Dive deep into foreign languages

Status 

The original idea for StoryPlanet began taking shape in the summer of 2013. In the meantime, a lot has happened. We′ve been done extensive research, been to fairs, talked to experts, negotiated with partners, hired consultants – this was mostly self-funded, but also partly enabled thanks to an EFRE-grant, kindly provided by the cultural office of the city of Offenbach.

 

To match future public funds we have been offered, we are currently looking for investors and internationally-minded partners (e.g. from the publishing, technology, and e-commerce sectors) to join in on the StoryPlanet initiative. 
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The StoryPlanet app alone – involving the cooperation of two universities and a handful of full-time programmers over the course of two years – has a projected overall scope exceeding 1,000,000 euros. Instead of waiting for the financing to finish coming together, we have begun building key elements of the project:

vobot

a simple yet powerful vocabulary training app for iPhone and iPad with an Android app to follow. Imagine a vocabulary list that always has a sentence showing you how the word is used in context. And you actually have to spell the word before it is considered really learned. Become a beta tester for learning German or English vocabulary

Rotkäppchen

learn German with the classic Grimm fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”, true to the original line by line, but modernized and simplified for beginning learners. A 13-minute voice recording is accompanied by subtitles in two languages and evocative illustrations. Watch a trailer of the first minute of animation here (status August 2014)  Become a beta tester for learning German

Status

while content cannot yet be purchased via the StoryPlanet app, we have already begun collecting reviews and recommendations for books suitable for learning foreign languages. These will go online shortly. Get informed when an online shop becomes available for the language(s) you are learning.

All of the above are endeavors we can achieve without outside financing – through them all, we are also building key elements for the later StoryPlanet app.

 

But StoryPlanet is much more than “just” an app. It is a vision for a new, more intuitive and personalized way of learning languages. We see StoryPlanet as a brand with the following aims:

  • to create stories (see Rotkäppchen above) 
  • to curate stories 
  • to promote stories (see StoryPlanet online bookstores above)
  • to develop language learning tools for self-learners (see vobot above)
  • to develop language learning tools for teachers
  • to provide a platform for learners and teachers to interact with each other
  • to develop, curate and promote travel packages for language learners

 

The StoryPlanet journey is just at its beginning. But we’re already blazing new trails and making an impact.

Are you an investor?

StoryPlanet has already generated considerable interest in the public and university sectors. Join the story, and find out what role you can play.
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Are you a publisher? Or do you offer services for the publishing sector?

StoryPlanet is an attractive new trade channel for books, e-books and other media offers. We are also looking for cooperation partners with e-commerce solutions, e-reading platforms, and/or an international distribution network. 
Find out how to get involved 

Are you a journalist/blogger?

StoryPlanet is just beginning to take off. We currently need to generate publicity to get key stakeholders on board. Very soon, we′ll also need to create buzz for new products we′re bringing to market. Are you writing for the field of publishing, technology, investing or startups? 
Let's talk! 

Are you a language teacher?

Encourage your students to explore the target language outside the classroom – with entertaining and engaging content. Share with us the books you use in your classes and help us optimize our products by becoming an advisor or editor. 
Find out how to get involved 

Are you a language learner?

StoryPlanet is designed to help you get the most out of reading and language learning. We are curious to find out which languages you are learning and how you currently go about building your language skills. We are also looking for beta testers for diverse StoryPlanet components. 
Find out how to get involved 

Do you represent a language school, institute or association?

We believe StoryPlanet is an ideal way to complement the valuable services you provide. Our goal is to provide language students with entertaining opportunities to immerse themselves in the target language outside of the classroom. Some of our tools are also highly suitable for use in the classroom. We are looking for cooperation partners who share our passion for stories and want to help us develop and share our tools. 
Find out how to get involved 

Are you a bookseller?

Language learners buy books, audiobooks, textbooks, dictionaries. They are a unique customer group that StoryPlanet would like to drive to local booksellers: to buy your products, attend your readings, as well as to connect with other learners and teachers in your network. We are currently also looking for partner bookstores to act as sales channels in diverse markets around the world. 
Find out how to get involved 

Are you a librarian?

Not everyone who wants to learn a foreign language can afford to buy extra books or the technology required to use sophisticated self-study tools. Many of the books recommended on StoryPlanet are available in libraries, and we would like to refer local readers to make use of them. 
Contact us for more info 

Are you a writer/storyteller?

Hop onto the StoryPlanet, and make your work accessible across all kinds of linguistic borders. We are looking for editors, copywriters, contributing authors, translators and reviewers. 
Contact us for more info 

Are you a software developer?

StoryPlanet is a rapidly growing project with an exciting future, and a core team of seasoned programmers. If you are looking for an inspiring new working atmosphere and a fresh challenge, get in touch. 
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Would you like to become a reviewer?

We are especially looking for learners and teachers to join the StoryPlanet community and review their favorite books for language learning (not textbooks). All it requires is a passion for languages...and storytelling! Please feel free to write the reviews in your mother tongue. 
Here′s how to get started 

 

 

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