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Emoji-Based Language Apps

The Emoji Stone App Uses Emoticons to Teach Foreign Words and Phrases

— July 16, 2017 — Tech
You probably won't be able to learn an entire new language using the Emoji Stone app, but there's a good chance you'll pick up a few new words. The app works a lot like Duolingo in that users practice by reading, writing, speaking, and listening to foreign words. Of course it differs from Duolingo and other language-learning apps in that emojis are used to teach words and phrases.

The Emoji Stone app is perfect for those who don't have the time necessary to commit to taking a language course or more time-intensive app. It's also a way for those with some fluency in a foreign language to quickly and easily learn new words and phrases. Currently the Emoji Stone app supports five languages: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and English. It's available now for iOS as a free download.
Trend Themes
1. Emoji-based Language Learning - The use of emojis to teach foreign words and phrases presents an opportunity for language-learning apps to differentiate themselves and cater to a wider range of language learners.
2. Gamification of Language Learning - The implementation of game-like elements in language-learning apps, such as practicing with emojis, contributes to making language learning more fun and engaging.
3. Micro-learning - The Emoji Stone app's focus on teaching a few new words or phrases at a time appeals to busy individuals seeking to learn a new language in small increments of time.
Industry Implications
1. Language Learning Apps - Language-learning app developers could integrate emojis into their apps to create a more engaging and interactive experience for language learners.
2. Edtech - The implementation of gamification and micro-learning in language-learning apps could be applied to other educational technology products to increase engagement and effectiveness.
3. Language Education Programs - The use of emojis to teach foreign words and phrases could also be applied to traditional language education programs as a way to modernize and incorporate more technology into the curriculum.
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