StoryPlanet is creating story-based tools for language learners
8

patrons

$16
per month
Welcome to StoryPlanet!
We are passionate writers, language learners and programmers who strongly believe in the power of stories to help you learn a foreign language. You immerse yourself in the new language and end up learning tons, almost without noticing…

What do we do?
We’ve started by writing short stories for learners of German. We want to expand to include other languages, other writers, published stories, and also finish our technology that helps you learn as you read.

How does it work right now?
At the moment, every week we publish a new short story for learners of German. We publish one chapter of the story everyday via WhatsApp. Each chapter has about 50 words, most of which should be familiar to intermediate learners (A2). One sentence in each chapter comes from our vocabulary trainer app and has a highlighted word which is just a little bit more difficult (B1). If readers want to, they can learn the highlighted word in our vocabulary trainer app, using the same sentence from the story. It just makes sooooo much more sense to learn words within the context of a story – and it’s sooooo much more fun too!

We call this “StoryCorner”. Learn more about it here: www.storycorner.de

Learn more about our vocabulary trainer app here: www.vobot.me

What’s the long-term vision?
OMG. We REALLY love languages and good stories and everyone we talk to who shares our passion agrees: we need to build a story-based platform for learning languages, i.e. StoryPlanet. Imagine you can browse through a large online library to find just the kind of story YOU want to learn with, whether it’s romance, crime, adventure, biography, you name it. The stories are also classified by learning level, so you can be sure you find just the right fit for you. If there’s any word in the text you don’t understand, just tap it with your finger and you get exactly the right definition as well as lots of related tips. Then, you can add the word AND the sentence to your individualized learning list. All without leaving the page and interrupting your reading flow. Whenever you want, you switch to the learning mode and can practice all those words you’ve collected in a series of signature exercises we’ve created that get successively more difficult as you progress. It really helps those words stick, you learn how to properly use the word in a real context AND it’s a lot of fun!

We’ve actually got quite a bit of the necessary software done for this, but there is still quite a way to go in order for almost any story to be transformed into a learning tool like we envision. Try our prototype and learn more about our vision here: http://storyplanet.de/try-our-prototype/

Who are we?
Meet Anette, Leonore, Battista, Mia (the cat), David, Vanessa and Franck. We’re from the USA, France, Italy, Poland und Germany.



Why do we need your support?
There are so many reasons! Here we go:
  • WRITE: Writing short stories for language learners and publishing one chapter a day takes time. We love doing it and so far we’ve done it all for free, but yes, it would be nice to get a symbolic “thank you” for all our work.
  • CODE: Of course, developing the technology to support story-based language learning takes time and money, too.
  • BUILD: We really want to build a learning platform where all the stories and technology live. A really cool platform takes time and money.
  • FILL: To fill StoryPlanet with lots of really good content we also want to collaborate with publishers and convert their stories into learning tools. Amongst other things that means closing license deals with them and for that we need the support of a lawyer. Oh, and lawyers costs lots of money!
  • EXPAND: German is a great language, but there are soooo many other very exciting languages out there which we would love to help people learn through stories. For that we need to expand our language expertise, which also takes time and money.
  • ADVERTISE: We love the grassroots approach and growing organically over time as people use our tools, love the results and tell others about them. If we really want to reach a critical mass of people to become commercially sustainable one day, we will inevitably need to also invest in advertising.
  • CONVINCE: We keep talking to investors about StoryPlanet and they like the idea, but are skeptical about the market potential. We need to prove to them that there are a ton of people out there who are really ready to pay – even a little bit – to use our story-based language learning tools. So we would immense appreciate any money you can contribute and anything you can do to help us expand our support base here on Patreon!

We want to take things one step at a time. The more support we get, the more we’ll also be able to pursue the larger vision, which includes getting publishers on board, doing more advertising and pitching to investors. Thanks for your help!

Choose a reward and get started!

You can also:
Check out our language learning blog
Subscribe to our newsletter for learners & teachers
Tiers
Danke!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
We’ll thank you by publishing your name on our platform. Of course, you also get access to our daily stories in German - written and audio. 
Genre!
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Choose your favorite genre and we’ll publish more stories for learning German that match your taste. (+ Danke!)
Language!
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Let us know which language you’re interested in and we’ll start publishing mini-stories to help you learn it. (+ Danke! + Genre!)

Choice between: 

- English

- Spanish

- French

Niveau!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Our stories are currently geared at intermediate (A2) learners. Do you want easier stories (i.e. beginner / A1)? Or harder ones (e.g. advanced / B2)? Let us know and we’ll start publishing additional stories for the language, genre and level of your choice. (+ Danke! + Genre! + Language!)
Fancy!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Are you a little bit vain? We will write regular stories about you (or based on an idea you give us) in whatever genre and language you want. Overnight you’ll become a star in our StoryPlanet universe! (+ Danke! + Genre! + Language! + Niveau!) 
Goals
$16 of $20,000 per month
We write short stories for language learners. At the moment that means one mini-chapter every day for learners of German. But that is only the beginning: we want to expand to longer format stories, including different genres, different learning levels and different languages. Over the next couple of years, help us create the world’s first, truly story-based language learning platform: “StoryPlanet”.
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Welcome to StoryPlanet!
We are passionate writers, language learners and programmers who strongly believe in the power of stories to help you learn a foreign language. You immerse yourself in the new language and end up learning tons, almost without noticing…

What do we do?
We’ve started by writing short stories for learners of German. We want to expand to include other languages, other writers, published stories, and also finish our technology that helps you learn as you read.

How does it work right now?
At the moment, every week we publish a new short story for learners of German. We publish one chapter of the story everyday via WhatsApp. Each chapter has about 50 words, most of which should be familiar to intermediate learners (A2). One sentence in each chapter comes from our vocabulary trainer app and has a highlighted word which is just a little bit more difficult (B1). If readers want to, they can learn the highlighted word in our vocabulary trainer app, using the same sentence from the story. It just makes sooooo much more sense to learn words within the context of a story – and it’s sooooo much more fun too!

We call this “StoryCorner”. Learn more about it here: www.storycorner.de

Learn more about our vocabulary trainer app here: www.vobot.me

What’s the long-term vision?
OMG. We REALLY love languages and good stories and everyone we talk to who shares our passion agrees: we need to build a story-based platform for learning languages, i.e. StoryPlanet. Imagine you can browse through a large online library to find just the kind of story YOU want to learn with, whether it’s romance, crime, adventure, biography, you name it. The stories are also classified by learning level, so you can be sure you find just the right fit for you. If there’s any word in the text you don’t understand, just tap it with your finger and you get exactly the right definition as well as lots of related tips. Then, you can add the word AND the sentence to your individualized learning list. All without leaving the page and interrupting your reading flow. Whenever you want, you switch to the learning mode and can practice all those words you’ve collected in a series of signature exercises we’ve created that get successively more difficult as you progress. It really helps those words stick, you learn how to properly use the word in a real context AND it’s a lot of fun!

We’ve actually got quite a bit of the necessary software done for this, but there is still quite a way to go in order for almost any story to be transformed into a learning tool like we envision. Try our prototype and learn more about our vision here: http://storyplanet.de/try-our-prototype/

Who are we?
Meet Anette, Leonore, Battista, Mia (the cat), David, Vanessa and Franck. We’re from the USA, France, Italy, Poland und Germany.



Why do we need your support?
There are so many reasons! Here we go:
  • WRITE: Writing short stories for language learners and publishing one chapter a day takes time. We love doing it and so far we’ve done it all for free, but yes, it would be nice to get a symbolic “thank you” for all our work.
  • CODE: Of course, developing the technology to support story-based language learning takes time and money, too.
  • BUILD: We really want to build a learning platform where all the stories and technology live. A really cool platform takes time and money.
  • FILL: To fill StoryPlanet with lots of really good content we also want to collaborate with publishers and convert their stories into learning tools. Amongst other things that means closing license deals with them and for that we need the support of a lawyer. Oh, and lawyers costs lots of money!
  • EXPAND: German is a great language, but there are soooo many other very exciting languages out there which we would love to help people learn through stories. For that we need to expand our language expertise, which also takes time and money.
  • ADVERTISE: We love the grassroots approach and growing organically over time as people use our tools, love the results and tell others about them. If we really want to reach a critical mass of people to become commercially sustainable one day, we will inevitably need to also invest in advertising.
  • CONVINCE: We keep talking to investors about StoryPlanet and they like the idea, but are skeptical about the market potential. We need to prove to them that there are a ton of people out there who are really ready to pay – even a little bit – to use our story-based language learning tools. So we would immense appreciate any money you can contribute and anything you can do to help us expand our support base here on Patreon!

We want to take things one step at a time. The more support we get, the more we’ll also be able to pursue the larger vision, which includes getting publishers on board, doing more advertising and pitching to investors. Thanks for your help!

Choose a reward and get started!

You can also:
Check out our language learning blog
Subscribe to our newsletter for learners & teachers

Recent posts by StoryPlanet

Tiers
Danke!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
We’ll thank you by publishing your name on our platform. Of course, you also get access to our daily stories in German - written and audio. 
Genre!
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Choose your favorite genre and we’ll publish more stories for learning German that match your taste. (+ Danke!)
Language!
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Let us know which language you’re interested in and we’ll start publishing mini-stories to help you learn it. (+ Danke! + Genre!)

Choice between: 

- English

- Spanish

- French

Niveau!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Our stories are currently geared at intermediate (A2) learners. Do you want easier stories (i.e. beginner / A1)? Or harder ones (e.g. advanced / B2)? Let us know and we’ll start publishing additional stories for the language, genre and level of your choice. (+ Danke! + Genre! + Language!)
Fancy!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Are you a little bit vain? We will write regular stories about you (or based on an idea you give us) in whatever genre and language you want. Overnight you’ll become a star in our StoryPlanet universe! (+ Danke! + Genre! + Language! + Niveau!)