Posts about LangCorrect have been popping up on my studygram. Looking at the pictures it seems like a solid alternative, but the problem I have with it is that they ban temporary emails. Before I register using my email, I was wondering if you guys have used this service? If you have, what do you think about it?
What do you mean temporary email? Like mailinator or something similar? Just create a free email account somewhere to use as your “burner” account (one that doesn’t have your personal information such as name, address, etc.)
Yup that’s what I meant. I guess I never really thought about that because I always used a password manager with temp emails. I’ll create a burner account on gmail. Thanks for the advice.
edit: I just registered and the UI is great so far and I can just use it on my phone. The community seems small, but that’s to be expected since it just launched. All the posts that I can see have already been corrected. There’s also another tab you can click on in ‘other learners’ that shows me other learners who have written in Japanese. I think it’s pretty cool. I’ll have to play around with it more. I’ll edit the post with my findings sometime soon.
what does the site have that lang-8 does not?
i’m asking because i used to use l8 back in the day, then heard they don’t allow new accounts anymore, or something. wondering what’s up with that.
lang-8 and the precursor of iknow was where i started doing jp studies via internet.
Lang-8 stopped accepting sign-ups quite some time ago, unfortunately.
Just checked, and that doesn’t seem to have changed. It’s a shame, because most people I know that used to use it seem positive about it.
I haven’t looked much into HiNative, so I don’t know how LangCorrect compares to that.
Hinative is just for quick corrections/asking differences between words. It’s definitely more appealing to the mainstream, but I don’t see how they can monetize it properly so that they can keep expanding and increase their service’s benefits.
For one a much more active community. The site is also fully responsive on my phone, ipad and laptop. The UI is a lot more cleaner too. I’m still figuring out the site, but I like something called ‘streaks’ that are displayed on the sidebar and next to your username.
From the FAQs
Streaks represent the number of consecutive days you have written a journal post without missing a day. As soon as you miss a day your streak will get reset back to 0. Streaks were added to help language learners stay motivated and to challenge themselves.
I don’t think Lang-8 had that. Streaks are also a category found in the rankings.
It (thank god) has automatic syntax highlighting. I hated manually clicking on the colors to highlight changes.
One thing I noticed though is that it seems like it is strictly focused on writing. There’s no profile pictures, gender, etc. So it’s kind of like Reddit. Everything is report-able profiles, corrections, comments, messages, etc.
They also have a discord if you want to check it out.
I think someone who is better at reviewing should give it a shot (I’m terrible at it).
I signed up. Disappointed also that Lang8 changed direction. So far so good - hopefully they will get enough people using it and it sustains itself.
I used Lang8 a lot in the past, especially when I was writing a journal solidly everyday. also very handy to proof check speeches and presentations that I did in Japanese when I was living in Japan. Stopped for sometime now, but still post very occasionally. Nice community shame they focussed on the much inferior HiNative
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