Lokas

Learn Spanish 🇪🇸💃 vocabulary & conjugation, the nerd way 🤓

Lokas is an iOS app that teaches you the most frequent Spanish words and makes you review them at specific time intervals. It also teaches conjugation!

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Kevin Quisquater
Kevin QuisquaterMaker@kevinquisquater · Wannabe indie iOS Developer
Hey Product Hunters! 👋 I’ve been working on Lokas in my spare time for 3 years while learning iOS development, and 2 weeks ago I quit my job to try and become an indie iOS developer 😱. So I think it’s time to show it to the community! 👨‍💻 💡 Idea I live in Barcelona, and studying Spanish vocabulary requires a lot of motivation. So I decided to build a vocabulary-learning tool myself, that would use spaced-repetition. Since I recently realized that I still had difficulties conjugating verbs after 2 years in Spain 🇪🇸, I also added that to the app! 🤔 What sets Lokas apart? There are tons of great language apps out there, so here are maybe a few good aspects: 1. It’s not easy. This sounds like a flaw, but it is actually great for anyone that doesn’t need to be babysitted with images to click or simplified keyboards: you have to translate the word perfectly, without any help, using the normal keyboard, and you can’t forget an accent or type “un” instead of “una“ -word gender is important in Spanish. 2. It focuses on what really matters: about 2,000 words make 80% of all texts, so the lists I created contain the most frequent words. Yes, it is less fun to learn how to translate “however” rather than “the giraffe” 🦒, but you will rarely see the latter in newspaper articles or books. 3. Oh and also, I spent hours on those color gradients 😎 😇 What do I get for free? The app is free and everyone can learn all vocabulary lists, and review them with the spaced-repetition algorithm. Those who can afford to upgrade to Pro (9$) and support my indie dev challenge get access to the conjugation feature (and more soon). 👨‍💻 What’s next? Over the next few weeks, I’m gonna add the possibility to create your own lists, add many more tenses (past, future, conditional, subjonctive…), add vocabulary lists and much more. I’ve got tons of ideas but am super interested in yours! Thank you PH! Kevin PS: To anticipate the dreaded question, it is unfortunately not available on Android. As a solo developer with limited time, I have to focus on one platform at the moment.
Thibaud
Thibaud@tgerin · Onepark
@kevinquisquater As someone who as Duolingo, Memrise & Ananas installed on my S8, I would have loved trying out this one. I hope it'll be a success and you'll port it to Android ;) Best!
Kevin Quisquater
Kevin QuisquaterMaker@kevinquisquater · Wannabe indie iOS Developer
@tgerin Thank you Thibaud, you’d have been the perfect tester for Lokas! Hope I’ll have the resources to port to Android one day, but I have a long way to go to try and be successful on iOS first.
Kevin - my fiancé is from Barcelona and we're getting married there this September. Needless to say, I'm trying to be as fluent as possible by the end of the summer. Just downloaded the app so excited to check it out. Heading to Barcelona in two weekends in case you're around from an Estrella!
Kevin Quisquater
Kevin QuisquaterMaker@kevinquisquater · Wannabe indie iOS Developer
@dyroffb Hi Brooks! Congratulations on getting married!!! Super happy that I might play a very small role in helping you becoming fluent by then. Message me if there is anything missing in that app to approach that goal and I'll work on it. And sure, let's meet once you'll be here!
Luís Eduardo Quirino Sobreira
Luís Eduardo Quirino Sobreira@luis_eduardo_quirino_sobreira
Great app. That the way that I like learning a language. Simple, but effective. I only miss the translation of the example sentence. It’s helpful if you put the example sentence In Spanish bellow the sentence in English without the word we’re trying to learn. If the English sentence for the word time (vez) is “It’s my first time here”, you can put “es mi primera _____ aquí” bellow that. I think it is a good way to learn sentences and not only words. Also, I would love to use your app to learning English. Please think about make it available in other language or let us make our own flashcards. Congrats!!!
Kevin Quisquater
Kevin QuisquaterMaker@kevinquisquater · Wannabe indie iOS Developer
@luis_eduardo_quirino_sobreira Hi Luís! Thank you so much for your comment and for trying out the app, I am super glad to hear that it fits how you like to learn. - Translation of Spanish sentence: this is one of the most requested features so far, and it came as a surprise to me! To answer that need, I will either do what you suggested (but it would take a lot of place on the screen -would the English sentence still be needed, in your opinion?), or create a new type of exercise, where you would be shown a sentence with a missing word (from the words you have learned) like in your example, and you would have to find the word. After teaching you to translate the word, this would train your brain to come up with the word in real-life sentences. May I ask you if that sounds like a feature you would use? - Other languages: it is definitely on the list, thank you! I will first check if this can become a viable business, and if that is the case and I achieve ramen-profitability, I will be able to focus full-time on it and start adding other languages. In the meantime, I will focus on only one pair of languages and will use it to perfect the experience. - Create your own flashcard: very very happy to hear that you would use that feature. I've wanted to implement it into the app since the beginning but was waiting on user feedback to make sure they would want this as well. A few people have confirmed that they would, so I'll be working on it soon! Thanks a lot again Luís! Un saludo :-)
Josh Best
Josh Best@jaybaybay_18 · Founder: 3am Rebound // Janethreads
I already speak Spanish but this might be a good way to keep learning since I don’t use it often anymore.
Kevin Quisquater
Kevin QuisquaterMaker@kevinquisquater · Wannabe indie iOS Developer
@jaybaybay_18 Thank you Josh! I would suggest you not to start at the first list, but with the 10th list, etc. You will then study words that are less frequent. There are not enough lists yet but I keep adding new ones frequently. Good luck with brushing up your Spanish!
Artem Baryliuk
Artem Baryliuk@artem_baryliuk · Tech Man
Would be great to have an android version
Kevin Quisquater
Kevin QuisquaterMaker@kevinquisquater · Wannabe indie iOS Developer
@artem_baryliuk Hi Artem! I agree, that it would be nice :-) I addressed this point in my first comment but: I'm working alone on this, with limited time and resources, so I have to focus on one platform. But there are tons of great apps on Android to learn Spanish so let me know if you need any suggestions! Thank you