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  • Adding visual context to a text adventure game

    Our text adventure games have always been focused on reading and listening comprehension. We believe that this interactive experience without many bells and whistles gets you the most language practice for the time you invest. [Read more]

  • Thanks to our early backers!

    Olle and I wanted to express a big thank you to our early backers! [Read more]

  • The Magistrate's Gallery

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  • Tracking your progress in the WordSwing iOS app

    When you're working through WordSwing's text adventure games, dialogs, or comics, it's possible to swipe the text to the left (iOS only for now). [Read more]

  • Introducing WordSwing's New iPhone App

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  • A fast-paced Chinese character memory game.

    Mastering the thousands of Chinese characters can seem an incredibly daunting task, particularly given how fast they seem to escape one's memory. [Read more]

  • Level up your language learning habits

    Whether you are successful in your language-learning pursuits is heavily influenced by whether you're able to stick with it or not. And sticking with it is much easier if you get into the habit of practicing your Chinese. [Read more]

  • Into the Haze

    At long last, our next text adventure game, Into the Haze is here! [Read more]

  • Ready to become a backer of WordSwing?

    The purpose of WordSwing is to provide effective and limitless ways to practice Chinese. Learning Chinese is a long-term endeavor and so is our mission at WordSwing. [Read more]

  • Introducing Quiz Tournaments

    Ready for a little friendly competition? [Read more]

  • Chinese listening through adventure games

    Listening comprehension is probably the most important aspect of learning Chinese. There are several reasons for this, but the two most important ones are: [Read more]

  • Goal-driven dialog study

    Short dialogs featuring everyday language has long been a mainstay of language-learning practice. [Read more]

  • Completely rebuilt Pronunciation Recall activity

    We took one of our oldest activities, Pronunciation Recall, and completely rebuilt how it works. [Read more]

  • Our text adventure game, Escape.

    We're pleased to announce that the first chapter of our first text adventure game, Escape, is generally available. [Read more]

  • Watch the map of your Chinese knowledge populate

    A major obstacle to learning a language is the feeling that you've hit a plateau. A learning plateau is the feeling that you're not making progress despite continued effort. John Pasden has a great article on this at Sinosplice, where he says: [Read more]

  • Following language through the stages of learning

    (updated 2016-09-08) [Read more]

  • Modeling capitulation - simpler is better

    We have been experimenting with some of the latest and greatest in machine learning algorithms so that your practice material is most appropriate for your knowledge and ability. [Read more]

  • The redesign is live

    The redesign of WordSwing's website is now live. [Read more]

  • Learning Chinese characters the most common first

    With thousands of Chinese characters to master, it can be daunting to get going and plough through them. [Read more]

  • Help direct our development

    One of the fun challenges at WordSwing is that we have a mile-long development to-do list. But rather than let our (perhaps misguided whim) dictate what gets done when, we want to involve our students in the process. [Read more]

  • Introduing slower audio

    Ever feel like your brain can't quite keep up with all the mental processing that must occur to understand native-speed Chinese speech? That's perfectly normal. Your brain is actually doing a tremendous amount of work. It must segment the incoming aural data stream into words and phrases, recognize words and retrieve the meanings from memory, and identify the syntatic, semantic and contextual relationships that comprise the big-picture meaning. [Read more]

  • Ever wonder how many characters you know?

    If you have been learning Chinese you no doubt have wondered, “how many characters do I know?” Perhaps you would like to see if you’ve made a dent in the roughly 4000 characters it usually takes to be considered literate. Or perhaps you want to see some measure of all that effort you’ve put into studying. Or maybe you want to impress your mom. Regardless of your reason, you would rather not run through the roughly 10,000 characters in modern use to count how many you know. [Read more]

  • WordSwing updated. Should allow faster development

    I just updated WordSwing. This involved a bit of downtime, so hopefully this didn’t interfere with your study efforts. If you notice any problems, please let me know and I’ll get them fixed.  [Read more]

  • Sign up is now open

    I’ve opened up sign up on WordSwing. It is very experimental at this point, so don’t expect a polished experience. But if you’re game for participating in an evolving effort to revolutionize language learning, try it out. And I look forward to hearing what you think. [Read more]

  • And now, WordSwing has a blog.

    As we continue to build WordSwing, we’ll keep you posted on our progress and thinking. We’re currently in alpha build & test mode. But it’s never too early to put our project out there so we here what you think. So stay tuned! [Read more]

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