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  1. But even if you dedicate yourself daily, it's still not easy and most people fail, or they peak and then start to forget/lose what they've learned. Why does this happen?? I'll tell you why. Because you're not immersed in the language that you are learning. If I was learning Italian, and I moved to Italy, then with tools like Duolingo, Babbel, and others that are designed for those harder languages, I can learn Italian fluently. But if I try to learn Italian from America, sure I can memorize many words, but that doesn't mean that I will retain much since I'm not surrounded by the language. Get ready, I'm going to pitch something, but know that it's something that I truly created for myself at first to solve the exact issue from above. Except my issue was to not forget my native language of Romanian since I moved to America at a very young age, and in my adult life I speak Romanian to very few people and very rarely. So naturally, I started slipping. Every couple of years I would go back to visit Romania for about a month, and in that month of being immersed in the language, it came back sooo much more than if I were to just practice at home on my own. Light bulb!! What if I could stay immersed in the Romanian language even in America, every day. That would be cool. Well, what do I already do every day.....I have conversations through text messages every day!! These convos are in English, but what if I could see those convos in Romanian too. Ahhhaaaaa! So I developed a simple text messaging app, that my wife and I, and a couple of family/friends used. It does what I described above, it shows me my convos in another language as well. I ended up placing it on the App Store, Apple even featured it in the "New Apps We Love" section. Check it out if interests you, and I would love your feedback. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chatall/id1043435029 - (currently for iOS only - but there are plans for Android as well) See screenshot. I'm having a conversation in English on the left side, and on the right side my conversation is being translated in Spanish. Thanks, Adrian P.S. I'm not competing with the existing tools that take tackle language learning with more depth. Those are amazing tools that you should continue to use. But adding something like this to the mix to keep you immersed will make a BIG difference. P.S.S. If you are on iOS 13 already, there is a small bug with the formatting. The blue header at the top is missing (it's actually transparent). An update with a fix is coming in the next couple of days Apple always breaks something with their new releases. P.S.S.S. The app does not just use the regular Google Translator for the translations. I use Neural Machine Translations which is a software also being developed by Google, but it utilizes AI/machine learning to translate entire sentences, rather then word by word. This works much better for conversational/full sentence translations, and it's AI and machine learning driven so it constantly improves itself. Here's some more info on it --> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neural_machine_translation
  2. Well hi again to fellow fanatics of learning lingo. It just so happens that I am going to Russia for a few weeks this summer and I have barely gotten into the cyrillic alphabet, my plan is to learn a handful of useful phrases and words and compliment that with language apps as I have done before in Spanish-speaking countries. But I have made things extra difficult on myself by booking a couple domestic flights inside Russia with a national airliner that communicates only in Russian and has a russian-only website. The emails I have gotten so far I can simply throw into google translate and print out in English, usually the idea comes across somehow =). But russian airlines have proven to be unreliable with lots of problems and time changes, it is several months away and already stuff is being rescheduled. When the trip is underway, what do I do with the emails I get that I dont understand? I use an Iphone. Translating into English will be absolutely necessary and in my mind it could work like this: 1. Snapshotting the open email, making the screen an image in my photos. Then transferring the image into a suitable app that can identify and translate text in images. 2. Forwarding the entire email into a suitable app that accepts it and translates it. Copying and pasting large texts on a phone is not very easy so this would be awesome. You always figure things out as you get along and you always end up on the plane somehow but I enjoy using technology to simplify life and it is well needed because I don't make my trips easy in the first place (after all, I book flights in foreign countries using google translate). Any tips on what apps I should use or how I should deal with important emails that need to be translated?
  3. Hi all, I'd like to introduce a new app called MemoLingo. It's an addictive game but whilst playing we hope you will also learn new words in a new language. (or test out a language you vaguely know). Please give it a go and provide some feedback. We are actively looking to improve based on the responses we are getting. We think our app is less boring that the other language apps out there and are on a mission to make the most fun and effective language learning app! There are 10 language to choose from Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and more will be added soon. Please help us out. You can find more information here: http://www.memolingoapp.com available for IPad, IPhone, iPod: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1055010946 available on Android play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trianglecarrot.memolingo actually free on Android Amazon app store: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Triangle-Carrot-Ltd-MemoLingo-Languages/dp/B018BTCHGQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1449827244&sr=1-1&keywords=memolingo
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