Irish Group Chat?
Dia duit! I was thinking about getting some sort of group chat started with those learning Irish! I'm from a small city in Canada and there are not many opportunities to practice Irish aloud or with anything other than Duolingo. Thought it may help anyone, including myself, of any skill level to practice pronunciation and to have some real-world application. Just a thought! I haven't any details figured out so any input is welcome!
there's several facebook groups, and /#gaeilge on Quakenet, though it's not that active.
That's too bad! There's a long list of people officially subscribed, but I guess everyone gave up.
This may take a little trial and error, I think we should try the skype option to start with. My concern with viber is that for those who rather use a computer than their cell phone, wont be able to join. With skype, ye have the option of using the computer or cell phone app :). So, Knocksedan, when you get it set up, let us know and we can give it a try!
I would love to join when you guys have it set up. We all need to exchange skype usernames. If we all use computers than the group chat on skype will be free, but if not, then what will happen is some of us we will see and others will just see their profile pictures.
Actually, Skype now allows a Skype user to invite non-Skype users to join a video/audio chat, using the Web Skype plugin, so in theory, it should be possible to try this out without people having to share Skype usernames, though you will have to install the Skype plugin.
That will only work for desktop skype users as far as I know (the plugin is only available for Windows and Macs). Phone/Tablet users will have to use the Skype app, I believe, in which case they may prefer to create a new Skype account for this purpose, rather than share their personal account with strangers. The most recent update of the Skype App for on iPad/iPhone and Android is supposed to include free group chat (though obviously there is a limit on the number of participants).
I'll do some more testing tomorrow, and post some instructions on Saturday. I'll try for 4PM Irish time, which will be noon EST in the US and Canada, and 9AM Pacific Time.
Interesting because as far as I know we all have to use a computer to make a free group call and be able to see us. Otherwise will we not see each other's picture. However there are other options than Skype where wouldn't have to add people on skype or whatever to chat with them. If any of you have a Google plus account we can set up group chats for free using their video chat service hangouts.
The Skype page explaining the Group Video Calls feature says "everyone has group video calling for free on mobile, tablet and computer".
According to the Skype Help pages, you can start a group video call from Skype on Windows, Android, iOS, Mac and Skype for Web. (On Windows, you have to use the Skype Desktop program - the Skype App from the store doesn't support group calling, as far as I know).
Android and iOS are limited to 6 video streams, Windows and Mac to 10 - additional stream will be audio only. (The number of streams supported by the Skype Web client isn't mentioned). But audio streams should be sufficient for our purposes anyway.
My main reason for suggesting Skype, though, is the ability to host a chat that other people can be invited join without having to share their "real life" identity, using the Skype Web client. I'm pretty sure that option isn't available on GooglePlus. It may not be an option for mobile/tablet Skype users either, but this is just an experiment for now.
whatsapp is a good place/app to do that :) - I believe they have group chats almost all messenger apps do :) id join too even if Im very basic level grammar learning .. :)
what about a viber group chat. I know my level is low but I can speak a lot more then I can write
Great Feedback, thanks guys! I think an app would be more beneficial to us than a facebook group, just because we will have the option to voice chat as well. Don't worry about being a beginner, I am as well, I just think this can help us tremendously! :) Im not too familiar with viber or whatsapp, do either one allow multiple voice chats at once?
I'll try and set up a skype chatroom next Saturday. Skype now allows people to be invited to a chat (text/audio/video) without a Skype account, using a web plugin. (I'm not 100% sure of the details, as I haven't done this yet, but I'll try to do some tests during the week, and provide some instructions).
yes I know the Viber does both texting and voice chat. and im not sure about whats app
There is also google hangouts that can do group video chatting if anyone wanted to use that. I would love to join in a group to practice Irish even though I only started learning it a few days ago.
I would love in!! :) I'm just learning, very early beginner lessons, but would love the chance to practice. I am also in Cananda :)
Where are you, Ashley? I'm in Alberta.
I'm not that far into the lessons myself, extra practice can go a long way :)
Great to see a fellow Canadian here! (Should I be ashamed I'm learning Irish before French? lol) I'm in Newfoundland :)
I hadn't seen the post until now, thanks for sharing!
I am in St. John's actually, and I attend Memorial University where the Irish Language course is offered. Unfortunately my program doesn't allow for much room to add extra courses but i'm still keeping an eye out for when I can squeeze it in! I am also apart of Sinéad's facebook group for those involved or interested in the course and language. I attend most of the events she organizes even though my skill level isn't that high, they are always very eager to help and accommodating for those just starting to learn :). She is doing an excellent job
The article is great, and very true. Newfoundland is incredibly proud of our Irish heritage and we have no trouble showing it lol. I think we celebrate Ireland more in March than we do Christmas in December :P
Is aoibhinn liom an smaoineamh sin!! I'd join this group as well when there is one. WhatsApp would be the best since you can do voice messages and have up to 50 or 70 members a group.
Scaling isn't really an issue - there were only two people in either of the two attempts last week. WhatsApp isn't available for desktop clients (and most of the people using the discussion forums are desktop users, as far as I can tell). But, as I keep pointing out, the advantage of Skype is that people don't have to have a Skype account to join one of these discussions. Duolingo discourages the sharing of personal contact information, and so it seemed that taking advantage of the "guest-invitee" function of Skype seemed like the best approach.
But it now seems clear that the technology platform isn't really the issue, the problem is scheduling. You can't have an audio chat unless people agree to turn up at the same time. If you want to try join such a voice chat, please discuss the best time for it to happen, not the best platform.