Learning a new language is difficult. It takes time and effort, and once you’re at a conversational level, you need to practice regularly to make sure you don’t forget crucial words and grammar rules. Apps like Duolingo have done a good job of gamifying the process and helping people stick with it. A new iOS platform Lingo Legend, launched on March 15, aims to go further: teach you languages with video games.
Lingo Legend aims to make learning a language fun and non-intrusive by merging lessons with video games. The first video game on the platform is Yorthwood, a card battle RPG.
Yorthwood will feature all the expected must-haves of its genre, including exploration, building bridges, fighting monsters, as well as craftable weapons and a customizable camp. To play a card against your enemies, you’ll need to answer a language question – think of it like learning a combo in a fighting game.
The platform and games are developed by Hyper Thought Games. Yorthwood is the first of several planned titles that will attract learners and gamers to the app. The app will be completely free and will feature several language courses that will “help people master a variety of topics” in the language of their choice.
There will also be monthly, semi-annual and lifetime subscription options for people who prefer to upgrade to the free version – the lifetime option will require a one-time payment for full and permanent access.
Lingo Legend is intended to be accessible to everyone, including children, which means that parents can introduce their children to a second language early. It also means that people who have no experience in language learning can jump straight into it without worrying that things are too complicated for them.
To keep players motivated, Lingo Legends will feature monthly challenges, player leaderboards, and leaderboards. The competitive element combined with new games and planned content updates should help keep the experience fresh, ensuring people stick with their learning.
At launch, you’ll be able to learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, German, Italian, or Portuguese using a “spaced repetition algorithm that’s all about reinforcing learning in a fun, organic way during you are playing”.
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