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.
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.
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.
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.
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.