Polyglot People is now working. There are no obvious problems. Naturally this doesn’t mean that there are no problems, rather that none have surfaced in my (somewhat cursory) testing.
So, if you like the content of Surface Languages but don’t like the layout, you might enjoy Polyglot People.
My attention span is quite low as is my boredom threshold, attention to detail and ability to focus on the same thing for any length of time (according to the Boss – who knows these things).
But we have to work with what we have got, and it appears that this is an aspect of my personality that I can’t change.
A result of said personality trait is that I am always pleased to finish (even if only temporarily) a project , website or app and move onto the next BIG thing.
Temporarily as I will fix any issues that surface with Polyglot People and add new languages as and when I add them to Surface Languages. Doubtless I will improve the site further at some indeterminate point in the future.
Now back to the day job …
Well, that says it all really.
I decided to resurrect Polyglot People. It is a language site using the same content as Surface Languages but in a different format. And very splooshy it is too.
I need to finish testing, but that is for another day. Probably tomorrow unless it is sunny – which is extremely unlikely.
Anyway, check it out if you so desire, and if you find any really, really bad bugs you can always tell me. But, in a nice sort of way. Not in the rather bad mannered way that is so common with internet folk nowadays. I know. Not you. You are not really like that. But some people are. Honestly, some of the things I’ve read recently. Made me blush and all.
And now, because it (briefly) isn’t raining, I’m going to remove some weeds from the garden along with Perfect Hound.
Living the dream 😉
I’ve been working on
Polyglot People Polish Lessons (see later post) over the last month or two, and have now finished the coding. As far as I can see everything works apart from the stats which don’t (as yet).
I”ve checked Polyglot People using some of the phrases from Surface Languages for Polish, Italian and Russian, and more or less everything seems to be in order. Helpful comments much appreciated.
For those who are interested I picked Russian to check support for two scripts (Cyrillic and a romanized version), Polish to check diacritics (it has lots), Italian because I love the language and Spanish because I am going to add it first.
And so now I need content and will start with Spanish (as spoken in Spain) followed by Italian. No doubt there will be a few teething problems to iron out but such is the life of a programmer.
I can’t remember if I have already mentioned this but I f added Icelandic Phrases to Surface Languages. Audio to follow. I hope.
After a sleepless night I decided that forcing lessons to be done in sequence in
Polyglot People Polish Lessons (see later post) would be tedious for you my hypothetical reader/audience.
I want Polyglot people to allow more and not less choice. And so you can do any lesson at any time, however if you want a ‘tick’ for a lesson then you have to complete it. A picture is worth a 1000 words so if you want to have a butchers there is a functional (though without any content to speak of) demo over at PP.
My reasoning was that any website/language learning software is just a resource to be used as and when, and if that is the case (which it is) then you should be able to use any part of it as you feel fit.
There are a couple of bugs which I will fix tomorrow, and then dear reader, I will add Icelandic phrases to this site. I’m also in the process of obtaining Belarusian audio.
And for all you dog owners out there, my dog has just been x-rayed, and been found to have osteoarthritis. Poor chap. He is only seven. I think he better stop chasing squirrels for the duration. Also he is not allowed to go for a walk for the next day or so. This will make life difficult for all concerned.
Firstly, I’m in a better mood today. After a good nights sleep the world doesn’t look so grim.
So …… I’ve been working on my new website Polyglot People (another language learning site) and I need to make a decision. I always have problems making decisions, or rather making decisions and then sticking to them.
The decision is do I, or do I not force learners to progress in sequence through the lessons when using the above. Lesson one might be (it isn’t but could be) colours, followed by (for example) lesson two describing things with colours and so on with each lesson logically following on from the previous.
I like this in principle but see how it might be annoying. I don’t like to be forced to do anything in a particular order (even if it makes sense), so should I really have a website which does the same?
Another option is that each lesson will allow you to learn (say) ten words, and it is up to you which lessons you choose and the order you do them in.
I had thought of adding something like this to Surface Languages but decided it wan’t a good fit, and so I’m intending to keep Surface languages as it is I.e. a way to learn phrases in millions (ahem fifty or so) languages.
Polyglot People could then be used in conjunction as a way to get a basic understanding of how a language fits together through basic sentences, or on its own, or of course not at all depending on whether or not you find it useful.
I … need … to … think ….
Well there I was thinking that crema meant ‘cream’ in Italian when suddenly it is brought to my attention that it means custard.
You could’ve knocked me down with a feather.
If you want to ask for a hot chocolate with cream in Italian (and it happens) just say :-
Un cioccolato caldo con la panna. How confusing is this? Panna means ‘cream’. Say it once. Say it twice …
And other important news:
It is the time of year when our hound needs his annual checkup and injections. I’m not looking forward to the trip to the vet because :-
1. He hasn’t been taking his diet seriously and they have a graph of his weight. This is shown to us on a computer. I feel guilty and he doesn’t.
2. The booster he needs requires a nasal spray. Have you every tried giving a nasal spray to a large dog? A dog who recognises a nasal spray when he sees one, and doesn’t like what he sees. It is not an experience you forget in a hurry.
And there is more.
I’m working on a site called Polyglot People (as and when), being as I have things to do like trips to the vet, fixing a broken fence (sigh) and so on.
Anyway, it is coming on well, and will be awesome.