Foreign language learners get memorization help from iPhone app

11/6/2009 | MIT Technology Review

Language-learning software developed by a Japanese company is being introduced as an iPhone application in the U.S. Smart.fm utilizes research-based algorithms to introduce information in a way that helps users remember it. For example, the application will feature a new word along with its translation more frequently early on. "We want to optimize the sweet spot between the minimum number of times you have to see an item and the maximum effectiveness of that presentation," said the company's founder and chairman.

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