Scripts, the first multi-language app to teach language learners how to write character-based language systems, released today and available for iOS and Android. With just a few swipes of a finger, learners will be able to write Japanese Kana, Korean Hangul, and traditional Hanzi characters. In the coming months, Scripts will add simplified Hanzi, Thai, Kanji, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian Cyrillic, and Hindi. The launch of the Scripts app doubles down on the company’s visual learning approach.
In the past few years, Americans have expressed significant interest in learning Asian languages – a trend many attribute to Asian countries’ growing global influence. Even languages spoken in American homes are shifting, with Chinese now the second most popular language spoken at home after Spanish.
Yet, for many beginners who want to get started with learning character-based languages, the writing system, lack of an alphabet, lack of cognates, and status as a tonal language prove to be difficult. There is a high barrier to entry for many Asian language learners.
For the first time, Drops is offering a new, intuitive way to learn how to write character-based language systems through Scripts. Learners will be able to learn each character through a mix of fun games where they will be shown step-by-step instructions on how to draw the character with their finger on a smartphone. The physical act of drawing a character makes it more fun and realistic for the learner, while also increasing retention.