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I haven't used/heard many of these so thank you!

5 stars Bueno 

Me gusta mucho. Gracias

It makes sense, thank you!

muy bien

Good practice

Educational - it's a fun way to learn new words.

Challenging

Excelente.

These games are an excellent way of testing us regarding verbs, etc.

It was difficult for me but i needed that

Great! I love this

this was wonderful

Brilliant exercise, thanks.

Very good way of doing revision and I made more mistakes than I expected.

Me gusta mucho

This is an excellent method of teaching someone like me. I am really beginning to feel encouraged.

este es una buena revision de las palabras

Awesome!

Thank you - they are brilliant and are making a very good learning tool for me.

Thank you for your wonderful help.

Please discuss about the other conditionals,this was very helpful.

Good game

This exercise helped remind me that I DO know some Spanish words! Thank you for the encouragement.

Great for remembering conjugations

Great!

Me encanta. Muy util.

Very, very helpful.

wow! This exercise is very nice and m very glad to play this game.

I really enjoyed doing this one. Thank you

5 stars Bueno 

Muy bien para verbos y vocabularios

Good exercise! Thank you!

It's so encouraging to get lots of them right!

Feeling pleased with this one! It's very encouraging!

Whoopee! I got there in the end. These really are excellent learning tools!

Perfecto

Challenging, thank you

I wanted to practice my Spanish but find with a small child and working part time, making time hasn’t been a priority. When I receive the emails from LinguaMemes I usually have the time to follow the link immediately and do a quick practice. The ‘lessons’ are quick to do and the right mix of challenging and useful vocabulary for me. I downloaded a podcast series a couple of years ago with the best intentions, but only listened to one episode – this has been a great way to get me actively practicing my Spanish in a way that is accessible.

Thank you.

Debbie N

May I congratulate you on a first class program and thank you for the free trial.

Jane M

Very interesting and a great way to enlarge vocabulary. Rating 5.

That's really good! So often you have to work through swathes of basic vocabulary before you can really get started - but with LinguaMemes, you get to dive in straight away. Thom, Linguist


There's no shortage of online resources to assist inteaching foreign languages up to GCSE level, but there is a need for resources which utilise a unique software interface to empower both students and teachers, and do so in straightforward, intuitive fashion. This was the context in which the web-based LinguaMemes was brought to my attention. Coming from my own background in evaluating creative education projects, I approach a resource like this with three questions in mind:

Each of these questions applies to everyone for whom the resource is intended; in this case, both Key Stage 3-4 students, their parents and their teachers. LinguaMemes runs entirely online, requiring no downloading or installing, and tests indicate it runs equally well on PC, Mac, iPhone, Android and tablets. But accessibility is second to usability, and this is where this application takes a unique approach.

Predominantly designed to supplement language studies outside the traditional pedagogical setting, LinguaMemesencourages the student to take control of their learning experience by partaking in interactive multiple choice reading exercises followed by memory-based typing exercises.Though it is focused on the reading aspect, in a holistic curriculum reading is intrinsically linked to writing, speakingand listening.

The much mythologised Bloom (1956) defines the process of reading as consisting of three stages: pre-reading, in which the student recognises the elements of a text; the initial reading, in which the student musters their own extant knowledge and resources; and the rereading, in which the student actively participates by applying critical thinking to their extant knowledge.

LinguaMemes reflects this simple but useful methodology by progressing from multiple choice translation questions to direct interaction, asking the student to type out the choice they just made from memory.The initial stage exercises the student's comprehension abilities, while the second one moves them to actively assume control of the process and take a calculated risk by producing the answer themselves. Repeating this engagingly recursivedual process can greatly promote the retention of information, and it is made all the more stimulating by an additional 'Peek' feature. Not as simple as just giving the student the answer, this option logically breaks down each of the four multiple choices and translates each word in turn, displaying both a literal and natural translation of each answer.

It is a basic tenet of linguistics that simply telling a student what a foreign phrase means in their native tongue is poor practice. In order to properly engage with a language, they must understand why it means what it does. Similarly, it is not enough to merely ask a student to 'read' a text; they must have a goal in reading it, and in this case not only is the audience taking control of their discovery of the text's meaning and gaining transferable knowledge that will eventually help them craft formerly foreign sentences naturally.

LinguaMemes develops this sense of wider reading further by explicating on - occasionally decidedly quirky - etymology in certain Peeks, without spelling out explicitly why the information is relevant. Not only does this element strike that delicate balance between informing and entertaining, it also imperceptibly increases the challenge by requiring that the student logically apply what is apparently trivia to isolate the correct answer. All of this combines to put the learner in control of their learning, and future customisation options will enable teachers to modify the application's content for a variety of skill levels and languages, guaranteeing sustainability and a sense of collaboration between teacher and student.

Bloom, B. (1956) Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Addison Wesley

LinguaMemes.com is an interactive site for learning languages at a secondary level. Subscribers to the site can choose from French, German, Spanish, Italian or Japanese, and it is completely free! Whilst there are hundreds of language learning sites available on the internet, LinguaMemes is approaching things from a different angle. This is secondary school language learning with an out of the box approach. Subscribers to the site receive a daily email containing a link to an interactive activity, which works on a language learning premise that is often over looked but long established as valuable and a more natural way of learning.

Following the link from the daily email takes you to your mission for the day, where you will be presented with various tasks, picking the correct word, structuring a sentence, learning grammar, etc. The lessons are clearly presented and there is always an option to gain extra help if you get stuck. Sometimes by hovering over the phrase, sometimes by clicking the hint button. However, because the learning has been structured in such an intuitive way that matches how we naturally learn languages, I found I almost never needed extra help.At any point you can click out to google translate, which has the speak option, so you can hear the sentences or words correctly pronounced, and repeat them yourself. The system has been designed to help you learn and understand how the language is structured rather than just learning parrot fashion.

The fact that the lessons come daily by email is also really habit forming, you begin to look forward to your next bite size chunk. You feel that you are making progress at a steady pace rather than being overloaded by too much information at once. There is plenty of time to work through the contents, and with the links live for 36 hours you also have time to go back over them should you want to do even more learning. But, I think it is really sensible not to overload students with infinite amounts of work. It is better to relive the lesson a couple of times and really understand it, giving it plenty of time to sink in, before another lesson arrives.

The screens do not require the user to install any software, it is all done through the web browser, which means you can use the computer, a tablet or a phone, so the lessons are also portable. I could see this working really well for many different users. Everyone learns a language for a different reason, however this software works for all. Whether you are improving the family language for a holiday, or supporting school learning as a tutor or teacher, these exercises are the perfectly length and well structured. I will certainly be hanging around long enough to improve my French, and possibly have a go at one of the other languages too. A really cracking site, and an excellent way to improve language skills for many age groups.

Anna E. United Kingdom

Linguamemes user report

The Linguamemes website has plenty of exercises to aid language acquisition. It has a clear layout with the home screen consisting of four pages, with each page containing three groups of activities such as "Reading", "Dialogue" or "Lessons". Some exercises have information specific to that exercise attached to it such as a note for the student to use certain verbs or pronouns. The home screen may benefit from an indication of the degree of difficulty of each exercise so users can start where they feel will challenge them whilst still enabling them to complete that task. It could also keep track of how many exercises have been completed per section or an average confidence score calculation in order for the user to see which type they are least confident on. Linguamemes prompts the user to input a confidence score (formatted as a percentage) at the end of every activity which is then displayed on the home screen next to that exercise. When clicked, a full history of confidence scores is shown which means that the student can track their improvement and highlight vocabulary words and grammar sections that they may need to work on.

The website is easy to use after a few minutes of navigation and most categories of exercises have notes available which the user can hover over to view instructions and hints on what the correct answer may be. Additional notes on alternative wording and exceptions to grammar rules appear to highlight these changes so the student can learn these for the future. The additional notes also list grammar and word changes based on location so the user can learn which set applies to them and the location in which they intend to use the language. Some exercises have longer lists of vocabulary than others – when this is the case, the user can select which set of words to test at that time, for example words one to fifteen or sixteen to thirty. In tasks where the user is asked to correctly type in answers in their chosen foreign language, multiple translations are classed as correct which allows for differing translations of the language. Case sensitivity of input draws the user's attention to the different grammar rules regarding capitalisation which have a tendency to catch students out and cost them accuracy points in tests and exams.

Although the hint button could make it tempting to cheat, this concern is far outweighed by the usefulness of such a tool. If the student is stuck, the hint fills in the next letter or character meaning that they can continue to learn. The programming changes the positions of answers in multiple-choice games every time they are played so that students cannot use their visual-spatial memory to fill in answers and must instead rely on their language ability. While reading through a grammar lesson, if the user feels they need help on a specific topic related to the lesson in order to gain the maximum benefit they can click on a link to open an exercise that practices this area in a new tab which can be closed once completed in order to continue working on the original lesson. When the user is building sentences out of pre-set 'blocks' of words in their target language, they are then asked to input the sentence they have just built based on the English translation. This aids long-term memory for the acquired language. The actual categories of exercises are similar in structure to most GCSE questions which helps students to prepare for their exams using the feedback they gain from each section. 'Dialogues' in particular is an excellent category of exercises that prompts the user to have a conversation using inputs and questions which helps in all categories of GCSE-type questions as it develops the student's ability to recognise, translate and reply to another person. In the task, the user plays both parts however, meaning that they cannot rely on an area of preference which improves their language ability overall.

Overall, Linguamemes performs the task of improving and enhancing language acquisition very well. It has a user-friendly interface and plenty of different tasks that aim to challenge students. It has obviously been designed to assist the student throughout their GCSE preparation with features such as confidence tracking and grammar lessons which helps the student if they have the desire to learn.