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    1. Daniel Cassidy
      on November 29, 2017

      Happy days congrats guys.

    2. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 19, 2017

      Thanks for asking, Noah.

      In May we did an official experiment in a school with 32 pupils aged between 10 and 12 years to test the game effectiveness. They were separated in two groups and studied French and Slovene, correspondingly. The children played the first level of the game till the end only once, then slept and performed a test on the day after. The results came out more than amazing: the average score for both languages were 35 memorized words for 20 minutes of playtime!

      The other hot news is that we are expecting funding from Denmark as the program for integration of foreigners in Denmark was interested in the product and the possibility of applying it in the national schools teaching Danish to foreigners. We submitted the documents last week and expect the outcome very soon.

      Shall we get the funding, we will finish the game in the next few months. Keep your fingers crossed for Space Polyglot :)

      Stay tuned!

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      Noah Levine on October 19, 2017

      So hows the game coming along?

    4. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on January 18, 2017

      Hey Noah,

      thanks for reaching out!
      Project plans are on the way out. In February I will seek funding from the European Union programs. So far the chances for getting one are good and I'll keep all of you updated!
      Meanwhile I decided to turn the project into my master thesis in linguistics which I'm graduating in a few months - so even some deeper look and optimization is possible to take place with regard to the text components. One possible improvement is to separate the levels/planets in a way that each of them will represent a useful topic with words from phrasebooks.

      Hope everything is fine with you and the rest of our backers.

      Stay tuned :)


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      Noah Levine on January 17, 2017

      Hows the app coming along?

    6. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on November 21, 2016

      Thanks for the suggestions, Noah! We were actually considering something very short such as Flingo, Flangy, Splingo, etc... But we will consider those!

      BTW work on the texts has already started, will keep all of you updated!

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      Noah Levine on November 20, 2016

      Possible names:
      -Speech Invader (like space invaders)
      -Starship speakers (like starship troopers)
      -Speech Trek (star trek)
      -Wordwars (starwars)
      -Foundation (like foundation trilogy)

      Just some thoughts...

    8. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on November 17, 2016

      @Daniel - don't worry - it's just the beginning! As I said - if needed we will work twice as hard, get no profit for it, but we will do anything we can to bring this project to life!

      @Raoul - yes, that might be the reason. January is the best month to launch project, stats say. We may do it then. And we will cut off the card game, for which we needed a lot of the raised money. This will allow us to set much lower goal. I'll definitely contact you at some point regarding the Dutch translation - thank you!

      @all - we are looking for a new name of the game. Any suggestions in the comments below are welcome!

    9. Daniel Cassidy
      on November 17, 2016

      I hope this isn't the end of space Polyglot

    10. Daniel Cassidy
      on November 17, 2016

      Damn guys I'm so sorry this didn't get funded

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      Thilo Grewe
      on November 17, 2016

      Hi there, sorry for the cancelation of this potent learning tool ...
      I hope, you will somehow continue and let us know about your futural way ...
      That concept of learning sounds amazing and is worth it to be continued.
      All the best !!!

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      Lars Raarup Knudsen on November 15, 2016

      Fun way of learning languages. Thanks for adding esperanto.

    13. alistairville on November 4, 2016

      I'd vote for German as your next language.

      I saw that supporting Japanese writing systems is outside the parameters of this game and that you have plans to create a separate game specifically for learning Japanese. Thus I'm not voting for Japanese which otherwise I may well have done.

      Sure hope you achieve your funding goal!

    14. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on November 2, 2016

      Thanks for your comment, Raoul. This was the initial idea, but we gave up it for two reasons. The first is that we realized that when you create a card game with a purpose for teaching a language it simply will not work. If you have the text in both languages the truth is that people will simply always read the translation in English, or in the best scenario will barely take deep attention to how the word is written in Spanish. So if they want to learn the Spanish words they will never do it if they have a translation. On the other side, if the deck is solely in Spanish, a state of full immersion is created and then people will get curios what the card names means, will look for the translation and learn it for real. And the second reason is that we want to give opportunity of non-language learners to support our project and simply enjoy the English deck.

    15. Raoul Hagenbeek
      on November 2, 2016

      I was actually just wondering why we have to choose between English and Spanish cards for the game. Why not print tht top in English and the lower in Spanish?

      You'd only need to create one deck in bulk and it's a fun way of teaching English and Spanish at the same time?

    16. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on November 2, 2016

      Yeah - half way there! Thanks to you, guys - you are just awesome!
      @Raoul - if I had the chance to vote, I'd give mine for Japanese too :)

    17. Daniel Cassidy
      on November 1, 2016

      Half way there.

    18. Raoul Hagenbeek
      on November 1, 2016

      Japanese would surely have my vote!
      there's a lot of apps that can teach you Katakana and Hiragana, however the vocabulary training apps are few. And If I have to start one more course with saying "Tanjobi Umedeto" over and over again I'll scream.

    19. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 31, 2016

      Thanks for your comment Noah! I myself am studying Japanese in the moment and I am more than keen on adding it to the game :) We will consider it if we add stretch goals, otherwise you can vote for it in the current version. By the way, in the way in which Space Polyglot is structured now we can teach Japanese words, but can not teach Kanji, Katakana and Hiragana. We have plans to build a game solely for Japanese in future. You might be interested to look into our pledges, containing "Witnut lifetime access" as they will give you free access to all our future learning games!

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      Noah Levine on October 31, 2016

      I want Japanese to be a final language

    21. Daniel Cassidy
      on October 27, 2016

      ah i get ya

    22. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 27, 2016

      I agree with you regarding the languages, we have selected those due to the lowest possible budget we are seeking, as for them we have much lower costs when it comes to translation and voice over. We can set some more popular languages as stretch goals tough.

    23. Daniel Cassidy
      on October 26, 2016

      done and done.

      However i fear that starting out with no offence but obscure language like Esperanto and Bulgarian might not be a great idea. I would have thought that 4 must do languages would have been English, French, Spanish and German. and if you wanted to also have a less well known or less sought after language as a 5th language this is where Bulgarian or Chinese or Japanese would go I mean i love Esperanto its awesome gi estas tre bona but its hardly up there with languages of the world.

    24. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 25, 2016

      @Daniel thanks for suggesting, we can try this! By the way let me clear something (it is described in details in the page below, but most people don not have the time to read everything, I'll add it to the FAQ now). The app's available languages now are only for the purpose of the demo version. That means that no one of those is guaranteed for the final version. In the final release the only 4 guaranteed languages will be Esperanto, English, Bulgarian and one more, which backers will elect by voting. And if we hit some stretch goals we will add more fox and voting-elected languages.
      @Leonard Everything is fine on our end! I can see that you backed 81 EUR, you didn't cancel the pledge so yes, you have the highest tier :)

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      Leonard Spadavecchia
      on October 24, 2016

      So I pledged for the tier that was only available for the first 48 hours but now it shows that I pledged 0. Is there away to confirm that I still have the early bird tier?

    26. Daniel Cassidy
      on October 24, 2016

      But the app game/educational experience is available right now this ks mainly to expand an existing games functionality. Not to crowd fund a whole new game. This is how you could get around that little rule.

    27. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 24, 2016

      Space Polyglot definitely is a game! Any idea how can we get it there? AFAIK promo of products and crowdfunding campaigns is prohibited in posts, at least on Boardgamegeek.

    28. Daniel Cassidy
      on October 24, 2016

      So I mostly play board games hence me thinking about but as this is an app it would probably be on They are an Internet platform for promoting games. I know this is educational but it's kind of a game too.

    29. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 24, 2016

      Thanks a lot for your comment! Yes, we wanted the game to be as maximum as effective as proff. Lozanov's method. It took us a year to develop it to that level and when it comes to effectiveness, we edited the texts used inside twice, starting from scratch the second time. After quite few tests we felt that the current version can teach on average 1-2 words per minute of playtime. Sorry, could you please clear what is bgg and cgg?
      @Lyubomir Thank you for your awesome comment as well! Stay tuned for the Esperanto version, it's already uploaded on the stores, we expect it to be available today or tomorrow (it's a matter of refresh pending time).

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      Lyubomir Vasilev on October 24, 2016

      BG: Идеята е страхотна! Подкрепих Ви, освен всичко друго, и защото поддържате есперанто!
      EO: La ideo estas bonega! Mi subtenas vin, krom ĉio cetera, pro tio, ke vi havas Esperanton!

    31. Daniel Cassidy
      on October 23, 2016

      Omg the app is brilliant. I switched to German and did a few lessons and then it suggested I would be able to read a long paragraph in German . And I was. It was a simple paragraph but the experience was so rewarding. I have shared it on fb a few times, tweeted it and rated it 5 stars on the play store. DO ye have a Bgg page I can become a fan of and pictures to thumb. OR would it be on cgg.

    32. Daniel Cassidy
      on October 23, 2016

      Hahaha no way. I know there is issue at the moment about what language to have the Brexit discussions in. I think it should be in esperanto.

    33. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 23, 2016

      @Daniel Thanks for your comment. I have some good news for you - we are actually just adding Esperanto to the game and it will be available in the next days!

    34. Daniel Cassidy
      on October 23, 2016

      Just tried the demo. It was really awesome. I am learning polish and esperanto on duolingo but my wife is learning Spanish so I'll be showing her this when she gets home.

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      Sofia on October 22, 2016

      Amazing idea. The natural way to learn is always the easiest too. I really hope this approach spreads more widely in all areas of education. Can't wait for the full version!

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      Zhivko Momchev Momchev on October 21, 2016

      My mum always told me that i have to study languages, but i was playing computer games all the time! Now i`m still playing... and learning vocabulary. And it is great fun! This app is GIGA!

    37. Chuck Smith on October 20, 2016

      Hey, Chuck Smith here from the Amikumu campaign on Kickstarter. I met Nikolay at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin and was delighted to test earlier versions of Space Polyglot. It's such a fun game and I was shocked that the vocabulary really does stick in your mind after playing it without studying and I was trying out Russian, such a hard language for me! Anyway, I can't wait to see this come out for real... and I'm super excited that I've heard that Esperanto is already in the works to be added to the app. It's soooo cool, I want the final version of this game yesterday!! [Oh, and please make Swedish too.] :-D

    38. Nikolay Shindarov Creator on October 20, 2016

      Hey guys, hank you so much for your nice comments and your support!
      @Raoul - many thanks for your suggestion, I'll be more than happy to have you in our translators team! BTW the demo version already has Dutch as a native language trough which you can learn the rest of the six.

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      Matthew Grove on October 20, 2016

      I think this is a really great idea. I backed to help my son learn a new language. Plus I might be able to learn something too.

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      Elena Borislavova on October 20, 2016

      I love it! Already know what would be my first language to learn with this App.

    41. Raoul Hagenbeek
      on October 20, 2016

      Love this idea. As a Dutch Translator I know the importance of learning multiple languages.
      I saw the app and realised there are so much more language out there of which I Always wanted to learn the basic words and grammar structions. So I really look forward to seeing this game made and have a go.

      BTW, if you ever feel the need of adding the Dutch language to your game, give me a call ;-)

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      Leonard Spadavecchia
      on October 19, 2016

      This is a great concept. I might actually stick with this and learn a new language

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      Kristan Tsanov on October 19, 2016

      Looking foreward to trying the Suggestopedia method implemented in a game!

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      Svetlana Tsankova Petrova on October 19, 2016

      Great app! I am so excited...looking forward playing SpacePolyglot and learn new languages :)