Skype Webchat - Saturday April 9th, Sunday April 10th
OK, it looks like I'll have time to try this again, so I'm going to post this well in advance so that people will get a chance to see this notice and plan for it. It looks like EavanM's invitation to people to agree a schedule for such a call didn't get a lot of traction, so I'm just going to try for 6PM IST on Saturday, 7PM CET in Europe, 1PM EDT/10AM PDT in the US.
The idea is that that those of you who are studying alone can have an opportunity to try out some of the Irish that you have learned. Most people in Ireland can probably find somebody that they can practice with, but for people outside Ireland it can be a bit harder. So I'm making the assumption that this will be of most interest to people outside Ireland, but it would be helpful if people from Ireland joined in too, so that other learners can hear a range of voices/accents/dialects, if possible.
The main reason for suggesting Skype as the platform is that it supports "guests" - you will be able to join this webchat without using a Skype account and you will be able to join "anonymously", if you're a bit shy about your abilities. I believe that this Guest functionality is currently limited to PC users (Windows and Mac) because it requires a web plugin - users on Android tablets/phones, iPads/iPhones, Windows Mobile and Linux PCs can join the chat, but they will have to use the Skype app to do so, and will have to login with a Skype account (and their Skype contact details will be visible to the other people in the call. If that's you, you might want to consider creating a separate Skype account for this purpose).
It looks as though the Skype web plugin supports Chrome and Firefox on both Windows and OS X, Edge and Internet Explorer 9 and newer on Windows, and Safari on OS X. Note that installing the plugin grants Skype the ability to automatically update the plugin as it sees fit.
Skype’s bandwidth requirements can be found here.
I have an important meeting at exactly the same time on Saturday, sadly. But thank you for taking initiative. I hope it works out this time.
(Why did you put both Sat and Sun in your title?)
I included both Saturday and Sunday because I'll be available to host on both days, so turn up on Sunday if you can't make it on Saturday.
I would perhaps consider Google Hangouts for some future web chats. It allows up to 10 people in a group and has a wider range of supported platforms that Skype.
Skype supports a lot more than 10 audio channels, and you can't join a google hangout without a google account.
But the choice of platform is irrelevant if people don't find the process useful.
I have to go look up CET first XD And with Daylight saving having kicked in last weekend, it's gotten even more confusing!
It's not "Irish Summer Time", believe it or not. Ireland is currently on "Irish Standard Time", having just changed over from "Irish Winter Time". (Most other European countries observe "standard time" in the Winter).
whoops. that's how I used to remember it. I went with GMT in winter, and IST in summer....so I kept misremembering the S as summer.
huh, didn't know that. new thing I learnt today then :D
In the late 60's Britain and Ireland agreed to observe Summer Time (GMT +1) all year long - at the end of October in 1968 the clocks didn't go back. In Ireland, the Standard Time Act of 1968 defined Standard time as "one hour in advance of Greenwich mean time throughout the year". After 3 years, the UK decided to abandon that, and repealed the enabling legislation. Because maintaining a different time from the UK for part of the year would be a major hassle for both businesses and ordinary users who had access to British TV, Ireland pretty much had to revert as well, but did so by introducing an amendment to the Standard Time Act. The Standard Time (Amendment) Act of 1971 which defined "a period which shall be known as Winter Time and during which the time for general purposes in the state shall be Greenwich Mean Time".
(I'm not sure if they ever formally changed the GMT references to UTC, but in practical terms UTC has superseded GMT).
Do we need to register somewhere, or do we just need to be subscribed to this thread?
You don't need to register, but you will have to install the Skype Plugin in your browser.
I'll post the URL to the chat in this thread (and/or another one, if this one get's pushed down the list). When you click on the link, your web browser will prompt you to open the link with the Skype app- if you cancel that, you can join the chat in your browser, and sign in as a guest, either with your Duolingo name, or some other name.
If you don't cancel the offer to open the link in Skype, you will join the chat with your Skype Username, which people may not want to share in public.