PollyGot

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Now I've Gone and Done It!

I've built an app for myself. Well, it's not just for myself. It's for anyone who wants to learn any of these languages:
  • English, German, French,
    Spanish, Portuguese, Russian,
    Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin, or Japanese.

Wait. How do you know ten languages?

I don't speak all ten languages. I'm only fluent in three of them (English, Spanish, and Mandarin). It extends the principles of Fantasdeck with a fair bit of assistance from parallel corpora and machine translations. My back end estimates how reliable various translations are. Then, I edit the results where I can. That means that, over time, as I learn the other seven languages, and as users submit more content, I'll keep only the best and most accurate entries.

How does it work?

Honestly, PollyGot is pretty simple. You start at 0% proficiency, and you work your way to 100%. A score over 90% on each translation allows you to continue. More frequent success accelerates your progress. More incorrect answers force you to review more. However, every score over 95% increases reduces how far you're pushed back when forced to review. That's it.

Great! So this will make me fluent in thirty days, right?

Nothing will make you fluent in thirty days, and anyone who sells that lie should be shot by a firing squad. However, you will acquire each language's syntax, phonology, and orthography as you work through these modules.

In fact, it's not really right to call them modules. Modules imply that they're built from the top down, like the SLA shit shows that infest most private industries and learning campuses. This app takes a bottom-up approach. There is no lecture. There are no guidelines and rules to memorize. Instead, I give everything short of filling in the answers for you, to guide you to the anticipated responses. 

One goal of mine is to eliminate the feeling of being quizzed. That's how most other apps work. It's these few steps: "You tried. It scores. You failed? Try again." Rinse and repeat. And unfortunately, these apps do more rinsing than repeating.

Mine is more like this: "You try. It tracks. You tinker. You submit. You compare. Try again." The catch? With PollyGot, there's more repeating than rinsing.

Also, unlike everything else in the electronic language-learning market, my database contains the whole range of language. So I can say with confidence that this is the only app that will teach you both, "I come from California," and, "Here comes the milk truck!" in ten different languages. My only rule is that sentences be sentences. The rest is left to math and translation accuracy.

There is also one other major difference. You can choose to practice your next language in all of the languages that you know. That not only reinforces your native language skills. It trains you to connect all of your languages together.

That all sounds good. So, where can I download PollyGot?

If you use an Android phone, you can download it here.

If you use an Apple product, you should make better life choices. (You're hurting small developers.)

Shut up and take my money!

"I'm an artist, goddammit!"
Well, PollyGot is free to use. However, if it works for you and you've got some cash to blow, support me on Patreon.

Money isn't my main objective (but seriously, give me money!). My greater hope is that you all have fun with this app. Languages are my passion. They belong to everyone.

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