https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia

How does someone apply to be a course contributor?

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How does someone become a course contributor? Specifically for Russian for Spanish.

11 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

In theory, one needs to be fluent in both languages, and that's probably actually the case for a new course. For an existing course, if you're native level in one language and competent in the other, your best shot of becoming a contributor is probably to be active in the forums, especially in the sentence discussions, and hope for an invitation from one of the course moderators.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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Theron!!!!! I hoped you would find this discussion! How have you been?

Please look for the Gold Spanish Tree Discussion. There is someone named Andresh who is from Uruguay. His native language is Spanish and he loves Russian. I would give you the link, but the way RR taught me to do links does not seem to work anymore.

ML, Lento and I are spending time on the Discussion of Golden Tree Club. This has turned into more of a French Tree Club. Please stop in sometime :) I wonder who gave lingots to you?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Hello Evelyn :-) I've been very busy, which is probably a good thing right now. I'm very rarely in the Duo forums, so finding your post was quite a coincidence. Do you know, I think you're the only person I know who doesn't know how to copy + paste a URL :-)

I did look for the discussion, but unsuccessfully.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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Theron, the procedure is different that a few months ago. Remind me how it was. Ctrl plus (?) copy the address then Ctrl plus (V?) and place address.

Anyway, the Spanish post was from yesterday. I could ask ML to give it to you.

Are you busier than usual? Which country, or is that a secret?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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You select the address, press Ctrl+C, click where you want to place it, then press Ctrl+V. If you haven't placed the address before pressing Ctrl+V it won't work.

Alternately, you can select the address, right-click and click "Copy", then right-click where you want to place it and click "Paste".

Yes, definitely busier that usual. Back in Britain for a few months.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Thanks :-)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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Hello Theron :-) Must be kismet ;-)

Luckily we had a new friend who helped :-)

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IdiOdiC_GeNiUs

I dunno........... We need someone who does know... XD

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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You goof ;) What you doing off the Spanish tree?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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OMG! Blooky, you are learning Russian! Theron is a very good person for you to know :)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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Hi Blooky, Did you ask how someone keeps a tree golden? I've been on a few different discussions the past week. I thought I had seen you ask this question somewhere? Was it you or someone else?

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andresb_UY
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I want to thank you both, I just read this post and how I thought, know Spanish and know the trees does not reach (the level) In Russian I still use more the translator than I can understand directly.

What I could do, if I could and I knew how, is to add phrases correct in spanish with the same sentence in russian like: russians "eat" the soup and in spanish is / could / should be: "i drink the soup", "i drink soup" or just "drink soup" in first person singular, same with icecreams and/but really, they do not seem to need much help, especially from someone who does not know Russian, i mean, they are already doing a great job.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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You're probably right that they don't need help right now. They probably already have Spanish native speakers on the team. But wait a few months, their native speakers might drop out and they might look for someone else. Your Russian might be good enough by that point and you might be noticed. There are a lot of "mights" in there. Very few people get to be contributors.

I'd still recommend, if you're serious about Russian, that you try to take part in sentence discussions on the Spanish for Russian speakers course, for a few reasons. I assume if you want to be a contributor, it's because you want to help learners. But the sentence discussions are a way you can start to help already, and it's perhaps even more satisfying because you have direct contact with the people you're helping. From a more selfish point of view, once you've reached a certain level the best way to learn a language is to actually talk to people, take part in discussions. Yes, it's hard at first, but your Russian will get better and it will get easier.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow_Ninja2653
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if you want to know, check out my discussion: how do you stop gold topics from going down?

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow_Ninja2653
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it should be the 2nd one to pop up.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow_Ninja2653
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it might be a little outdated though:(

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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How about you tell me the main points of the discussion. I have my ideas about how to keep a tree gold. However, I would love to hear your ideas :)

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow_Ninja2653
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I have 33 gold and 6 of them are going down. do you know how to keep them on gold? I used to think that when you beat 1 of those quiz out options (I like to call them tests), that all the topics before it go to gold and stay that way. but that's not true, because like I said, 6 of them are going down. Also, this discussion does not keep the comments in order. They should be sorted by recent.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Comments are sorted by number of upvotes. That's so that helpful answers go to the top. For conversations, you should use the reply button. When comments have the same number of upvotes, it's reverse chronological order - oldest at the top, newest at the bottom.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow_Ninja2653
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what is this?:-|

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DreamingOdelia
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Hi Shadow :) A course contributor is a person who is part of a group of people who develop a language course. Let's take the English to French tree for example. The group would have people who have French as their native language but speak English fluently and people who have English as their native language but speak French fluently.

After the course is finished, the course contributors work together to tweak the translations. Take a look at the Discussion Sentences. When people who are learning French need help understanding a translation they join the discussion about that particular sentence. Course contributors and moderators explain the translations and offer resources to further explain the rules of the language.

Sometimes these discussions might change the course a little. This is part of the tweaking process.

You can tell who is a course contributor by the ring around their avatar and the world that is on that ring. You will find some (or maybe all) in the Discussions. Like Theron just did. He saw the discussion question and helped someone understand how they might join this group. Also, even if you do not have the title you can still help in the discussions by explaining the language rules that you know. Language is a living thing that is constantly evolving. This makes the process of translating one language to another more challenging :)

This is my understanding of what a course contributor is.

I see that you are learning Russian. You will probably see Theron helping there :) He is a native English speaker who is fluent in Russian :)

Nice streak ; How gold is your Russian tree?

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