25.11.07

My Happy Planet

On the wall of the Northern Ireland network page @ facebook every 2 or 3 days a message is posted by Caitlin Lee. The latest, which reads much the same as every other message she posts there...

Caitlin Lee wrote
at 6:44am
hey! My friend told me about a site useful for language learners. It's called MyHappyPlanet! This is where you can learn languages fast and easy! It’s a social networking site so you can add friends from different countries and you can talk to them and learn their native languages!
Thanks!
http://myhappyplanet.com/register.php?refid=6GAcDPHm

Responding to one of the many similar messages to the one above that she posted, I enquired...
Caitlin. I'm planning on travelling to Nigeria @ Easter and would like to learn Hausa.
The reply to my inbox on facebook read...

Hi
Between You and Caitlin Lee

3:01pm November 24th
There's no Hausa in the My Happy Planet list. :( However, there are members in My Happy Planet that are from Nigeria..just enter search for "Nigeria" in My Happy Planet. :)
So I had to respond. As I had initially posted my enquiry on the Northern Ireland Network Wall I thought that this conversation should be kept public. My response...
Cyber Scribe wrote
at 12:51pm

Caitlin Lee.

Thanks for your message...

"There's no Hausa in the My Happy Planet list. :( However, there are members in My Happy Planet that are from Nigeria..just enter search for "Nigeria" in My Happy Planet. :)"

I don't think that'll be of any help as Nigeria is a country with over 500 languages in use.I'm not prepared to start hunting through that website My Happy Planet, you keep advertising here, with the possibility of being unsuccessful in my search.

If I wanted to learn Ulster Scots, which isn't listed, where would I start? :-)
Hopefully the story will continue...

2 comments:

Kim said...

Hi Cyber Scribe!

I'm a user of MyHappyPlanet too. The site is just amazing! I've been learning French and Mandarin Chinese with the other users I found on the site. Really cool way to learn languages!

Of course, the site is still in beta testing, it's not even open to the public yet because many features are still being developed... so you can't really expect all languages to be represented there. But for sure, if the site opens up to the public and it becomes a success, you'd see Hausa in no time! :)

Add me up, my username is "kimmey" :)

CyberScribe said...

Kim, if the site My Happy Planet is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC why is it being advertised continually on facebook. It gets really annoying seeing the same message posted over and over and over again.