https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MABBY

There should be a separate discussion section, for people who want to talk to each other

Because at least every couple of days, someone else posts a "new" discussion topic that says, "Help! I want to meet someone who actually speaks Italian (or English)."

There are tons of people looking for each other, right under their own noses. Read down the discussion topic lists. I can find you ten people who want to skype with someone, in about a half a minute.

They need to have their own place to exchange info.

February 3, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheShadowBroker

Dang Mabbs your streak is insane

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

I agree with this and also think a good first step (albeit a small one) would be to unlock the reverse tree's discussion for the language you are learning, when available, without having to sign up for the reverse tree.

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FJProenza

What do you mean by: "unlock the reverse tree discussion"? I did not know this happens and am not quite sure what it means.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

I learn Italian from English, some go on to do English from Italian to improve their Italian - it doesn't appeal to me, but I would like to have access to the discussion boards going that way as they would be mainly in Italian rather than in English, so I'd like it if the discussion board for the tree in the opposite direction was automatically unlocked.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MABBY

In your settings, you can allow for the discussions from the "English for Italian Speakers" to show on your screen, and/ or turn off the "Italian for English speakers" discussions.
If you wanted to, you could even show only "Irish for English speakers" discussions.

Play around in your profile and see what all of the settings are on every page.
There is a lot of stuff hidden in there.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MandyDieKatze

Agreed! This would be such a useful feature.

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rafforza

At least a sticky thread with links to the other language forums. I've thought this many times

February 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aph-italia

Agreed.

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GiuliaJill92

I totally agree with you, all these people asking over and over the same question are unnerving.

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Plamsy

I think there should be a chat system or at least private messaging to converse

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MABBY

Technically, there already is a chat system.
Click on any person's icon/ name. You can see a place there where you can write a message, just for them to see and reply to.
All of the history of the chat is found on your "Activities" tab.

I had a 10 or 12 sentence chat going with a lovely young woman who lived in Sardegna for a while.
We ended up exchanging emails afterward.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

But why does Duo need to do this when there are already lots of means where people can hold conversations.

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MABBY

I don't know-- ask the six people in the first dozen topics on the discussion boards looking for a study buddy why they don't use some other method....

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatherinGregory

To use other methods, people who want chat-friends need to be encouraged to be specific in their profiles, like providing a social media link, where one could suss things out before signing on. But there still needs to be a place to find profiles for chat friends, like a sticky forum. I think chatrooms are a very logical function of DL. But they are a hard sell due to a lack of software and a lack of moderators.

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lenalingo

That would be nice for many of us...However, I fear for the safety of children who are also using duolingo...

February 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Inge-Z

They are already asking anyway, Mabby's suggestion would only make it easier for people to find someone to talk to. It's up to the parents to educate their children on what information not to give to strangers online, and to monitor them when neccessary.

February 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pittrice123

Duolingo seems like a sage place to find language friends; I have wandered into some other sites online and has unnerving experiences.

February 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiamRowe

Your streak is phenomenal :)

February 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MABBY

Grazie! Non e' niente, davvero...

February 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiamRowe

Al contrario ;)

February 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toussaintlou

There are websites dedicated to this, like www.gospeaky.com.

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angelaalex0

sono andata sul sito da te segnalato ma vorrei sapere se veramente è tutto gratuito. lo consigli perchè anche tu sei iscritto? grazie per le informazioni

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toussaintlou

Il sito è gratuito. Ho mandato "texting" con gli altri per un lungo periodo di tempo, per migliorare la mia ortografia, e imparare qualche parola di gergo.

February 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kememmotar

Alora, che cosa volete discutere? sono pronto...

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatherinGregory

Sono d'accordo assolutamente. People have talked about DL chatrooms forever. My guess for why it doesn't happen ... no one wants to moderate and/or DL has had issues with the software. A sticky forum option might be useful, but like everything else, someone has to take on the moderation task. Allora, sono cerco per un'amica d'internet, vicino a Verona o Bologna

February 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Loyalgirl1

I just started to continue to learn Italian last time i only got to do the first lesson. and also Agreed

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FJProenza

How about a Facebook page for French learners. Very easy to set up. If 10 or more people are interested I can set it up.

February 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MABBY

This is definitely a useful idea.
Post a message on the discussion that says "Join our Facebook page if you want to interact with native French English speakers". That kind of thing. Then in the body of the message, give the URL for the Facebook group if you want to join.
Done!

February 6, 2016
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