Mumbo, a mobile and billboard app available for anyone living in the United States, is a one month competition amongst the states. As Americans, I feel as though we have the mindset that since other countries are learning English in school, there’s no dire need for us to spend time learning the language of another country. Mumbo engages participants in a fun way without being too daunting.
Each week, there will be a new language unlocked along with different games that become available as the week progresses. Participants are tested through spelling, pronunciation, and how they retained the information overall. They can play these games either individually or head-to-head; in the latter case, one always plays someone from a different state.
At the end of each week, tests are taken individually and the state with the most points wins. The scores would be posted on billboards so that it might encourage more participation. Although people won’t achieve fluency within a week of using this app, it’s a fun way to engage people with different cultures and become familiar with the languages.