Algilez is an artificial language, designed to be much simpler and quicker to learn than any natural language. The idea is for it to become the main form of communication for international use. Algilez has many similarities with existing major world languages, particularly English, but with a much simpler grammar and vocabulary.
The vocabulary is based on 'condensed' English, making it easy to learn for people with knowledge of English, and with short simple words for those who don't.
The whole vocabulary is logically categorised by the meaning of the words. There is a single meaning for each word and words are pronounced as they are spelt.
Questions and requests are indicated by the first word in the sentence. Adjectives & adverbs follow the word they are describing. All these factors enable the listener and reader to begin to understand the meaning of each sentence as it is spoken or read, rather than having to wait until the end.
Due to the relatively simple and entirely regular grammar and vocabulary of Algilez, the lesson content is much easier and more compact than other natural languages, which is a great way to ensure quick learning. Algilez is complete language. It is capable of expressing all of the subtleties and complexities of meaning that occur in any natural language, as well as able to be used for literature, poetry and song writing etc.
Knowledge of another language is not just a convenience for tourists wanting to order a coffee. For many people in the world it is an economic necessity – their livelihoods depend on being able to communicate with other language speakers. Reducing the learning time for a new language would be an economic benefit that would impact on millions of people and is the ultimate target of Algilez.
Although working with other students and a teacher has its advantages, we recognise that many people don't have the time or opportunity to join a class. If you are happy to learn on your own, using a language learning programme on a computer or a mobile device, then this is the app for you.
The app enables you to read and listen to the new language, to practice and self-test, including speaking and writing. The content is the current best practice for efficient self-learning and was produced in conjunction with the language department of Greenwich University, London.
A trial course at Greenwich University with volunteer students, showed that people could pick up the basic grammar in only 15 hours of teaching. A more extensive 30-hour course was carried out with a small group of retired people. By the end they had learnt all of the grammar, a fair amount of vocabulary and were able to converse in the language and write some very impressive short essays. All this in a fraction of the time it takes to learn a natural language.
If you are interested in learning something new, trying something that is fun, mentally stimulating and very different then this is just the thing for you!
8. Algilez is very new and there is still development work to be done, particularly on adding to the vocabulary. So, for people who’d also like to help contribute to an idea that could have a big impact on language teaching, both in the developed world and particularly in many third world countries, come and join us!