Where to discuss what on Duolingo
Part of the A Guide to finding Duolingo Guides series http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938
Please note, Duolingo is constantly striving to improve things and often randomly place people into "beta" test groups where the website or features different for anyone in them. I will do my best to update things so they match the layout viewed by the majority of users.
Forums Table of Contents
- Preamble and Guidelines
- Main Discussion Forum
- Language Discussion Forums
- Discuss Sentence (Mini) Forum
- Discuss Skill Set (Mini) Forum
- Immersion Discussion (Mini) Forum
- HOW TO MOVE YOUR DISCUSSION POST TO A NEW FORUM (if you accidentally post it in the wrong forum)
This is not a social networking site, it is an educational website. As such, the way we use it differs from the way we would use social networking websites. Duolingo has various forums, each created for a different main focus. As a special note, please only use the Activity tab for casual conversation. Breaching guidelines anywhere on Duolingo will result in the deletion of your account. http://www.duolingo.com/guidelines
The majority of Duolingo's Discussion forums can be located through the Discussion tab in the blue strip at the top of your screen. That tab leads you directly to the General (Main) Discussion forum matching your course's base language.) Once in the GDF, Sections is located to right. You will find the majority (but not all) of the other Discussion forums available on Duolingo.
General Discussion Forum: http://www.duolingo.com/discussion Is for posting questions, comments, and suggestions that directly relate to the learning experience here at Duolingo.
Other General (Main) Discussion Forums
English for Dutch speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/838
English for German speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/818
English for Hungarian speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/836
English for Italian speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/515
English for Russian speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/821
English for Spanish speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/216
English for Turkish speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/837
I was able to find the link to the Italian when I:
If you are having technical problems, post in this forum.
- Always note in your post what Operating System and Browser you're using. For example, I use Windows7/Forefox.
- Try to note any error messages you receive.
- If you can add screenshots, that would help a lot but is not required. (Instructions on how to take a screen shot can be found in the New User FAQ, located in A Guide to Duolingo Guides.)
- This forum is located on the right side of the Main/General Discussion forum (see picture above).
Language forums for questions about your target language--the language you are learning (Grammar, vocab, etc.), located under Sections (pictured above).
Stream/Activity: (casual conversation): http://www.duolingo.com/activity_stream Depending on your layout, you will either see an Activity link at the top of the window. Or, you will need to go to "Home" link at the top of the page, look down slightly and you'll see 3 tabs: Language tree , Stream, and Store. Stream tab is where you'll find updates and casual conversation. Located (depending on your layout) as a tab on your home page between Language skill tree and Store OR Between Home and Discussion forum) is for more casual comments. However, it's good to read the Guidelines first (located in the link at the very top of this page), because some uses of the Stream/Activity can lead to users' accounts being deactivated.
In Lesson Discussion (Mini) Forum You'll see a "Discussion Sentence" button. Click on it and you'll find the discussion pertaining to that specific sentence.
Discussion of Skill Set (Mini) Forum Click on a lesson module (not actually entering a lesson, just the module), look down (to the left this time) and scroll down to the Discussion area.
Immersion Discussion (Mini) Forum See the orange 3, in Step 4 (How to navigate the document) http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1276245
HOW TO MOVE POST TO A NEW FORUM (if you accidentally post it in the wrong forum), you can move your post directly to where you want it to go using the following steps (this will not work for Mini forums though!):
Click "Duoling" in the editing window, because it is a drop down menu.
Select the forum you want in the menu
Beta Layout Version
90% Layout Version
Good luck! And don't forget to add your operating system and browser for Troubleshooting posts! ^_^
So, could something like this be pinned at the top of the discussions?
Something to add that not everyone may know is that when you post to Discussion of Skill Set it also is posted to the Specific language forum.
So, if you want to post something like, The Tips in this section are not very good, or I am having a lot of trouble with this section, it can be helpful to say The Tips in Conjunctions are not very good or I am having trouble with *Conjunctions, or at the very least (if you are asking/or giving advice for a specific section) mention the Lesson in the body of the post. This way everyone reading discussions from the *Specific language forum know exactly what you are talking about.
I think the moderators on duolingo are attached to specific languages. Maybe that's why you're not a moderator. Could we have you as a moderator for the general English forum? I guess that's what we have now but it's unofficial. Thanks for all your work, good sense and enthusiasm.
Moderators are not attached to any sections, they just help wherever they find it necessary. In fact, the only difference of a moderator compared to a normal user is the "M" icon and the ability to delete comments (not discussions!) anywhere on the forum.
And yes, I agree that Usagiboy would make a good moderator. He surely deserves that green "M" and some additional respect for his help :-)
Aww, thank you Olimo. That means a lot to me coming from you. When I was new, your comments in the forum were very helpful to me in learning to navigate DL and to connect with the spirit of this place. :)
Well done, Usagiboy7, this should be helpful to new users who aren't familiar with the discussion boards. Really, it should be pinned at the top...IF we could pin such posts at the top.
Great post! I hope they decide to introduce sticky posts soon so it will be easier to find.
Could you also add the links to the discussion boards for the other "native" languages? This, e. g., are the discussion board links for the English for Russian speakers http://www.duolingo.com/topic/821 and English for Dutch speakers: http://www.duolingo.com/topic/838
Some may have trouble finding them, because they are only accessable by changing the language course.
I'm adding screenshots from the old UI for Usagiboy's guides where needed.
Note: Updates should be added for the new discussion forums for the new languages.
I am hoping that people in those courses will help by sending me links ^_^
For anyone who has created one of these guides, I've backed mine up on Google drive (by editing my post, using that mode to copy the text with the formatting marks, and then pasting it into a google docs new document.) I was thinking about the glitches today and decided to back up these many hours of work. Wanted to bring it up in case you wanted to do the same with yours.
I don't know where I can comment in general, so hopefully this will get the right audience at Doulingo. I feel I have been pretty dedicated at working on my French almost every day on Doulingo, but often feel a bit frustrated at the rate the gold modules return to red requiring a review. I do see the value of reviewing, but feel that it happens too quickly. I seem to spend all my time reviewing without having time to move forward. Is there some logic to when and how often the review of previous modules slip back down the sandy hill? You may want to think about how better to keep a balance so as not to discourage us in our quest to feel a sense of accomplishment, which keeps us coming back.
Howdy! The speed at which skills degrade has gone through a ton of testing and I wouldn't be surprised if they tinker with it more in the future. It's good to keep in mind that if it's not working for you, you can ignore that feature. You're tree doesn't need to be gold in order to complete the course. I hope this helps! :)
Duolingo does not "hear" me today on the microphone when I speak in Italian
Personally, i recommend turning it off and just saying everything out loud without being prompted. You'll get more practice speaking that way. Otherwise, check the Help page for solutions. To find it (on the desktop version of Duolingo), hover the mouse over your username where it appears in the blue bar at the top of the screen. A menu will appear. On it, click "Help". There are mic troubleshooting options, among many other helpful articles there. :)