Forliviamo is a free mobile application for Italian language and culture incidental learning. It provides the users with language, culture and practical information related to the city of Forlì and its surrounding areas. The app is primarily targeted at a very heterogeneous audience of "tourist-learners": first of all, international students either coming to Forlì for a short period of study or fully enrolled at the University of Bologna (Forlì Campus); international tourists/ workers arriving in Forlì and also native speakers of Italian, who might be interested in a new dimension of interaction with their surroundings.
The contents include both texts and multimedia (images, audio, videos), alongside with links to external resources. They are organized in six main categories, that branch out into several subcategories, containing texts and their related multimedia: 1) University life (Studying at University of Bologna, libraries, meeting places); 2) Itineraries: Architecture of the 1920s-1940s; Medieval route;3) Events: festivals, fairs etc.; 4)Food & drink: local recipes, traditional restaurants; 5) Practical life: health, post office, telephone; 6) Places: museums, theaters etc.. The choice of the general topics is based on retracing the habits of international students both in their daily-life as university students and also as young adults living a new life abroad.
Each content has been labelled as “easy/medium/difficult”. In some cases, multi-media content can be accessed by users through unlocking activities. By answering short multiple-choice quizzes regarding the vocabulary of that text or other previous texts the user can unlock the extra multimedia content. Potentially unknown word or domain-specific words (both in Italian and in the local dialect) are highlighted in blue: by clicking on them users can access a short definition in a pop-up window.