Anyone interested in talking on Slack?
Hej! The Danish Team have done an excellent job with this course, however the hardest part of Danish seems to be the pronunciation. We have a Danish Slack group for those interested in practicing their Danish.
During the week, we chat (via typing), in the Danish Duolingo Slack group. Slack is a messaging platform, similar to Skype, however we have more options available to us. For example, we have different "channels," such as one for Danish only discussion; one for questions; one for music; one for random stuff, etc. In addition to that, we are able to pin posts that are important, and you can also "star" posts that you want to see later (such as a link or pdf file someone might share). We have a number of native Danes that help out in the group. To join, copy/paste this link and create an account...simple as that:
Since we chat throughout the week, I suggest changing your notification settings for the group. To do this, go to: Account -> Notifications. In there you can set it so that you are only notified whenever somebody mentions your name. You can also mute notification sounds by clicking on the up arrow by your username and then "Preferences."
On Saturdays we do a voice chat, starting at 16:00 (4pm) US Eastern Standard Time (22 CEST). The call lasts a few hours, and people can come and go, as they wish. The voice chats take place via the Dansk Sprog Discord server. During the voice calls, we usually go over a lesson plan (in English) and then practice writing/reading in Danish. Sometimes we read and translate news articles, or play a game in Danish, or occasionally watch a film in Danish. There's almost always a Dane on the call to help us out. Discord is similar to Slack, however Slack doesn't have the option for voice calls and Discord does. You can join the Discord server here: https://discord.gg/SywhmS6
NOTICE: This is open to people of ALL levels of Danish.
Time til next Voice Chat: https://countingdownto.com/countdown/dansk-group-voice-chat-countdown-clock
I wanted to say that I would be willing to sit in to get everything up and running. But I understand that it might put unnecessary pressure on you guys. Therefore I will instead suggest we get a Doodle or something going so that you guys can arrange the first Skype session :) I can also handle the administrative work, if you guys want.
Hey! I am once again abusing the fact that this is at the top, so I figured it'd be easier for people to see it.... I don't know. Anyway! I have been allowed to create a Skype profile that will act as a way for people to join the Duolingo group. The Skype profile is not a personal profile but it is operated by me and MrsSiebert. The profile is danish.duolingo. You can join our group on Skype by adding the user danish.duolingo and stating that you come from Duolingo. Your safety is important to us, therefore we will reserve the right to remove any people who are acting inappropriately. And even though I do not think you should be worried about this, I feel that it is my duty to at least warn you that you should always be very careful when sharing personal information online. This is why we will be using the Danish Duolingo Skype account as a man-in-the-middle. We made this Skype group for the benefit of all of us, so let's please use it for that and have fun with it. Now come join us! We have cookies.
Okay, just checked Google Hangouts...you would still need the person's name and/or email address (personally, I find exchanging Skype info as more casual, but that's just me). What I'm not certain of is this...on Google Hangouts, can you do just an audio chat without video chat? I have no one to try it out with to know. lol. Either way works for me, though...so whatever other people are comfy with, I'm okay with.
Could you try joining this link? https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/g6xyhybeofjgck5gaoamdznynua
It is only videochat, there is not an option for only audio, I am pretty sure.
Hej! For those interested in Skyping, please fill out this poll. The times are in US Central Time (1 hour behind EST; 2 hours ahead of Pacific Time). Also, the times are just to give a general idea of when people are available. I'm assuming the Skype sessions may last longer than an hour (especially if we are watching a movie), and if they do, you are not expected to stay for the entire thing unless you wish to. You are welcome to join in at any time, so if we start at noon but you're not available until 12:30pm, feel free to join us at 12:30 then.
Also, let me know if you prefer Skype or Google Hangouts. Tak!
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I just finished my first skill and the grammar explanation is spot on. I was in Denmark the summer of 1985 and then studied the language for a short period of time thereafter. The lesson brought back some basic skills quickly. The voice is good for the spoken part. However, the first skill did not require me to speak into the microphone. I imagine that this will happen further down the line. Thanks for your hard work!
Just chiming in that I would also perhaps be interested in being in a skype session with other students, at some point! This weekend is bad for me...but I would like to do it sometime. :) And I think it would be wonderful if bjarkehs wanted to help us out and improve.
This is a good idea!
Hej, JaxOfBo! We follow each other on Twitter (I'm Fannibal Lecter on there). Nice to see another fannibal here. . I'm hoping that this will become like a weekly thing so that people can just join in whenever they have time. :) Definitely look forward to chatting with you (and hopefully watch some films with the Danish Life Ruiner aka Mads).
JUST AN FYI....for the upcoming Saturday chat (Sept 6), we will be doing brief introductions about ourselves in DANSK (to the best of our ability) so that we can be assisted with our pronunciations and sentence structure. So, if you plan on being on the call, prepare a short introduction. Tak! Vi snakkes!
When staff gives you clearance to bypass the guidelines, would you please make a note of it in your main post?
If staff did not give you clearance for this, would you please remove this post? The guidelines ask us not to share personal contact information. This particular post has caused me some grief. People have begun posting their own contact information more regularly and then arguing about it saying moderators elsewhere were doing it. :(
I understand where you are coming from, and I understand that the guidelines should be followed. But I still think this is becoming a little too uptight, since it's only made in order to benefit people who want to practice a language with very difficult pronunciation. But fine. I will have her change the text from promoting her Skype to having people shoot me a reddit message for the whole thing. I feel it's an unnecessary evil, but as I said, we have to obey the guidelines.
So here: If you are interested in joining, then shoot me (bjarkehs) a private message on reddit. You can find my user here. Unfortunately you have to create a reddit account, but while you are there you might as well subscribe to: http://www.reddit.com/duolingo.
Haha Maaaaaybe. :D I love him as Hannibal, and then began watching some of his Danish films....and enjoyed hearing the language. So, I thought I would give it a try...didn't expect to love Danish as much as I do. (Now...if only my brain and mouth would love Danish and cooperate when I try to speak it, that would be great).
Well, seeing as the Danish course just became available this week, most of us are not very far along in the course. I'm not expecting that we'll be speaking entirely (or even close to entirely) in Danish...but rather use this opportunity to help us with pronunciation (and perhaps listening as well), since that does seem to be the most difficult part to get down. Feel free to join us if you'd like; it is really open to people at all levels. :)
We'd love to have you join in! You can add me on skype: the.mrssiebert (just include a note that you're from duolingo so I don't ignore the request, lol). Also, there's a Doodle link in the OP, if you want to fill it out. I'm trying to find out what time works best for everyone. :)
I am also up for Skype!! It might be a great idea, already put my availability, and hope we can improve our skills together. It took me a while to assume (almost) none of us is that far away in the tree, so just hope that we can understand ourselves in a certain way.
So, see you all soon!
I have to say, I am so impressed with this! Duolingo is great, and the people who spent so much time making the Danish course are awesome! I'm just blown away at the initiative you guys took to create this Slack (and formerly Skype) arrangement so that everyone can get some extra practice and share information. I only joined on Slack last night and I've already found some awesome resources. So thank you!
Hello! I realise I'm kinda sorta very very late to this thread, but I'd like to join you in your daily chats and Saturday talking sessions. However whenever I click the Slack link it comes up with an error. If your chats are still going, can you direct me to where you're hosting them currently, as I know this thread was started a year or so ago.
I did see it then but I'm what we call slow. Haven't taken the time to figure Skype out yet. I have an Italian friend who's in Denmark and trying to learn the language, and it's really funny everytime she learns something new (for example I now know that potatoes are called the same in Italy and Denmark. If I ever get to Italy i will go around saying 'kartoffel' to everything). Always up for a chance to learn something unexpected!
Unfortunately, we can't share our skype usernames on DL. If you would like to join though, it is super easy to create an account on reddit (doesn't even need an email). Or if you prefer, you can send me a message on Facebook (I have mine linked to DL, just go to my profile) :)
hello!!! ill participate! is really complicated to me since ive got to learn Danish in an English platform... it makes it harder because some things if i read them based on my Spanish are easier but since im reading English i have to do the effort to move to Spanish and then back to English and then Danish... so i think this will definitely help me!
The calls are always good. :) Everyone is improving, I think (but I am not a native Dane, so perhaps I am the wrong person to say that, lol). We worked on the story that is linked in the original post...we read three sections, starting with Lejligheden on page 2 and finishing with Rødvin on page 3.
I was just going back over the comments in this thread and noticed you had wanted to join but were unable to because we were using Skype. We have since switched over to Slack.com for our daily chit-chat (text) and TeamSpeak for the Saturday voice chats. I don't know if that works better for you than Skype, but thought I would mention it, just in case.
Hi! My name's Valerie; I'm 16 and live in Philadelphia, PA. I just joined Duolingo and I'm going to start taking the Danish course. I'm very fascinated with Denmark and it's a dream of mine to go there one day (or possibly end up living there!). It seems like a beautiful country. I'd love to sit in on the Saturday Skype calls just to get a more thorough understanding of Danish culture and language if that is okay
MrsSiebert, can you add this instruction:
"When you are added to the group I suggest going to the top bar: Conversation -> Notification Settings. In there you can set it so that you are only notified whenever somebody mentions your name. This will limit the amount of sounds it'll make your Skype produce."
To be fair, Norwegian is also a more versatile language, as it enables you to speak with swedish, norwegian, and danish people without switching to another language. The gap between swedish and danish is bigger. :) (source: norwegian person I met, swedish relatives, being danish)
I have been waiting when Norsk will come into Duolingo (maybe we should ask Luis Von Ahn). I googled couple days ago and guess what, I figured that there are similarities between Norsk, Danish, and Swedish. Though if later I find that Danish is different from Norsk, it does not matter. I will have studied Norsk little rather than nothing from Danish.
Yeah, but despite their differences, they are different languages. Especially pronunciation-wise. I feel that the vocab and pronunciation I would learn in Danish or Swedish would really mess with me when I go to learn Norwegian, so I don't want to risk it. I can wait though, and German can keep me occupied until then. :P
Thanks, MrsSiebert and all--I understand this is likely a self-organizing group so a great degree of thankfulness is needed to those doing the organizing. I think I have been accepted to the group. What I could not figure out was something about what was happening. I found a nice note regarding the previous week saying what the subject would be--numbers--and even suggesting a bit of homework. But I don't know where to go each week for that info. Also a little unclear on the protocol we are using. Usually, with the Skype meetings I am accustomed to, someone must initiate the call and add people. I presume that with this there is come call-in information but looking through the thread I saw nothing that explained this part of it. Again, thanks all. Really enjoying Duolingo the wonderful comments everyone makes in the exercises are helping greatly to motivate me.
Hej, if you're contact request was accepted, then you would be added to the group. Being the one that started the group, I don't know how it looks on your end...but, there should be a group on your contact list that says "Dansk." We talk (type) throughout the week there, but on Saturdays, we use TeamSpeak now for the calls (you can see the link above in the initial post to this thread).
I've been super busy the past week with packing and moving. I just added a bunch of people to the group. I am hoping you were one of the ones that got added. As for the TeamSpeak...you will have to ask someone in the group for more help with that; I am not good with technology. haha
Unfortunately, because of scheduling, the times we have set for the actual call is what worked best for most people. However, if you participate in the general group chat (text) on Skype, you will be able to practice there with writing, and sometimes you can find people willing to do impromptu calls to practice speaking with.
Sorry, I must have passed it by.
I wanted to join to the meeting, but I feel like I will not be able to carry on a conversation nor understand too much of what other people will talk. Do you guys recommend me join or to wait to improve my understanding of the language.
Thanks for understanding
Join now. We still speak a lot of English, in the main chat throughout the week (and since it's typed, you can always google translate things you don't understand that are in Danish). During the calls, we also speak a lot in English, outside of the assignment for what we do for the day...so you should be able to follow along pretty easily.
I think I am there. Found Teamspeak. Found the connection. Found Duolingo Danish and tried each of the "rooms". Does not seem to be anyone there. Hmmm... You say "join now" but the countdown clock says 40 minutes so maybe I won't find myself quite so alone then. Thanks for all you do.
Just click on the link to sign up to Slack; once you do, you should get an email confirmation, I believe (it has been a while since I signed up, so trying to remember how it worked now). The team you would look for, I think, once you sign in is "Danish Duolingo." If you have any trouble, message me or Bjarke on our Duolingo wall, and we might be able to give better directions.
We don't use Skype anymore; for the voice chats, we use TeamSpeak (there is a link to directions on how to download that, in the original post).
This is pretty awesome. :D I hope to join but I may lurk for a while, while I continue learning.
ETA: It appears you have to give your real name when signing up and that is displayed? Is this true? I am a little bit cautious about giving out my first and last name to those I don't know on the internet (sorry! XD) How do others handle this?