not a bad idea generally speaking, but the issue is that there are children here, and this may facilitate children to meet up with "wrong" people. If it is implemented correctly, it will not be a problem I guess.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sqreept
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Good point. I'm not sure what would be the correct implementation but I'm sure there is one as there are a few meet-up websites out there that seem to not have this issue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sjrb
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We could make a DuoLingo meetup.com group. Or maybe a FB group?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sqreept
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meetup.com is again asking for money. FB could work. There should be one group for each location and language pair. See Dessamator's worry though. Through FB there would be no possibility of controlling who can participate.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

So your saying that duolingo should add tutors or something?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sqreept
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No. Only a small piece of user interface to allow setting up meetings between members that happen to share the same physical location. With over 15M users this should already be feasible at least for major cities around the globe.

With meetings made accessible by Duolingo, you get to meet & talk to other people that are learning the same language as you do. This is very valuable for those who don't already live in an area where that language is spoken.

And I feel it's easier to learn conversation from people who are learning than from natives or teachers. Also having a physical place where you can go and use the language would help it fix in your brain faster and better.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

So, I am sorry, but I am still quite confused. But let me guess: you are saying that DL users should be able to help one another by speaking in a foreign language to each other? If I am wrong, then do not listen to this, but wouldn't that just attract people that should belong on a social media site? People could use it like Facebook, to talk to one another. Please do not call me clueless if I have totally misunderstood you, but, if I have nailed it, then please consider this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sqreept
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I am talking about Duolingo facilitating the real life meetings where people can practice conversation in their target language. You can do that without having a new Duolingo feature but it seems that this is a simple feature that belongs to Duolingo and might even be linked to the points system.

4 years ago