Cambridge Dictionaries and Playlingo launch addictive English learning game ’Lingopolis’.

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Cambridge Dictionaries and Playlingo have launched a free online game that turns learning English words into fast and addictive fun.

‘Lingopolis’ is a city-building social game that allows players to build a city by learning words as fast as they can, with bigger and better building levels unlocking as they progress. But, if they stop learning words their city, just like their vocabulary, will fall into chaos and ruin! This new game is highly motivating and encourages beginner-level learners (Common European Framework of Reference Levels A1-A2) to improve their English. More levels will be added in the coming months.

Lingopolis tests players on newly learnt English words in a series of fun activities and puzzles. It also helps players learn how to spell the words correctly. Completing these tasks quickly allows players to build a bigger and more complex city.

Using Lingopolis, players:
●    learn 1,000+ common words that make up to 70 per cent of the words in spoken English
●    learn from the language learning experts at Cambridge Dictionaries
●    learn words fast with a powerful memory algorithm
●    keep motivated by competing with friends

The game is available to play for free at

Lingopolis is a collaboration between Cambridge University Press, one of the world’s leading English language teaching publishers and Playlingo, a London-based startup that creates social games for language learning.

Colin Mcintosh, Publisher at Cambridge University Press said: ‘Research shows that the best students of English are those who know the most words, but learning vocabulary can often be demotivating. Learn these 1,000 words for your new year’s resolution and you will get your English off to a great start, and because Lingopolis is a game it’ll be a lot of fun!’

Ziad Dajani, Learning Designer at Playlingo and former teacher at Istanbul Technical University said: ‘Lingopolis is as fun and addictive as playing Farmville or Candy Crush Saga but you are also doing serious learning backed up by the experts at Cambridge Dictionaries. We hope this will help our players keep their new year’s resolution to learn English!’

Laura Woodward, one of Istanbul’s leading English Teacher Trainers said: ‘This is an inspired idea and it’s fantastic that it’s coming to Turkey first. Lingopolis combines fun with really solid learning from the excellent Cambridge Dictionaries. I think it will make an incredible difference to learners’ progress.’

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Note to editors:
●    The game is launching initially in Turkey
●    The game was tested and developed together with students and teachers in Istanbul, Turkey
●    The game is based on academic research into the most effective ways of learning vocabulary. Find out more about the Science behind the game.

Pictures: high quality images of the game can be downloaded at:

Playlingo: Ziad Dajani (00 44 797 3282384) or ziad(AT)

About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Dedicated to excellence, its purpose is to further the University's objective of advancing knowledge, education, learning, and research. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research, professional development, over 300 research journals, school-level education, English language teaching and bible publishing. Playing a leading role in today’s international market place, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.
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About Playlingo
Playlingo is an innovation award-winning education technology startup based in London and Edinburgh that combines social gaming with accelerated learning techniques to create new ways of making language learning fun, social and fast.
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