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Learning to Speak?

Does anyone know if there are plans for Duolingo to create or integrate a speaking partner's forum? I'm looking for someone to practice speaking Spanish with. I completed the skill tree but still feel I can't speak it (reading isn't a problem though)

4 years ago

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No idea about Duo's plans; they still say in their guidelines NOT to put any personal info on the site at all, including email, Skype userid, etc. but of course a language exchange could be implemented without the need to share any of that.

In the meantime, for penpal and/or video chat partners (Skype, Google+, etc.) you could create an account on Conversation Exchange and send a few introductory messages to folks you think you might have something in common with.

You can also hop onto Verbling and join in their group chats and practice your target language with people from all over the world. It is quite cool to be speaking Spanish with folks from Peru, Venezuela, Morocco, Algiers, England, Chile...

4 years ago

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I tried Verbling a few weeks ago - it was pretty good. I listened in on a lesson, but I really liked the chatroom function, which facilitates on-the-fly google hangouts. For Spanish, there always seemed to be chats going - other languages were spottier.

4 years ago

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Glad you mentioned that... I always forget to mention that you can listen in on a live lesson w/o participating, and it's free. And they have (or did have) recorded classes that you can watch, too, for free.

If a person is learning a language and there's no chat going on for it, they can start a new chat. But yes, English and Spanish always seem to be well represented. French, Arabic, and German are sometimes there. But you can create a chat room for any language you like, I think. I've only ever participated in Spanish chat rooms and listened in on French ones :)

You do have to have a Google+ account and install a browser plug-in to participate in the chats and the live classes. I sometimes forget to mention that, too.

I love your commercials, OldSpiceGuy :)

4 years ago