Twistify – An App with Tongue Twisters! - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Before creating Twistify, I already had programming skills and was experienced in JavaScript, Python, and C++, but I did not have any mobile app development experience until recently. I picked up Flutter by taking Angela Yu's course in Udemy, and it taught everything I needed to create this app. I chose Flutter instead of native Android development because I wanted to create apps for both iOS and Android and it was very similar to reactive frameworks such as React.js which I already was experienced in.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The most challenging aspect of developing this app was finding the right design pattern and putting all of the components together to make the app work. Even when my app is about tongue twisters, there was still a lot of moving parts. I followed the MVVP pattern and chose the Provider state management package to help me manage the project.

My name is Davin Seng. I am a self-taught software engineer interested in web and mobile app development.

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

Duolingo was one of the main inspirations for my app which was not surprising since both apps focus on communication skills and human languages which I was always interested in.

How long have you been working on this app?

It took me around a month to complete a barebones version of my app with minimal bugs. I still have so many ideas for the app and it will be feature-complete within a year or two.

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

Twistify was made for people wanted to improve their speech clarity particularly those who have speech impediments. Tongue twisters are useful because they find all of the weaknesses of our everyday speech patterns as they test every syllable you can think of.

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.

There are already many apps in the app stores that test you on tongue twisters, but they only do the bare minimum. Most just give a list of tongue twisters and call it a day. What my app does differently from other apps is that my app actually gives a score on your speech performance on a tongue twister that you can know what are your weaknesses. My app also provides one of the cleanest, smoothest UI you can find on any app. There are animations for every transition. Content is organized in a way so that the app is easy to navigate.

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

Yes, there will be new updates for Twistify, but for now, I prefer not to disclose them. I like to surprise people haha.

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.)?

Try out my app and see if it improves your communication skills. And of course, spread the word and give some feedback!

Twistify – An App with Tongue Twisters!

About App:

Twistify is an app that tests your speech clarity with hard-to-pronounce phrases, also known as tongue twisters, in English. Tongue twisters are a great way to relieve speech impediments for speech therapy, especially for kids, prepare yourself for stressful situations that requires clear communication such as public speaking and acting, or learn English as a second language (ESL)!

Features:

- Practice! - Practice your tongue with over 100 tongue twisters in English! Get performance results of your pronunciation to see how close it is to the original phrase.

- Challenge yourself! - Ready for a challenge? Test yourself with a series of challenges that test you with a set of tongue twisters! Each challenge has a heart system, and you must pass a phrase with a minimum score or higher, or you lose a heart!

- Playback tongue twisters - Want to know how to pronounce a phrase before you attempt to do so? Playback the phrase with Text-to-Speech! You can change the voice language to your preferred dialect. Choose between United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Australia (AU), or India (IN) as your preferred voice language in English.

- Dark mode - Switch from light to dark mode to reduce eye strain, especially when using the app at night!

Ready to test your tongue? Download Twistify now!

Categories: Education

Date: July 1, 2020

Developer: Davin Seng

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Website: https://davinseng.com

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