Announce your language passion with a Geoglot t-shirt!

We are very excited to announce the release of two rather different products from our usual line: Geoglot language t-shirts!

Wear your language geekness proudly on your chest with a choice of two different designs:

You can snap up both t-shirt designs from Amazon.com right now. They cost $16.99 each (US store only but international shipping available).

Happy learning – and enjoy telling others about it through your choice of attire! ūüôā

Geoglot logo t-shirt

Geoglot logo t-shirt

Geoglot language geek t-shirt

Geoglot language geek t-shirt

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Danish Verb Blitz now on iOS: Dansk practice for Apple users!

Another Scandinavian language joins our growing range of iOS grammar drill apps with the release of Danish Verb Blitz for iOS this week.

With well over 100 verbs to learn, review and drill, it’s a great way to hone your language¬†skills. The featured verbs are also amongst the commonest words in¬†the language. That makes the app is¬†a great tool¬†for expanding your vocabulary, too.

Danish drill

The core of the app is its verb reference engine, with a searchable list of verbs with full conjugations. But the app tackles both meaning and conjugation, with the familiar set of games:

  • Infinitive quiz / grid quiz
  • Conjugation quiz
  • Gapfill quiz

Gapfill is one of our favourites, as it really tests your knowledge of written forms Рmaster those spellings!

As well as the activities, there’s a handy tracking system. Using a simple score tracker through the games, you can check at any point which verbs you’ve found trickiest.

Scandinavian trio

Our new¬†dansk addition completes a trio of new apps on the App Store, representing¬†three mainland Scandinavian languages. If you’re a fan of them all, check out Norwegian (Bokm√•l) Verb Blitz and Swedish Verb Blitz for iOS, too.

Not using an Apple device? All the languages are also available in our Android collection, too. Our full Android catalogue can be found here.

Danish Verb Blitz for iOS is available for free from the App Store now!

Scandinavian languages are hands down the easiest for verbs!

Easiest languages – from a Verb Blitz point of view!

As language nuts, we often get asked by tentative, wannabe linguaphiles: which is the easiest language to learn?

Well, we’re well-equipped to answer that.¬† That is, at least from the perspective of experts on one part of speech: the verb. We’ve worked tirelessly on verb drill apps for some time now. We love verbs.¬†And it’s given us the kind of overview that language geeks like us crave.

Scandinavia has it! 🇩🇰🇳🇴🇸🇪

The verdict: the Scandinavian trio РDanish, Norwegian and Swedish Рare by far the easiest languages to learn from a verbs point of view.

Why is this, you ask? Well, unusually for most European languages, verbs don’t change for person. That’s right – they’re the same all the way through I, you, he/she it, to we, you (plural) and they.

Times change…

It hasn’t always been that way. Their common parent¬†language is Old Norse, which was chock-full of endings.¬†It had¬†a complex system of verb groups and endings for person, as well as tense and mood. In fact, modern Icelandic still has all those characteristic endings of Old Norse, while mainland Scandinavia has simplified them all away. And they¬†really have¬†simplified them to the max – even the verb ‘to be’, notoriously tricky across many languages, has just a single form per tense. Compare them in this table:

🇩🇰 🇳🇴 🇸🇪 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇦🇺🇳🇿
jeg er jeg er jag är I am
du er du er du är you are
han/hun/det er han/hun/det er han/hon/det är he/she/it is
vi er vi er vi är we are
I er dere er ni är you (plural) are
de er de er de är they are

English – usually the ‘easy grammar’ candidate – is left in the dust by the Scandies here!

Some caveats…

It’s not¬†all plain sailing (is anything?). Like its Germanic cousins English, Dutch and German, the Scandinavian languages have a clutch of ‘strong’ verbs. These display patterns of¬†ablaut (stem vowel change), often to indicate tense. Think of the English:

  • break – broke – broken

The past and past participle aren’t formed with the usual, regular -ed ending. Instead, the change of vowel tells us that they’re past tense forms. Likewise, in Norwegian, the same occurs:

  • brekke – brakk – brukket

However, if your native language is English, Dutch or German, you’ll be used to this system instinctually. Another reason the Scandinavian languages are easiest for verbs!

Complex can be good!

Also, let’s not discount the wonderful challenge – and logical beauty – of complex, highly inflected verb systems. There’s something¬†deeply satisfying about getting all those Spanish / French / Polish / Hungarian endings right. Sometimes, easiest¬†doesn’t mean more fulfilling!

Still, simplified verb systems are something that continue to make Danish, Norwegian and Swedish¬†very attractive propositions for language learners. And of course, they have their own quirks and foibles in other parts of speech, just to ensure there’s still some level of challenge! 😁

Have a look for yourself! Try Geoglot’s free Verb Blitz apps for the Scandi¬†languages:

Danish Verb Blitz for Android

Norwegian Verb Blitz for Android
Norwegian Verb Blitz for iOS

Swedish Verb Blitz for Android

Modern Greek verbs? No problem!

It’s a special moment when we get to add a brand new language to the Geoglot range. And today, we’re pleased as punch to announce the debut of Modern Greek!

Greek Verb Blitz is a free reference and drill tool for learning conjugations, in the same successful mould as our other popular Verb Blitz apps. With over 160 commonly used Greek verbs, it’s a great way to practise grammar, as well as expand your vocabulary.

Active and passive declensions are dealt with as separate entries to keep things simple and digestible for learners, with verbs presented neatly conjugated across tenses and aspects. Game settings allow for different tenses to be tested, so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed if you’re just starting to learn.

Greek Verb Blitz is available for free from Google Play at this link. As always, Geoglot Android apps are supported by in-app ads in order to make language learning as widely accessible as possible.

Happy learning and¬†őļőĪőĽŌĆ ŌĄőĪőĺőĮőīőĻ¬†(that’s bon voyage)¬†on your journey into the Greek language!

Greek Verb Blitz

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 c√©ad m√≠le f√°ilte (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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Master German and Icelandic numbers!

German and Icelandic have joined our growing range of Number Whizz apps!

Whether you’re a beginner or a little further along in your language learning journey, mastering numbers is¬†one of those chores that it’s tempting to keep putting aside ad infinitum (pun intended).

Number Whizz focuses purely on numbers, encapsulating them into a multifunctional app featuring presentations, games for learning and even useful utilities. Test yourself at addition and subtraction in your language of choice, or tap in a huge number and see the app write it out in words for you!

The apps can be downloaded from Google Play at the following links:

As always, Geoglot uses in-app ads to ensure that the Number Whizz can both be free for all Android users, keeping language learning software accessible.

Happy learning!

Icelandic Number Whizz

Icelandic Number Whizz

German Number Whizz

German Number Whizz

New Polish app available!

Polish learners can now join RusMate users improving their Russian, Gaelic, Norwegian, Greek and Japanese with RusMate apps. That’s because can now improve your Polish with our brand new Polish Vocabulary Builder app, available for just 59p from the iTunes App Store! Learn scores of words and phrases with the familiar tap-to-flip flashcard system avaiable in our Norwegian, Japanese and Scottish Gaelic and Greek apps. Practise your Polish in three interactive games to consolidate your new knowledge. Click this link to view the Polish Vocabulary Builder for iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store!

One of the interactive activities in the Polish Vocabulary Builder app

One of the interactive activities in the Polish Vocabulary Builder app

New Greek app available!

Greek learners need no longer be jealous of RusMate users improving their Russian, Gaelic, Norwegian or Japanese with RusMate apps. That’s because can now improve your Greek with our brand new Greek Vocabulary Builder app, available for just 59p from the iTunes App Store! Learn scores of words and phrases with the familiar tap-to-flip flashcard system avaiable in our Norwegian, Japanese and Scottish Gaelic apps. Practise your Greek in three interactive games to consolidate your new knowledge. Click this link to view the Greek Vocabulary Builder for iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store!

Sample activity from the Greek Vocabulary Builder app for iPhone and iPod Touch

Sample activity from the Greek Vocabulary Builder app for iPhone and iPod Touch