Love, Foreign Language and AI

Love, Foreign Language and AI

July 3, 2023
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generated by Starry AI

It is a story about Lev and Anna who have just moved to the Netherlands. Lev acquired an A2 level in Dutch by studying it before he moved, but Anna is only starting (and it isn’t easy when everyone in the country speaks English very well!). Lev wants to help her make some progress by using her favorite topic: South and North Poles! He will use available generative tools to create a lesson for Anna. Let’s see how Chat GPT and other text-to-image can help us with our goal.


Lev: Generate some very simple sentences related to south and north poles and animals living there in Dutch

Sure! Here are some very simple sentences related to the South and North Poles and the animals that live there in Dutch:

  1. De ijsbeer woont op de Noordpool. (The polar bear lives in the North Pole.)
  2. Pinguïns leven op de Zuidpool. (Penguins live in the South Pole.)
  3. Het is erg koud op de polen. (It is very cold at the poles.)
  4. De zeehond zwemt in het ijskoude water. (The seal swims in the icy cold water.)
  5. Het noorderlicht is prachtig om te zien. (The Northern Lights are beautiful to see.)

These sentences use basic vocabulary and grammar to introduce the concepts of the South and North Poles and the animals that inhabit those regions.

Lev: Create some more funny weirds sentences with the same level where animals interact

Certainly! Here are some funny and weird sentences with animals interacting at the South and North Poles in Dutch:

  1. De pinguïn speelt tikkertje met de ijsbeer. (The penguin is playing tag with the polar bear.)
  2. De zeehond en de walrus drinken samen warme chocolademelk. (The seal and the walrus are drinking hot chocolate together.)
  3. De poolvos en de ijsbeer houden een modeshow op het ijs. (The Arctic fox and the polar bear are having a fashion show on the ice.)
  4. De pinguïns vormen een band en geven een concert voor de zeehonden. (The penguins form a band and give a concert for the seals.)
  5. De ijsbeer en de walvis spelen samen een potje verstoppertje in de sneeuw. (The polar bear and the whale are playing hide-and-seek in the snow together.)

These sentences are meant to be silly and imaginative, allowing for a fun and playful way to practice Dutch vocabulary related to animals and the polar regions.

Lev: Choose 7 sentences without repetition and provide versions of these sentences with mixed order of the words along with correct order

Certainly! Here are the 10 sentences with words more mixed up:

  1. De woont Noordpool de ijsbeer op. Correct Order: De ijsbeer woont op de Noordpool. (The polar bear lives in the North Pole.)
  2. Zuidpool Pinguïns de leven op. Correct Order: Pinguïns leven op de Zuidpool. (Penguins live in the South Pole.)
  3. Zuidpool de op leven pinguïns. Correct Order: Op de Zuidpool leven pinguïns. (On the South Pole live penguins.)
  4. koud op Het de is polen. Correct Order: Het is koud op de polen. (It is cold at the poles.)
  5. polen de op veel Er ligt sneeuw. Correct Order: Er ligt veel sneeuw op de polen. (There is a lot of snow at the poles.)
  6. in het ijskoude De zwemt water zeehond. Correct Order: De zeehond zwemt in het ijskoude water. (The seal swims in the icy cold water.)
  7. water het om prachtig Het noorderlicht zien is te. Correct Order: Het is prachtig om het noorderlicht te zien. (It is beautiful to see the Northern Lights.)

Lev: Make a short list of the most important and repeated keywords in Dutch with translations from these 20 sentences into a list without repetitions

Now we have three simple educational activities for a poles-lover:

  1. Reading sentences and guessing translations
  2. Fixing the order of the words in some of the sentences
  3. Going through the keywords and guessing their translations

Text-to-image tools

Now it’s time to beautify this lesson by adding images to describe some sentences. Lev doubts he can find the exact images he needs, so it’s time to search for generative tools again. He will try PicSo, NightCafe, and StarryAI.


This tool is one of the most popular ones, and fair to say that it generates gorgeous images, which probably explains the limit of 1 image per day for users without subscription. You can learn more about it on Now, let Lev generate his first image. PicSo has several available styles in the “AI Art” tab. Anna likes cyberpunk, so let’s go with that!

Sentence: the polar bear lives in the North Pole. The result is really impressive! Everything looks realistic and cyberpunk-y at the same time: colors, a massive polar bear, an unrealistic sky that snow reflects. The quality is also pretty good: 1024x1024.

The polar bear lives in the North Pole (1024x1024)


Nightcafe gives 5 credits and three AI models to choose from. As well as PicSo, Nightcafe has several styles that you can scroll through, Lev kept the default one here.

NightCafe produces one image of low resolution (512x512) because Lev chose “Thumbnail” for a quality because of low credits count. Lev tried it for one simple sentence. The style is nice and the AI model stayed on topic, but the tool depicted some mountains that look like weird houses. Also… we just can’t unsee that the mountain (or is it a house?) on the right has a penguin’s beak!

Penguins live in the South Pole

We want our images to have higher resolution and give us some freedom of choice, so let’s move on to the next tool.


StarryAI is a tool that allows you to create 5 text-to-image projects. The interface is simple and promising. It allows you to choose between 4 project types: Art, Photos, Illustrations, and artwork copying a provided style. We chose to generate art hoping for something between “realistic” and “unrealistic” images.

After choosing the style, a user can set the following constraints besides the main image description:

  • Description of what a user doesn’t want to see
  • Style (we chose Fantasy)
  • Canvas size (ratios: 1:1, 4:5, etc.)
  • Runtime (the longer, the cooler, and changing it uses credits)
  • Seed: a pro feature. One could use it to generate another set of images for the same configuration.

StarryAI produces 4 images, and a user can download them as a .zip file or download only one after reviewing created images. Given our initial settings, all images are 512x640, which is definitely worse than the quality of PicSo. And let’s see how creative the AI can get!

Regardless of lower image quality, they have bright satisfying colors and cute details: several emperor penguins who are having some fun on the ice! Below we show other pictures that Lev got for other sentences. Enjoy!

The penguins waddle on the ice (512x640 each)

The left top image for the sentence below is the funniest! We see a bear not paying attention to the fish in the

background and… a flying bear for whatever reason. 😀

The polar bear hunts for fish (512x640 each)

The experiment below shows that the tool can flawlessly experiment with the angle of view and perspective! All the Northern Lights are absolutely stunning, and the trees and mountains are a nice touch.

It is beautiful to see the Northern Lights  (512x640 each)

One last experiment with StarryAI. Let’s see if it can handle two different characters doing something. As expected, the tool generated 4 images, but this is Lev’s personal favorite. This is a unique image because polar bears and penguins do not interact in the real world, since they live on different poles.

The polar bear and the penguins are building an igloo with an ice slide together.

StarryAI chooses lovely colors and handles non-trivial sentences well by creating just enough artistic objects that look real and surreal simultaneously. These images have something about them that compels one to stare at them. Guess the name makes sense now!


Thanks to AI and around 30 minutes of focused work, Lev got enough content for one lesson with 4 activities for Anna!

  1. Go through the keywords
  2. Go through the sentences in Dutch and guess the translation
  3. Fix the order of words in sentences given the English translation of each sentence
  4. Given six sentences in Dutch and six images, connect a sentence to an image and a sentence

This was a real life story, and it suffices to say that Anna really enjoyed the lesson and even could recall the keywords after a week 🎉

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