A research project designed to speed & fun up vocabulary learning in a new language

Our approach is designed around three fundamental principles

Read Articles

about only the stuff you like

Unlike most traditional learning materials based on pre-defined, standardized and let's admit it: boring texts, we think that you should read only the stuff that you love: eBooks, blogs, articles and news in the desired language. In each of these contexts and on any chosen device, you should have translations of unfamiliar terms “at the touch of a fingertip”.

Translate Words

and have them everywhere with you

Words that you have once translated, will be available to you always (read as “from any of your devices”) and they will go into your own, private dictionary. The information about the context where you encountered a given new word will also be synchronized among the applications and devices. There is no doubt we understand and remember so much better words in context.

Practice Vocabulary

with Personalized Exercices

Based on the texts you read, the words you translate, and lists of word frequencies, Zeeguu will use machine learning to build a model of your current vocabulary in the target language. Applying this model and using spaced repetition, you will receive personalized exercises that will help you learn, practice and retain the new words, ranked according to their importance.

Read More in our CHI'18 Paper


(August 2020)

Mircea will give a workshop about Zeeguu at EuroCALL 2020 which will be held online.

(August 2019)

Mircea will talk about Zeeguu at EuroCALL and EASEAI

(April 2019)

We have moved to zeeguu.org

(April 2018)

Mircea presents a paper about Zeeguu at CHI'18 in Montreal!

(January 2018)

Paper about Zeeguu accepted to CHI 2018!


The project has benefited from the contributions and advice from many people. Some of them are listed here:
Mircea Lungu
Production, maintenance

Katrine Iversen
UI Modernization

Konstantina Argyropoulou
UI Modernization

Kristin Kallevik
UI Modernization

Feiko Ritsema
Topic Browser

Lars Holdijk
API Design

Dan Chirtoaca
Universal Multilingual Reader

Alexander Lukjanenkovs
Learner Feedback

Anca Lungu

Linus Schwab
Android RSS Feed Reader

Jeroen van Engen
Education Feedback

Mads Kristian Brodt Nielsen
Teacher Dashboard

Sybren van Vliet
Forgiving Exercise Feedback

Martin Avagyan
Language Exercises

Luc van der Brand
Universal Multilingual Reader

Jorrit Oosterhof
iOS News Reader

Karan Sethi
Knowledge Estimator

Pascal Giehl
Android Development

Simon Marti
Initial API and Chrome Extension

Wim Gombert
Education Feedback

Alin Balutoiu
Performance and Scalability

Jonathan Sparvath
Teacher Dashboard

Joël Grondman
Personalized Difficulty Estimator

Carlos Paz
Knowledge Dashboard

Johan De Jager
Translation Multiplexer

Ada Lungu
UX and Web Design

Niels Haan
Smartwatch Development

Vlad Turbureanu
Language Exercises


zeeguu.org is hosted in the Google Cloud Platform
Zeeguu uses many open source libraries and free APIs.
Some of them are listed below.
Online translation API

Our Favorite IDE

Web Development with Python

Internal API monitor