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An audiobook app that shows texts in two different languages side by side. It has a karaoke reading style to guide your reading.
An audiobook app that shows texts in two different languages side by side. It has a karaoke reading style to guide your reading.
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I am a Mexican programmer who came to Germany 7 years ago. While learning German, I used to read texts and listen to audiobooks in German, and it was great when I understood, but sometimes, there were those 1 or 2 words that I didn't know and would ruin my experience. To solve this problem, one year ago I had the idea to create Beelinguapp, an app that would enable people to read in a second language.  

Beelinguapp would:  

  • Show the exact same text in two languages (your native and the one you are learning) side by side, highlighting the sentence you are reading in both sides. 
  •  Function as an audiobook, with recordings of native speakers reading the texts out loud. 
  •  Let you follow the audio in the text with its karaoke reading animation

After 10 months of hard after-work and weekend coding, I was able to release the Android version of Beelinguapp, using only my time and my money I hired 15 translators from around the world and I built a system where they could write the translations and record their voices.  

Beelinguapp for Android currently supports: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Russian, Chinese, Turkish and Arabic.

Beelinguapp shows some ads to the users and has around 30-40% of the texts at a cost (the lowest price the play store allows me to).

Android users are already using and loving Beelinguapp; but unfortunately their choices of texts and languages are very limited, so my vision is not yet complete, I seek to reach and satisfy more learners through:

  • Many more stories and texts (currently I only have 31)
  • Support for more languages, such as Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Polish, etc...
  • A well-built and polished iPhone app.
  • Some support managing the logistics, unfortunately I cannot both program and design the app and handle the logistics of dealing with the translators, social media, searching for new texts, etc... 

Some websites with content I would love to use such as sciencenews.org require payment for permission to use their texts and I need some of those because I would love to use as many interesting sources as possible. 

I realized I need someone to help me with the development of a high quality iOS version of Beelinguapp, I've reached the limit of the amount of work I can do on my own with my iOS developing knowledge. 

Specific Goals 

My commitment to you if the money is raised is to have available in Beelinguapp at least:

  • 70 texts
  • 13 languages
  • A working iOS version  

By June 2017 at the most. 

Here are some screenshots of what the Android app looks like and how the iOS app will look as well:                 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The risks of developing the iOS app are the same risks as with any software. Software development is sometimes a tricky thing, but the worst thing that can happen is having minor delays.

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    Thank You!

    Your support is really appreciated.
    Every contribution brings us closer to the goal! :)

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    Your name in the easter egg "Thanks"

    The app has a fun easter egg where you can see a list of people who have helped build it.
    I will tell you how to unlock it and you will get your name there, so you can show it to anyone!

    Deliverable on Android right now and on iOS by February 2017

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    Ad Free version for life

    Enjoy Beelinguapp on Android, iOS and (when available) Desktop without a single banner, video, interstitial or audio ad forever!
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    All stories unlocked for 1 year

    Enjoy all the texts and audios that Beelinguapp has right now and will have in all languages, for 1 year! We add more texts every week, non stop! At the moment we have 31, but with your cooperation we will have many more.

    These include novels, fairy tales, science papers, news

    Deliverable on Android right now and on iOS by February 2017

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    All stories unlocked for 2 years

    Enjoy all the texts and audios that Beelinguapp has right now and will have for 2 years! We add more texts every week, non stop! At the moment we have 31, but with your cooperation we will have many many more.

    These include novels, fairy tales, science papers, news, etc!

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    All Stories Unlocked, forever!

    Enjoy all the texts and audios that Beelinguapp has right now and will ever have, in all languages forever! We add more texts every week, non stop! At the moment we have 31, but with your cooperation we will have many more.
    Someday there will be thousands!

    These include novels, fairy tales, science papers, news, etc...!

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    All Stories unlocked + Ad Free version

    No ads + enjoy all the texts and audios that Beelinguapp has right now and will ever have, in all languages forever! We add more texts every week, non stop! At the moment we have 31, but with your cooperation we will have many more.
    Someday there will be thousands!

    These include novels, fairy tales, science papers, news, etc... as well as the ad free version, for life!

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    All Stories unlocked X 3 + T-Shirt

    You and 2 friends of yours can enjoy no ads + all the texts and audios that Beelinguapp has right now and will ever have, including novels, fairy tales, science papers, news, etc... as well as the ad free version, for life!

    Also, for you, a black T-Shirt with the super cool Beelinguapp logo printed, delivered to your door. Together with my eternal gratitude :)

    Deliverable on Android right now and on iOS by February 2017

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    You get to choose the next story

    You get:
    - Your name in the "Thank You" section
    - No ads for life
    - All texts unlocked for life for you and 2 friends
    - You get to be part of the product development by picking any public domain family friendly text that you would like us to add in the app. Provided that it is less than 1500 words.

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