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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Learning foreign languages in pictures.

Foreign languages in pictures gives you an opportunity to learn new languages as fast as you were doing it in childhood. As kids we were memorizing hundreds of words without effort. It worked due to strong associative memory and connection between words and sensation.
We offer you:
1. To overcome physiological barriers
2. To learn anywhere anytime in any conditions.
3. To learn main set of words quick and easy
4. To memorize foreign words relying not on translation, but on object.

Multimedia technologies make constant progress giving more opportunities to learn foreign languages. This application contains:
1. Intuitively understandable interface
2. Dictionary in a list view and progress for each word
3. Gesture managed gallery
4. Study process statistics for each category
5. Function of word pronunciation in one click
6. Independency from the internet connection
Besides that you get:
1. 6 dictionary categories about food used in everyday life
2. More than 200 words and images carefully selected by linguists
3. 2 exercise types for strong association building between object and foreign word

You can try them for free:

Or buy full versions
English,  FrenchGermanItalianRussianSpanish.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

E-learning trends. What is happening?

What is going on in e-learning? A lot of ideas, tremendous scientific progress. Computers can be manipulated only by thoughts, they understand your voice, and you can play games by gestures using Microsoft kinnect. Even in using only your web cam you can read your emails in Gmail by special movements. Here we will discuss some moments of e-learning, accessibility for people, use friendliness, effectiveness and of course trends.
How much people have now Internet? A lot 1,966,514,816 people were Internet users at 30th June 2010, but it is only around 29% of all world population. Yes, sure there are a lot of programs like One Laptop per Child ( But maybe it is great idea, but with 7.5” TFT display, I am afraid children in 10 years will have problems with eyes. And even if we stop on 29% of people who have Internet, there are a lot of who have pretty bad connection. So it is one of the current problems, people need access to the Internet and modern technologies to take part in e-learning process.
Also anyway this software has to be user friendly and of course to be pretty interesting. What means interactive, contains media recourses, have immediate feedback and so on. But the big problem that computer cannot check everything and give a big variety pieces of advises. Now software tends to the micro learning, to mobile applications, rich web applications, or to the learning in the games. So sometimes learning process can happen even when you don't notice it. For instance I have got knowledge about Vikings mythology from game "Age of Mythology ", it was and it is very popular among kids, because it is the easiest way to arouse children interest. The game play means active involving participant, so he is not only learning something but also do it, what yield pretty good. Fast development of web 2.0, mobile internet, and time of tablets allows creating systems which can be accessed in any time, any place, and gives for applications possibility to look nice, have immediate feedback, to communicate with other learners, create discussions, and imply knowledge in practice. If designer, software developer, pedagogue, marketer and good manager will create team, they will create an amazing product.
But what about efficiency? We have around 10% comprehensibility from reading, 20% from audio visual material and 30% from demonstration. This is what we get from traditional learning, but also from the majority of e-learning systems. But there are some another activities which are more beneficial. And they are the core of successful e-learning systems. Because half material brought to the discussion will be memorized, and for practicing and teaching numbers are 75 and 90% percent correspondingly. But in current time it is not easy to organize comfortable online video conference, where you can talk, draw, show, explain something, so now e-learning often is used as a part of study process, and supplement with workshops, working meeting, presentations. What give maximal efficiency? Because people at home can learn some material, make partly exercises, tests, and the come and discuss it or implement something.
Separately I would like to mention micro and social learning. As Wikipedia says micro learning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term "micro learning" refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. Let imagine that you are in the bus or train on your way home. And at this time you have to learn English for the job. Only some clicks and you have on your mobile application to learn works, which can be personalised, and uses different kinds of media. 5 trainings per day, 5 minutes for training and you learn daily 10-20 words. But you use time you wait on the bus stop, or in the transport. So you don't waste your time and get knowledge!
Social learning is a new paradigm of finding, consuming, creating and contributing information via collaborative commons. In a social learning environment, community creates and maintains multiple forms of content and members of such community are able to then find and consume such content via informal path. Social learning is distinctly different from formal learning, where in formal learning environments the content is typically created by designated authors and then assigned for consumption to a broader population. In modern world, social learning is powered by collaboration technology such as social networking and content sharing platforms like YouTube, among others. Video has become one of the most effective content types within the social learning ecosystem. However, social learning is not limited to content that has been created by the community, but it also extends to the ability to find human experts for the purposes of connecting the seeker of knowledge to a potential source of knowledge, which is another individual who could be an expert on the topic.
Social learning environments have been proven to offer significantly higher quality of content as compared to formal learning environments. Additionally, social learning creates a higher degree of engagement among participants. Social learning is currently being considered as a leading method of spreading knowledge in various environments, which include formal settings such as enterprise and business-related environments. So we have big amount of possibilities, instruments, but it is not widespread. This is very significant step, because allows participants to teach each other, discuss and look together for new material and ways of learning.
Now we see that current usage of e-learning is supplementary and is used with traditional learning paradigms, but is very efficient. And nowadays trends try to help you have possibility to give you knowledge in minimal volume of time, like using short periods of time, when you are free (micro learning) and involving in practical knowledge applying and teaching, what is very productive. And maybe with so fast technology progress soon we will have possibilities to have virtual meetings- it is already applying for certain fields like SVN for developers and Google docs, but not so comfortable as usual real discussion.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Using flash cards to learn foreign language vocabulary

When you are learning a new language, one method that can be very effective for learning and retaining vocabulary is using flash cards. I’ve used flash cards to increase my vocabulary with German and English, and it works well in all cases.

The method itself of using flash cards is pretty simple. The easiest way is to buy a stack of index cards, write the word you want to learn on the front, and write the meaning on the back. Shuffle the cards and start going through them to see if you can remember the meaning, looking at the back if you can’t remember. To increase my retention of difficult vocabulary, I would pick out the cards of words I repeatedly had trouble remembering to create a separate stack that I could focus on exclusively. I know there are a ton of computer-based and web-based flash card programs, though I haven’t used any of them before. If you have one that has worked well for you, please let me know in the comments.

For German the results of using flash cards to learn vocabulary were more mixed. For me, they seemed to be pretty effective for verbs (in infinitive form), nouns, and adjectives. However, they were decidedly less helpful for certain words I was having trouble remembering. A lot of words are very context-dependent and are very difficult to remember out of context, but anyway you need have previous knowledge. Just try explaining what anyway or nevertheless mean to someone without using an example or explaining the context in which they’re used!

So putting these words on a flash card is not an effective way to learn them because they are not being used in context. A more effective way to learn these words is to pause mentally when you encounter them and absorb the context in which they are used. When you hear them, focus on the intonation. After a while, you’ll pick up the different meanings this word can have and you will be able to use it in the right context.

Overall, I’d say flash cards can be very effective for words that are not very context-dependent, like nouns, verbs, and adjectives. For words that do depend on context, flash cards won’t be very effective and you should try out other methods. And if you make a set of flash cards, use them! Be sure to shuffle each time, and go back to them after a while. You’ll be amazed at how much vocabulary you can pick up this way!

In the Internet you can find a lot of ways how to make flash card on your own, or you can use special software. But about it in the next post.

Falsh makers you can found on kitzkikz and  cambridgeenglishonline.

If you are lazy, and don't won't to create your own cards and lists, you can use   flashcardexchange.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Learn numbers in different languages! Andoid applications.

Some minutes in train or plane and you can make calculations in new language.

Today more modern multimedia technologies are getting better and better. Here you can use one of the modern methodologies For the rapid study of the foreign numbers. If you travel to another country, you need to know how to count and to know their numbers: when you pay for the product, calculate the change, ask the route number, get the room number at the hotel. Using a combination of calculations and numbers' names you can quickly learn and apply them in real life. In addition to that during training you develop your ability to calculate quickly, memorize numbers and improve your memory skills.

 Here you can find links for applications on different languages:

Application for Spanish numbers
Application for English numbers
Application for German numbers
Application for French numbers
Application for Italian numbers

And try demo versions.

If you are follower of with blog and want this application for free, send me private email, and you will get .apk file by post.