Hot on the heels of its Spanish cousin, Portuguese Verb Blitz makes a welcome transition from Android to Apple. As a highly declined language, one aim of the app is to make learning tricky conjugations just a little more systematic – and fun!
Learn, drill, repeat
The app doubles as both a reference and drill tool. Browse and check over a hundred conjugations across tenses. Mark off the verbs you’ve learnt. And then, drill them across a suite of games:
Infinitive quiz / grid quiz – test yourself on the basic meaning of verbs
Conjugation quiz – test your knowledge of person, number, tense and mood
Gapfill – drill those spellings!
Snap – test your translation skills
Each activity tracks your progress, too. At a glance, you can see which verbs you find trickiest – great for planning and focusing your studies!
Portuguese core vocab
With over a hundred core terms, the app is a great way to learn and consolidate key vocabulary, too. Through regular practice, master some of the most common words in everyday use in the language.
Learning Icelandic? Want to talk about your holidays past, present and future?
Our Nordic learning team has just put together this free worksheet to help you do just that! The worksheet features ten verb phrases to cover fun stuff you do on holiday. It’s completely in Icelandic, with spaces for you to write translations. And all ten verbs are presented in present, past and future examples, to really stretch your tense usage.
For talking about future plans, the team made use of the supremely useful Icelandic word ætla. While not strictly the grammatical future tense in Icelandic (this is formed with munuinstead), it is a hugely useful little word for speaking about future intentions, covering the sense of ‘to intend to …‘ or ‘to be planning to …’ in English.
Keen to share what they’ve been learning with the rest of the language learning community, the Geoglot team has been busy creating resources full of useful content for hacking your speaking skills.
In the first of a planned series of free downloadable materials, you can get some conversation Norwegian under your belt with this worksheet, focussing on ten useful verbs for talking about holidays in the present, past and future tenses.
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.
If you’re struggling with French, Italian or Spanish numbers – small, big or even huge – then you’ll be pleased to learn that all three are now served by a free Android ‘Number Whizz’ app.
Each one contains not only a handly how-to guide to numbers in the target language, but also games for practice, a random number generator (so your friends can test you!), and a super-useful ‘Number Writer’ module, which writes in words any number you input up to 999,999,999.
The three new Number Whizz apps are available from Google Play at the following links:
Do you get befuddled by numbers in Hebrew? Find learning number words boring? We know we do, although there’s no escaping the fact that learning numbers is an essential part of learning a foreign language.
Hebrew Number Whizz is the latest addition to GeoGlot’s apps for Android, and acts as a learning tool and a reference guide to make that chore easier. Using this free app, you can master Hebrew numbers with clear guides and interactive activities.
Units, tens, hundreds, thousands and millions – the sky’s the limit with a vast range of numbers covered.
Number Writer: type in any number up to 999,999,999 and Hebrew Number Whizz will write it out for you in words – with or without vowel points, or even transliterated into Latin characters
Multichoice: test yourself by matching a particular range of numerals and number words
Arithmetic Quiz: take your number mastery to the next level with these tricky addition and subtraction problems presented as words
Random Generator: enlist your friends’ help by asking them to tap a number, and asking you to read it out (transliteration provided!)
Not only that, but Hebrew Number Whizz supports learners at any level through a set of beginner-friendly settings. You can choose to include vowel points in the games, or even put the app into transliteration mode, presenting the numbers through Latin characters.
Whatever your level, Hebrew Number Whizz is a great way to make learning numbers – that chore of language learning – a lot more interesting.
Italian and Norwegian learners are now catered for with the GeoGlot Verb Blitz range. Practise a range of tenses and scores of verbs through interactive reference and games modules. Both apps are free, and available from the Google Play store at the following links: