Chat with other language learners?
I was wondering if there would be a way to find people to talk to in the language you're learning. For example, I'm learning French, so I would like to talk to French people learning English, so we could correct each other and maybe teach each other vocabulary that Duolingo that doesn't teach.
I seriously can't believe that I have never heard of livemocha. I have been looking for a way to speak with native speakers for years. I've been reduced to lurking in foreign public servers on Xbox Live and Steam. This seems to be much more focused and way less creepy. Thank you, sir.
Do you guys know about Lang-8? It's what you want and more. For instance, you can start your own language blog on Lang-8 (that's actually the main purpose), and then native speakers can improve the mistakes you made - it looks sort of like a simplified, stream-lined Wikipedia article's revision (edit) history.
More power to Duolingo if it adds these features, but until it does I'll spruik the Lang-8.
I don't think livemocha should be competition, since it doesn't cover grammar at all and costs money later on. It does have some nice features, but all in all I absolutely prefer duolingo. 8-lang is great too, but I'd only see it as an addition to what duolingo does. I'm also happy with sharedtalk, since there I got to know a lot of Koreans who helped me learn their language. The internet is a great invention, isn't it? ^^
Well, an announcement in a discussion like this is a simple way of doing what you want without waiting for Duolingo to make special tools available. In the Portuguese section we have started a little get together on Skype: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/719477. Potentially this is even better because we can "talk" in the true sense of the word.
There are some other third party solutions, such as various penpal sites. I'm a member of Polyglot Club (google it), and friends with some English learning Germans (I'm learning German). It's quite a collaborative experience.
Great idea. I am at Livemocha for 3 days now,here is my first at Duolingo. I cant find any native speaker at Livemocha,i searched on their FB page,and people are angry cause they made new site and old one was better according to the mostly people there.Livemocha is good but if i cant chat with people or something similar its bad. am learning German,know English. I come from Croatia so if someone is interested in learning Croatian, i can help,cheers