29 August 2011

Even if the summer is about to end I’m pretty sure there’s still plenty of you learning a language either abroad or simply on a summer language school. In both cases conversations with native people are always needed and highly recommended to seriously improve your oral techniques. Instead of paying for such conversations most times you’ll find a billboard @ the school with people offering some free “exchange of conversations”.

Verbling which just launched last month, one of this year’s long list Y-Combinator backed-up start-ups is willing to take those sometimes weird conversational encounters to the on-line world. Some sort of chatroulette meets lineslanguages only offering Spanish-English exchanges for now, 3 levels and some basic topic proposals to discuss for over 5min, although you’re the one who makes the conversation in the end…

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The End

7 July 2011

“The end is just the beginning” … such a trite. But despite the “moral” religious promises “The End” (Channel 4’s new on-line game) has all the ingredients for another on-line adventure.

Channel 4 newest “educational” game is not about sex, history or terrorism (for those you should check their previous titles) it’s about morality! Despite being games usually oriented at young people (adolescents…) we all have fun waisting a few of our minutes with these don’t we?

So starting next month “The End” should be available “in all your favorite browsers” mixing a platform-puzzle adventure with single & multiplayer modes … and “much more”. We’ll see about that, the trailer looks promising…. (these people at C4… should dedicate more resources & create their own gaming studio…. and less comedy series).

more info on the dedicated mini-website.

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