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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.


Giveaway: Language Learning Software

Zak Erving

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¡ has officially launched!

To celebrate Sparkpunk's maiden voyage, I'll be hosting contests and giveaways every week in April—and to kick things off I've got some great language learning software up for grabs. Trust me, you'll want to win this stuff.

Hokay, so! Here's the deal: Languages are a beautiful part of the fabric of culture, but not knowing how to speak or write in another language can have disastrous—and often hilarious—results. Whether it's Engrish, a language fail, or a simple mistranslation, I want to hear about your favorite example of lost meaning across languages.



  • Follow @zakerving on Twitter
  • Tweet the giveaway link to your followers, and be sure to  include the hashtag #sparkpunk  to make sure I see it!
  • Like Sparkpunk on Facebook
  • Post the giveaway link to your facebook page. Again, be sure to include the hashtag #sparkpunk  to make sure I see your entry!


One Grand Prize: A three-month Gold Key membership from, the premiere online social language platform (check out my overview of

Five Runners-Up: Componica's Memorize Words spaced-repetition flashcard program for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, a leader in spaced-repetition vocabulary trainers (check out my overview of Memorize Words)


This giveaway ends Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00pm Pacific Time. A Grand Prize Winner will be randomly selected via RowFeeder (which monitors the "sparkpunk" tags on Twitter & Facebook) and announced on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:00am Pacific Time.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 3-month Gold Key membership to

I'll also be selecting the runners-up from my five favorite entries based on the following criterea:

  • Contrast of intended meaning against actual messageThe Chinese character GAN4 is Suspect #1 in many of these incidents.
  • Scale of international consequences: Like when then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter told Polish officials that he wanted to love them carnally.
  • Overall hilarity and/or absurdity: Make me laugh. A lot.

Each of the runners-up will receive their choice of Memorize Words in Spanish, French, or Russian

So what are you waiting for? Get posting!