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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/johndorian92

Just an idea for Duolingo: contact between users

First of all, thanks to all the staff, your work is simple but extremely useful. I have a small idea, but it seems quite useful to me, so here it is: there should be a paired learning service for Duolingo users which are interested in the mutual mother languages. It is easier explained whit an example i think. I am an italian student, and i'm learning german; i could get in contact with a german person who is learning italian, discuss on some topic suggested by the site and help each other improve the grasp of the language. A service like that on this already useful learning tool would be amazing for the results, i think. I'm not entirely sure i explained clearly my idea, i'm not very keen at expressing complex thoughts in English. Anyway, have a good day!

April 15, 2013

19 Comments


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

A chat room for each language with knowledgeable (bilingual) moderators would be nice too. Something sitting on top of an IRC server with flash front-end or something would be very easy to set up.


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

Well we can already add people as "friends" so this feature should do it, but it needs improvement. In my opinion what is missing is a research feature. Being able to search for other users by name, language, level, etc... would make your suggestion possible easily by doing a quick search and add the person as a friend.


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

It used to easy to follow others on Duolingo by "adding" them from the translations page or the home page. That option no longer seems to be available, so I am wondering how is one supposed to know who the other users of duolingo are. I only have access the few who I added in the beginning. The "add people as friends" feature might by good for adding a friend of your own but there is no central repository of users and their language profiles and stats as a guide for adding friends to follow. Does anybody have any ideas about this?


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

This is an excellent idea. I am a native English speaker learning Spanish, and communicating with a native Spanish speaker would be so helpful. Academic learning is a great start, but a some point you need to converse with a native speaker to learn the nuances of a language. Or the option of using a VOIP service (such as Mumble) to have small group chats to practice conversational skills.


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

What happens when you go to the home page of a friend and hit the "stream" tab? There is a box there that appears to allow you to send a message to the friend. I've never tried it, has anyone else?


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

It works, but the messages easily get lost in the flood of "User has translated X sentences", "User did a Spanish practice", etc. messages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pada.online

It works, but the messages are public and can be read by any visitor of this user's profile.


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

Or someway of users knowing how fluent a particular user is in a language and therefore knowing if any language advice given by that user is reliable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pada.online

Just go to the profile http://duolingo.com/#/username and have a look at the language levels and exercise bars of the user's different language tabs.


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

great ideas... great tool! I got started today using Duolingo and I find it very useful!


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