Application for learning to write foreign languages.

Inge Wallin inge at
Wed Mar 19 11:12:02 UTC 2014

Hi Avinash,

I'm going to do an overview anser here rather than a detailed one.

I think this project would be a worthwhile one. As you note there is a lack of 
an application to help a learner to acquire a new script system while learning 
a foreign language.

If you want to take part in GSoC, you need go to go and 
register there as a student and submit a project proposal. The rules for the 
application can be found there as well. It's nothing strange but you need to 
flesh out a lot more details about your project. 

But even if you do the perfect proposal there is still the matter of a mentor 
for the project.  I think I would actually take this project but I already 
have 1.5 projects I'm mentoring and I simply cannot take on anymore. What you 
could do is to take a chance and write your application and see if somebody 
bites. But chances are that you will do a lot of work for nothing.

I'm the last person on earth to want to discourage anybody but the truth is 
that unless you can find a mentor you will not be able to have the project in 
GSoC no matter how interesting it is.


On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 17:07:52 Avinash Zebisky wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to work on a GSOC project which will help users to learn to write
> foreign language. There are already many projects in KDE which help user to
> learn a foreign language like KLetter, Parley, Artikulation. But there
> hasn't been one which helps user to learn to write new languages.
> Therefore, I think KHandWrite is a great and much needed add-on in
> KDE-Edu's existing language learning tool-kits. KHandWrite takes a
> different approach to learn to write letters of a new language than just
> practicing the symbols.
> Lets suppose you want to learn to write Thai Script -
> [image: Inline image 1]
> You select any alphabet. And you learn to draw by connecting the dots of
> the alphabets.
> [image: Inline image 2]
> And depending upon the time and accuracy to get the corresponding stars.
> [image: Inline image 3]
> This approach can be simply extended to any language.
> [image: Inline image 5]
> Moreover, this project can be extended to further improve its likability
> and play-ability.
>    - *MINI GAMES :- *Mini games like spin the wheel, flash card, audio
>    translation etc. can be used to make it more interactive and cover the
>    basics of learning scripts. For example - User can be asked to draw the
>    first alphabet of the given fruit and that too without any boundary
> guiding the user. This can be implemented by having a invisible boundary
> and few dots.
>    - *Social Involvement:-* We can connect this game to social sites like
>    facebook where a social group can challenge and simultaneously learn the
>    scripts.
>    - Anonymous Group Learning:- We can give this project a "Draw My Thing"
>    curve where anonymous group will be competing again each other. In this
>    group one person will be drawing the thai scripts and others will be
>    recognizing his word in english or selecting an image from the given
>    options. The one who guesses first wins the most point. There can many
>    variants in this extension.
> Lastly, I personally find this is a great idea and would love to work on
> this. The best thing is abundance of various options/extensions which can
> help us to target any audience or age group. Kindly let me know if you are
> interested in this idea and hopefully mentor me for this project.
> Cheers :)
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