Blog

Working on a Chrome Plugin

Working on a Chrome Plugin

Blog
Yesterday I got curious about how long I was spending on the web in foreign languages. I use Chrome as a browser, people can write extensions. There should be an extension that automatically tracks that, I thought. But there wasn't. If I think about it, it's a little bit similar to the Language Lifestyle kickstarter thing I recently wrote about (that's failing to get funding at the moment, for obvious reasons). The difference being that you don't have to do anything but actually read and check your stats later. So, to keep this post short - I've started writing that to see if it's possible. I have a basic prototype at the moment that is working quite well.
Still Playing with the Drops App

Still Playing with the Drops App

Blog
Since I started playing with the Drops App, I've being enjoying it. Strangely what I'm find a problem is that it keeps giving me free time and keeps giving me more and more of it. I suspect that that's not a problem for most people, but because I was planning on doing 5 minutes a day of each language, that means I'm doing more than I wanted to. Sometimes it's just giving me 30 seconds more, but a couple of days ago it gave me 5 minutes extra. That's not a Drop, that's an entire splash! So I've decided to take a couple of days off to balance that out!
Playing with the Drops App

Playing with the Drops App

Blog
Having heard about the language drops app, I thought I'd give it a try. I'll save a full review for later, hence this being a blog post, but I'm initially impressed. This appears to be an SRS type learning system with a nicely designed app with nice little games/exercises. The free version limits you to 5 minutes play per 12 hours. Realistically this means that if you want to stick to some sort of schedule then you're going to end up doing 5 minutes per day. That's pretty minimal for my liking but I thought why not try it and see. There actually seems to be a version for each language in the store, which is great. That means I can do 5 minutes per language (by installing multiple apps). I've decided on this selection: Spanish - which I've been studying for two months. So far the word...
Forum and Blogs Roundup – 2

Forum and Blogs Roundup – 2

Blog
Last time we had a couple of interesting forum threads from Duolingo to show you. This time the Duolingo forums feel a little bit dry in terms of interest. The Fluentin3 months blog seems more intent on showing us advertising banners than providing content (although this post on Introverts and language learning did catch my eye). In short, all the usual sources of interest are lacking. So it's time to do some digging around and see what Blogs we can come up with: The first post of interest is this post about learning Japanese. Clearly this is picked with a whole lot of bias as I'm learning Japanese and it gives a rather nice little list of resources. Credit goes to this post for my discovery of the Drop app, which may or may not get its own review on this site after I've used it for...
Forum and Blogs Roundup – 1

Forum and Blogs Roundup – 1

Blog
One of the things we try to do with this site is to highlight interesting language related discussions from around the web. In this case we're taking a quick look at language forums and blogs. Duolingo The old owl has a couple of interesting threads going on over on his forums. Firstly there is the question of what an intermediate level is to you. Even though things such as the CEFR levels define these as specifically as they can, if you actually think about it then they're still pretty vague. This means everybody can, and probably does, have a slightly different perspective on this. For example, for me it's the stage where you begin to understand everything around you on a conceptual level, but probably not word for word. Also on the Duolingo forums we see that the crowns ...