I've been on Duo for a little while now, but I've just really started getting into logging in every day, and practicing, in particular, my French. I love the site, but one thing I thought that it was missing was the aspect of being able to talk to someone in real time in your target language, whether that be voice chat, Skype, or text chat.
I found some sites online that do offer this that I wanted to share with you, if you don't know them already! :) I've started using sharedtalk.com - I really enjoy the ability to practice with any random person from around the world at any given time (no need to schedule a Skype date, etc). Language-Exchanges.org is another good free resource that seems to be really lively.
Do you guys supplement Duo with anything like this? I already knew some French before starting this course, but I'm still a little shy to go to in person meetings... which I know is really counter-intuitive to learning a language. But these sites, sharedtalk in particular, are helping me a lot!
PS -- if any of you are looking for new friends for moral support or motivation on here, let's be buddies! I have hardly any friends on this site... JE SUIS SEULE! Ha ha ha. Anyway, happy new year to everyone!
Salut! Merci d'avoir partagé vos ressources et votre expérience ;) Bonne chance et bonne continuation ;)
I never tried sharedtalk.com (Registration is temporarily unavailable they say..). For practice I usually talk to friends I met here on Duolingo. Good luck overcoming your shyness to go to in person meetings, it's a great experience to have really.
Thanks for mentioning sharedtalk and languages exchange, that was some very good advice. This is the best part of Duolingo - the active and helpful community :)
Nice idea Jessica, i hope Duo team will read your post and add "talk in real time" function with one click can connect you to chat buddy
I have just started my French course here, I already have a little prior experience with French since high school. I'm keen on adding more and more friends to enrich my learning journey and support me. So, do you mind being a friend of mine? :)
Sure! Thank you! :) And about Shared Talk - the website seems to be a little old school -- maybe if you try again it'll work? If not, some of the other commenters listed some good sites that you can try! Good luck!
That's great advice! I actually found a meeting on Meetup for French that I'm going to next weekend. Hope it goes well!
Yeah... I get that feeling from some of these sites too! Shared Talk seems to be a little less like that because you don't have to post a ton of info/pics... but it remains to be seen, ha ha...
I'd avoid using a personal photo, and I always use a "nom de plume". This site of native speakers captured saying phrases in their languages:
has also made me very aware of regional accents, so that's another thing to consider when using a language partner.
I have signed up with WeSpeke. No Sucess so far :(
I used to use verbling back in the day where it was like chatroulette for languages. But they changed their model.
Hello Jessica... i am here to learn french and Spanish... those two languages will be so benefit for my social and professional life.. i studied french for two years in secondary school but i stop to learn more until i graduated from university.. i graduated from faculty of science, geophysics department in 2010 and then got petroleum geology diploma at 2012 and now i am preparing master degree and i hope to practice and learn more than one language beside my working ... so if you can share me that, i will be appreciated.. we can help each other and try to talk by any way
Hi guys! Wow... thank you for all of these responses, and the lingots! So sweet! I was gone for the holidays and just came back to all of your wonderful messages. What a great community!
hey.. a quick simple thing... my opinion and experience.. yes defo you could go to language exchange sites.. and try out conversing there... i usually shoot phrases at my mates, and the more you keep doing it, well, itll be very easy to understand and integrate it into your general language.. plus its fun. cheers. :)
I tried to sign up for sharedtalk btw but i couldn't .. it says "not available right now"
I started some french and dropped. I get very frustrated with the writing part (written french is a real pain). I will try and start again on 2015.
Good luck! It is difficult for me too... IMO written Italian is much easier - once you learn the few simple rules, you're pretty much good to go with writing everything - and you don't really have to worry about accents like you do with French! French seems to be more like English in that often you hear something pronounced and have no earthly idea how it'd be written... at least for me. :) You should stick with it though!
Bonjour, j'étudie la langue française depuis février dernier. Je veux parler avec des autres personnes car je peux préparer pour mon examen. Il faut apprendre le langue francais pour mon poste de travail. J'essayerai le site web que vous donnez ici. Je vous remercie.
My husband has used LiveMocha for practicing languages. I'm still too shy, though.
I was too shy too... if you'd like to give it a shot, the written chat room that they have on Shared Talk (and might have on some other websites?) is a little less intimidating than talking to someone via voice chat or Skype. It's nerve-wracking, but I'm the shiest person I know when it comes to that sort of thing and it really helps a lot!
Bonsoir, Peut-être que nous écrivons en français ici? Ensuite, nous pourrons corriger chaque eux et nous pratiquons notre français ensemble. Je suis d'accord, ce n'est pas la même chose que nous parlons, mais c'est mieux que rien.
Hi, I have used italki for nearly 12 months and speak to a french national living in London a couple of times per week. Can't recommend it highly enough if you get a good partner and really want to improve. Thanks for the other tips.
I think the best way is to connect through Skype. If you're not comfortable with video, just use the phone function. I once helped a Romanian friend of mine to learn English this way! Cheers!