Girl Saves Universe, a text adventure game
The pedagogical value of mapping your adventure
Adding visual context to an adventure game
The Magistrate's Gallery
Tracking your progress in the WordSwing iOS app
Getting up to speed with Chinese reading
Incremental character learning through games
Turn an adventure game into speaking fluency practice
Text Adventure Game: Wandering Cat
Pepper & Carrot: Episode 1
Pepper & Carrot: Visual Context for Chinese Practice
You smell a strange smell...
Your new job at the zoo
Word lists for Children's stories
Level up your language learning habits
The magic of learning Chinese through games
Into the Haze is not as hard as you think
Our text adventure games work like a interactive, graded readers But when you first dive into a game, you may find it looks like wall of Chinese, and perhaps a bit overwhelming. But all is not lost! The games reuse so many characters that after a bit of play and some effort you will start to feel much more comfortable and capable.
Into the Haze
And now for a little friendly competition
Chinese listening through adventure games
Listening comprehension is one of the most important skills when learning a language. With the audio available for our text adventure games, you not only get excellent listening practice, but you'll know how well you're understanding things based on whether you can make progress in the game and avoid mishaps.
Our text adventure game, Escape.
How does the Written Word SRS character-learning gadget work?
Our Written Word spaced-repetition character learning gadget is designed to leverage the combinatorial structure of Chinese as well as the distribution of word frequencies to optimize your learning and save you a boat load time and effort.
Following language through the stages of learning
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. But an efficient strategy can make a big difference. In our Written Word SRS activity, you can learn characters in frequency order while practicing them using words composed by these characters.
Help direct our development
What does knowing 575 characters mean?
Why is WordSwing named WordSwing?
The name WordSwing is part of a metaphor for language learning. The words you learn are vines hanging in the jungle that you can use to swing to new vines (words), and thereby traverse the landscape (language-scape), in a fun, exhilarating, and effective way.
Ever wonder how many characters you know?
Using a little gadget over at WordSwing we can help you estimate how many characters you know by asking you about a small sample.
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