March 8th, 2013

edugamer's iLang Basic Dutch vocabulary app

I haven't bought the full version of this app, but it's the first one that has been really tempting. They include enough vocab in the free version to convince me there's enough more in the premium (3.99? Maybe?) to be worth it. The spelling portion gives you how many letters (like playing the game hangman) and then a set of tiles to choose from, a nice balance between making it crazy easy and just giving you blank space.

The speaker is native Dutch (male voice, again, I have not attempted to modify this), not synthetic (or if it is, I cannot detect it).

I have, as yet, detect no translational errors and honestly I don't think I've even found anything arguable.

It's strictly a vocab builder. There's the spelling test. There's a "memory" section where it shows you four pictures while saying the words for each, then it repeats one of the words and you are supposed to touch the matching picture (so no native language multiple choice aimed at teaching). There's a flashcard section. The "quiz" is back to the 4 pictures from "memory", but it shows 4 pix and then says one word you're supposed to choose. "Words" offers an English language translation -- you have four choices for what the Dutch equivalent it. "Listening" is hearing the Dutch equivalent and then picking out of 4 choices the English translation. "Meaning" is a no-sound multiple choice offer Dutch choose English.

Words, Listening, Meaning and Spelling all are offered in blocks of ten. At the end you are scored and have the opportunity to put ones you are having trouble with in the "review" list.

There are 27 categories. Animals, Building, Car and City are included in the Free version. Clothing, Color, Education, Entertainment, Family, Feelings, Food, Countries, "Greating" (ha! They mean greetings), Health, House, Body, Materials, Measures, Shopping, Directions, Nature, Numbers, People, Sports, Tools, Weather and Work are all marked "Pro" so I haven't tried any of them yet. However, I am increasingly tempted.

I'll update this review as I explore it further.

Today's Activities Include: I Heart UPS, weather, school and toy stores

Somewhat unexpectedly, I received a small package via UPS today. The unexpected part was because it was still snowing and even tho R. had cleared the drive to get T. out to school in Concord (Acton was closed, so no transport today and A. was home) it was several inches deep again quite rapidly. There was some humor in the package, in that it was a teeny tiny Gerber pocket knife in a slightly too large Gerber box (probably the ship my ordinarily tiny Gerber pocket knife in that box as well) and then in the smallest Amazon box. Initially, I thought the Amazon box only had the bubbles in it and someone screwed up and forgot to include the product, it was that big a contrast in size.

But nice to have, and it _would_ fit the new TSA rules for small pocket knives except for the lock back issue. *sigh* Oh well. It does reduce the volume in my small pocket, which is good, and it is very sharp.

I went over to The Other Shipper That Is Not USPS's website to see where the t-shirts were, as we were expecting them today. No luck. Arrived at the Mass facility at around 4 a.m. Got on the truck at 8. And then at 2:31, a "local weather exception" made them decide not to even attempt delivery. One wonders if the truck ever left the lot.

Hopefully the t-shirts will arrive tomorrow.

A. wanted a box for herself or at least something from the toy store. We stopped at the one in Concord on the way to pick up T., but they were closed due to weather (sensible people). We got T., returned R. and T. to the house and then A. and I went to Learning Express where we acquired some Playmobil. Very Small Things for her to carry around, which she loves, and stored in large, colorful eggs, which is great.

A.'s swimming lesson, also in Concord, was canceled due to instructor's children's illness. I think it was about even in terms of open/closed due to weather between the two towns, because even tho Acton's schools closed and Concord only delayed, we had two strikeouts in other things we would have otherwise done in Concord.