My web-based training app: Listening Quest!


I finally finished programming my web training app, Listening Quest! If English is your second (or third or fourth or fifth) language, please give it a try, and see if you can improve your listening. And teachers, please tell your students! It trains users on the differences between “glow” and “grow”, but also on the differences between “greenhouse” and “green house”, or “check out that new cafe” vs. “check-out is at 10 am”.

In more technical terms, it’s designed to train users to differentiate [r] and [l] sounds, as well as lexical stress patterns in English compound words. Since this was my first serious project, it took me absolutely forever to iron out all the kinks. I think I probably wasted two whole weeks just trying to get the dang thing to save results to a log file on the server… <grumble grumble>PHP<rassinfrassin>jQuery…

But it’s up now! This definitely won’t be my last web app or programming project. I learned a lot, and had a lot of fun doing it, so I hope to make a bunch more of these kinds of learning tools in the future.


English teacher, student of Japanese, and aspiring linguist.

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