It’s been a busy yet interesting couple of months since our last update in July. Hence, we thought we’d bring you up to speed on what’s been happening. Earlier in the year, we decided it was time to take our Yoruba101 and Igbo101 apps to new levels. In order words, time to integrate a number of growing feedback we’ve received over the lifetime of the apps. Some of these feedback include:
- Adding new lessons, specifically conversational topics
- Making a single iOS app so that you no longer have to download and pay differently for iPad and iPhone versions.
- Including ways for users to restore their progress and achievements even after uninstalling and reinstalling the app.
One of the main challenges has been the way the apps were initially developed. Addressing this meant overhauling the entire apps using a new tool for development. Technically speaking, we’re moving from Adobe Flash Professional/ActionScript 3 to Unity3D/C#. That way, we’ll have a robust product that makes scaling it up a lot easier. The Yoruba101 Ikini and Shona101 apps were developed using Unity3D/C# so we’re confident of using same tools for our current updates to Yoruba101, Igbo101 and subsequent projects in the pipeline.
Granted, it takes some time to do this, so we decided it’s best we couple everything together. The team got to work on multiple things. To create a content tailored to a new beginner, we decided our lead developer get a practical firsthand lesson on Igbo, a language he couldn’t speak. That spanned over 12 hours of one-on-one lessons with our in-house Onye nkuzi (Teacher) resulting in interesting insights that came in handy for our new curriculum.
While at that, we made some quick updates to the Yoruba101 Ikini and Igbo101 apps going by some customer feedback. To the former, we added a selection page. To Igbo101 iOS app, we added a menu prompt for helping users retrieve previously purchased items.
Anyways, it’s all for the greater good. We have since fine-tuned our scripts and over the last few weeks, completed the audio recordings which include songs, new topics and corrections to old topics.
Right now, our main tasks involve sitting behind a computer and stringing together the sounds, animations and more. We’ve started prototyping some new approaches for creating more engaging lessons and games.
Making these apps though challenging is a fun process and for us, nothing beats the process. The reward they say is in the journey. So, stay tuned. More importantly, know that we’re still and will keep doing what we can to make Yoruba, Igbo and more native languages in the future fun to learn. We hope to keep you abreast as much as we can.
We’ve also created a highlight on our Instagram account so you can keep up with the Behind-the-scenes as we continue working. Sharing our progress is one way to keep us accountable and committed to our goals. Yes! It can get boring doing these iterative tasks so we appreciate your views, likes, feedback. Believe us when we say it helps to keep us motivated.