Duolingo, a language learning tool or a social meetingplace?
One of the apps/websites with which you can learn languages is Duolingo. When you start with Duolingo you complete what they call the Duolingo Tree. In this tree you can do exercises to learn the language. After you have finished a tree in a language you receive a golden owl.
For people who have finished the tree and received the owl, Duolingo developed a tool which they called immersion. The purpose of this immersion was that Duolingo participants could translate English texts from the internet into their own language. Other participants could edit the translations to make it better. Some people have done this for quite a long time. This way friendships emerged among the people who had got to know each other via Duolingo. Small groups of people who knew each other arose and they used Duolingo to chat with each other in different languages - mostly English.
Now all of a sudden, Duolingo has decided to retire this Immersion tool.
That not only means that people can't translate anymore texts. This also means that these people from existing groups can't reach eachother anymore. When the news came about, people who were active on Duolingo for quite a while, were quite shocked that they couldn't have their regular contact with each other anymore.
My children and I also participated in a Duolingo group. After the immersion tool disappeared It took us some time to trace the people we knew and although we still haven’t found all of them, we've been able to find a few. I’ve invited them to participate in this forum. I made this topic to talk about this event.
What do you think about this?