Learn 50 languages - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

I have many years of programming experience but had not developed an app before.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

We wanted to help as many people as possible learn languages and over 6000 languages are spoken in the world. It was challenging to decide which languages to include and to find professional native speakers to help with the content for some of the languages. We finally included combinations in more than 50 languages that could address the language learning needs of approximately 70% of the world’s population.

We were aiming for users who are native speakers of over 50 languages.No one in the team knew all the languages, so it was challenging to ensure that the language used in the user interface was accurate and not a machine translation.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

I mainly use news and weather apps on a daily basis, I enjoy constant news updates. Threema to stay in touch with friends and family, and I also use chess games.

How long have you been working on this app?

We began working on the app in 2011. We have continuously worked to add new languages and upload new versions with many new features over the years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We wanted to create an app that will help users learn a language for free, easily, with audio and text, and without the anxiety of learning grammar. Second, when we developed this app, there were not many opportunities for learners who wanted to learn less popular languages, and we wanted to fulfill that need. Based on many years of experience creating language learning materials, I was familiar with the challenges that language learners face and the types of content and activities that can help them.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Many apps require users to subscribe monthly after an initial period of use. Our app is completely free for use with ads, or users can pay a small one-time fee to use it without ads. We are proud of the fact that we not only offer so many different languages but that we offer 3540 language combinations for native speakers of 60 languages. Based on their native language, users can choose any language combination (e.g. Korean-Hindi or Czech-Brazilian Portuguese), they have many different options to download and learn with the audio, and they can practice using the many features.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We are currently working on including options for users to learn directly from native speakers.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Spread the word about this free app that offers so many different language combinations and options for users.

Learn 50 languages

About App:

Learn 50 languages for free using your native language!

50languages.com contains 100 lessons that provide you with a basic vocabulary. With no prior knowledge, you will learn to fluently speak short sentences in real-world situations in no time.

The 50languages method successfully combines audio and text for effective language learning.

50languages corresponds to the Common European Framework levels A1 and A2 and is therefore suitable for all types of schools and students. The audio files can also be effectively used as a supplement in language schools and language courses. Adults who have learned a language in school can refresh their knowledge using 50languages.

50languages is available in over 50 languages and in approximately 3000 language combinations, e.g. German to English, English to Spanish, Spanish to Chinese, etc.

The 100 lessons help you to quickly learn and use a foreign language in various situations (e.g. in a hotel or restaurant, on a vacation, small talk, getting to know people, shopping, at the doctor, at the bank, etc.). You can download the audio files from www.50languages.com to your mp3-player and listen to them anywhere - at a bus stop or a train station, in the car, and during a lunch break! To get the most out of 50languages, learn one lesson a day and regularly repeat what you have already learned in previous lessons.

Categories: Education

Date: July 3, 2020

Developer: Dr. Johannes Schumann

Website: http://www.50languages.com/

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