Currently, I’m taking French lessons. I’m at the stage where I can order dinner, express what specific actions I completed last week, and discuss which musical instruments I can play. To learn a language at my venerable age, I’m employing as many different strategies as possible:
- I’m taking a class once a week.
- I’m doing the homework for that class.
- I’m listening and speaking along with a French language tape.
- I’m watching a bit of zany French television.
I want to practice some writing, but I need someone to review my work. At first I thought I’d just start a weblog and take my changes, but then I came up with this idea: A multi-language, mutually-beneficial collaborative Web site.
Here’s how it works: I practice writing my French, and I post it to the site. A native French speaker who is learning a language reviews my content. Then, someone who is learning English posts something they’ve written to the site. I review their content. In short, the site uses the mob, many-to-many model of the Internet and turns all of the students into tutors. You could implement a currency system where-in reviewing someone else’s content earns you one BabelDollar, which you can spend to post something to the site. That might or might not be required.
Maybe this sort of site already exists? Does anybody know of such a thing?