From Afrikaans and Albanian to Yoruba and Zulu – with a range of more commonly learnt languages in-between

uTalkStudents and staff at Southampton now have access to uTalk language learning software. You can choose from over 100 languages and once you have downloaded the uTalk app you can access it from any device. You can download it from Android and IOS app stores and it’s also available for Windows and via CLS Public Workstations. Download the app now!

When you have downloaded the uTalk software and open it for the first time, choose STUDENT and select University of Southampton from the list of institutions. Follow instructions to login with your university login and password.

We would love to get feedback on how you use this new software. Please send any comments to elang1@soton.ac.uk.

The 12 Apps of Christmas

12 Apps

Students and staff may be interested in registering for the award winning 12 day online project from the Dublin Institute of Technology, The 12 Apps of Christmas. The initiative focuses on exploring 12 mobile apps, which can help students to personalise their learning and educators to support them to do so. Participants are introduced to a different app each day, over 12 weekdays (for approximately 12 minutes a day), starting on 1st December.

The content is accessible either online or via a purpose-built app. Further details on the project, including the registration form, can be found on The 12 Apps of Christmas website.

Free language learning app reaches new levels of success

The Guardian has published an article about the journey and ambitions of Luis von Ahn, creator of the free language learning app, Duolingo. Launched in 2012, the app now has 40 million registered users worldwide and engages its users with its unique design and teaching methods. Von Ahn’s hope is that it will continue to allow anyone who has internet access to learn a language for free.

To read more about the Duolingo app and its creator, visit the article page on the Guardian website.

Translation app launched by Welsh language theatre company

The Telegraph has reported on a new app launched by a Welsh language theatre company, designed to allow audiences to listen to its plays in other languages. The app is called Sibrwd (meaning Whisper in Welsh) and will allow audiences of the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru to listen to lines from particular scenes through their headphones, an experience which is hoped to provide a more “fulfilling experience” for theatre-goers than subtitles.

To read the article in full, visit the Telegraph website.