The past week has been an interesting one for the team in continuation of our efforts to promote Asa. In between balancing the whole exercise with other tasks, other activities can seem lost.
And so, on the morning of Saturday, October 25th, while trying to organize my thoughts for a “Meet & Greet” event with some kids and parents in Chicago, an email came in from a customer, Amaka (pseudonym). Here goes:
Please add more content to Igbo 101. My daughter and I have almost mastered the sentences and greetings! :*] We would like to learn more common responses and phrases. FYI – My daughter of 3.5 years and I love this app. It is very user friendly, fun, and sneakily educational! Anyway, she will become completely bored with it soon, if you don’t add more content.
Lastly, I was told a few of the greetings were not common. Some Igbo people looked at me as if I had two heads after I said Ehihe Oma, ibolachi, and one other greeting. So, please try to keep the content up to date and use more common phrases once you update the app.
Hey, maybe you all could also create or add some really-really basic and easy to understand (for an English speaking 3 year old) collection of short Igbo stories with pictures too. Please just do whatever it takes to make us fluent or able to effectively communicate with Igbo speakers. The current app is what I hope is just a starter for more to come!!!
I could have chosen to respond the conventional way by sending a personal email to Amaka but I chose this medium for obvious reasons. There are many like her that have me and my team truly concerned due to the length of time it’s taking for our next update to be released. However, the good news is we’re honestly working on it. Given the interest towards these Language teaching apps – the 101 series – we decided to gather as many feedback as we could before proceeding with the next update. We even put out a questionnaire on Survey Monkey to gather feedbacks. In the last couple of months, we have sat back to analyze these feedbacks including the ones that have come in form of emails and one-on-one meetings with parents and teachers. The outcome of this analysis can best be summarized as: Users want more contents and a more engaging experience.
That said, our ongoing update includes the following:
- Improved content structure: we have about a dozen inter-connected topics providing a seamless flow from one to the other. These topics are designed to help you get from scratch to legend. Note the deliberate use of the word, legend. There’s an interesting plot to the whole but we’ll save it for later. Yup!
- Continuing on a more immersive way of learning with respect to each topic’s delivery.
- Universal iOS app: we decided for convenience it’d be best to have one app for iPad and iPhone. This is in view of the new iPhones 6 and 6+
- A hint feature to help with understanding some words.
Presently, our Yoruba101 version is almost complete while Igbo101 and Hausa101 (new) are undergoing more vets. Find below a mock-up of our ongoing work.
Personally, my team is in a race to ensure we save Amaka’s 3 year old Princess and many like her from getting tired of our app. Rest assured, we will not disappoint :-)
In the mean time, download any of our other apps to keep the kids engaged. Making waves at the moment is our latest app, Adventures of the Tortoise; a growing collection of Tortoise stories drawn from different African Cultures including Igbo, Hausa and Efik. The stores include games, folksongs and more.
Lastly, thank you all for your patience.