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qatlh Amikumu vIghaqta'? qu'mo'!

venglIj luDab tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI' 'ar? vengwIjDaq tlhIngan Hol jatlhlaHbogh cha' nuv neH vISov; jIH jupwI' De'vID je chaH. 'ach chaq Holvam lughoj luneH latlh net Sovbe'. tlhIngan Hol yejHaD ja'chuqmeH jabbI'ID ghomDaq qabDu' law' tu'lu'. qabpaqDaq nughmey tu'lu' je. pa' ja'chuq jatlhwI'pu' 'ej pa' ghojwI'pu' luQaHlu'. 'ach nuqDaq venglIjDaq tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI'pu', ghojwI'pu', ghojqangwI'pu' je. jIjang; Amikumu.

ghogh HablI' nIqHom chu' 'oH Amikumu'e'. DaH wej nIqHomvam tu'lu', 'ach luchenmoHlI' ghunwI'pu' renwI'pu' je. qu'bej Amikumu qatlh 'e' vIHar? toH... pelaDtaH!

  • Hol mI': latlh nIqHommeyDaq cha'maH Hol SamlaH lo'wI', pagh wa'vatlh Hol SamlaH. 'ach nIqHomvamDaq Hoch Hol DaSamlaH. ISO ngoq ghajchugh Hol, HolvamvaD nIqHom Dalu'laH. tlh 'oHmo' tlhIngan Hol ngoq'e', vaj tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI'pu' DaSamlaH.

  • ghomchuqghach: Hol majatlhmeH nuvpu' vIghomlaHchugh, reH vImaS. qo'na'Daq nuvpu' vIghommeH Amikumu vIlo'laHmo' vIQuch.

  • Huch: bIDIlnISbe'. DuHmey HochHom lo'laH Hoch. DIllu'chugh, DuHmey le' lo'laH.

  • povtaHghach: chenmoHwI'pu' vISov. Holmey law' jatlh 'ej Holmey law' jatlhwI'pu' vInDa' chaH. vaj povbej nIqHomvam.

tlhIngan Hol jatlhwI'pu'vaD lI'qu' Amikumu 'e' vIHar. wa'nem nIqHom lutlhabmoHDI', vIjom jIH 'ej De'wIjDaq tlhIngan Hol vIchel.

meqvammo' KickstarterDaq Amikumu vIghaqta'. tlhIHvaD Dajbej 'e' vIQubmo', Saja' vIneH.



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Nov. 7th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
My first reaction has always been: if polyglot A is looking for speakers of language B in order to practise with them, where will he find them?

I mean, what is the incentive for people who speak language B to sign up for Amikumu?

For example, Maltese is on my bucket list of languages to learn eventually. But it's pretty hard to find Maltese speakers, since there are only about half a million of them world-wide in the first place.

There might well be some Maltese speakers in German. But I highly doubt I'd find them on Amikumu. Because why should they sign up there?

It's kind of like the problem that some bars have: young single males go there looking for young single females - but what's the incentive for those young single females to go there? The bars, knowing that having more YSF show up regularly will bring in more YSM, can incentivise YSF through things such as free admission and free drinks for them.

But whenever Amikumu has been mentioned, I have never seen anything about incentives for language speakers to join.

Things are a little different for Klingon, because essentially all Klingon speakers are second-language learners who are reasonably enthusiastic about the language and may appreciate the practice they can get, so they sign up. So finding another Klingon speaker might well work.

But imagine a native speaker of Burmese in Zurich who is half-Burmese, half-Swiss (German-speaking). I can imagine you'd love to find him - but why would he sign up? He doesn't need to find German speakers for language exchange (because he already speaks fluent German through his Swiss parent).

A native Shan speaker who moves to Zurich for work and needs to practise his German might sign up as "speaks Shan, looking for German" and might meet up with someone advertising "speaks German, looking for Shan" - this seems to be more or less the target market for HelloTalk and Lang-8: tit-for-tat.

But someone who is not looking for a "tit" is unlikely to offer his own "tat" without any further incentives.

Or as another example, would you be willing to meet with a native English speaker who is interested in learning Saxon German? He has little to offer you since you already speak English fluently, so you would be giving up some of your limited time in return for - what?

So all this makes me wonder how Amikumu hopes to achieve the traction it's trying to sell its subscribers.

Do you have any ideas?
Nov. 14th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
If someone is not interested in language learning, they wouldn't sign up on this app, of course. So this is to be understood as mutual language exchange, mostly. E.g. you could offer your help with English, German, Greek, Klingon, Esperanto, and look for people who speak Cornish, Klingon, Esperanto, and perhaps Slovak or something you would like to learn. And then you will find Slovak speakers who live in your town and would like to practice their German with someone. Of course for Maltese, and also for Cornish I guess it will be difficult and you'd have to be quite lucky to find them. But if there's one who would like to practice any other language, you could find them on Amikumu.

But yes, you're right, essentially those people would have to sign up. Another thing will be the places with those languages themselves. When I go to Burma to find speakers, I might actually find them through the app, and then I will know they're really interested in language exchange.

But maybe amuzulo can answer some of your questions...

Edited at 2016-11-14 01:02 pm (UTC)
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