What's new in Polygloss

Etiene Dalcol, December 5, 2021

It’s been a while since the last catching up, which means there are lots of stuff I’ve been really excited to share with you πŸ’–

πŸ‡§πŸ‡·Β Same news but in Portuguese

In this newsletter I’ll tell you:

App updates

The first thing you will notice is the new look and feel! A smoother design looking more polished, with a more professional logo that doesn’t deviate from our original choice of the hummingbird. The hummingbird is considered sacred by many Native American tribes and one many myths associate it to a messenger role, either between worlds or as a carrier of thoughts and desires between people due to its lightness. Many times, when we are learning a language, we want to say something and don’t know how. This is why we chose the hummingbird at Polygloss, so we can make it easier for you to get your message across.

Another feature of the new look are the softer colors. Although I loved the tropical watermelon color-scheme, it was a bit too flashy and maybe not as calming as it could be for a learning environment. One other important issue with it was accessibility. Unfortunately, a mix of green and hot pink isn't exactly the best color combination for a very common kind of color blindness. I'm very excited and so proud to release the new app with the turquoise color scheme and other important updates that wouldn't be possible without the efforts of Doug, Lindie, AgΓͺncia Mafagafo, Fernando, Alex, and all of the amazing people in our community who have reported important bugs, gave feedback and made feature suggestions.

New in v0.13.0-4:

πŸ₯° New look with new color scheme and animations

⚑️ Unlocking word hints will now unlock them for all images of a match

πŸŽƒ Happy halloween! Special lesson unlocks at just 1 star until the end of the month

⬆️ Allowed logging out during profile creating process

πŸ“° Added a link to latest news on side menu ✨ Starting a match from the library no longer consumes energy

✨ Improved match reallocation algorithm

🐞 Fixed bug cutting language selection screen on small devices

🐞 Fixed bug that prevented players from editing profile if username was too long

🐞 Fixed error when opening match invitation, challenge results, and error on loading app

🐞 Fixed login screen display on smaller screens

🐞 Fixed waiting matches card being cut on iOS

🐞 Fixed several small UI errors on iOS such as adding a bigger space at the bottom

Coming next

πŸš€ The iOS beta app has been a success and we are now making preparations to launch at the Apple App Store. In the meantime, we’ve been working on:

🎣 A a new tutorial and onboarding journey for new players

⏱ A way to see your sentence history and review it

πŸ‘€ To see more about our next plans, check our Product Roadmap.

Supporting Polygloss

Polygloss is built by a small team of volunteers. Your financial contribution allows us to spend more time making Polygloss better instead of looking for other jobs. We’re currently raising some funds to support the next 4 months of development. To support us, you can send us a donation through Ko-fi, any amount is appreciated πŸ₯°


Or, if you prefer, it’s also possible to send us a donation directly through PayPal.

Other ways to support Polygloss:

Learn more

If you want to know more about how and why Polygloss works, have a read at our introduction blog post. You’ll learn why the intermediate stage is the hardest step when learning a language, how to deal with increasingly rare and personal vocabulary, and what we can do about stress factors such as moving goal-posts about socializing, belonging and expression:

### iOS Beta Don't forget that our [iOS beta app](https://testflight.apple.com/join/IRAFbzHw) is now open for public tests and can be downloaded through Apple Testflight. Polygloss is a collaborative game where we play with each other, which means that a huge part of its value is in the strength of our community. Please share around!
## Company updates

New members

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that yet again our team has grown! We welcome Bryan Tomie on Marketing, Lindie Botes on Design, and Fernando Feitosa and Alex Bonet on Engineering.

Mission and values

We now have a Mission and Values document, so we can share with you what is exactly our motivation and what is important to us in how we move our journey forward.

How we work

Our whole team consists of volunteers from all over the world working from home casually on Polygloss according to our capacity and availability. With timezones ranging from Calgary to Singapore, we coordinate mostly asynchronously as a remote-first organization. As we unravel what we believe is the future of work, that comes with exciting challenges and lots of transparent communication, which means written, open, and accessible information that can be consulted at any time. It is for that reason that we have our Notion workspace open, where you’ll find lots of inspiring and useful information such as our product roadmap, our mission and values, our expenses sheet, our tracking of player suggestions and reports, feature brainstorming and much more!

Language events

Abralin hosts regular talks on linguistics. Don't miss our recommended one: [Ecological Language: A Multimodal Approach to Language Learning and Processing](https://aovivo.abralin.org/en/lives/gabriella-vigliocco-2/).

Learning Tips and other recommendations

← If you don't know Lindie Botes's blog yet, make sure you have a look! There's tons of amazing material there. In this blog post she reviews 8 free apps to learn languages and we're super proud to have been featured on her list.

For more cool content on language learning check:

Super thanks

Once again thanks to everyone who is contributing, getting in contact with us, supporting us, interacting on Twitter, on Slack, the team members who make things happen, and YOU!

What did you think of these updates? I’d love to hear your thoughts, just drop a comment below!

Etiene is a Software Engineer who is passionate about languages. She recently finished her MSc. in Computer Science researching Computational Linguistics and Computer Assisted Language Learning.