Indylan-Learn Indigenous Langs 4+

Mobile Virtual Learning

Heriot-Watt University

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 27 Ratings
    • Free



IndyLan (Mobile Virtual Learning for Indigenous Languages) is an educational tool designed for users to learn some of Europe’s endangered languages as well as more about the cultures of the people who speak these languages. The IndyLan app will help speakers of English, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish to learn Gaelic, Scots, Cornish, Basque, Galician and Saami, all endangered at different degrees. Like all language-learning apps, IndyLan is complementary to other language- and culture courses and can be considered to be part of self-study material.

IndyLan contains around 4,000 vocabulary items (both terms and expressions) in about 100 categories. The modes available are: Vocabulary; Phrases; Dialogues; Grammar; Aural Comprehension; Culture.

The vocabulary can be practised in several study modes. Most of the items will be illustrated for easy concept recognition. There is audio for all vocabulary, phrases, dialogues etc. The app includes a dedicated Culture tab with texts, music and images, where users will be able to learn more about the heritage and culture of the people speaking the selected endangered languages.

At IndyLan, we do not see languages as separate from their speakers. Our vision is for the IndyLan app to contribute to endangered language learning and revitalisation so that these languages remain alive and relevant in contemporary societies and economies.

This project is funded with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union - Project No: 2019-1-UK01-KA204-061875. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

What’s New

Version 1.1

Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

InCaseYouWereWondering ,

More please

I can already tell this will be a big help in my Sámi learning!

Melody Aka Horse Lover! ,

Pros and Cons

I am Saami and have been trying to find a way to learn more about my heritage and language. It has been difficult to find and even have the opportunity to learn a little about the saami language.
Although this is amazing and is great for endangered languages I think it needs more if you really want to be able to speak saami semi-fluently. It is more of an addition to basic lessons. I still think you should install it and have some fun but if you really want to learn you have to know some basics.

RomulusPelt ,

Difficult to use

To start, let me say that I very much appreciate the spirit behind this app. As a saami who has had trouble finding a way to learn my heritage language, I appreciate the effort put into this. However, the interface is simply poorly designed. It assumes you already know the basics of saami, even in the “beginner” lessons. It does not teach verb or adjective conjugations, which are very important in saami, and it seems to be simply for review. It does not save your progress, and overall is not useful for building up your knowledge from nothing.

App Privacy

The developer, Heriot-Watt University, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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