https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldensund

DuoLingo needs to add a way for FRIEND CHAT

Duo Lingo has the whole follow and buddy system but there is no affect if no one can share stuff with each other besides the wall where everyone can see stuff.

It is easy to lose track of conversations unless you follow the conversation on purpose which may not always happen.

Even if you do follow conversations, you wont be notified or be able to see if your friend has posted something new or important.

I think that the whole point of following people is to keep track of how well each other are doing and to show your interest in their doings. This should also follow up with people's posts.

Does anyone feel the same?

August 1, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

It was mentioned quite a few times in the What changes would you like to see? discussion. So yes, plenty of people feel the same.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poxwilz

Hi um I wanna ask a quistion, like u have a 500+ striks so do u think duolingo helped u learn spanish?

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

It taught me almost all the Spanish I know.

I can read quite a bit of Spanish these days, but my ability to listen at native speed and speak are still severely limited. At my current proficiency, Duolingo stories are quite easy to follow.

But numbers don't tell the whole story. I have studied at a very slow pace (3 lessons/day) most of the time, so there are plenty of people around with smaller streaks but more skills.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldensund
<h1>Poxwilz it depends on what you did during all those 500+ days.</h1>
August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adder3

Up to the beginning of last year Duolingo had the "Activity" feature but they said it would have taken too much effort to recode it to the new Duolingo site coding and they preferred to use their efforts on more courses and improvements to existing courses so they let it go.

I can't see them reintroducing it or something similar though it was very good. Everyone had their own "activity stream which showed their achievements as they happened ie leveling up, translating sentences (from when we also had immersion), and other things. You also saw these achievements for all the people you followed. You could also post comments or statements on your activity stream which anyone who followed you could see on their own stream and could respond. You could also click on someone else's activity stream and send them a message. It was very useful.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

According to Duolingo, the best way to make a language learning service is to make it really nice and then remove all of the best features (such as Activity Streams and Immersion). Duolingo could be improved in so many ways...

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catherine966298

Goldensund, I agree. I make myself do my lessons before I hit the forum. The forum is a reward for me. Maybe if you had to do your lesson before chatting, the major focus could remain on language learning. Have a lingot for your interest in others and the fellowship of Duolingo. Love, Cat.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldensund

I understand what all of you are saying about the facebook page but you have to understand that not everyone has facebook. Some have instagram only or snapchat, twitter, etc.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kay.lee.831

And some younger learners aren't allowed to have social media.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

Indeed. Any Facebook IP adres that I can find, I redirect to local host in my hosts file. Instagram is Facebook as well, just like Whatsapp.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MonHowell

Interesting idea but -as it has been said before- DL must find a way to balance this idea as it may make Duolingo too much of a social media then it is an actual platform for learning languages. However, if DL can find a way to make this idea work then great.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thebaconnc

maybe duolingo can do something like competitive learning or a discussion in a different language to balance it out.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchByte

There is already competitive learning. You can follow people, put them on your leaderboard, and try to be at the top of the leaderboard every day and week.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MonHowell

Nice ideas

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Unfortunately there was so much rubbish and rudeness posted, the interesting and useful comments were drowned out. As mentioned already, there is a facebook page and stacks of discord and Snapchat places and clubs available for chatting. Duolingo is primarily for language learning so hope you're enjoying your Spanish.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jedi10549

I agree. Maybe even see each other's lingots/achievements. We should at least be able to search for names in the discussion search.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muss403695

There is a Duolingo Facebook page where you can chat your socks off.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dcounts

I'll check it out. I'm getting a little skittish about what I put on Facebook these days, tho.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael189866

Exactly. FB is so intrusive. A GoogleGroup is much safer. And no ads ! I manage one. You can post messages to All or individuals, which can be read online or as emails. Managers can delete abusive messages, remove members who spam or disrupt. What more do you need ? It would be easy (and free) for Duo to set up a series of groups for common language pairings, eg English-Spanish.

June 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldensund

Thanks so much for keeping up with this chat I will try to follow up with the conversation and like posts thanks!

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dcounts

Yes. Discussion between friends would be helpful. I'm sure I could be of assistance to English learners, and my friends could certainly help me a lot.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilovejin

Yeah, for sure! I want to get to know the people I follow and the the people who follow me!

Great idea!!

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldensund

Yas tell me about it btw i love jin i followed u me an my friends (especially my friends) love bts and i like ur pic XD

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilovejin

Yasss! I found someone who loves BTS XD I followed you too <3

고맙습니다 for following meeee

August 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldensund

no problem, 너의 최고! :P

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lornahalbert

I agree! I would love if this was more social <3

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchByte

Following is to put people on your leaderboard, to compete against them. I think a chat, while it might divert us away from the point of this site, could potentially help us practice what language's we're learning. :) I hope that if this gets implemented, there will be a sort of report button to report any inappropriate posts.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Poxwilz

Yeah I think we should be able to chat so we can peactes and we should figer out a way to talk to native speakers so if anyone have a tip please feel free to mention it

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NolweenAna

Sorry but I need help.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MD.SAIFURR3

how can i help you?

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NolweenAna

I have some problems in understanding spanish

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PycLearner

Duo needs alot of things, easily accesable discussion notifications would be another and a profile page that lets you link your other profiles like steam/discord/youtube/twitter.. and display them on the profile page would be great

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

If Duolingo were to create a way for people to talk with their friends, how could they make it:

  1. safe for children

?

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Goldensund

Good thought... However, my younger cousin has an app called animal jam and they make it safe for children by putting restrictions to certain inappropriate chat. Another thing to keep in mind is that people have access to say what ever they want on these things yet so far I haven't seen a single cyberbully post or bad word in any language. I hope people scroll down far enough to see this though lol...

August 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Another thing to keep in mind is that people have access to say what ever they want on these things yet so far I haven't seen a single cyberbully post or bad word in any language.

On which things?

While cyberbullying is indeed a serious concern, I am even more worried about predators who pretend to be any number of ages. personalities, and locations, who go wherever they have access to young people online, often pretending to be other young people, or nicer older people who give younger people praise like "you're so mature for your age", and also who slowly extract information that puts younger people in increasingly more private contact, ultimately putting younger participants in danger.

So, when I asked "How do we keep children safe", that is the main thing I was referring to.

August 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NolweenAna

Is any one volunteer to help me plz?

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

Help you with what? We can only assist when you are specific.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muss403695

“Is anyone volunteering to help me” or “ is there a volunteer to help me”

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MattJGM

im agree with you

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lydiabro

i agree with you

August 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AngelSnowflakes

i would love to have a chat on pc

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lydiabro

i do!!!!!!!!!!! i think duolingo should have a friend chat

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mafatu

I agree. Additionally, say that a person wanted to find a native speaker in their target language to correspond with, but didn't want to post their contact information on the public forum, how would you do that?

Looking at the forum only after doing a certain amount of lessons is a great idea. I try too, but it doesn't always happen.

January 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RickODell

I think this would be a positive feature.

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael189866

I would love to know what the purpose of Duolingo "Friends" is supposed to be. OK, you get a shield for being sociable, but is seems you can just click on a name to make that person your friend, or another person can click on your name. There is no concept of actual friendship, there is apparently no way of contacting the person. Personally, I am fussy about who my friends are, and friendship should be a mutual choice - "Let's be friends, do you agree." Here it is one person's choice, apparently. Here's a thought, perhaps DL could make a deal with Conversation Exchange, though I have to admit none of the people I tried to make contact with bothered to answer me. Maybe I was too honest about my age :)

June 21, 2019
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