SharedWor!ds is an on-line language-learning game, part of the SharedWords project aimed at learners of Greek and Turkish. It takes common words shared by both languages and uses the learners’ existing knowledge of Greek or Turkish to make language learning easier and more fun. It also changes players’ perceptions of language-learning by eliminating psychological obstacles to the concept of “the foreign language”. Players learn about the pronunciation of each word, its etymology (linguistic origins) and cultural context.
The SharedWor!ds project uses existing linguistic research into the Greek and Turkish languages as well as the knowledge of colloquial expressions and idioms that Cypriot language users and learners can bring. The game is based on the understanding that common words can be used as a starting point to learn different languages. Common words are the evidence of a common way of expression, of shared traditions and values. These can be used as common ground to overcome the psychological obstacles of “foreign” and “the other” by focusing on similarities and the common values that bring us together