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    • العربية
    • English
    • Español (España)
    • Français
    • Русский
    • 简体中文
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By Vita Kogan
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About this project

 LinguaPolis is a language-learning game, in which players travel around New York practicing everyday English in real world situations.

The game is very simple. The board consists of various locations in New York. As the players travel from the airport to the hotel, they experience the real New York: wallets disappear, traffic gets crazy, and yes, once in a while, a friendly homeless person asks for a dollar. The only way to make it to your final destination is to communicate effectively (in English) and mind your budget.

Special message for language teachers

Read more about pedagogical applications of LinguaPolis on The Teaching Cove, a blog that connects English teachers and educators to teaching, motivational and organizational resources.

Why play?

Speaking in a foreign language is not easy, even if you know the language quite well. No wonder many non-native English speakers avoid speaking in public, and, as a result, seldom improve their language skills. We tried to create a safe, fun, yet realistic environment, where you can slowly warm up to speaking English.

Instead of memorizing verb conjugations and retelling meaningful stories, practice speaking about things that actually happen in everyday life: shopping, driving, going out, hailing a taxi, etc.

By rehearsing simple everyday conversations with LinguaPolis, speaking in real life will become much easier.

If you manage to survive a medical drama in New York in one of our game scenarios, ordering espresso in real life will be a piece of cake.

Learn from other participants and share what you know.

“Visit” all the city’s main landmarks, become familiar with local retail chains and specialty shops, learn to use the currency, be a smart tourist.

How to play?

1. Every player rolls the dice and moves to the selected location card. Once there, a player performs the action from this card by engaging in a conversation with other players.

2. Roll the dice again. The dice landed on an odd number? Your adventure now became more interesting. Stay at your location and draw an event card that adds a new twist to the story.

3. While traveling around the city, players have to mind their budget. Spending too much will send them back to the airport ATM.

4. For every situation a player picks a conversational partner. It could be anybody around the table or a designated advanced speaker/teacher.

5. At the end of the game, the winner is the one who makes it to the hotel first without going bankrupt (after all, this is New York).

What`s in the box?

When do you get your LinguaPolis?

Manufactured in the United States, LinguaPolis should be available by October 2017. As soon as the production starts, we will begin the shipping process. We expect the rewards to be delivered between October and November 2017. The schedule below shows our approximate dates:

Stretch goals

 

Shipping 

$7 - Domestic (United States) 

$11 - International

 

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Risks and challenges

LinguaPolis is our first Kickstarter project, which is why we have planned every step meticulously. Most of the game is already designed and drawn. To ensure quality, we are also partnering with the best board-game companies: AdMagic for printing (20 years of game-manufacturing experience) and Ship Naked to keep your shipping coasts as low as possible. Of course, there may be some unforeseen delays, which add 20-30 days to final delivery.

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