Last Update: Sat Mar 14 19:44:03 -0700 2009



Kotoba is a web-application developed by Ward W. Vuillemot designed to allow users learn languages through the studying of lists.


Kotoba presently supports N-to-N dictionary where N is any number of human languages including (but not limited to) English, 日本語, Francais, Deutsch, _et cetera_.

A major goal of this project is to make the creation and sharing of vocabulary lists easy. The typical process includes students looking up words of interest in a dictionary, writing them down on note-cards, and then begin to study them. There is certainly value in this endeavor; however, it equally can be said that this time is better spent studying. And so enters Kotoba.

Additionally, it is difficult for a person to remain impartial about the progress of their learning. Any person, left to their druthers, will tend to focus on their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. While this a valuable strategy while trying to practice a language "in the wild", it is not particular good while studying. Kotoba provides that objective, impartial direction of your studying by continually introducing words that challenge us.


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