Friday, August 02, 2013

Announcing the Launch of The Greek Alphabet Game for Android™

I've been doing a lot of writing lately; not essay or article writing— but a different kind of writing. I've been busy coding away, writing a new app to help people learn Greek.

Android app on Google Play

After over a month of hard work, I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new (and my first ever) app: The Greek Alphabet Game. Here's a short description of it:
Test your knowledge of the Greek Alphabet with this fun, yet educational app! Even if you don't know the Greek Alphabet at all, this game is still for you! Included in the app is a training mode, which will teach you the Greek Alphabet (lowercase and uppercase) in order.

Two different Greek Alphabet game modes will send letters flying at you, testing your visual and audio recognition. In one game, your job is to grab the letters in alphabetical order. In the other game, your job is to grab the letters in whatever order they're called. For bonus points, any incorrect letters can be shot down!

This game is designed for anyone new to Greek. It will be especially useful if you are planning on studying, or if you are just starting your studies in Koine Greek (Biblical Greek), Ancient Greek, or Modern Greek. This app could also come in handy if you are in a mathematics class, physics class, or some other class that makes heavy use of the Greek alphabet.
Here are the places the app is currently available: Google Play (Free), Google Play (Full Version), Amazon (Free Version), and Amazon (Full Version).

At this moment, the app is available only for Android. If I received sufficient funding for licencing purposes, I could easily (relatively speaking) deploy it to iOS.

I designed this app especially for anyone just beginning their studies in Koine Greek (Biblical Greek). Learning the alphabet is the first challenge most first year Greek students face. Students who are slow in completing this first challenge quickly fall behind. With this app, that first challenge becomes a fun, addicting game.

Even if you already know the alphabet, this app could serve as an entertaining way to review both the lowercase and uppercase Greek letters. The oldest biblical manuscripts are written in all uppercase letters. Ironically, I've noticed that many people (myself included) are less familiar with the uppercase Greek letters. With this app you can easily change the settings and play with only the uppercase letters.

I don't know if this will be the first of many apps that I write, or the last. I have a lot of ideas about new apps I could make to help people learn Koine/Biblical Greek. Such apps would delve beyond the alphabet and help the user internalize the Greek language. How awesome would it be to ditch the rote memorization of paradigms, opting instead to internalize the many intricacies of Greek verbs by playing a game?

Memory palaces (click here for more info) are a good replacement for rote memorization, and I'm convinced that interactive games are another.

For the most part, many of my game ideas at this point are pipe-dreams. Writing an app is a major time investment. It's risky business; I'm not guaranteed to receive anything in return. After a month straight of coding, I have no idea if I'll sell 3 apps or 3000 apps.

Regardless of what happens, teaching myself to code an app was a great experience. Koine Greek and Java coding aren't two areas of expertise that commonly overlap, but I had a lot of fun combining them. For anyone who might download this app, I appreciate your support. And who knows? This might just be the first Greek app of many.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or send an email. If you're looking for a good place to go after learning the Greek Alphabet (or if you're looking for additional resources to accompany a traditional Greek grammar), then I highly recommend Randall Buth's Living Koine Greek Part 1 (click here to read my review of it).