Backwords

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

Reviews
  • Pros: 

    Good idea

    Cons: 

    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.
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  • David Taylor
    David TaylorWeb developer
    Pros: 

    Great tool for learning Kanji

    Cons: 

    No cons yet

    An option to change the font and color would be helpful.

    David Taylor has used this product for one day.
Discussion
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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@abadesi · Co-founder, Elpha
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
Michael@michaeltieso · Developer Advocate @ Automattic
Super clever. Would love to see this in more languages.