“Push the button and the world is yours. You know how they talk about the world getting smaller? Well, it’s thanks to this. Everywhere now is alive.”
This prophetic statement made by the Canadian scholar Marshall McLuhan way back in the hippie sixties, so it’s clear that this wasn’t don’t talk about the internet (he was talking about phones). Underlying sentiment, however, very much true today regarding this global village we call the internet.
No matter how small in the world may be getting on metaphor there is still the inherent language barriers to communicate. There are many digital tools available to us on this front, including Google Translate simple translation request, or the likes of Babbel and Duolingo for those looking to actually learn new tongues.
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Now a common language.ly has thrown a hat in the language learning field, with a new mobile app that promises to create opportunities for learning languages simply by browsing the internet.
In its current guise, Lingua.ly takes the form of Chrome (which has been out for a while already) and Android app officially launched this week, despite iOS the trade is out of the question. Here’s how Lingua.ly works.
If you are looking for use the browser extension also, you can highlight foreign-language words from the web and add them to your account in the cloud-based account, and then accessed through the mobile app. Instead, you can work entirely within the mobile app and don’t bother with Chrome. Here look mainly in the Android app as an independent entity.
The first steps when setting up Lingua.ly is to indicate the language that you’re learning, though the personalized content from the “read” section (which you get to in a bit) is currently designed only for English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew. The app itself is available to download fully localized for English, Chinese, Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.
Once you have indicated your language, you can manually type or paste words into the dictionary, it will give you a translation in your native language.
Then you can review and customize the collection of the word by choosing The Associated picture and sentence (context) to go along with it…
And practice these words in the sessions with a little help from flash cards, interactive games, featuring Coffee Break (5 words), regular size (15 words), or word feast (30 words).
The more words you have added to your personal dictionary, either directly through the app or through the Chrome more articles serves up (under ‘Read’) feature these words. And with the passage of time this will bloom topics that interest you, as it tracks your grow of the World Bank and associated online activity.
Any additional words of these articles not make sense? Select Add to your dictionary to get more context-based flash cards work.
The idea here is that the common language.ly serve as your companion to help you collect a few words each day as you can hone and improve your skills. However, for me, I’m not sure that this is perfectly suitable for beginners.
The concept behind the Lingua.ly is a single sound in the world – read foreign language content on your mobile phone and highlight unknown words, Lingua.ly translates to the conservation and gives you the tools to learn it. But if you have any knowledge of the language to begin with, why would you be reading a foreign-language text, and how it can be one of only one word to translate and save if you don’t understand anything from the text original?
It’s a predicament certainly for me I see this being more convenient for those who are looking to improve existing language skills rather than those that started from scratch. If I’m trying to learn Spanish, it’s hard for me to enter the Spanish words as the starting point translate into English – should be easier to use your native language as a starting point, with the app automatically saving the foreign-language version of the word(s) to your personal dictionary.
There is plenty of scope to adapt and improve here and was told that some major changes coming in the coming weeks. These include new features that support language learning through content on Facebook and Twitter, Similar to what is available with Chrome.
You can grab a common language.ly from Google Play Now.
➤ Lingua.ly | Google Play
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