Why I won't be using CatAcademy - Spanish Obsessed
Jan 2, 2014 - From the folks at Memrise comes a new Spanish learning app, Cat Academy
If you are looking to learn Spanish and want to do so in a straightforward and simple way, Cat Academy is helpful. If you are looking for something more complex, or hate cats, it won’t be the one for you. As someone used to their previous app, Memrise, I found this a little simplistic and not as cute as they clearly wanted it to be. Concept wise I like it, but I want to see more innovation, get more cat noises and have more language options.
I still give Cat Spanish the benefit of the doubt because I know that it is always being improved. The Memrise team works hard to consistently produce high quality products and if their original program is any indicator, we can probably expect expanded features in the future. We already know that CatAcademy is planning to release other languages in the near future for those of you looking for something more along the lines of “Feline French”.
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According to Whately, the Spanish version of CatAcademy will launch in September and French, German, Italian, and Portuguese editions are in development.Meet Cat Spanish by CatAcademy, a new from language learning startup, , best known (prior to this feline foray) for its eponymous crowdsourced mnemonic creation platform. Memrise’s founding team has a background in psychology, neuroscience and memory-related research. CatAcademy draws on some of the technology and techniques the startup uses in that platform but stands on its own two feet as a separate (paid) app that’s reaching out to a new audience.The app is very easy to set up. Click, install, ready to go. It uses the touchscreen to let you select language options and you swipe left to right to move from one level to the next. There are numerous CatAcademy levels which take you through the basics of learning Spanish.So the ultimate aim of CatAcademy is to inculcate — or inculcat, in truth — conversational level Spanish without its users feeling like there’s anything remotely akin to inculcation going on. Quite a trick to pull off, but if anything can be that sneaky, a cast of cats can.CatAcademy is not an app for people who are actively searching for language learning apps — indeed, Whately argues those people will probably end up finding and using the Memrise app. Rather it’s after language learning procrastinators; people who may have fancied learning Spanish but always find themselves firing up Angry Birds instead. Even people who’ve never entertained the idea.Cooke isn't going to stop with Spanish. His team plans to add other languages to Cat Academy, and he hopes this idea of using funny and cute pictures can go beyond an app. Cooke says the team tested the app with dog lovers, and the cat pictures work for them, too.