Luis von Ahn founder and CEO of the free language learning service Duolingo held an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit today.
Here are the main take aways:
- User-generated language trees
Duolingo is working on tools to let the community add crowdsourced language trees. An explosion of new languages should follow...
- Live language exchange
Allowing video calls between students is an area of intense interest but Duolingo is weary of becoming the next chatroulette and hasn’t yet found a way for people who don’t speak the same language to have a good learning experience together.
Luis doesn’t rule out opening the service only to people having made significant progress in their language trees. A confidence rating could also be introduced.
- Classroom support
A classroom support feature should be added before September, allowing teachers to use Duolingo to track their students’ progress and address their difficulties in class.
- Cheat sheets
Duolingo is working on cheat sheets that summarize grammatical concepts at a glance.
- Tablet support
More work is being done on the iOS and Android apps, in particular to make them more tablet-friendly.