| Phrase Wit for iPhone and iPad joins App Store 2011 Rewind pick, Word Wit, as the next in Ballpoint, Inc.?s series of sophisticated, game-centric language learning apps. |
Early praise for Phrase Wit:
"This is one of those few apps that actually marries fun and results!"
"I can't believe how many phrases I didn't know!"
"The game is fun and clever ? more clever than I am sometimes."
"The real fun is in reading the real-life misused phrases."
"I have an English degree and was mortified when I got a couple of questions wrong."
"Save yourself future embarrassment by learning while playing"
Phrase Wit pairs common English language phrases with their frequently mangled cousins. Ballpoint language edutainment apps combine beautiful design and functionality with advanced pedagogy that aims for long-term retention ? and ongoing fun.
Studies have shown that error-free content is more likely to achieve the Social Media goal of being reposted, re-Tweeted, shared, and read. Social Media users are less likely to check something when it seems right, so they wing it, sometimes with disastrous, more often with humorous or embarrassing results. (Who knew it wasn?t really a ?doggie dog world??)
Phrase Wit is a tool or supplement for the classroom, a healthy addiction for word mavens, and a painless tutorial for learners or non-native speakers.
Avid gamers can go directly to a timed multiple-choice quiz to test their acumen and accumulate points. Future inclusion in Game Center means players will be able to share scores and compete with friends.
Spin the signature Ballpoint wheel to generate random selections from over 100 pairs of Phrases ? a list that will grow through regular updates. Phrases also can be searched or found in the alphabetical List.
On the Description pages, each phrase comes alive: Where?s it from? How?s it spelled? Why? How can I remember the difference? For each entry, Ballpoint?s team of educators aimed to reveal the real reasons people get confused, and to create memorable learning through insight and mnemonics.
Quotes from classic and current books show the correct phrase used in the correct sense. Quotes from the Web show sometimes hilarious incorrect versions that are sadly being spread through the accepted authority of print.
Trends has a slider that activates a Medusan circle animation that generates Phrases, à la the Spin Wheel, showing relative popularity among users.
Learning for retention is not only more efficient than memorization; it inspires more confidence in using more of one?s disposable language.
FUTURE EXPANSIONS WILL INCLUDE:
? Continual updates and database additions
? Increasingly sophisticated game elements
? Game Center
? Points go toward badges, and other rewards for short-term and long-term success.
HOW IT WORKS
? Play: multiple choice questions with 1 correct and 3 incorrect versions of a phrase. Extra points for finishing sets within a given time. Demerit points for choosing incorrect answers.
? Learn Phrases: original explanations, quotes from books and the Web.
? Spin the Wheel to generate random phrases to explore.
? Search or browse the List for specific phrases.
? Save favorite phrases you want to review or revisit.
? Share phrases with friends on your social networks.
? Accumulate points and badges for discounts, bragging rights, leaderboards, and credits. (Game Center coming soon!)
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|Publisher: || Ballpoint Inc | More by Ballpoint Inc | Visit Home Page |
|Downloads: || so far this month, 0 last month, 19 total |
|License: || Shareware $ 1.99 |
|Last updated: ||More than a year ago (25 Dec 11) |
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