Help Duolingo with Bot conversation ideas!
Duolingo’s new Bots love chatting about everything under the sun. From Valentine’s Day plans to travel tips to solving mysteries, Bots are fun conversation partners to practice with.
We have a great time creating these experiences here at Duolingo HQ, but we would love to open it up and incorporate your ideas as well!
Post and vote on your favorite chat scenarios below. You can propose a topic –it can either be a place (the beach, another planet…) or a concept (seasons, talking about the future...) and a goal (finding a friend, convincing an alien that you are not a threat etc.), just make sure you read through previous comments to avoid duplicate topics, and try to use the following format:
“Topic: Seasons / Goal: Make vacation plans to avoid the cold Winter days”
All fun, appropriate* ideas are welcome. Let’s see what we can come up with together! : )
* Of course nothing too controversial or inappropriate here – please keep this PG-13.
* For the sake of clarity and focus, we’ll remove all comments not related to scenarios.
If you would like to include more of the history/culture associated with a language you could have a time travel scenario. The bots could be famous historical figures. For example, in the French course you could have a conversation with Napoleon, or Leonardo Da Vinci in the Italian course.
Maybe for the German course, in addition to talking to people from all over the German speaking world, like Kafka, Einstein and Mozart you could incorporate some of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
For the Russian course you could also talk to Valentina Tereshkova, Tolstoy, Peter the Great or Dostoevsky.
I like your idea! Maybe if you're doing famous political figures as well, you could try negotiating, using the right, polite terms for speaking to people above or below you, respectively. You could add on a "interest" area to talk to them about, where you speak about maybe a topic that they like, such as a foreign restaurant or food.
Topic: Debate / Goal: Have a fake agrument about something (politics, economics, etc) and try to convince the bot that your opinion is better.
This is just an idea, but I might come back and build on it later ~ or of course anyone else who sees this comment can as well; I won't mind!
I really love this idea! It would be great to incorporate some logical reasoning into the bot so that you couldn't convince the bot of things that didn't make any rational sense! It might be tricky to implement but I would have a lot of fun with it -- and sharpen my deductive reasoning skills in the process. Who knows, the bot may convince YOU that your basic assumptions need to be reexamined!
Topic: Flirting. Goal: Having a fake date with the Bot. Talking about yourself and having the Bot talk about themselves.
I don't know.¯_(ツ)_/¯. I'm not sure if this one has been done before. But, if it hasn't, I think it could be a good idea that people would like. So if you like the idea, please like this comment.
Topic: Vet Discussion. Goal: Being able to discuss health issues with a vet regarding your pets.
Topic: Household Setup. Goal: Being able to order services and setup for household things like electricity, heating fuels, water service, and so on. Useful when first moving to new areas with your language.
These may or may not exist in some languages already. Swedish doesn't seem to have bots, will that be changing?
I don't know if this one has been done already, but I think it would be useful. . .Topic: Directions / Goal: Ask for and get directions to a certain location/place.
Topic: Making Friends / Goal: Make friends with the bot. Discuss what you like (favorite things to do, color, food, personality, etc. - it could be from a list of just a couple things, if needed) and what you don't like. At the end of the conversation, you either find out that you'd make good friends, or that you are "not compatible".
LOL - I'm giving all these suggestions, yet I don't even have access to this feature.
cough bring to android and web cough
Oooh! I have another one!
Topic: Court Trial/Goal: Prove yourself innocent (or guilty) in a court trial. The bot would be a judge who would present evidence (probably through the form a picture). The judge would then ask you questions about the case and you'd answer them. In the end, your answers would be used to determine if you are innocent or guilty!
Also, the cases wouldn't have to be anything too serious. They could even be silly things that nobody would actually go to court for!
You are on trial for owning a pet cloud. As you can see here, your state has strict laws against owning a pet cloud without the proper licence and registry.
You are on trial for GTO, Grand Theft Oxygen. You aren't allowed to breathe so much that you steal my oxygen!
You are on trial for attending school. You are on trial for not liking the band Rush.
You are on trial because. Just because. Lonely judge...
I have a couple of ideas:
Topic: Feelings and Emotions / Goal: Explain to a non-sentient robot what certain emotions are like. Answer the emotionless robot's questions about what it is like to feel joy or sadness.
Topic: Help / Guide an inexperienced user of the internet through some basic steps of control on a device. Perhaps also explain certain electronics.
Yet another idea:
Topic: Time travel / A famous person, maybe from the target language's country (Albert Einstein, Napoleon, Queen Isabella) comes to this year and finds the internet. Answer their questions about the current times and advancements.
Topic: get medical help. There are several chats to cover different situations: e.g. traffic accident and injured body parts, getting meds at the pharmacy, common travel problems like cold / diarrhea / malaria prophylaxis / head aches /hurting feet etc.
The chat starts with the specific problem that the user has, and finding the right place to get help for it / the right kind of doctor. Arriving there, the user discusses the issue with the staff and receives treatment. Also good to cover: Travel health insurance and speaking with their hotline on the phone to get their advice.
These scenarios need a lot of specific vocabulary inside the course. Which, considering the importance of some of the situations (accident abroad) would be a good idea anyway.
I'm not sure if the 'other planet' bot idea already exists but it would be really interesting to chat with an alien about Earth. I think it could also be a good way to practice words and phrases not used a lot in conversations.
Topic: Earth / Goal: Answer the aliens questions about earth
How about a trip to the movies? The bot could lead you through the process of choosing what kind of movie you'd like to see, buying tickets, deciding whether or not to buy snacks in the lobby or what kind of snacks, whether to sit in a front aisle or back aisle, and turning off your cellphone before the lights go down and the movie starts. Seems appropriate for bots.
Topic: On a cruise. The user boards a cruise ship and is greeted by several staff members showing them around the different sections. Your cabin: Satisfied with it or was there a mistake, and you should have gotten a much better cabin? Board restaurant: Drinks included or not? How big should the waiter's tip be? The pool area: Is there a reserved spot for you or do you have to fight for a deck chair? Is it ok to reserve a chair with your towel? What can you do to fill your time on board? Are there sports facilities or a spa? What's the itinerary of the cruise, and what to do when the ship reaches a new place? Who to come to when a problem appears? Appropriate behaviour between guests. What is absolutely forbidden on a cruise.
Topic: Explore the capital city (of the course's language's country). If you learn Italian, it would be Rome. Later on more chats about other interesting cities of this country appear / if the language is spoken in several countries, the chats will cover these equally.
You could talk about the main attractions, what not to miss, how to best get around, what is a famous dish of this place, how well it's suited for vegetarians, different quarters, important historical events and so on... These could be split into several chats of course, otherwise it might be too lengthy.
What about a conversation with a bank about exchanging currency when you arrive in France. I had a great deal of trouble with this when I went to France. Also you could have a conversation with a taxi driver about what sights to see in France when first arriving in France. These would be educational and informative conversations.
Perhaps you're a new exchange student and the bot has been assigned to show you around. Topic: Getting accustomed to a new place. Goal: Asking the bot where things are, what classes are available, what foods are in the cafeteria, what time classes are, what you should wear etc.
I like the history ideas.
You could have conversations about the most famous people from each language.
You could have a conversation about each country with the language as an official language (for example Spain, Mexico, Chile, etc. for Spanish).
You could also do a scenario about culture. For example, Spanish could include something about dance.
What about a family dinnertime where you're talking about who is going where after school, doctors appointments, the fact that dad needs to pay the bills after dinner and mom will be heading off to book club. Finding out how school was for the kids and work was for the parents. Lots of opportunities to use different verb tenses.
Possibly you could insert things you're interested about. For instance, there's a system where you could put in topics and words you want to learn about, or things you'd just like to talk about. Maybe you could submit your own conversation starters to Duolingo and have the staff create something for those (if they wish)!
just do something like an everyday text with a friend or something like that normal texting questions like... 1. hello/hey 2. whats up/ how are you or a getting to know you kind of bot with questions like... 1. whats your favorite color 2. whats your name 3. whats your favorite food 4. whats your favorite animal things like that etc. etc.
You could be ordering German cuisine, French cuisine, etc. You could choose Fast food or more etiquette foods such as (For French) Escargots, Chicken cordon bleu, etc. Or more Fast Foods like burgers, fries, fried chicken.
Or directions, someone asks for directions and you're supposed to give them directions such as Nord, or in German Norden.
I would like to recommend adding in a conversation feature where you can talk with others from the real world. I would propose that the same bot conversation engine be used here, with the two people being given a topic and then discussing it, with Duolingo correcting you when you say something incorrectly or so forth. The more you speak, the more Lingots you get! With this added, you could have a person doing an English course speak with someone who's native language is English, and have them speak to that person in their native language, with each other correcting.
Maybe you could make a bot that helps you plan your younger sibling's surprise birthday party? Maybe add a few things like where to put the streamers (ceiling or wall), where to hide when they arrive (behind a couch or table) and something about the cake and presents? My younger sister's birthday was a few weeks ago, so this idea pooped into my mind. Hope this helps.
what about making the bots talk about mythology and we get to meet mythical famous and infamous people and read their background stories go to adventures with them and be able to change some of the history's most iconic features and events, and maybe that would affect the later conversations with all the bots affected by those events? i mean why not turn a conversation with bots into an adventure texting game! it's not hard to be made we just need to know what kind of mythical event to take on and what possible outcomes would happen! besides that would open up a great opportunity for readers and doulingo's community to bring up their fantasy together and gather their knowledge at the same point to bring up the coolest possible multi universes outcomes! why stick to a single route/ path when you can have about a thousand?! just an idea
I love this idea. Amusement parks have limitless and global potential. They could offer a stage for many things. Working politely with language in crowds of public. Park lines, kids pushing, people cutting in front of the line, how to remain polite in vocabulary. Perhaps getting lost along the way and utilizing the park map to get to the meeting place for your group. Maybe you loose your car keys and have to backtrack to the places you went. Maybe include some money management, you have "x" to play fairway games: which ones, also good place for determinants and instructing others to select your desired choice. Or how bout an old-time western photo booth where you can try on hats, wigs, mustaches,old time clothing, to create your old western look for the photo, maybe even try on some old time phrases or expressions. There could be episodes about riding the different rides and how they affect the body, feeling dizzy or nauseous or giggly, what features makes the good ones good, the bad rides bad etc . I would also love to use my lingos to pimp out my bots, or buy my own bot to individualize as my go-to "bestie-bot" (you can use that... a "Bestie Bot"). The bots you have out there are great. Hey maybe Lingots could buy new topics... bot convos... these are my favorite feature. Carry On Duolingo you are marvelous! Thank you!
Adding: the guy on the fairaway that guesses at heights and weights could teach us how he does it haha
Topic/Idea: Going to the doctor. You would have to tell the bot what hurts and how you are feeling. The bot would respond with advice for example, "rest" or "ice it" or something like that. Could be cool and you might need that vocabulary for a real life conversation. =b
I like your idea a lot! It's very useful to know how to describe symptoms in the language of the country you are spending some time. You never know when you will get sick in a foreign country! The bots could talk about pregnancy, colds, injuries, and even diseases related to some countries. For example, in the Portuguese language, they could talk about "dengue" a common disease in Brazil.
Maybe discuss 1) how culture affects business 2) identifying global issues of mutual concern 3) whether the sound of a particular language makes it better or worse at vocal music (opera) or poetry 4) how globalization might affect the language of a particular country 5) how a joke might be funny in one language and not in another
I like idea 1 and I think this could be expanded to teaching culture in general. For example, that in Brazil it is ok to kiss people on their cheeks when greeting them in interactions man/woman and woman/woman, but that men will never greet by kissing. I also like idea 5. Jokes and proverbs are always useful in any language.
Hi @helpfulDuo, I would like to recommend that you add more culture into the Bot Conversation. I would also recommend that you make the bots more real, adding features that make the characters stand out. For my idea, I would recommend a ski day where after arriving at the mountains in one of the other conversations, you ski and then after talk in past tense about how you enjoyed the skiing, didn't, or so forth.
Your happy user,
Topic: Team Sports (ie Soccer, basketball, etc.) Goal: Talk to the coach or co-captain of he team about making a play. You will have to negotiate with the bot about what you want other members of your team to do. Details/examples: If the bot says something silly, like putting everyone on one side of the field you have to tell it no, it is better to give everyone more space/stay spread out/whatever. Maybe as a step you can tell it you want someone to go to location X and fake a pass to person A before giving it off to person B instead. (maybe pre-name some characters who are on the team, or provide a list of positions on your typical team) Can end by the bot saying something like "This is a great plan!" if you were polite and negotiated well (or maybe even if you just agree with it every time, lol), or "I still don't agree with you, but let's give it a shot." if you were rude to it or something, because it would be upset with you and want to disagree.
What about the French education system? The French health system? The RAID elite anti-terror squad? The French civil service? Bureaucracy in France? Living in an apartment in France - the taxes and the management committee? Travelling around Paris - the metro, RER, buses; carnets of tickets, the Carte Découverte? Cycle tours in France?
Topic: You and bot play an escape the room game. Goal: You and bot have to discuss the hints you have found and solve the riddles to "escape" aka finish the escape the room game (probably too complex)
Topic: job interview goal: You are applying for a job and the bot is the personal manager who will hire you if you make a good first impression. (Since many Duolingo users you the app to have higher chances to score a good job I find it reasonable to include it if it isn't included yet)
Walking through the market place, talking about the various goods for sale and then bargaining for a better price. You could cover a lot of new nouns and adjectives from the bot "vendors" and then use those same words to get a better price. Given it would work from a vocabulary pool set by the bots, I think it would be pretty doable. Plus, as an American, I know nothing of bargaining and I doubt I'm alone in that.
Interacting with Police/authority figures: Being able to ask directions, ask for help, show identification/passport, discuss traffic signs/citations, describe car accident or injury, be able to answer any "In Case of Emergency" questions like where you are staying, "please call ____".
More restaurant ordering or asking people for help if you're lost
Maybe an option to play a game with the bot where each person adds a sentence to make a story.
Bot: I went to the store. Student: I saw my neighbor there. Bot: He said hello. Student: I saw that he was buying milk and bread. Bot: All of a sudden, the lights went out.......
What about French ceremonies - christening (or other, non-Christian welcoming ceremonies), weddings and funerals? Watching a French film (Ne le dit à personne) I noticed that at a funeral the coffin disappears into the flames - this would never happen at an Irish funeral involving cremation; the coffin slides in behind curtains and the priest or whatever functionary is managing the funeral explains that it is not being cremated now, that this will happen later. In another film (Mon meilleur ami) the funeralgoers were saying what was obviously a standard condolence phrase and the family replying in what was obviously also a set formula. And with christenings, what are the gifts people give to the baby, is there normally a meal (at a restaurant? in the baby's home?) And weddings - do French people go for the kind of insane expense that is the norm in Ireland, or is it quieter?
In a similar manner to the "argument bot" suggested above by VeelLangues, I like the idea of using the methods presented in Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenburg to have a "empathy bot" where you have conversation with a bot about why you're feeling however you are and it tries to understand your position and help you work out a meaningful way to move forward. Or perhaps the roles could be reversed and you could try to cheer the bot up.