Welsh gets the Verb Blitz treatment!

Learners of Welsh now have the chance to drill those tricky verb forms, with the release of Welsh Verb Blitz for Android!

Combining reference and drill tools, Welsh Verb Blitz is a great way to memorise some of the key periphrastic and declined forms of over 80 colloquial Welsh verbs. Users can even switch between North and South Wales varieties, as there are some key differences between the two – for instance, the North’s preference for o (‘he’) instead of e.

The verbs in the app, as always, represent some of the most commonly used words in the Welsh language, making Welsh Verb Blitz a great vocabulary builder / consolidator too.

Welsh Verb Blitz for Android is free from the Google Player Store at this link! Happy learning!

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Scottish Gaelic verbs? No problem!

Flummoxed by Scottish Gaelic verbs? Now there’s an easy way to break them down, with the arrival of Scottish Gaelic Verb Blitz for Android from Geoglot!

Containing over 100 Gaelic verbs, the app focuses on three key tenses: present, past and future. Students can browse and learn through the reference section with its clear, concise verb tables, or drill their conjugation skills in the activities familiar to other users of Geoglot’s popular Verb Blitz apps:

  • Infinitive Quiz: test yourself of the basic meanings of verbs!
  • Conj Quiz: Can you match the English with the correct Gaelic translation?
  • Snap: Does the Gaelic sentence match the English translation or not?
  • Gapfill: Complete the missing word in each Gaelic sentence.

The verb bank represents a set of very frequent, everyday words in Gaelic, so the app doubles as a great vocabulary builder as well as grammar tool.

We’re really excited to be making the leap forward with Gaelic here at Geoglot – we hope you love practising it as much as we do!

Download the app from Google Play at this link.

Happy learning!

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Gamification: Keeping educational tech purposeful

There’s a big, bad buzzword in educational tech: gamification. It’s a biggie for us, being at the core of what we do at Geoglot, but it’s so often misunderstood. Recently, a member of the team had the privilege of being invited to speak at the University of Nottingham about just that, leading to some really thoughtful discussion of the team and what it means for teachers and learners using tech.

The problem with the term ‘gamification’ is its very simplicity – the word ‘game’ is right there, bold and brassy, leading many to assume that it’s all about replacing learning with fun and games. Well, games can be a part of learning, for sure, but the whole idea of learning becoming a game is problematic. It suggests that all the effort and hard work is taken out of it. The danger is that the game becomes the whole point, rather than the end goal of assimilating knowledge.

Instead, we believe it’s better to think of gamification in a slightly more nuanced fashion; rather than replacing the learning process with games, it’s more about supporting and enhancing existing learning with elements of gaming. These elements might be competitive, adding scoring and personal challenge; they might be audiovisual, adding animations or attractive, responsive feedback. But always, at the core, the learning has to be the chief goal, and not upstaged by the mechanics of the game.

It’s tempting to go for the snazzy distractions of over-gamified content, especially in the classroom; so many times, the team has come across the humble (and not particularly effective) word search being used to ‘keep them occupied / quiet / focussed’ in class. The trouble is, activities like word searches are high on the absorption scale, and woefully low on learning content; they’re the worst offenders in failing to move beyond shallow learning to true assimilation of patterns in context.

Interrogate the tech

When choosing educational tech, this is always a good rule of thumb to follow: what takes priority? The game play or the learning material? The very best apps will strike a good balance between the two, being fun but pedagogically sound and purposeful as well. Questions to ask of good language apps include:

  • Does the material go beyond words in isolation (word level > sentence level)?
  • Do the activities support language patterns rather than just static, dictionary-style examples?
  • Do competitive elements ‘steal the show’, or does the language remain central?

Interrogate learning material in this way, and you’ll go a long way to keeping it purposeful, either in your own learning or those that you teach. That balance is hard to find, and everyone in education tech is learning, too; and it’s through interrogation of topics like gamification that we’ll move closer to the perfect hybrid of learning and fun.

Spanish Verb Blitz maxed out on verbs!

GeoGlot’s popular app for Spanish learners, Spanish Verb Blitz, has been maxed out with a huge update to its verb bank.

The app now contains over 250 verbs, with whole new classes of verb so you can practise:

  • Tricky stem-changing verbs like costar
  • Reflexive verbs like levantarse
  • Impersonal verbs like llover and nevar
  • Irksome special cases like -cer/-cir verbs

The update makes the app even more valuable as a reference tool, and of course, all the drill games are playable with the whole bank too.

What’s more, the app is still free on Google Play – supported by ads on static screens, but never in games.

Click here to visit the app on Google Play.

Enjoy the update, and happy learning!

Swedish verbs? No problem!

Stop press: Swedish now joins the growing list of languages served by Geoglot’s free Verb Blitz range for Android devices!

Doubling as a handy reference tool as well as a powerful drill system, the app contains over 130 regular and irregular verbs in Swedish. Browse, practise and perfect your grammatical knowledge, at the same time as expanding your core vocabulary in the language.

As always, Verb Blitz for Android apps are free, supported by in-app ads (but never in activities or games).

Download Swedish Verb Blitz from the Google Play store at this link!

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Portuguese Verb Blitz released!

We’re very excited to announce the addition of another language to our range, as Portuguese receives the Geoglot Verb Blitz treatment in our latest release for Android.

Featuring both regular and irregular delensions, Portuguese Verb Blitz is a great way to practise your grammar and expand your core Portuguese vocabulary. As well as providing a handy reference for scores of commonly used verbs, the interactive activities put your knowledge through its paces, testing meaning and morphology to help cement fluency.

As with all Geoglot Android apps, Portuguese Verb Blitz is totally free, supported by ads on menus and static screens (but never in the games).

Download Portuguese Verb Blitz from the Google Play Store at this link!

Portugese Verb Blitz

Portugese Verb Blitz

Icelandic Noun Master makes declensions less scary!

Once you get serious about learning Icelandic, you’ll come up against that big, potentially scary wall called declensions.

These determine the many forms that Icelandic nouns can take, depending on their meaning and role in the sentence. They’re notoriously difficult for foreign learners, as it’s often hard to learn which ending goes with which case, gender and number – and then you have the indefinite / definite distinction to add to the mix, too.

Finally, there’s a new Android app from GeoGlot, which will take this often overwhelming task down a few notches in the fear factor!

Icelandic Noun Master is both an interactive reference tool and a drill practice machine. It lists the key declension patterns, and contains over a hundred model nouns to browse. Not only that, but the multichoice and gapfill quizzes test you on those tricky endings – and you can choose to focus on just one case (nominative, accusative, dative or genitive) or all of them. It will even track your progress and report the cases that you’ve been finding most difficult in the games.

So, don’t shy away from noun declensions – become a Noun Master with our latest app!

As always, GeoGlot apps are made by language lovers / learners for the same. To ensure it’s available for all learners, Icelandic Noun Master is free and supported by ads (as unobtrusive as possible, and never in any of the games!).

Get Icelandic Noun Master from Google Play here!

Icelandic Noun Master

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Learning Scottish Gaelic Numbers on iPhone and iPad

Scottish Gaelic joins the growing number of iOS Number Whizz apps with our latest iTunes release for iPhone and iPad!

Including native speaker sounds for many numbers, and a challenging set of games for drilling those cardinals, Scottish Gaelic Number Whizz is a great way to finally master that chore of language learning.

Scottish Gaelic Number Whizz is available on the iTunes App Store for 79p / $0.99 (with educational discount available for institutions) at the following link:

Scottish Gaelic Number Whizz on iTunes

Android users can get the app from Google Play at:

Scottish Gaelic Number Whizz on Google Play

Happy learning!

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Learn Irish numbers on your Android phone or tablet!

GeoGlot is proud to add another Celtic language to its range of Number Whizz apps for Android, with learners of Irish now supported with a new app release.

We hope you’ll save a traditional céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) for our app if you’re a student of Irish hoping to master Gaelic numbers. Irish Number Whizz is available for free from the Google Play Store at this link.

Happy learning!

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Learn Numbers in Welsh on Android!

Learners of Welsh will no doubt have scratched their heads at some point over the traditional version of the language’s two counting systems, the vigesimal system.

The vigesimal system of counting is based on the number 20, and while Welsh is not unique in this – French and Danish also use a base of 20 for some numbers – it is different enough from the decimal system to cause some anguish for learners! Although it now coexists with a much more familiar, decimal system of counting in modern Welsh, it is still considered an important part of the language, and still used for things like ages, dates and times.

Now, Android users can download our free Number Whizz app to learn and practise these tricky numbers on the go! Featuring presentations, number games and the ultra-handy Number Writer, it’s a great way to give your brain a Welsh workout.

Welsh Number Whizz is available at Google Play from this link.

Pob lwc and happy learning!

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