December 23, 2011 in Education (F)
[prMac.com] St Germain en Laye, France - Vicsgames, an educational software service company, developed 12N an intuitive learning tool to help students learn numbers and currencies in 120 languages. The app uses a unique digit to text to speech feature to facilitate the comprehension, the understanding and the mastering of numbers in many languages.
"The natural instinct when seeing digits is to read them in your mother tongue", explains Jack Amberg, Owner and Director of Vicsgames, "but being agile with numbers in a foreign language is the real proof of fluency. We wanted to develop an app that went beyond simple translation and served as a learning device. This is a truly multi-lingual app that can be used anywhere from Albania to Zimbabwe"
How does it work?
The 12N app uses a combination of oral and visual options to enable users to learn numbers and currencies intuitively. The first option let's them type a figure using the keypad. The result is displayed in text and in phonetics and the size of the text can be adjusted at any time to suit different needs. The listening icon tells them how to pronounce it with a native accent, and the recording tool enables them to practice saying it. Tapping the listening icon again lets them hear how their pronunciation compares with the original.
The second option involves a little test to practice oral recognition. The app speaks a number at random and gives the user three attempts to write it correctly. For example, if the language selected is French and the recording says; 'deux mille onze', the user should type '2011' using the keypad. After the third incorrect attempt, the app will display the correct answer.
The third option is the currency converter, which uses daily updated exchange rates. The app converts amounts from one currency to another, and pronounces the results in the language of choice. First, the user selects the source and destination currencies then the language. This option also allows the practicing of pronunciation and oral recognition, as described in option one.
"The app is especially useful for students in multi-cultural societies where several languages are spoken such as Belgium and Switzerland, as you can switch from one language to another by simply tapping a flag." Adds Jack Amberg.
Who is this app for?
12N is primarily designed for educational purposes. Teachers can motivate students of all ages to learn numbers in the language they are studying by practicing with 12N. The app can also help children learn numbers in their own language.
Ongoing commitment to supporting multilingual education by the developers means that the iPad version of the app is entirely free for educational institutions and teachers can request access for the number of iPads or Tabs in use in their classroom. Full free access is also available to journalists. To request access; click on the 'Press' or 'Teachers' icon on our website.
The first language is also entirely free for everyone else to download and other languages can be purchased for around US$ 2. New languages are regularly added to the app for immediate access.
* iOS 3.1 or later
* iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
* 17.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
12N v1.6 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category.
Vicsgames is an educational software service developer located in St Germain en Laye, France. In 2008, it started developing Vicsgames.com a multilingual educational platform, initially to help overcome language barriers in multilingual societies and to enable students of all ages to enhance their linguistic skills. The concept uses a mix of textual, oral and visual elements to facilitate learning through a matrix approach that allows moving from one language to another simply by clicking on a flag. This methodology based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), and designed by the Council of Europe, is used across Europe as the common way of teaching languages. Copyright (C) 2010 Vicsgames. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.