What's new in November: Word suggestions in English and more!

Etiene Dalcol, November 30, 2020

Same news but in Portuguese 🇧🇷

New features and fixes!

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🎯 Awesome new feature: Word suggestions are now being tested for the English language!

👍 Improved interface: grouped pending matches, challenge now has only one image, unlimited subscription button (android only) more visible

📝 Updated texts around the app to be clearer and more intuitive

🐞 Lot’s of fixes: navigation, scrolling & keyboard behavior, disabling autocorrect, button contrasts, random crashes, cropped screens on login and more

Coming next

🔤 Word suggestions for more languages: French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Russian, Dutch, Welsh, Irish, Korean, Norwegian, Indonesian, Swedish, Arabic and more!

See the rest of our Roadmap of new features here.

Read Polygloss paper

We wrote an academic paper about making Polygloss inspired by critical pedagogy and then using Machine Learning to evaluate the linguistic progress of players. It was published at the NLP4CALL (Natural Language Processing for Computer Assisted Language Learning) workshop proceedings and you can read it here.

illustrations used in Paulo Freiro's literacy curriculum graph showing gain in language competence across rounds of Polygloss played

Recommendation of the month

easy german logo

Easy German is an online video series that provides German learners around the world with authentic learning material.

I’ve been addicted ever since it was recommended to me, and have also followed other channels of the same series such as Easy Spanish and Easy Greek. It’s an amazing free resource and 100% worth checking out if they are available for your target language.

One of my favorite ways of using these videos is watching right after a grammar lesson. Then I do the following things:

  • See if I can identify any instance of the thing I just learned being used
  • Take note of 10 new words (max) I learned during the video
  • Play Polygloss and try to use these words in my sentences

Super thanks 💖

Super thanks to everyone who is giving feedback, reporting bugs, writing reviews at the Play Store, sharing about Polygloss and the iOS Beta on social media and, of course, our new subscribers! Your support is very important for me to keep developing this game. When you subscribe you’ll get unlimited energy ⚡️, support developers and new features, and get access to an exclusive Slack group.

iOS Beta

If you haven’t received your iOS invite yet, please be patient! So many of you signed up, which is really exciting, and we are rolling it out by stages as we improve the app 🙏 Meanwhile, you can share the Android version of Polygloss with your friends.

Got any questions?

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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.