https://www.duolingo.com/niting

Chat rooms

I believe chat rooms for each language would be a good idea. What do you guys think? Will help people to interact in the language they are speaking with other people who are learning on Duolingo.

June 6, 2013

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

We've thought about this a lot. On the one hand we all agree they may help, but on the other we're trying to not add every feature on earth (since that clutters the website).

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Peelyo

I think it should be an unlockable feature. Maybe you need to have a level 12 to 15 to go in. That way you can moderate the levels of speaking ability within the chat room.

I would say people of lower levels should be able to go in and read the chat (to help familiarise with the language) but not actually post.

June 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi

I would have to agree with you Luis. I love the simplicity of the site right now, but I wouldn't mind perhaps one more feature added on in the future. I guess the trick is to constantly improve without losing Duolingo's identity in the process.

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Yes, the trick is not to add all the features, but only the right features to make the best learning experience. We're working on a number of things and many times we don't actually add features that have been implemented because they simply don't help that much and add clutter. With chat rooms, we will likely try them out at some point though because we agree they could be awesome.

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/niting

Thanks for taking the time to reply, Luis!

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/niting

I guess, Luis has already a few more features in mind. Hence, he thinks it will clutter it. I can see quite a few areas for improvement - they already are working on quite a few I am guessing.

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/niting

Yes. Even I was thinking whether it will clutter the website or not since there are quite a few more required and good features that can be included (IPA, pronunciation etc.). Just suggested in case you guys might be interested. I guess, for now, people on Duolingo can just start chatrooms on IRC.

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/gnaag

I have been thinking about this too. My reading skill is getting better with duolingo. However, I need to start speaking as soon as possible. I went through the internet in search for some live chats, but when on duolingo, it would love to have everything in one place.

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesWestley

Great idea..

June 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/UMFreek

In addition to the chat rooms, I think it would be great to have a section where users could set up a 1 on 1 or group practice session via Skype. That way if I'm learning Spanish and someone else is learning English, we have a way to arrange a Skype session to help each other with real conversation.

June 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/niting

That already exits on the web : http://www.language-exchanges.org/

June 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/UMFreek

Awesome! Thanks for the link.

June 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/niting

There's this one too : http://www.italki.com/

June 10, 2013
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