Language learning website using bilingual stories?
May 25, 2012 1:20 AM Subscribe
I came across a very neat online language learning tool a few weeks ago, but I didn't bookmark it and now I can't find it again. Basically it worked like this: you choose a preset text or story (I think they were mostly fables and fairy tales), your native language, and the foreign language you're trying to practice. Then it shows the text of the story with a few of your native words replaced with their foreign equivalents, letting you learn them in context.
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For example, if you chose ‘English’, ‘French’, and ‘Sleeping Beauty’, you might get a story starting something like:
‘Once upon a time there was a reine who had a belle baby fille. She asked all the fées in the royaume to the christening, but malheureusement forgot to invite one of them, who was a bit of a sorcière as well...’
... and so on. It had different skill levels to control the number of substituted words. I think the language selection was restricted to a few of the most popular second languages for English speakers (French, German, Spanish etc.). I've been going nuts trying to find the site again. Does anyone know its address?