Polygloss: Learn Languages

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About this app

Are you feeling stuck in the "I can understand but I can't speak" part of your language learning journey? Despite all you've learned so far, do you feel you can't communicate? Look no more, Polygloss is right for you!

★ Guess images with friends.
★ Write creatively and increase your active vocabulary!
★ Ideal for motivated beginners and intermediate language learners (A2-B2). Not recommended for complete beginners.
★ Works really well alongside popular language learning apps like Duolingo.
★ Available for 80+ languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Welsh, Hebrew, Icelandic, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic, Norwegian, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Dutch, Polish, Finnish, Portuguese, Esperanto, Toki Pona, and many more

For most language learners, moving from ‘understanding’ to ‘communicating’ is difficult. Those first conversations are stressful and don’t get any results.

This is where Polygloss comes in. Our mission is to help language learners be independent and enjoy life using a foreign language.

How do we do it?

Polygloss is an image guessing game that offers you sufficient interaction, guidance and lets you express yourself with freedom. Using new words, in your own personal context, is the best method for increasing your vocabulary. Better than simply reading, re-reading and memorizing words out of context!
Polygloss works, is science-backed, and was awarded best paper* at the 9th NLP4CALL workshop series at The University of Gothenburg.

Why does it work?
It is normal for language learners to experience more language exposure than language creation. Language creation is hard and needs to be nurtured.

There are different ways to increase your active vocabulary (words that you have the ability to use, not just understand). This includes intense repetition, consuming content you enjoy (books, series, movies), flashcards, etc. These methods are great and should be part of any language learners tool kit.

But, there is another way to increase your active vocabulary. Simply by using words. Ideally in your own personalized context.

And that’s why Polygloss works. It allows you to start communicating in a low stress environment. Helping you easily increase your active vocabulary and communication confidence.

Ready to make the jump from understanding to communicating? Download Polygloss today.


🖼 Image based lessons give you something to talk about.
🙌 No translation required! Use words you know to describe what you see.
😌 Low stress opportunity to creatively use your target language.
✍ Receive feedback and improve your writing.
🤍 Add people as friends or get randomly paired with other players.
⭐ Collect stars and progress through dozens of topics.
🏆 Compete with other learners in optional daily writing challenges.
📖 Bookmark your favorite sentences and corrections for later study.
📣 No right, wrong or useless sentences. Say what you want to say!
👌 Get word and sentence tips (Available only in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian. New languages and levels coming soon!)
👏 All minority and dialect languages possible. As long as you have a partner, you can play!

Coming soon:
🚀 See your vocabulary and learning stats.
🔊 Play with audio.
🎮 Review with mini games.

Polygloss is a work in progress
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Questions, suggestions or bug reports?


Q. What languages are available?
A. All of them! But it needs at least one other player in the same language so you can play together. Don’t forget to invite your friends!

Privacy Policy: https://polygloss.app/privacy/
Terms of Service: https://polygloss.app/terms/

*Link to award: https://tinyurl.com/m8jhf2w
Updated on
Feb 19, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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Personal info, Audio and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
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Ratings and reviews

514 reviews
January 17, 2024
Only been using it a couple days but it's fun. It would be nice to be able to check the matches you sent and update them if you accidentally had an ADHD moment and picked the wrong picture to go with your description because you were only half paying attention. I have trouble figuring out what some of the images are when it's my turn to write a description. Either I really don't know what it is or the image is just too simplistic in some cases.
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Alice Webber
November 27, 2022
So this is my new addiction, since I imposed a "digital wellness" time limit on Facebook. Polygloss can really soak up the time, but it's so educational! I'm assuming you know the basic drill, write something in your target language about one of four pictures and if your partner guesses the pic correctly you both get points. Experience much improved since you now see the content of matches when they're complete. Many pictures are highly obscure, which can be fun but is often frustrating.
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Kabocha Mirai
August 3, 2023
Wonderful concept and clean UI. Thanks for making this amazing fun app! So great to play with real people who also love learning languages. One thing, the tallying of matches and karmas are buggy. I play in multiple languages and the count doesn't match the actual # of games played(some languages I played more than a dozen and the count still shows zero), and similar bug with karma points not updating.
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Polygloss Languages
August 3, 2023
Thanks for reporting this issue and for emailing me some more details about it! I'll investigate this and fix for the next version. 🙏

What's new

New in 2.3.4
🐞 Fix discord link

New in 2.3.0
👩‍🏫 Classrooms
📢 Share match
🔥 Streaks
💌 Match comments / feedback
🏝️ Vacation mode
👩‍🏫 Split correction into correction + explanation
🔎 Zoom image with long press
🔉 Minutes of audio recorded on profile
🔓 Privacy settings
ℹ️ New "about" screen
🐞 Bug fixes, optimizations and UI improvements