What is a Diglot Weave and how can it help me learn a new language?

  1. Read simplified Dick and Jane books that use an extremely limited vocabulary. This gets old quick if you’re over the age of 6!
  2. Read more interesting texts, but look up the majority of words in a dictionary. Ugh.
  3. Read a “diglot reader” book that shows your native language on one side of the page and your target language on the other side of the page. Better, but all the switching back and forth is still pretty frustrating.
With LoomVue’s browser extension you will learn a new idioma while you browse the web. (notice that idioma is in Spanish)
Figure 1: Example of a diglot weave reader that introduces words from a target language (Spanish) into a source language (English)
  • Readers of diglot weave texts learn many new words compared to other techniques. Using a diglot weave book led to 35% more vocabulary words learned compared to reading a challenging text solely in the target language [3], 75% more words compared to semantic mapping techniques [4], and were equally effective as computer-based drill and practice programs [2].
  • Readers enjoy reading texts using a diglot weave [5]. They were less frustrated and had reduced anxiety, as well as increased optimism when compared to reading a text solely in the target language [3]. They also liked it better than semantic mappings [4] and a computer-based drill and practice program [2].

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