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Transparent Language Broadens Byki® for iPhone Language Learning Line
Byki for iPhone expands to more than 30 languages with the addition of Afrikaans, Czech, European Portuguese, Finnish, Greek, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, and ZuluNashua, N.H., June 16, 2009 - Transparent Language, Inc. announced today the release of nine new Byki™ language learning applications for the Apple iPhone. The new languages include Afrikaans, Czech, European Portuguese, Finnish, Greek, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, and Zulu. With more than 100,000 combined downloads, Byki apps for iPhone are among the most widely used language learning apps for iPhone. Byki apps have proven to be extremely popular, letting iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users take their language learning “on the go”. Over 40 Byki for iPhone apps are now available, including 33 different languages for English speakers, 5 English (ESL) for speakers of other languages, and Portuguese speakers can find Byki iPhone apps to learn 4 languages. Each version includes over 1,000 words and phrases in the featured language, and hundreds of additional lists in many languages are available on Byki.com/ListCentral covering a variety of subject areas, situational words and phrases, and chapter vocabulary from many popular language textbooks.
“We're proud of how well the Byki for iPhone apps have been received, and their great ratings and reviews,” said Michael Quinlan, CEO of Transparent Language. “Bringing these additional Byki languages to iPhone users is exciting for our team. We hope to add even more in the coming months.
Byki Apps for iPhone include innovative features such as:
- Twitter™ Integration – This unique feature delivers a real-time Twitter search of words and phrases the user is learning so they can see real-world examples of how people use them in actual conversations.
- SlowSound™ – This audio control slows down the pronunciation of the word or phrase. Combined with native speaker recordings, this feature lets Byki users hear every nuance of a language so they can reproduce and master its proper pronunciation.
- Searchable Phrasebook – The search feature provides users with a quick reference in their native language so they can easily find the foreign language words and phrases they need.
Byki for iPhone apps are available for English Speakers to learn: Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, European Portuguese, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, and Zulu. Fully localized English learning Byki for iPhone Apps are available for speakers of Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese. For Portuguese Speakers, Byki for iPhone Apps are available for learning English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.
Byki for iPhone (and iPod touch) apps generally sell for $7.99 per language at the iTunes Store. Byki Spanish for iPhone is currently the best-selling language education app with more than 11,000 downloads. Transparent Language also offers the 15 Byki Languages App for iPhone, a free app with basic words and phrases in 15 languages so that users can try the Byki language learning system.
About the Byki SystemByki, short for "Before You Know It," is a rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition. Experts agree that the key to second language learning is first building a strong lexical foundation - a ready supply of words and phrases locked in one's memory. Byki is the most direct path to that goal. Byki takes users through three simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time. More than 3 million people around the world already use Byki, which currently comes in more than 70 languages.
About Transparent Language, Inc.
At Transparent Language, we leverage our expertise in the research and practice of language learning to build programs for use by many US Government agencies and organizations, as well as thousands of schools, hundreds of public libraries, and millions of individuals. Our mission is to help language learners better communicate and engage with all of the world's people. We believe that a key to American success and world prosperity is the ability to understand and appreciate one another. Since 1991, we have worked to make this happen, one school, library, organization or person at a time.