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October 5, 2021

The Power of the Progress Bar

Welcome back, lovely Fluent Forever users!

We are here with breaking news on our newest update, but it is mainly for our Beginner and Intermediate users. Advanced learners, the force is already strong with you, so you can sit this one out.

Now, for the rest of you who are still training your ears to hear in your new language (Step One of the Four-Step Method), it's time to suit up. But first, we have a quick reminder from Gabe’s book on why this is the very first step:

The better you internalize good pronunciation habits in the beginning, the less time you’ll waste hunting down broken words. If you can build a gut instinct about pronunciation, then every new word you read will automatically find its way into your ears and your mouth, and every word you hear will bolster your reading comprehension. You’ll understand more, you’ll learn faster, and you’ll spare yourself the hunt for broken words. Along the way, you’ll have an easier time memorizing, you’ll make better impressions upon native speakers, and you’ll speak more confidently when you’re ready.

But we know that learning a new language can feel overwhelming, especially at the start.

So we’ve decided to put your first big milestone front and center for you on the home screen with the help of a new tile!

The progress bar awaits

Beginners will see a progress bar on this tile called “Basics of Spelling.” You’ll create A LOT of flashcards throughout mastering pronunciation that will teach you the spelling and pronunciation system in your language. Mastering this system will allow you to learn faster and retain more information from every vocabulary and grammar flashcard you see in the future.

Every time you complete a Basics of Spelling lesson, the progress bar will increase. If you finish your daily tasks on the home screen each day, you can expect to fill this bar in about a month!

Attention Intermediate learners: on this new tile, you will also see a bar for “Ear Training”—flashcards to help train your ears to hear the nuances in the language that don’t come naturally to English speakers.

Training your ears is so important, and it’s the reason why you will be more efficient at mastering your new language in the long run. Once you can hear in your new language, everything else is just so much easier!

So, be daring and bold! Engage in your pronunciation lessons and grow those progress bars.

Once you fill them all up, which you will, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. The completed bars will show how you’ve built a solid foundation on which the rest of your language acquisition will grow.

Lastly, here’s a message to all our seasoned pros that completed all their pronunciation lessons. We know you might have felt a little left out in this post, but you should take this time to celebrate all the work you have achieved because we’re celebrating your progress too!

Stay awesome until the next one!

September 20, 2021

Makeover Time!

Hello, lovely humans!

We know it’s been a while since our last blog post, but there’s a good reason for that. We have been hard at work on some things that you may have noticed. Essentially...

Fluent Forever has a new look!

Fancy update

If you haven’t spotted it yet (we won’t hold it against you), the app now looks a bit fancier. Button colors, font colors, icons, spacing, sizing, and other elements have all been given a refresh.

You might ask, “Why change up the look?”

Well, change is always happening, and that’s a good thing as long as you remember who you are. So you can continue to count on us to teach you superb language skills while viewing and navigating the app more easily.

Consider this the first step in bringing you a more pleasant app experience!

But wait...

We’ve got a secret. Can we trust you? Duh, of course we can! The home screen will be getting some love soon, so stay tuned!

That’s it for now. Continue to be amazing, and make sure to drink some water.

August 18, 2021

Move Over, Banksy!

Hello again, lovely language learners!

Do you want to know why the Fluent Forever method is so compelling? Of course you do!

Well, it’s because of the emphasis on personal connections. As Gabe points out in his book, “You will remember a concept with a personal connection 50 percent more easily than a concept without one.”

So we are always thinking of ways to allow YOU to make your flashcards more reflective of your awesomeness! That is why we’ve designed a new feature to help you do precisely that.

Can we get a drumroll, please?

This new feature is...

🎉Draw a picture!🎉

When creating a new flashcard, click on the plus (+) icon on the image selection screen, choose the “Draw a picture” option, and unleash your inner Banksy!

When comparing computer-based Spaced Repetition Systems to physical versions in his book, Gabe points out:

Even if you use physical flashcards, and even if you’re a terrible artist, you should be drawing pictures for every word you encounter. Your visual memory is too helpful to ignore, and as long as you can tell your act stick figure from your dog stick figure, you’ll still reap the benefits.

When you use physical flashcards, you benefit from an involved, hands-on arts and crafts experience with each of your cards. This is a wonderful learning experience that will make your cards much easier to remember, and you lose this experience when you move to a computer.

Also from Gabe:

...but not anymore, now you can have the best of both worlds – the ease of the Fluent Forever app coupled with the ease of drawing something that is 100% personalized since you created it! If you are a terrible artist, we’d recommend trying out a combo approach for any words that you really want to ingrain in your head: select an image as you usually would, and then, in addition, draw your own interpretation. While you’re doing that, keep the target word (not the translation) in mind or say it out loud as long as you’re drawing. That should help the words stick even better.

Do you have to do it every single time? Nope – just try it out and see how well it works for you. Some folks may find that drawing slows them down more than it helps. But...for the majority of people, this should be a truly helpful tool. Enjoy it!

Yup, that was three Gabe quotes just for y’all!

More news!

A few updates ago (on June 18, 2021), we shared the new feature that allows you to add more words from a flashcard during your review session.

Well, if you engage in this and happen to create enough flashcards that you meet another one of your tasks for the day, firstly, you’re fantastic. Secondly, we’ve made it even easier for you to pick up where you left off with just one tap.

So, during a review session, if you see more exciting words in a sentence, don’t hesitate to hit the overflow menu (...) and select “Add more from this sentence.”

That’s it for now, but we will be back soon. In the meantime, make sure to drink some water and take care of yourselves.

July 28, 2021

1.0.42 Update

Well, hello you!

We see you are back for another round of what’s new with Fluent Forever. Young language learners, let’s begin.

New features

We’ve made it quicker to pull up a translation during a review session by using…

Just kidding!

Simply “long press” (push and hold your finger on the screen), and the translation will now instantly appear for you.

It’s important to note that if you are reviewing a sentence flashcard, the vocab word you are learning in that sentence will be highlighted in the translation. As Gabe points out in his book:

Translations are hard to memorize, and they aren’t great at giving you the whole picture – but they do a fine job of giving you the gist of an unfamiliar sentence. A simple translation can teach you the basic idea behind a sentence, even if it doesn’t provide all of the magic, music, and mystery of each of its words.

Smashed bugs

Previously, if you wanted to reset your data and delete all your progress for the language you are learning, the modal would close unexpectedly if you tapped the “Reset All Data” button or didn’t hold it for the entire three seconds.

Well, you know what? We found that bug and took care of itbecause we are dedicated bug finders.

But what if you change your mind before the three-second hold takes effect?

In that case, the modal will remain, and you can stare at it again before deciding to commit to this unrecoverable act.

(No offense, Spidey.)

That’s it for now. Stay awesome, everyone!



June 30, 2021

🎉More Improvements Coming Your Way🎉

Well, well, look’s whose back for another rundown of new features from Fluent Forever. Aww, you must like us!

That feeling is mutual, you lovely language learners.

New feature

We heard that some of you are not morning folks, and getting a particular alert every day at 10 am is not fun.

Well, we have fixed that for you. You will now have the ability to choose what time of the day you’d like us to send you a reminder to open up the app and start that learning magic✨.

Are we teaching you language and time management skills all at the same time? Are we that big of nerds?

Maybe...

To put this new feature to use, you are going to head to Settings. Then, go to the Push Notifications section under Preferences, and you’ll only hear from us when you want to 😉.

Smashed bugs

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that we’re always looking for bugs to smash here at Fluent Forever. And true to our word, we’ve fixed another one.

If the language you are studying uses “Readings” which you chose to turn off (via Settings), but that choice didn’t always stick, you’ll be happy to hear that’s no longer an issue. Yes, you guessed it...

That’s it for now! Keep being awesome, and make sure to drink some water✨.