A Great Farewell

I bid farewell to the Great Language Game, a passion project that inspired over 3 million people to listen to languages they might never normally encounter. For developers, I share resources for making your own game around languages.

Data release: language confusion

I go over the first confusion data release from the Great Language Game, including some 16 million guesses and a ton of information about what languages people find hard.

A great language update

After an incredible week, the Great Language Game has been updated with 10 new languages, more samples for each language and more authentic samples for a handful of problematic languages. Curious as to how you've been going? We cover the stats over the scores people have achieved so far.

¡Qué día!

In just a few days, the Great Language Game has taken off! The initial response from the linguistic and hacker communities was astounding. I discuss the launch, and future plans for the game.

The Great Language Game

Introducing the Great Language Game! The game asks you to guess what language is being spoken, out of some 68 possibilities, and in the process learn something about the vast variety of languages spoken throughout the world.

Learning languages

What does success mean when you're studying another language? After years studying multiple langauges, I look at what language study means in terms of relative difficulty and attrition.

On naming

Why do we use the names we do? Drawing parallels between linguistics and the choices we make when programming.