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Yarn: Learn a new language as you browse the web

Yarn

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What is Yarn?

Yarn is for lazy (& busy) language learners.It lets you learn foreign language while you browse in English. It lets user continue reading what they already read while enabling them to improve their vocabulary in a foreign language. It has scoured millions of webpages and video subtitles to build a difficulty-graded list of the 100,000 most important words in the English language. As you browse the web with Yarn, it prompts you to test your knowledge of translations (in your target language) of words from the page you’re reading. And because Yarn learns your ability level, it tests you on exactly the words you need to learn.

Why did you build Yarn? What problem are you taking on?

Existing language learning platforms tend to require user to engage in an explicitly language-learning focused experience. Which works against the language learning and users end up giving up on learning the language. Yarn encourages rather than forces the user to study foreign language — if they prefer, they can simply read articles (in English) without studying

How is Yarn different from what is currently available?

Learn foreign vocabulary as you browse in English

Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.

DESIGNER, ENTREPRENEUR & ANGEL

I love helping people to connect deeply with themselves, with others and with the world around them. My agency Weaver’s fabulous client roster, along with various startup projects, provide me fantastic opportunities to do so in the field of digital design.

Beyond my work at Weaver, I invest from time to time as an angel and can also be found tweeting @weaverluke

Where can people find out more?