Wouldn't it be cool if there was someone who did something like a regular post, like some users already do, but in the effort to practice writing in the languages that are being learned. There is one person who is studying Romanian that does posts that are quite interesting, but it is English, which for a lot of us is our first language (But not all!).
Typing more abstract stuff and responding to more complex ideas is a good way to improve language, and it just seems like a cool idea to me.
What do you think?
(And I was thinking too, where would be the appropriate place to put it. I was thinking putting it in Duolingo in English, because that is centralized)
We had something of that sort before, years ago - writing stories in our target languages, and fluent people would correct our mistakes :) I was one of those who corrected stories as well, but then a huge conflict started by a guy who had problems with me :/ (even now I don't know why he ruined everything just like that). So I quit, and then slowly the story posting went to a downfall because the guy was taken as the one who corrected stories instead of me, and he was pretty rude to be sincere.
If there is the wish to start that story posting anew, I'd gladly take the responsibility to do it :) We posted themes for people and they wrote stories in their target languages. They learned a lot by that. :) It was truly amazing.
Well, don't people do that already? I typically see it with users who are learning English, so they will write complex posts in their target language of English. I don't usually see it in people where their native language is English and their target language is something else. I have never written a complex post in French, and I should try to do it. You're right in that it would improve our skills, no matter how many mistakes we may make.
I don't always know who are the people whose primary language is not English; it is not always evident. The whole point of the post is that is a high percentage of these posts are english, and thats fine (especially for the people who are learning english), but I do not see them for other languages which is the proposition of this. . But I have not seen a post in French asking why people are learning the language they are doing with any kind of depth.
I have had some rare occasions where I type the end of my message in another language—typically the language I have in common in the response—and I have seen a few subsequent posts, or interaction in another language. But it just like that. And I think stuff like that would be quite cool, especially for me with like Spanish and Portuguese, and even French to extent. (it would also probably good for my learning to type more in arabic, or even hebrew)
I am in a similar boat with french—there are so many things I don't know how to type—Duolingo is a little rigid in teaching at the lower levels for me to express complex stuff.
Thus all this, is the point of my post. I think making spaces like this would be neat.
...... was thinking putting it in Duolingo in English, because that is centralized
In my experience, the best places are the discussion forums of the "reverse trees". In your case:
- English for Portuguese speakers
- English for Spanish speakers
As a preparation for writing in your target language, I like to recommend:
Start the reverse tree, because there you have to translate much more from English to your target language.
Read every day, the discussions in the discussion forum that belongs to your target language, and try to write short comments.
At the moment that you feel comfortable in your target language, you can start a discussion in the forum that belongs to your target language.
You are actually quite incorrect in suggesting those are my reverse trees; I started Duolingo laddering, and my levels are Spanish to Portuguese–17, Portuguese to Spanish–12, Spanish to French–11, Portuguese to French–9, French to Portuguese 6. The courses I have in English are there because there is not another option.
As you your recomendations, 1—done. 2, I do that. 3, this doesn't completely help the other people who could benefit from writing some more because they are not all going to be in those reverse forums and they have different base languages. For specific language posts, it COULD be done in a forum where people are learning that language, but if its in say Portuguese for Spanish speakers, there are people from other base languages who can't participate. I think that each Duolingo use has access to that main forum from the start; I am not 100% sure, but I think it is correct.
You are actually quite incorrect in suggesting those are my reverse trees
That's because you don't give any information about your native language, neither in your discussion nor in your Duolingo bio .
..... but if its in say Portuguese for Spanish speakers, there are people from other base languages who can't participate. I think that each Duolingo use has access to that main forum ....
You said in your discussion "...was thinking putting it in Duolingo in English, because that is centralized."
That is not a good idea, because everyone should write in English in the "Duolingo in English" forum https://www.duolingo.com/topic/1
Then you have to put it in the forum for Duolingo in "your target language", for instance:
Yeah, Immersion on the reverse tree (i.e. translating into the languages one is learning) was in my opinion about the least appreciated feature of Duolingo. For those languages it has, translatihan.com functions as a successor.
I'd certainly recommend it to anyone with an interest in working on their writing competence in their target language.