Learn a new language right from your wallpaper

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Backwords is a tiny tool that empowers your desktop. Every day one foreign word will be displayed in the background. Day by day, you'll learn a language right from your wallpaper.

Currently available in four languages:

• Chinese (Mandarin, simplified characters)

• Korean

• Japanese (Kanji)

• Dutch


  • Pros: 

    Good idea


    Only for Mac and few language.

    I'm a PC user so I can't use that app, but anyway is a great product!

    Joe Meza has never used this product.
  • Lydia Nikitina
    Lydia NikitinaKorean language student

    Easy way to learn vocabulary


    No cons

    It would be great to add your own vocabulary list that you really need to memorize

    Lydia Nikitina has used this product for one month.


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Product Pearson
Product Pearson@productpearson · Product Manager @ Property4Media
This would be cool as a Chrome extension. A new word for every new tab. I'm sure that already exists.
Owen Yin
Owen Yin@owen_yin · Student
Upvoted for the pun. Great branding!
Lama Al Rajih
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih
I love this concept @bramfritz @thom_hos! However, I find it difficult to remember a word if I only see/use it for one day. Would be interesting to have a review feature in the tool bar/something of the like.
Bram Fritz
Bram FritzMaker@bramfritz · Designer
@lamaalrajih Good point. Thanks for the feedback. Definitely a concept we want to release in the future.
Lama Al Rajih
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih
@bramfritz Thanks! How are you determining which words to display?
Bram Fritz
Bram FritzMaker@bramfritz · Designer
@lamaalrajih Right now it's random, but we're looking at ways to create some smartness.
Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
Thanks for hunting @bramfritz - I love the idea behind this tool and I'm sure lots of people have learning a new language as one of their new year's resolutions; was this something which you wanted achieve, too? Which language are you learning or improving with Backwords?
Bram Fritz
Bram FritzMaker@bramfritz · Designer
@abadesi Thanks for your comment! I'm learning Mandarin with Backwords. At some point I had too many characters to remember, so I thought what if I just learn one every day :). Me and my friend started building the product.
Michael@michaeltieso · Developer Advocate @ Automattic
Super clever. Would love to see this in more languages.