Yarn Vocabulary

Learn foreign vocabulary as you browse in English



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kaiHunter@kaigani · NFC Product Owner at MOO
A really clever app that lets you read news articles in English as it reinforces your language learning in other languages. I've worked in EdTech and one of the challenges is finding a way to reinforce new learning habits by building upon existing daily habits – like reading The Guardian. Yarn Vocabulary strikes a good blend of passive and active learning and the app is a welcome addition to my collection of lifelong learning apps.
Paul Wozniak
Paul Wozniak@iwozzy · Product @ LoopUp
This is pretty amazing! I wish there was a Chrome extension that would do something like this in the browser.
Luke Razzell
Luke RazzellMaker@weaverluke · Designer
@iwozzy Thanks for your kind words, Paul! We actually looked at a Chrome extension route initially, but realised we couldn't support mobile that way so went for React Native, thinking we could deploy to multiple mobile platforms. Then we realised that customising each mobile OS's browser would take a load of work, so focused our skunkworks resource on iOS (Safari) only. Even that was a serious challenge tbh and took weeks of debugging.
Luke Razzell
Luke RazzellMaker@weaverluke · Designer
The starting point for Yarn was trying to make improving a foreign language as effortless and fun as possible. As someone who struggles to keep up my Japanese studies here in London, the app scratches a personal itch. Key challenges have been building a vocabulary-difficulty analytics solution (so we can prompt study of words of appropriate difficulty) and then customising iOS Safari to highlight target vocabulary inline and so on. Hopefully the end result allows the user not to even notice all of that and just enjoy reading The Guardian as they keep improving their target foreign language.
Alex Mishyn
Alex Mishyn@amishyn · Product manager, Railsware
Very good idea. I would say I lack of formal translation in the list of translations for selected word. Also some UI might be improved
Luke Razzell
Luke RazzellMaker@weaverluke · Designer
@amishyn Thanks for the feedback. FYI, you can access native iOS dictionary definitions for each item in the list of translations, by tapping the magnifying glass icon on the left of the item.