How to do it, after the jump.
I've so far tried this out only once in Italian, with the following recording:
It worked just as expected; Lang-8 users quickly came back and told me where I was screwing up.
Here's the step-by-step process:
- You'll need accounts on both Lang-8 and Cinch, so go ahead and sign up for those.
- Once you've done that, go to your Cinch and click on "Record a Cinch".
- Press the button to record a message.
- Add up to 140 characters of text as a title or the like and press "Submit".
- Click "Link" under your profile pic next to the recording. (If you can't do this right away because the recording is "Pending", try reloading the page; that resolved the issue for me.)
- Copy the URL from your browser window.
- Head on over to Lang-8 and click on "Write a new entry".
- Now paste the URL that you copied over on Snapvine into your entry, add in any additional text you want (an explanation of what you're hoping they'll do is probably helpful), and submit it.
- Await your corrections. They will arrive shortly!
There are also two other issues with Cinch that weren't issues with Snapvine. First, Cinch puts an annoying "Cinch!" at the beginning of each audio recording, so you have to hear that stupid piece of branding repeated every single time you listen to a Cinch recording. Second, as far as I can tell, Lang-8 does not support direct embedding of CinchCast audio as it did for Snapvine, so you've just gotta provide the URL so that your Lang-8 friends can click through to Cinch's site to provide you with feedback.
What would truly be spectacular is if Lang-8 would support this right out of the box. Doing it through Cinch is OK, but the process could be made much more streamlined.
One more cool thing about Cinch is the number of ways you can get audio recordings on there. One way is that you can call a U.S. number on your cellphone to leave recordings (and then add them to Lang-8 later). They've also got an iPhone app that you can use to record and upload audio files whenever the mood hits you, so you can record some foreign-language speech, upload it to Cinch, and then make Lang-8 entries out of them to get your pronunciation, etc., corrected.