Learning a language on your own can be a challenge. We hope that our podcasts and other materials help you to learn where and when suits you best. The Radio Lingua community is made up of hundreds of thousands of learners all across the world, and we’d like to engage the community further and get more of you talking about your language learning.
The old version of our site featured a discussion forum which was popular among users, but was unfortunately plagued with spam and this caused some major headaches for our very small team. The discussion forum also predated our new membership system, which meant that users had to have different accounts in the discussion forum and in the members’ system.
When we launched the new Radio Lingua website in May we did not include links to the former discussion forum, as we had hoped that the discussions would move to the main website and that discussions would take place around the blog posts related to the episodes of our podcasts. However, this does not seem to be working particularly well and we’d like your help in trying to move forward with a discussion forum which will be active, useful to learners, and not too ‘cliquey’.
We do have strong presences on Facebook with our Coffee Break Spanish and Coffee Break French pages, and we use Twitter regularly to interact with our community, but we feel that the discussions about Radio Lingua materials should ideally be taking place here on our site.
While we’re not aiming to be the new WordReference or anything like that (as they do such a great job already and have a huge userbase) we would like to provide a place where you can share your learning, help each other with the language(s) you’re learning, and find answers to any questions you may have about using our materials.
So, what do you think?
- Is it enough to use the blogging and podcast system here on the site to develop conversations, inviting listeners to comment on our posts?
- Should we develop a discussion forum for members’ only?
- Should there be a fee involved in the members’ only forum which would in turn help us to ‘staff’ the forum properly with native speakers, teachers, etc?
- Are there other ways to manage and police the discussion forum to avoid the spam problems we’ve experienced in the past?
- Should we rely on the discussions happening on Facebook and Twitter for interaction?
- Do you have any experiences of other discussion forums or systems?
We’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on this. Please post a comment on this discussion (rather than discussing it elsewhere!) and we’ll try to move forward with whatever works best for the community.