https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

I need more friends that take Duolingo more seriously...

I'm a young learner, I even run a language club at my school and I have friends on here but only 1 person takes this seriously, I want someone I can speak to maybe in a different language or incourage someone... I'm learning Spanish mainly and German and French is for educational matter.

May 7, 2017

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

Hi, you've posted this in the "Spanish" forum, but it's a general topic. If you would edit your original post and change the topic from "Spanish" to "Duolingo" you'd get the attention of folks that study many languages, not just Spanish.

Right now, without activity streams, it's difficult to find friends, communicate with them, get & give help, and encourage one another. Staff are working on a replacement, though, so hopefully things will improve when we get new communication tools.

In the meantime, do you have access to an IOS device such as an iPhone or iPad? "Clubs" for Duolingo does not let you freely communicate with others (you have a preset group of emoji and canned responses you can post). BUT... you could create public clubs for the languages you're primarily interested in, which means when someone logs in to Duolingo from their IOS device, if they go to "clubs" and they aren't already in a club for that particular course, your club could be listed as one to join.

As administrator of the club, you can kick out anyone that has 0 points and a 0 day streak at the end of the week. I wouldn't kick someone out for 0 points if they kept their streak - the 0 points just means they weren't working on that particular course that week. Anyway, over time your club will either become devoid of members or you'll have a kick-butt group of serious learners in it.

You could also try out HiNative. It is a new(ish) website from the people that do/did Lang-8. I just logged in for the first time and to me it looks just like Lang-8: you translate the work of people who are learning English, and they translate your work (if it is in their native language or a language that they speak fluently). Over time you can make friends and work together on improving your skills.

Another good site if you're looking for practice partners is ConversationExchange.com. You create an account and then you can search for partners by gender, age, native language, country of origin (in case you prefer Canadian French over French from France), hobbies, etc.

If you enjoyed the Immersion aspect of Duolingo, you should check out the CommunityTranslations forums built by JoThelan: http://communitytranslation.freeforums.net/ You can make friends and work together on translations, much like the best aspects of Duo's old Immersion. They use Google Docs and... something else that I've forgotten.

For dropping into a conversation there's nothing I've found that's better than Verbling (https://www.verbling.com/community). It uses Google Hangouts so you might have to install an add-on for your browser. I've chatted in Spanish with folks from Peru, Venezuela, Spain, England, Morocco, Mexico, Colombia.... it's really great!

Good luck with your studies, young polyglot!

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

Hi thanks for letting me know and Yes I heard about 'clubs' but I only own a PC to do my duolingo on sadly...

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

Honestly, clubs is the weakest of my suggestions so you're not missing out on much. I've belonged to three now and the members start off full of fire and then just kind of fade away. Plus, as I mentioned, you can't really communicate with one another.

Check out HiNative, Verbling, and CommunityTranslation and see if any of them is what you're looking for.

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

D'accord, merci beaucoup! Sorry I just like to spread my understanding of foreign languages in hoping to fufil my dream in being a Translator/linguist

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

C'est si cool! I bet translators are still needed all over the world ;) Maybe you'll be able to change it, like I want to do someday. Bonne chance avec tes études des langues!!

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

Merci beaucoup!!! :)

May 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

De rien :D

May 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

hey, how to join a club??

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ruki1306

You need the duolingo app to join a club. Just press the shield at the bottom of the screen and then you can either press "I have a code" or "make a club" or you could just join one that comes up.

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

aw rats! thxs!

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPearl

I can talk to you in French : )

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

Ok! :) My French is not that perfect but I'm learning it at school, are you native French or just fluent?

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPearl

I'm not exactly fluent, but I've been learning it for ages so I hope I'm getting pretty good : )

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

Okay thanks :) Je veux etre un linguiste, et tu?

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPearl

Je veux etre un veterinaire. J'aime des animaux : )

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

Tres bien! J'ai fini mon cours d'espagnol!! :))

May 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

Peux-je ajoute quelque chose ici?? Ta manqué et toi, mais ton français est très bon. :)

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

Je voudrais parler à toi en français, mais mon français n'est pas parfait. Et quelle est ta niveau dans le CEFR?? (A1, B1, etc.) Je suis juste curieux. :)

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

CEFR?

May 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

C'est le "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages"

May 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

Je n'ai pas une niveau... :(

May 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

Je ne sais pas, desole...

May 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/syncc

I'm also looking for the same. I've just got back into duolingo after not using it for ages but no one I follow uses it anymore so it's not as fun so the more active people i can follow the better :)

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048

young ? how old are you ?

May 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Brown248

13, why?

May 9, 2017
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