If you have signed up and are looking to get started, then here are instructions for beginners are here are instructions for advanced beginners and above.

What is it?

Transcrobes is an open source software and research project that puts the learner at the centre of the language learning process. It builds a representation of the learner’s lexical (and soon grammatical) knowledge and then uses that information to enrich (gloss) real-world texts in-place as learners consume real-world content, on their preferred devices. It also provides highly optimised tools for learning vocabulary and gives deep understanding into how learning is progressing over time.

Who is it for?

Transcrobes currently only fully supports learning Chinese for English speakers. If your English is very good, then you should be Ok but otherwise you’re better to wait until your preferred language has been implemented. Learning other languages is planned, with English and Russian planned for next.

Can I try it out?

When you first start learning a language as a young adult (and later), you need quite specialised material, and it is often good to have explicit instruction/teaching on grammar, pronunciation, word-formation, etc. Transcrobes does not yet do this, though we are working on instructions for using it with existing (free) resources from platforms like Coursera. Transcrobes can be used with these courses to greatly improve your learning.

Advanced beginners and above (1000+ words with basic grammar) learners can continue to learn with traditional courses, or could decide that Transcrobes provides everything they need (with extra/free resources they can find online).

If you want to be a part of the active university research project sponsoring the development of this project and try out the software, you can get information here and sign up here.

There are also instructions on how to best make use of the platform

Live Server Experiment

After many months of intense focus on developing new features and making the system faster and more scalable, the system is now ready for real learners, adding real value for language learners who wish to super-charge their learning in a fun and efficient way. Experimental platform The Meaningful IO research project experimental server is now live, and accepting signups for learners of Mandarin Chinese who are willing to participate in the research project. [Read More]

Engineering L2

Design principles for reality

This post is in a series of posts discussing issues of a “new” theory of SLA - Meaningful IO. Theorising vs Doing One of the things that you learn “down in the trenches”, doing actual software engineering on real world problems, is that theories about the world almost always can’t just be implemented as-is in software and solve a problem in an optimal way. Theorising of any kind necessarily needs to to abstract away some of the details and will focus on a particular aspect or set of aspects. [Read More]