Unleash the Kraken...of Updates!
Look’s who's back!
Now, if you think we are here to warn you of the zombie apocalypse – we are not. That is decades away from now, so we are safe. But, we do have a hoard of awesome updates to unleash.
Home Screen Carousel
First things first, you may have noticed that the home screen has received a pretty obvious update. Namely, you will notice that all the information that was previously in the bar at the top of the screen has been moved into a carousel for you to see more clearly.
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We will be introducing new tiles and more functionality within the carousel in future updates, so for now, enjoy swiping between the tiles to check out your most up-to-date stats! If you’d like to see this in action, please view the video below.
Now, speaking of the home screen, would you like to be greeted with a smiling face the next time you open the app?
It’s not Beyoncé.
But wait, what if we told you it’s a tiny smiling helper that will appear in the app when they have something that will help you with your learning experience, tailored to the screen you are on.
We knew you would like that!
Tap on your learning buddy whenever you’d like, but please remember, once you read what they have to share, they won’t come back and share that specific piece of wisdom again, so always try to put what they are sharing into practice as soon as you read their advice.
You can see how this will look in a quick video below.
Aren't they adorable!
Stickers on Flashcard Backs
There are many different types of flashcards in the app, and we’ve received feedback that there isn’t always a clear intention behind the flashcard, so we’ve come up with some help on that front.
It’s actually on the back, but you get it, right?
When you encounter a designed flashcard that helps you learn how to pronounce in your new language, you’ll see a “Pronunciation” sticker on the back of the flashcard. Remember, for these cards, we aren’t trying to teach you the vocabulary word itself, but trying to help you learn how to speak in your new language and master that accent!
You will also see an “Ear Training” sticker for our flashcards designed to help you hear in your new language. Another sticker for “625 Words” showcases the 625 awesome word lists that we have specially curated because they are some of the most common words you will need to know in your new language.
Please check out the video below to see what to expect with these lovely stickers.
If you have ideas for future stickers you think would be beneficial - please share them on the survey included at the end of this update 😊.
Review Session Up
We’ve made a pretty big update to what flashcards appear (or rather don’t appear) during your review sessions. It is more efficient if you don't see flashcards related to each other (aka “sibling” cards) in the same review session.
In the past, you probably experienced review sessions where we showed you a picture and asked you to recall the word, and then we showed you that same word (in the same review session) and asked you where it went in a sentence or something else related to it.
Well, this isn’t an optimal learning experience, so we’ve stopped doing that, and we will purposefully delay any sibling flashcards to future review sessions.
That’s right random panda. There’s one more impact to consider – sibling flashcards also apply to words found in the same sentence.
For example, consider you are learning the word “cat” from the sentence "The cat chases the dog." We won’t show you flashcards for other words, such as "dog" in the same review session anymore either. This update is to make sure that each review session you engage in has the most significant impact it can have.
So, keep being awesome and doing your reviews every day, and pretty soon, you should notice how good it feels when you see a sibling flashcard, not in the same review session, but a future one - because you should start recalling these easier!
Word Order Flashcards
Typically you can choose to create up to five flashcards for each word you are learning (this doesn’t apply to brand new learners). One of these flashcard types is called “Word Order,” It creates a flashcard that asks you where the word goes in the sentence. We know that many people choose to omit to create this type of flashcard, so we’ve made that process a lot easier.
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There are two ways to choose not to have the app automatically select the “Word Order” flashcard type for creation. First, you can go to your settings menu, or deselect the “Word Order” flashcard type when creating your flashcards.
Check out the video below to see this in action.
Not to worry. If you choose to have these flashcard types turned off, you can always choose to create one in the moment by simply tapping on the “Word Order” flashcard type before making your flashcards.
"Known Word" Count Changes
Has your Known Word count changed unexpectedly?
Has it caused a fair amount of shock and surprise?
Well, my lovely humans, let’s find out why. When you originally signed up and chose your fluency level initially, we made an educated guess about your CEFR level and Known Word count based on your selected fluency level.
We showed that educated guess to you in the form of your Known Word count (and associated CEFR level) being higher than zero initially (unless you were a true beginner, then it was zero).
Well, to be more accurate, we have removed that educated guess and instead rely solely on input from you to populate these numbers more accurately. For example, yesterday, let’s say that you had a Known Word count of 600 words, and today that count states 483 words. Why has this count decreased? Well, after analyzing all of your activity in the app (via review sessions and swiping cards as “known”), we have calculated an accurate count of precisely 483 words.
Now you can track your learning journey in precise measurements and see your progress as it happens. You will be able to see your Known Word count moving in real-time as it happens, and this should give you reasons to celebrate as you move forward towards your goals!
We recently found out that if you started a review session, but left early without finishing, that we were asking you to start the review session over when you tried to pick it back up (meaning we didn’t remember the flashcards you had answered already).
Well, we are sorry about that. Now, feel free to confidently leave a review session partway through if you need to, knowing that the review session will be waiting where you left off upon your return.
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So many thanks for making it through this update! Several of the updates in this release resulted from feedback from lovely humans like you, so please continue sharing your feedback on this update and anything else you’d like to see in the app via this survey.
And also, drink some water!