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Dear Duolingo community,
I would like to make you aware of a new language learning site designed for and by serious and committed learners. Community Translation offers the opportunity to translate copyright free materials in virtually unlimited language combinations. It also offers the ability for in-depth conversation about language concepts, grammar, vocabulary, and idioms.
Please note that this is not a replacement for Duolingo. We offer no lingots, no XP, no tiers, etc. There is no gamification, just the opportunity to develop your language skills in a community of language enthusiasts. Once you have reached the ability to write and start conversations in your target language, consider this as supplement to Duolingo to increase your language skills. There are no formal lessons. All content is learner created and directed.
If this interests you, please register at the following link: http://communitytranslation.freeforums.net/
I can also vouch and recommend them in my private capacity , for this community of dedicated language learners at :http://communitytranslation.freeforums.net/
( i.e. not as a representative of Duolingo. I vouch for them in my position as a person, who volunteers my resources for the benefit of language learning being available for free. )
They are active and kind and focused on developing language skills in a community of language enthusiasts, in a safe and respectful community.
I also vouch for this. I haven't been a member very long, but the community we have is lovely and we care deeply for what we do. If we can help in any way, we will be there. Jo has been most amazing in her creation of this, and I really hope to see all of you there.
Yes and no. It doesn't look exactly like immersion did on Duolingo. Perhaps someday we will be able to create a platform more like that. We do have two translating platforms available. The site is where we meet to post which documents are available. We are able to collaborate in real time; that is edit, comment, and chat within the documents. We've completed some projects and continued others started ago on Duo. Currently we have teams working together in French, German, English, Spanish, and Italian. We're hoping to attract more languages learners/natives to join the Russian, Portuguese, Finnish and additional native speakers currently on site. It does have a strong community spirit and people willing to teach and learn.
It is a great idea, but we are constrained by the current forum setup. We do have a way to create and respond to threads and interact in that way, but we cannot add an activity stream equivalent in the present state. It is also possible to message groups of people at the same time.
Adding to what Texane is saying here, our forums are not bound by "On-Topic Only" in the same capacity. While we wish for relevant material to be in the appropriate forums, we do have a section that is just "General Discussion" where people can talk about anything (as long as it is family-friendly). The PMs are quite nice as well. =)