Drops' effortless visual language lessons

August 13, 2020
Mobile apps

Drops is a language learning app fo  iOS and Android. The app is built around short, engaging mnemonic games, and is designed to be integrated into the user's daily routine, making learning more enjoyable and less of a chore.

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Drops has a fast-moving, game-like approach to visual learning, helping to make the  process of studying a new language fun and easy. Upon first opening the application, users are asked to choose which  languages they'd like to learn, their reason for learning, and their existing experience level in that language.

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Users are then encouraged to turn on push notifications to allow Drops to send them a daily reminder.

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Next, new users are given a short tutorial showing how Drops lessons work.

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While some lessons ask users to drag the word onto the associated image, others prompt the user to drag an image onto the matching word, or to play simple word games. This helps to quickly build an association between the word and the image, speeding up learning.

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After the tutorial, new users start a 5-minute lesson. Additional learning patterns are introduced as the lesson progresses.

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At the end of their first lesson, users are given an opportunity to review the app:

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Next, users are introduced to progress levels and streaks to build motivation and inspire continued product use.

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From start to finish, Drops' use of game elements is delightfully done. There are plenty of language learning apps out there, but for simple, straightforward vocabulary building, Drops is hard beat.