Recently I’ve been starting to learn German. My Partner’s immediate family all live in Germany and Austria – she grew up there too, so I’m frequently over there and wishing I could follow a bit more of what’s going on when out and about. Obviously I thought I’d leverage tech to assist me 🙂
When using Duolingo, and now Babbel (Both of which I’d recommend: Duolingo for the gamification/ui side of things and Babbel for its superior audio) I’ve often felt that the lacking element is the fact that you tend to sit down for a learning “session” rather than having it as a constant “always on” thing.
The reason I see this as an issue is that I can frequently succeed in Duolingo “lessons” although between sessions I can easily forget certain words etc. I simply succeed at the time because I’m being tested on the same thing repeatedly. Given that, I thought it would be nice to have a constant feed of German even when not in a “session”.
I’ve whipped up an app that has the obligatory time/date information always on display, but also displays a German word and English translation:
- Up/Down buttons scrolls the translation area if the text overspills the area
- A short tap on the middle button makes the title area scroll left/right if the word is too long
- A hold on the middle button makes the word refresh.
I’d happily accept some suggestions for web APIs that give sensible and useful JSON data back.