Introducing Duolingo Events (Beta)
Today we are excited to announce a way to improve your language skills and connect with fellow Duolingo community members beyond the screen – say hello to Duolingo Events!
Language is a social tool. While we love the quality alone time you spend with us lying in bed, waiting for your food to arrive, sitting on the… bus, we think it’s time to start seeing other people. Lots of other people. So we’ve made it easy by creating a way to find (and start) language groups near you.
Duolingo Events offers language-focused meetups of various formats and fluency levels in cities around the world. It’s as simple as selecting the city you’re in, the language you’re learning, and clicking RSVP. We've only launched a handful of events, so if your city or language isn’t represented, you can apply to become a Host and kick things off for your local community.
While (spoiler) language groups aren’t a new idea, what makes Duolingo events stand out are the passionate communities behind them. Getting over the “speaking out loud” hump takes a healthy dose of humility, encouragement, and practice. This is an opportunity to bring your online learning offline and practice speaking with a supportive community of learners who are highly motivated to help you succeed.
Take your speaking and comprehension skills to the next level with real world practice – give Events a spin and let us know what you think!
UPDATE 08/08/17: Events project is now hidden from Duolingo Labs for all students with a teacher on Duolingo for Schools. If Events graduates from Labs, we might set up more options in the teachers' settings.
This sounds like a very good idea. I have a suggestion, however. Would it be possible to have a bi-directional event? For example, if Esperanto speakers learning Klingon want to hold a meet, can they also invite Klingon speakers learning Esperanto? Of course, this would only be possible in the more cosmopolitan areas where you would find significant numbers of speakers of both languages. Sorry for using Klingon and Esperanto as the examples, but I thought it better to avoid any stereotyping by suggesting any one group of language speakers may be more common in one area than any other.
Great minds think alike – check out this "intercambio" (language exchange) event we are testing in Boston! https://events.duolingo.com/boston-japanese-group/
One of his native languages (together with English), for a couple of years, until the boy started rejecting the language and the father started speaking English to him as well.
I've also heard of a person who spoke Lojban to his twin daughters, but he also stopped doing so after several years.
Thanks for another communication with the community; it's great to see another project ready to test in the Labs section! We really appreciate of the commitment and effort you put in to make Duolingo an amazing place like it is, and I'll be sure to check out the new project further! Meetups are very effective and useful; it's great that users are able to communicate and help each other. This is yet another feature that will absolutely improve learners' language skills! Again, thank you!
(Adults can of course also get stalked, assaulted, or worse when meeting online contacts in real life, so this is not only a concern for kids.)
Of course no one questions the fact that most meetups (of any kind and organised by any means) are totally safe, and I have in fact met up with duolingoists in real life.
But one shouldn't pretend that making contact with and meeting up with strangers from the internet is always safe, as long as you're over 18. Making contact online ahead of time can be useful for that tiny minority of people with bad intentions, so it's not quite the same as just going out on your own.
Hey, I never said meeting with internet strangers is always safe, I said there's no more potential danger than, say, being in a social environment alone -- or befriending people outside of the internet, for that matter. My point is: every social interaction in life comes with a bit of uncertainty, but hinting that these Duo events won't be safe enough because they're organized online... that's quite a reach imho.
Currently, all events will require that you sign-up via RSVP but, unlike MeetUp, only the Duolingo Host will see the list of RSVP's.
Most events will be 18+ or 21+ but if there is an event open to people younger than that, they will need to be accompanied by an adult.
I agree it is good to be aware of your surroundings wherever you are and that these events are not an exception. I hope that the worse thing that we encounter at the events is a few socially awkward people now and then like I have found at a number of MeetUps!
Indeed; how can Duolingo verify anyone's bona fides given that creating Duolingo accounts is completely unregulated? I have no doubt that 99% of people who turn up to these events will be entirely genuine and earnest learners, but one cannot help being a little concerned about the remaining 1%.
Agreed. I do quite like the idea, but the potential for there to be those sleazy people that give off bad and sometimes dangerous vibes just because they heard about an event is of a bit of concern. Though there likely won't be any events in my favourite language in my area anyway, it would be a risk to assess. Perhaps they have a vetting system?
As somebody who has been apart of some dangerous vibe crowds, trust me when I say this will be a pretty safe situation. Large numbers of adults who know that one another will be there in a public place? That is the last place you want to cause anything. Not to mention that it will be a lot of geeky types, which are just the kind of people you expect to call the cops as soon as things go South. If it worked in more of a Craig's list kind of way where two people meet up, often at the home of one of them, then I would share your concerns. This is safe as can be.
Yesterday I received an invitation and registered for a Spanish learners' scavenger hunt in San Francisco's traditional Hispanic district on August 19, 2017. I've been wishing and searching for a way to communicate in the language I've been studying por la computadora for several years. I was part of a small group that organized to do this in the central market in Cuzco, Peru, to gather gifts to give to a shaman for a healing ceremony. More to come . . . .
Events will vary greatly in format, style, and fluency levels, so there will certainly be groups that cater to those under legal drinking age. However, to become a Host, you must be over the legal drinking age in the country where you are hosting. (I hope it goes without saying why this is an important rule!)
I applied to be a host (Spanish and Japanese), but is there anything currently going on in the Phoenix area? I checked the events page and know there is nothing official, but I'm curious if there is anything like what they apparently have going on in Seattle. How inspiring! I not, and if there isn't enough interest for an official event here, would anyone be interested in starting a small group?
Why does hosting require drinking age instead of adulthood? I am American and have been an adult for two years and won't be able to legally drink for one.
There are a three groups in the Asia Pacific region although only one so far in all of Asia. The location of current groups is largely influenced by the location of the people that are volunteering to be event hosts. Although events are still in beta, Duolingo is open to events being hosted throughout the world. If there isn't an event being hosted near you it is probably because nobody has volunteered to host or that the new host(s) are going through the orientation process.
To clarify, some events may be all ages. But anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is for everyone's safety. To be a host, you must be 21+. Event's will vary based upon location, language, host, and attendee feedback. You can always write to the host in charge of your area. The program is still pretty new, so if you don't see the language for your city, keep checking back! :)
Although I am averaging 10+ people at my regular events, only one person came to my 18+ event (and that person was well over 21). I am hosting an all-ages event on Sunday and 3 people have RSVP'd but I don't think any of them are under 21.
It is too early to tell, but it certainly appears that nobody in my area under the age of 21 wants to attend events and the people over 21 seem to prefer targeted events.
I wish there was demand for all-ages groups in D.C. but, so far, I haven't seen any.
Usagiboy7, you should see age and attendance requirements on every event posted in Duolingo Events as it is a requirement to post for each and every event. I make age requirements quite clear in my event postings and that is why I was thinking that the 21+ group was less-interested since none of my frequent attendees RSVP'd for my all-ages event.
Above I was only speaking to my perceived lack of demand among the under 21 group of Duolingo users. The chaperone requirement is certainly another barrier to attendance but that is something that is never going to change and I am glad for that.
I am probably going to switch to all events being 21+ if nobody under the age of 21 attends on Sunday.
Usagiboy7, we still have to write it in age information each time as there is no template but it is a requirement of Duolingo that we post age information on each event. Now that I have switched to 21+ (after nobody under that age coming to my 2 open events), I have added the age info to the main group page but will continue to post it on each event.
If people under 21 start to contact me directly through the Events site, I would definitely try again though!
MartyWrin, awesome! I was in a pre-labs test group as a host and I had to write that stuff in. Last night, I clicked events in the lab to see if it said anything on the initial page and didn't see it. So, I checked the Help Center and didn't see it there either for some reason. So, thought I'd mention it here in case it didn't get mentioned further in the application process. :)
Good luck with your events!
Hi Marty, DC would be one of the best cities in the US to have a successful event. I would be interested in attending your next event. My main interest is currently in Hungarian and I have no idea how I am going to meet people to practice with. I also speak Portuguese, German and Spanish fairly well, and French rather poorly. Having said that, DC has a good Portuguese language meetup and countless opportunities to speak Spanish as I'm sure you know!
All these new features such as Events seem to benefit only a small percentage of Duolingo users. Would it be at all possible to have the "Follow" feature back where we can see input/comments (i.e. responses to grammar questions) posted by others whom we are following? This was such a helpful feature from a learning aspect as well as a social connection aspect. Sorry, but I cannot remember exactly what the name of the tag was, it sat beside the Immersion tag.
Aw I wish there were more "family-friendly" events... I mean, why does the meeting place for people often have to be at a bar?? :'( Can't a park or something work too? Anyways, I was just putting that out there cuz I know there are other under 18s using Duolingo who'd like this... :/ but makes no difference to me though - there aren't any current hosted events in Perth right now, just in South Australia and then America + Europe.. :P can't fly all the way there though hehe sadly :'D.
Duolingo Events is still in a beta stage, which is why it is in Labs. If Duolingo decides to keep it, it will certainly grow over time as more people volunteer to host events.
As far as locations, a challenge I face is finding a place indoors (to protect against our uncertain weather when planning events a month in advance), that doesn't charge a fee for the space, has a low enough noise level to converse in groups, and is scaleable as I don't know if I'm going to have 5 people or 50 people attending when I plan an event. I have been actively searching for other types of locations via requests for suggestions here and other places along with doing my own research. Haven't found other places that are perfect but I am doing several 18+ events in addition to the 21+ events.
There sure is! It is not a search bar but if you scroll down on the main page (https://events.duolingo.com/), you can select a region of the world. A list of all cities in that region that currently have one or more event hosts will show-up. Each city has the country listed below it. When you click on the city it will show what language(s) have events in that city.
I hope that helps. There is not a search bar or any type of search function. This is still in beta (which is why it is in Labs) but I think having a search function would definitely help so I will pass it along as a suggestion. Thanks for commenting!
There are three cities in India that currently have event hosts. If you want to check the listings out, you scroll down on the main page (https://events.duolingo.com/), you can select a region of the world. A list of all cities in that region that currently have one or more event hosts will show-up. Each city has the country country listed below it. When you click on the city it will show what language(s) have events in that city. I hope something is near you. If not, I am sure that events will expand if it is moved out of Labs!
Sorry to hear about the difficulty you guys are having! Please kindly post to technical support so they can help.
If you are specifically referring to Events only, it should be linked to your other account and should be accessible after logging in. But I'm worried you might be having some other issues, so please do reach out.
Best of luck to you!
That's awesome. Thanks for creating Labs ! I am really eager to be the host in my city. I've been organizing similar events for 'Google Local Guides'. I just love this idea. Can you people advance event level by sending promotional posters, flyers, t shirts and bands? You're just awesome. Thanks and Greeetings to Luis and 'Hacker' !! Go CMUrns !!
You could bring events to Southeast Texas as long as you are 21 or over! The events you see posted are because people in those places volunteered to host events. The more people that apply to host, the more events you will see. You could be the host for your area if you apply!
I think we will be able to better ascertain any differences once more events have been hosted. I think it is very similar to doing a language-based Meetup. The primary differences that I can see offhand is that 1) Duolingo Events are solely language-based, whereas that is a small subset of Meetup Events. 2) This is specifically for Duolingo online learners as one needs to have a Duolingo account to RSVP. 3) Meetup charges the host a monthly fee, whereas Duolingo doesn't. 4) Duolingo Events are in Beta and could be discontinued at any time whereas Meetup is well-established, runs smoothly, and is unlikely to disappear in the immediate future.
That's about it for differences that are obvious to me. Maybe other people know of some others.
The legal 18+ or legal drinking age requirement is only for event hosts, not attendees. Somebody younger who really wanted to could probably co-organize events with a parent or older sibling as the Duolingo contact.
One challenge of "all-ages" venues is that it is harder to find places agreeable to hosting them without a charge. I think it is a combination of two things: 1) Adults tend to have more disposable income so there is an establishment is more likely to have a business bump from a group of all adults, and 2) There is a high profit margin on alcohol and no free refills so that further increases the likelihood of revenues from hosting a group being good.
Where I live, even the department of recreation charges an hourly fee for using one of their meeting rooms. The libraries are the only all-ages venues that I have found so far that would definitely work. Do you have any other ideas of locations that would work for all-ages Duolingo events?
Thanks for adding this perfect feature to Duolingo, it seems lovely! But I have a big problem opening the website :( this website does not responds and when I click the link a page pops up and it says : "This site can’t be reached" and "events.duolingo.com took too long to respond." Now what should I do? I really like to use this new website, but I cannot please help me.
I have opened the website for Duolingo for Schools in the past. I am NOT in any classroom, I don't even know of any classroom. I just reopened the website. Apparently I have an account. That's it. So what am I supposed to do? I can't access it just because I created an account? That's stupid. I literally opened schools.duolingo.com and it says "Lu's classrooms" and lists no classrooms and shows a check mark next to "Created Account" and has a link to "Become an Educator" and "Create a classroom." That's Duolingo's error marking me as being in a classroom just because I created an account to see what it was. Also where did you see that "according to Duolingo" I'm in "one classroom"? I don't see that anywhere. I also just tried to remove myself from Duolingo for Schools, but it appears to be impossible. All it does when I click on "account settings" is take me to the main Duolingo account settings, which doesn't have anything related to Duolingo for Schools.
Edit: Okay, after clicking around some more it appears that Duolingo for Schools auto-generated a classroom titled "My students" for me when I created my account, and yet this "classroom" doesn't appear when I access Duolingo for Schools. Update: I removed myself from the classroom and now I can see the events. Problem solved.
I have opened the website for Duolingo for Schools in the past. I am NOT in any classroom,
Opening or not the website Duoligo for Shcools has nothing to do with being in a classroom or not!
You enter classrooms from the Duolingo website (https://www.duolingo.com). The website Duoligo for Shcoolsis for Educators to create classroom, it's not to enter classroom.
Hence, you ould have never opened the website Duoligo for Shcools and still be in a classroom as YOU ARE.
Apparently I have an account.
Of course, because you have a Duolingo account and that it's one account for all Duolingo's subdomains.
So what am I supposed to do?
Quit the classroom in which you, from the settings of your account.
I can't access it just because I created an account?
You can't access Events because you are in a classroom, that's all.
You probably clicked one day in a forum on a link sharing an access to a classroom.
I literally opened schools.duolingo.com and it says "Lu's classrooms" and lists no classrooms
Yes, because tis interface is for you to create classrooms as an Educator, not to enter classrooms as a student.
That's Duolingo's error marking me as being in a classroom just because I created an account to see what it was.
Duolingo never did that.
Also where did you see that "according to Duolingo" I'm in "one classroom"? I don't see that anywhere.
Here. The variable "has_observer"'s value is true, indicating you're in (at least) one classroom(*).
I also just tried to remove myself from Duolingo for Schools
You can't, except if you entirely quit Duolingo.
What you should try is to quit the classroom itself from the setting of your Duolingo account.
All it does when I click on "account settings" is take me to the main Duolingo account settings,
Yes, because it's here where you can quit/enter a classroom!
which doesn't have anything related to Duolingo for Schools.
Yes, it does.
it appears that Duolingo for Schools auto-generated a classroom titled "My students" for me when I created my account
No, it doesn't make accounts enter automatically in a classroom when you create your Duolingo account.
and yet this "classroom" doesn't appear when I access Duolingo for Schools.
It's normal, it's not your classroom (as an Educator) so it only appear on your student interface (= https://www.duolingo.com), not in your interface (of Duo Schools) as an EDUCATOR (= https://schools.duolingo.com).
Update: I removed myself from the classroom and now I can see the events. Problem solved.
(*) Now that you quit the classroom, ir logically says "false"
I would love to do this but doubt that there are a sufficient number of Ohioans.
Switzerland is one of the 15 countries in Europe where people have already volunteered to organize events. There is only one in Switzerland but if it is near you or is not focused on a language that you are studying, then you could apply to host as long as you are 18+ and of legal drinking age.
Here's a link to the group page in Switzerland: https://events.duolingo.com/bern/
I would not expect Duolingo to do that nadz-najah. Although the most events are 18+ or 21+, there are a number of all-ages events that people under the age of 18 can attend if accompanied by an adult. This information should be contained in each event posting. Good luck with your language studies!
This is super cool! Have yall considered hosting any online events? Most of the events take place only in capital cities. And most people don't have the time to drive up to the capitals, some don't even have the ability! Anyways, just figured it'd be a pretty nice idea!
I wish yall luck with duolingo plus, by the way!
Events is a Lab product because Duolingo wanted to try to help people studying a language on Duolingo be able to get together with others studying the same language to be able to make real-world connections while practicing the target language. All that is to say that this platform is not designed to facilitate online events, nor is that going to be considered as part of this particular platform. There is interest in online events so I am sure that it has been talked about at Duolingo. It would require many things in regards to staff, programs, etc. so I have no idea if it will ever happen.
As for cities, most are not actually capitals (especially in the U.S) but you are certainly right about distance being a factor. Many people I talk to at events don't want to go to a particular one because of distance - and we are talking just getting from the suburbs to the city!
Thanks for your input and your enthusiasm!
Being a "secondary" language learner (Italian), it's a bummer not to be able to partake in the new and exciting features being tried by DuoLingo. I'm very excited to see that new things are being tried though! Keep up the good work, and I hope that more than a few of these features end up sticking and spread to the rest of the languages "soon."
That's strange (and annoying)! Can you try once more? We are receiving a steady amount each hour. If it happens again, let me know and we'll make sure it's resolved.
(For those reading who have submitted applications, I promise we'll get back to you as soon as possible. The response volume has been very, very high!)
You are absolutely allowed to go as a 19-year-old! We do have a requirement that you must be 18-years or older to attend (unless it is specifically mentioned as a family-friendly event, in which case, all minors must be accompanied by an adult.) This is for safety for all involved!
For attending events, the minimum age is event-specific and decided by the host. Most will be 18+ or 21+ in the U.S. but the host can have family events as Laura mentioned.
The host requirement is 18+ AND of legal drinking age in the country where you will be hosting. Therefore it is 21+ to host in the United States.
"Events project is now hidden from Duolingo Labs for all students with a teacher on Duolingo for Schools." This might be why I can't log in to Duolingo Events. I set myself up as a student, because I thought it would be fun for my girlfriend (who speaks Spanish much better than I can) to be my "teacher". I'm not part of an actual class, though.
Is this why i can't log in to Duolingo Events?
Yes, several features are default disabled when an instructor sets up a Duolingo classroom. I am surprised you have access to the forums. I thought that feature was turned off by default for Duolingo Classroom students. This was done in part because many students were abusing various features and getting their accounts banned or removed and it was causing problems for teachers. So, teachers now have the option to either keep their students from using certain features, or allowing teachers to enable them on their own time. For instance, if a teacher wants to talk to their students about the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, they can do that first.
To enable Events option for you, your girlfriend will need to go into the settings and enable the features she wants your account to have. Here is the guide for instructors and students to help them navigate Duolingo School's features.
It is not recommended for people to join classrooms unless it is for an actual class. This is because whoever is set up at the instructor controls the "students'" accounts to a degree, even being able to change the students' passwords.
How long does it typically take to hear back about whether you've been accepted as a host? I applied to be a German host in my city last night and am really excited about this idea. Really glad to see some innovation on Duolingo, it seems like you guys have some cool projects in the works!
I keep getting emails about events in Liverpool ... which is in England. I'm in Wales learning Welsh so I have no idea why I'm being sent events in Liverpool. I've asked the host to stop the emails but they've passed the buck saying it is controlled by Duolingo so the question is how does Duolingo even think I'm in Liverpool and how are the emails stopped without stopping other notifications?