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

Suggestion: Native Speaker help

Here's my idea:

<pre>There should be an option which you included your native language eg. french. Ok, so I am native french speaker and I want to help people who are learning french. So here's what I would do now to try to help someone, I would do some french exercises to see whether it is correct or not and if there's a mistake I would suggest a correction. I could also check the translations and correct them. Now I think it doesn't help much, I think we should be able to interact with one another somehow, so we could help each other. If I'm learning german and I speak french, I should be to interact with someone who's learning french and speaks german. </pre>

I'm not sure how it could be done, perhaps when correcting a translation the native speaker should be able to explain what is wrong and why it is wrong. It might not be the website's goal to actually do that, but I definitely think it would help people to learn.

Thanks for reading it :)

April 7, 2013

4 Comments


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

I know lots of other native English speakers who I would not trust to correct my grammar.


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

Yeah, many native English speakers don't understand when to use commas, when to use your/you're, or it's/its, and that kind of thing. It's kinda sad. But still, it would work for simple vocabulary questions, like "What's the difference between 'monkey' and 'gorilla'?" and things like that.


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

It sounds like a good idea to me. The only problem might be how you would maintain quality control. I speak British English with a distinct northern accent and some dialect. I might not be the best person to help, say, a native Spanish speaker who wants to learn English for travel in the US. But with some firm guidelines and checks, I'm sure that this would be a useful and fun way of progressing.


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

I like the idea. While i agree with Anglea that people will still make mistakes in their own languages, a native speaker understands the language better than someone that just started learning. That being said, portuguese is my main language. Please feel free to ask me for help.

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