AntonOfTheWoods Posted January 13, 2022 at 08:30 AM Report Share Posted January 13, 2022 at 08:30 AM Update: (11-minute) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UodaDI4XVf0 Video introduction and demo to main functions. The system and interfaces have been improved quite a bit since filming this but everything there is still relevant. I am an experienced software engineer who took a year off to learn Chinese, found it was much harder than it should be, and had an idea for a platform to make learning Chinese (and later any language) hopefully much easier and more fun. Instead of wanting to start a company, I decided to do a PhD (at the City University of Hong Kong) instead and make everything available as open source/free. The information site is https://transcrob.es and the open source project is on Github https://github.com/transcrobes/transcrobes. The basic idea is that learners should start doing real stuff with real language as soon as possible, and that if we tie all the available tools in together (readers, video players, spaced repetition, browser plugins, data analytics, etc.), we can get a lot of insight, so every learner can have a deeply personalised language learning journey. Learning happens best when you care about what you are learning (with), so content should be chosen by learners not teachers (or the government!). Computers allow us to automatically make virtually any content accessible to anyone advanced beginner/intermediate and above (say 600-700+ characters). From there we just pile on the science (and engineering) to make the learning as efficient as possible! Beginners can use the spaced repetition and dictionary functionality to learn vocab and then move to the content side when they start feeling more comfortable. The software works in the browser (Chrome-compatible browsers for the moment, others to come), so it is not something you download and install separately. You need to initialise some data into the browser, so a lot of the functionality is available offline (PWA) after "install". As part of my PhD research, learners can sign up to participate and use the software https://am.transcrob.es. At the very least the current service will be available for another 2 years. Anyone 18 or over (university research restrictions...) can sign up and use the service for learning (simplified) Mandarin Chinese, as much or little as they like (for their own personal learning). I will ask participants to answer some surveys/questionnaires to understand how they use/like the software (but you can ignore me and it will only make me sad :-< ). I am continuing to develop new functionalities, and will be increasingly using more sophisticated machine learning as time goes by. Learner input into what they like or want is very important, and any new ideas will be considered for implementation! I am using the system myself for learning Chinese, so I am one learner I have been listening to a lot so far :-). Let me know here (or via direct email anton _at_ transcrob.es) if you have any questions or comments, and you are more than welcome to sign up and start using it now! Here are some (quite long-winded) introductions for various levels of learner: Getting started instructions for beginners: https://transcrob.es/page/software/learn/getting-started-beginner/ Getting started instructions for advanced beginners/intermediate: https://transcrob.es/page/software/learn/getting-started-intermediate/ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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