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Duolingo to join forces with Khan Academy?

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I've seen questions in all language sections here addressing the issue of not being able to track your vocabulary "chest" and your own learning curve over time. I know we're still in beta and Duolingo probably has TONS of awesome things in store to all of us but I'm too excited and want to hear your opinions on this!

To me Duolingo and Khan Academy working together seem to be the most natural and obvious approach. For those of you who don't know what Khan Academy is check out http://www.khanacademy.org/

And I mean join forces as in they at least recognize eachother on both websites + making use of the STATISTICS SOFTWARE! This is something Duolingo really needs. I highly doubt they haven't already thought about this but here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw5k98GV7po#t=212s

I can see Duolingo being implemented in all classrooms, each teacher being able to "mentor" their students, having access to their statistics etc. It would be nice for ANY person in the world being able to mentor their native tongue to any other person.

Salman Khan did an AMA on Reddit recently and I recalled that this question was asked:

"You've shown the world how the teaching of math, science, and a little bit of history can be changed for the better. Do you have ideas on how the teaching of english (or the native tongue of where ever these videos are watched) and foreign language could be altered in a similar manner?" "We'll experiment with language. Not sure what approach will work best." - Salman Khan

This was asked only 4 months ago. And, in my opinion, Duolingo is already there. Khan Academy have already co-operated with other companies who offer free education in certain subjects such as smarthistory (art history) and 23andMe (human prehistory and genetics). Duolingo could/would be an addition to an already vast library of education and reach millions of people! :D

Like I said before, Duolingo probably already have great things in mind (perhaps something like this too!) but it's so nice to hear what the community (and Duolingo higher-ups) think about things like this, so I put the question here.

May 11, 2012

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