Hello and welcome to the Qwyga blog!
In this first post, I’d like to briefly introduce the general concept of our blog and offer a few insights into what’s to come.
But first, who are “we”? We are a small group of people who like to work together and make the world a little bit nicer (if not “better”) with novel tools. Our great passion lies in the languages and cultures of this world—in all their diversity. We are enthusiastic language learners, and we would like to share our fire for languages with as many people as possible.
To achieve this, in a few months we will be founding ARK Initiative GmbH, a company that will primarily develop and publish apps that simplify language learning and language teaching. We also plan to create products that focus on other aspects of our planet’s diverse cultures…but that’s still a ways off. For now, let’s stick to our hobby-horse: languages.
If you want to know more about who is behind the future ARK Initiative GmbH, you can take a look at our company page (work in progress):
Qwyga is not only the name of this blog, but also of our first product. Exactly what it will be shall be revealed on this blog in the coming weeks. Until then, I hope to keep you interested with other exciting content. ^^
At ARK Initiative, I am the main person responsible for this blog, so it’s likely that most of the posts will be written by me. Nevertheless, we are also planning for the other members of the team to have their say here—as well as some guest writers. And I’m very curious to see what they have to share with us.
So what will the Qwyga blog be about?
As you might have guessed from what I’ve written so far, this blog will be dedicated to the world of languages—and the languages of the world. We will give you detailed introductions to certain languages or special features of languages as well as observations on language learning (and maybe even some tips that could be helpful for some of you). Naturally, we also want to keep you informed about language-related news, their political and social situation, or just about new publications on languages (textbooks, grammars, academic publications). In short: we have a colorful hodgepodge in the works!
And you are welcome to help! If you feel like writing a guest post or if you’ve come across an interesting book/app that you’d like to bring to our attention, don’t hesitate to reach out. This blog is not a project for me to get my name on the web as often as possible, but a platform for everyone who is interested in languages like we are. A place like this thrives best when many people work together to make it happen. That’s why we are inviting you to join us!
Well, I promised you a little preview of what’s coming in the near future. The following are my suggestions—if you would like to see anything else here, feel free to contact me!
- Languages in Japan
- Difficulties with vocabulary learning?
- Interviews with ARK Members
- The class system in Bantu languages
- Indigenous language, minority language – what’s the difference?
- Book lounge: Everything you need to learn Tlingit
Plus lots of news, of course.
And…we’ll be telling you what Qwyga is all about, one tidbit at a time. Where does the name come from? What’s the story behind it? What are our goals? And perhaps most importantly: What will you get out of Qwyga?
It’s going to be exciting. And I am looking forward to exploring all these topics with you.
See you soon!