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!
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.
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?
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.