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Learning a Foreign Language? Try Letra: A New Tab Extension for Passive Language Learning ☀️

Jaye Hernandez
Full stack dev who likes to keep herself busy by building stuff on the side 🌻
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...and just to be 100% clear, I'm talking about foreign languages like German and French. Not programming languages. 😅

Why not learn something every time you open a new tab?

Introducing Letra. A Chrome Extension (Working on a Firefox extension as well!) that serves as a supplementary guide for learning a new language. A new word will pop up in your new tab every day, in your chosen language(s).

Go to the Extension

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✨ Features

  • New word everyday
  • Listen to the word in the chosen language
  • New inspirational quote about learning
  • Dark Interface

🌎 Available Languages

  • 🇩🇪 German
  • 🇫🇷 French
  • 🇪🇸 Spanish
  • 🇯🇵 Japanese
  • 🇰🇷 Korean
  • ➕ More to come!

Launched this on ProductHunt yesterday, too. This is the first side project I created and it has been a crazy ride, but that's a story for another time.

Built with VueJS and NodeJS. Here's the repository for the extension! Do click on the Star ⭐️ button if you found it interesting

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Passively learn a new language every time you open a new tab

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Passively learn a new language every time you open a new tab.

Download Chrome Extension

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Features

  • New word everyday
  • Listen to the word in the chosen language
  • New inspirational quote about learning
  • Dark Interface

🌎 Supported Languages

  • 🇩🇪 German
  • 🇫🇷 French
  • 🇪🇸 Spanish
  • 🇯🇵 Japanese
  • 🇰🇷 Korean
  • 🇮🇳 Hindi
  • 🇵🇭 Filipino
  • 🇮🇩 Indonesian
  • 🇨🇳 Chinese (Simplified)
  • 🇧🇷 Brazilian Portuguese
  • 🇷🇺 Russian
  • 🇸🇦 Arabic

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🤝 Contributing

Contributions, issues and feature requests are welcome!

Feel free to check the issues page for any open issues. If this is your first time contributing to Open Source, check out the Contributing Guidelines.

You can also suggest a new feature by creating an Issue. Please wait for confirmation before working on it.

Good for First Timers





EDIT: You can now contribute to this repository as well! 🎉

Let me know if you decide to try it out for yourself. I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Vaibhav Khulbe • Edited

This is so useful! I'm learning Spanish on Duolingo and this will definitely help me to learn new words. Like the typography and the design also, the text to speech is a bonus 💯

I've also upvoted and commented on ProductHunt!

Also, how can I add other languages? I would really like to contribute and add a feature. But I don't have much experience developing an extension.

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Jaye Hernandez Author

Thank you for the support, Vaibhav!!  🔥

Currently working on the API documentation which contains the languages. I'll let you know when it's up, most likely this week! No experience with extensions necessary to contribute. :)

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Vaibhav Khulbe

Awesome! Let me know. 😁

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Mathias Sixten

This is awesome! I just installed this for Korean :)

I've had this idea to build a chrome extension that translate a few words into your desired language here and there during general browsing. Kind of learning from context.

Do you have any recommendations for where to start learning to develop chrome extensions?

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Jaye Hernandez Author

Thanks for installing, Matthias! :)

Such a cool concept! I started out with reading Google’s documentation. It’s actually quite detailed! Once you know the basics, it’s just working with Javascript.

Hope this helps. Looking forward to your project as well!

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Mathias Sixten

Cool :) thanks again for the inspiration

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Raphael Jambalos

I love this! Added mine for Japanese! image

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Fernando Garcia

That typography makes Japanese characters look really neat 👌🏻

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Jaye Hernandez Author

Thank you for checking it out!! Good luck with Japanese, Jamby 🇯🇵

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Chris C

Wow Jaye! Thanks

will use for Spanish ;)

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Jaye Hernandez Author

Thanks Chris! ☺️ Let me know what you think!

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Fernando Garcia

Thanks! I will use this for French :D

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Jaye Hernandez Author

Thanks Fernando, best of luck in learning French! :)

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Mir Bhatia

This looks great! I've already set it up for French.

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Jaye Hernandez Author

Thanks Mir, good luck with French! I also want to learn that someday :)

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Andre

This is amazing. And you can choose multiple languages :D
The style is just on point, just match my google chrome dark theme. :)

Also, would be great to have English as a language to learn.

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Jaye Hernandez Author

Thanks Andre! Glad you noticed allowing multiple languages. :D

I’ll add the English language to the list of features to do, great suggestion!

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Ajay Immanuel

This is a lit idea!

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Himanshu Singh

Would be great if we include programming languages as well

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Jaye Hernandez Author

I think it will be limited to foreign languages for now, just so it only does one thing, and does it well. But thank you for this suggestion! Might be a good idea for a completely new project :)