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Testing Oshinglish

abiatarfestus | June 7, 2021, 5:43 p.m.

Hi, friends!

I'm writing this post to test the blog functionality of this new website I'm building, one that I've mentioned to you before, my prime pre-occupation of recent. I'm also writing this post to announce to those who end up here that the website is now live and accessible to anyone. As a matter of fact, this is the first blog post I'm publishing here since the site went live a few days ago.

So what exactly is this website about?

As I explain in this video, the main purpose of the website is to build an online English-Oshindonga dictionary. Although, as you can see, the website has (or will have) many sections/pages or apps (however you wish to call them) including the blog, the main feature (for which I've laboured the passed few months) is the dictionary.

So what's up now?

Well, as I've indicated in the video, my intention is not really to build or come up with the dictionary. Rather, my intention is to develop a tool that can be used by language (Oshiwambo), teachers, students, and enthusiasts to build an English-Oshindonga dictionary. Although the website is still in its infancy and far from the final product, the basic functionalities are in place and functional, at east as far as I've tested them.

And what can one do on it for now?

Just in case you didn't pick it up from that video, I'm building this website from scratch. I'm not using a CMS like WordPress, which I used to build this website, for example. That means it will take much longer to build. But I've decide to deploy it at this early stage to allow for proper continuous development, deployment and testing with real users. At this stage, user registration is working, and so is searching and updating the dictionary. That means you can register and start contributing right away. Go to Help for instructions on updating the dictionary.

Furthermore...

Suggestions and feedback are by all means welcome. You can get in touch with me on Twitter, Facebook. Soon I will add a contact form to the site, too. If you're interested in contributing code-wise, the source code is publicly available on my GitHub account. I can't wait to welcome you! 

PS: Hopefully when there's enough content in the dictionary, I'll start blogging in Oshindonga. While we're here, please comment down below, so I test that functionality. By the way, the site is not yet optimised for mobile (smaller screens), so I'd recommend using a pc for better experience.