What is Max?
Max is a new kind of Norwegian language learning program (for Windows) currently in development. The user learns the language from its very own robot instructor.
After having taught Norwegian (levels A1-B2) to hundreds of students during my 5 years at Folkeuniversitetet in Bergen, I realized I could reach out to even more learners by providing them with their own private teacher. I ended up naming him Max.
Max is a machine, but not the kind that becomes self-aware and tries to take over the world. He only has one mission: To teach you the Norwegian language in a fun way, using clear and concise instructions, allowing you to make your own sentences from day 1.
Instead of relying on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and complex algorithms, Max is programmed to give specific responses to specific user actions. This involves highly comprehensive programming, where a single module can consist of over 20 000 lines of code. As a result, you don`t need to worry about nonsensical responses.
As of 2022 the program has received praise from its users during its two test phases.
How does it work?
Max runs on your computer (Windows only), and does not require an Internet connection. The user is free to use it at one`s own convenience, and one`s personal machine instructor will always be ready for a new session.
Throughout the program, the focus lies on becoming an independent Norwegian speaker. This is achieved by making one`s own sentences instead of memorizing phrases.
Feedback from students (Max used in the classroom)
- "I enjoy the gamification of learning, without the patronising tone of language apps (nor adverts)." (Student, A2)
- "The Max exercises pushed us in our understanding of both listening and reading, and were a fun way to test ourselves." (Student, A2)
- "Love max!" (Student, A2)
Having completed the first two test phases of Max, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from users, a new version awaits further testing.
Users are welcome to test the software for free
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Developed by an experienced language teacher
The program is developed by David Petter Haavik - an experienced Norwegian language instructor, having taught at Folkeuniversitetet Vestlandet and Lingu for a total of 7 years (levels A1-C1).
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