Simpler is Better

Some 130,000 users have made some level of effort to examine a “language learning” approach to recognizing words (originially developed at Teachers College while looking at ways to introduce Indo-European language speakers to Sino-Tibetan and other non-alphabetic languages), and over the last five years, I have come to realize that the original implementation of this idea added an unnecessary layer of complexity and probably, for most people, severely limited the appeal (or even entirely hid) the appeal of this notion.  Learning languages is sufficient challenging to most beginners — there was no need to add more complexity to the basic approach, at least at the outset. No need to create puzzles to make it more interesting (or just harder) to click on words, hear them pronounced, see the characters — and let them click as often as they like.

With new Touch mode, and native standard pronunciation.

So with version 5.x, this new language learning tool is much more useful to my own study of basic “Hanzi” (Chinese characters), as it starts in a simple “point-click-hear-see” mode that lets me randomly click any word and hear it in Chinese (or German, or French, etc) as often and as many times as I like.  I bet most people that try this will find it useful — and probably too useful to even wonder how to use the “review” or “play” modes (still available in the app) to begin testing their own retention.  Ah well, five years on, better late than never.  See