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The Blog

What we have learned so far…

March 8th, 2010

By March 2010, Learn10 has achieved two years of service, 33,000 registered users, as well as founders with their marriage in tact!  Any other application entrepreneurs who work with their partners will know about the experience of running such a strange family business.  We are now two years old and have a great deal more knowledge about supporting an eLearning language application than we started with.

Our experience of setting up and running Learn10 over the last couple of years has been interesting.  After the initial rush of enthusiasm was somewhat drained by our eighteen months of 12 hour working days and 7 day working weeks, we were both blown away and burnt out. Learn10 has been merrily ticking on with little intervention over the last nine months.  Though we have had great press coverage from the specialist tech press we’ve built relationships with, there was less interest from the mainstream media, who, we are reminded constantly, are themselves inundated with press releases. Our press releases had no immediate effect on the outside world and the lack of enthusiasm was quite contagious, but lessons were learned.

We have entered no competitions, bid for no rounds of funding and made no major new developments to Learn10 in the last nine months; but otherwise life has been interesting, with a stream of workaway volunteer visitors staying with us at our sustainable living project (deep in the Bohemian countryside an hour south of Prague) and the expansion of our little family by two kitties and one lively Rhodesian Ridgeback pup. I continue to teach English the old fashioned way, and my programmer/business partner continues to build websites for other people.

After being under snow for the last three months, we are looking forward to spring, and to our renewed enthusiasm for our past obsession. It is time to monetise or die!

Free screensaver offer.

May 26th, 2009

We have developed a nifty little screensaver for members of Learn10 -  it shows your Learn10 content scrolling across the screen when your computer is not in use to help you learn your daily words.

If you are one of the first 50 people to email us at [email protected] you can participate in this trial and get a free copy of our Windows screen saver. This will be on sale as soon as we have finished some product testing.

Phased Learning - remember how to remember

April 22nd, 2009

To learn effectively, revision is essential. You need to look back on what you have studied because in order to retain new information, you need to review it. Phased learning is built into Learn10.

It would be impossible for us to function if we could recall every piece of information that we came across. Therefore, our brains have great strategies for assessing what information is important, and should be easily accessible in the future. Scientists suggest that those effected by Autism struggle with this very problem. One way we can train our brains is by reusing information, which signals that it is of higher importance. Phased learning is a way of working with the brain to aid prioritisation.

Premium members of Learn10 can review their learning at key points in time after the initial exposure. The points we pre-select are 2,10,30 and 60 days after initial learning. Revising at these key points makes a huge difference to the efficacy of learning activities. We have a free one week trial available on Learn10 if you would like to try out the system for yourself.

Enjoy your learning!

Help!

April 21st, 2009

If you would like some help with how to use Learn10, we have produced some (rough) how-to videos which are available on YouTube:
Introduction

Do we have your language?

How to register

How to use Learn10

How we use Twitter

These videos are aimed at complete beginners and will help learners understand the different features available in the Learn10 system.

Some words on Twitter…

April 19th, 2009

Learn10 uses Twitter and the Twitter API in a variety of ways, from  the more complex - sourcing examples of phases used by native speakers -  to simply chatting with members, listening to the conversation about Learn10 and participating where appropriate.

You can find me here; @learn10,  Mike is @widgetyegg and Jan is @janhorna.  We also have a blog account if you just want to keep informed of more official announcements, rather than our general chatter: @learn10blog. We keep our ear to the ground using an RSS feed from a search for Learn10 - which means that we can see when anyone mentions Learn10 on Twitter.

Each language on Learn10 has it’s own Twitter feed - so that members can get regular tweets containing their words.  We really do want our content to be everywhere!

In order to give learners example of the words in use by native speakers, we use content from Twitter. To see this, visit the Learn10 widget and click on the magnifying glass symbol on the right hand side of the word pair. This is one of the features of Learn10 I use every day because it helps me understand the language in a meaningful way.

Finally, we organise a word competition on Twitter called TweetCompete! Simply write a tweet including the hashtag #L10en including all 10 words for that day in their grammatically correct form. This exercise helps the brain process the learning task a little more and will aid your memory in future. You can visit our Facebook page to read more about it.

A quick video presentation about Learn10 on Twitter:

It’s all brand new! The Learn10 re-brand

April 15th, 2009

Apart from the shiny new logo, what else have we added to the user experience? The 10 second version:

“Learn10 gives you a learning habit that’s hard to kick. 10 new words; everywhere, every day. Power up your new language now.”

Why it’s new:

The problem we address is the high drop-out rate among adult language learners. We have created a system which enables members to quickly develop a durable learning habit. We create fresh, new content every day, limited to the length of a text message. We distribute this  across the web and beyond via a widget, iPhone webapp, Facebook, Twitter, RSS, affiliate ‘adverts’, email,  competitions, a windows screensaver & Seesmic videos.

We create user engagement in learning by encouraging cooperation and competition between learners. You can make and comment on recordings, publish your test results to Facebook, there’s a high score board as well as games such as Tweet Compete! via the hashtag #L10en. Our API allows other programmers to use the data in yet more creative ways. We have proved that limited, “perishable” content and human creativity combine to form formidable learning output.

What’s new:

  • Daily email – your daily words delivered straight to your in-box.
  • Learn – every day 10 new words to learn - now with live examples of the word in common use from Twitter.
  • Test – with multiple choice answers you can now try to beat the clock, and other learners. Make this quick daily test part of your daily routine.
  • Compete – test results appear on the scoreboard and you can post your score to your Facebook profile page to show off to your friends.
  • Speak – can you pronounce your words? find out. Or record your words in your native language to help other learners. You can now make recordings using our built in Seesmic video recorder (& you can still make recordings using a phone if you don’t have a web cam).
  • Listen – listen to videos and recordings from other learners, now you can see real native speakers with our daily word list videos.
  • Directory – are you ready for more? Interesting tools & sites filtered by the language you are learning. You don’t need to search around for sites that teach your language because we’ve done this for you.
  • Themes – give Learn10 a look to suit you, or your iPhone or iGoogle homepage.
  • Hashtags – anyone can add daily content with the #L10 hashtag. Do you teach a language? If you use our daily word list you can tell Learn10 members to  check out your online materials.
  • Tweet Compete! our competition for advanced learners -create a short message containing all ten of the daily words from Learn10 - fantastic prizes coming soon.
  • IPhone – our free web app with learn, test, compete and translate functions. We’ll be adding more as soon as they add Flash.
  • Translate – a handy translate function for words and common phrases (okay, this bit isn’t new - but now you can use it to back translate your word lists to check you can type them correctly).
  • Speaking Teacher – with a premium subscriptions you get unlimited repeats, without a subscription you can use this function once a day.
  • $ Screensaver – a windows screensaver with your daily word list to reinforce your learning when your computer is idle.
  • $ Revise – your word history with phased learning. This function opens up the complete 1500 word list immediately for more ambitious learners. Premium members can choose to revise content from any day - but we select four key dates which will help you create long term memories.
  • $* Daily SMS – *pre-register for this great new feature.

Learn10 was built using the feedback from our prototype: LearnItLists, combined with our experience of teaching & learning languages, programming, training and conducting advertising research.

Contact Nicola for more info.

There’s more information, screenshots, team photos etc  in the media pack:

http://www.learn10.com/media

Including these page links:

Company profile: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/learnit-lists
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolarobinsonova
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/learn10

Do you want to learn Cornish, Mirpuri or Klingon?

March 31st, 2009

Do you want a different language combination adding to Learn10?

We can provide any language pair. All you need to do is pay a 200 USD fee, which will give you premium membership to Learn10 for 2 years, and tell us which language combination you need (sourced from translatorscafe.com). We will then have the language you choose added within 7 days, including a transliteration if necessary (western style spelling).

Can you score 100%? Test what you know.

March 28th, 2009

No time to learn? How does 30 seconds grab you? You have no excuses! If you have time for nothing else today, try the test.  This free, quick test will ensure that you’ve processed today’s words & will  help you to recall them in the future.

You start with 100%, race against the clock and loose 2.5% for any incorrect answer. For each word, you are given four possible answers, and only one is a translation of the word you are learning.  If  you are in the top 10, your username goes on to the the scoreboard, and you can publish your results on Facebook if you feel like challenging your friends.

To start the test, visit the widget (on Facebook or the Learn10 website), and click on the test icon - a circle with a tick (third left below the Main Menu bar).

The test works well on the iPhone, so next time you have a spare 30 seconds; avoiding an ad break, waiting for windows to boot, the kettle to boil or your significant other to leave the house… give it a go.

Appeal for blogging MF language teachers

March 24th, 2009

We are receiving many requests for additional materials from Learn10.  If you have requests, please join the debate at getsatisfaction.

At present we offer a range of features which can be accessed via the widget (on the  Learn10.com website etc.), including gender & examples of words in use (live examples of the words in use  by native speakers, in sentences pulled from Twitter). Click on the magnifying glass icon next to the word to access extra information.

Are you a blogging language teacher who would like to contribute by working our daily words into your lessons? Or could you construct materials around the lists? Can you spin out the tenses of a verb? Make a simple test? Give some tips on how to remember the appropriate article? Or do you have your own ideas to share?  If yes, we would love to direct our members to you by adding your URL  to our directory of relevant language sites.  Contact us on [email protected] with details of your blog.

(P.S. MF - stands for Modern Foreign)

Finding Ada - tech heroines & stereotypes in the Czech Republic

March 24th, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day is a blogging event created by Suw Charman-Anderson:

“Recent research by psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male ones. That’s a relatively simple problem to begin to address. If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to.”

There are a couple of people I would like to mention locally: Tania Le Moigne is the boss of Google cz and Jane Gilson is the CEO of Microsoft in the Czech Republic. It is particularly important to see these people in leadership roles in tech companies in the Czech Republic.

As I’ve said elsewhere - at the last TechCrunch meetup in Prague, one of the participants in the pitch-off claimed that his product was “so easy that your wife could use it”!  He clearly wasn’t  addressing his comments to the men in the room who are married to software developers. And he definitely wasn’t talking to the women in the room - who made up maybe 1% of the total head count.

Strong gender stereotypes* exist in the Czech Republic. I hear my students say things that people of a similar age in the UK would definitely not: ‘I’m not going to hire any more women because they’re not technical’ for example. I argue that by making assumptions about abilities based on gender, we are removing 50% of the potential pool of talent in a country which has a small population to start with.

As well as business leaders such as Tania and Jane, I also want to highlight the achievements of the women involved in Girl Geek Dinners CZ: typically women who are going against the grain to follow their vocation in IT in the Czech Republic. If you would like to meet some of the Girl Geeks in the Czech Republic, we shall be gathering on Thursday for our monthly Girl Geek Dinner meeting.

* A false friend is a word that looks like an English word but has a very different function. When I start conversations about stereotypes, my Czech English students launch into a description of their daily itinery - talking about their schedules or their general habits - things that are repeated and unchanged. This is a dangerous false friend. Consider the statement “Stereotypes of Black people and women are negative and harmful” bearing this in mind.

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