[Suggestion] Personal blog or diary
Every user should have a personal blog or diary where they can write texts in the language they are learning. These would then be corrected by native speakers. I'm aware that something like this already exists on the web but it would benefit from being tightly integrated into the rest of the Duolingo system. For example, if you receive enough upvotes on one of the sentences in your blog, the words in the respective sentence are strengthened and you get a few coins. The native speaker would also get a small amount of coins for correcting or voting if their previous contributions have turned out not to be spam, e.g. because they have been upvoted by other native speakers (similar to translator tiers).
I don't think this kind of system would require a lot of additional software development because it is very similar to the immersion section. It would, however, strengthen the social media aspect (nobody is using the stream) and add an incentive to keep using the platform once a user has finished their skill tree. Because advanced users are better translators, keeping them on the platform would also suit Duolingo's business model. But most importantly, forming new sentences is a crucial part of language learning that isn't yet covered by Duolingo, and would greatly improve its ability to comprehensively teach us languages. For example, I am an advanced speaker of English and feel that I would not learn much from the skill tree but I would definitely benefit from my peer's corrections.
Disclaimer: This may have suggested here before, but I haven't found the thread using the search engine.
I know Lang-8, and I've used it. Of course, once you've finished the Duolingo tree, you could simply switch over, but I think Duolingo would rather have it that we stay.
And as I've said, I think Duolingo and its learners would benefit greatly from the integration. Just as an example, when you use a word in your blog / diary entry / essay, you're bringing it back into your short-term memory, strengthening it. Duolingo should be aware of that instead of having me practice it again next day.
I didn't know about this site and now, thanks to you, I do! I started using it yesterday and just wanted to say thanks!
lang-8 will not let me create an account. It always says "There has been an internal system error". Does anyone know any way to use the site?
lang-8 and italki are both good companions for Duolingo - finish a lesson on Duolingo, then write a short passage using your new vocabulary to be corrected by natives.
For the time being, we could also just write them here, name it a universal title (so all the posts in a language would be titled the same), and give lingots to those who correct them.
Well, it could be done but the problem is that it would become a mess if many users start posting their diaries. This really needs Duolingo's help to come to fruition, either that or an external site where Duolinguers can make the edits.
I really like this idea. I really prefer Duolingo to ever other free language-learning site that I use (and I've used a lot) but once I finish the tree I don't have much to do on here anymore. I've tried the translation section but it seems like most sentences I try to translate have already been translated. I finished the Portuguese tree and I'm really trying to strengthen my Portuguese but all I've really been doing is going to "lesson practice" and doing one of those every day. I would love to do this blog/diary in Portuguese to keep practicing.
I haven't done that yet...but isn't that basically repeating what you just did? Do you learn anything new that way? I will at least check it out. Do you have a link to do that?
I haven't done it in Portuguese, but I'm doing it in French now. It's more difficult than you might imagine. Also, it will give you an opportunity to try out your Portuguese because when you make comments there you make them in Portuguese. Here's a discussion. There are many more if you do a search. http://www.duolingo.com/#comment/1094897
Click on your flag where you change the language, then click on "more". Then change "Learning Language". Then select "Eu queiro aprender inglês, (eu sei português)". Then save changes. It's a little scary at first, but don't worry because you can change back.
Thanks for the info! What happens with my Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese trees? If I put that I'm a native-Portuguese speaker does it reset my other stuff?