We want to make LinguoLand the world reference 3D virtual world for people who want to practice a second language, no matter which one, with real people from any part of the world using smartphones, tablets, PC or MAC. It was inspired by the way that people currently practice language, such as talking with people in cafés and bars, places that would find in large cities. We know that many people don’t have places like that in their city where they can go and just find people to talk to or they are too shy to go into a real bar or café or such to meet with unknown people and start talking in a different language. Wow… that even sounds frightening to me.
Thanks to our technology the barrier of going into a location with many people is much easier. You can go and just listen or start writing in the chat window at the beginning. Of course, there is no need to worry about your physical appearance, in LinguoLand everybody is awesome. :-)
How do we plan to make it work?
We want to invite all kind of people to have fun. If you are not learning a second language LinguoLand will be a fantastic place to meet (and, why not, to flirt – hey it’s a social environment!) with people that want to talk with you because you are a native speaker. Yes… they need you!
So… you are helping others and having fun! Great… we will reward you. People from other languages will score your attitude and collaboration and that will give you more free time to access to the world. Are you “really” good helping others? Then we will give you LinguoLand money to get cool things. Are you a “fantastic” teacher? Fantastic! Then you will deserve real money for your efforts. We need people like you so we will pay you for your time.
Is it enough?
Of course, this service will be very interesting for many people but we are experts in Serious Games creation. Deborah, in Atlanta, has been designing serious games for years for very important companies and Virtway, in Spain, and working together Virtway received an award as Best International Serious Game for Companies. Our combination is awesome. With this knowledge we want to help you learn and have fun. Here are some of the ways we will do it. We will:
- Create categories and levels to measure your evolution in your language.
- Create online quests such as a “digital adventure” that will take you through the world where you will need to talk with digital avatars and other real people to win.
- Create tasks based in interactive multiplayer games thanks to our multiplayer technology and physics system already integrated.
- Offer you funny missions that will give you badges, prizes and will increase your level.
How will we make money to maintain the world working, pay salaries…? You know (the stuff business sustainability is made of)…
- We plan to give to local native users an initial free period when they will be able to earn LinguoLand money for helping others. If they do it regularly they can continue using LinguoLand for free forever.
- Language learners, who want to speak a different language with native people, will need to buy time with In App Purchase or pay a monthly subscription, $3.99.
- Everybody will have the option to buy LinguoLand money with real money.
- We will use non-intrusive ads and video ads for everybody except the ones paying a monthly subscription.
What can you buy with virtual currency? As you have seen in free games you will be able to buy:
- Cool avatars, clothing and complements.
- Funny animations.
- Virtual gifts for your friends in bars, cafés, shops…
- Your own private rooms to meet with your friends and organize parties.
- Access to online events with live music, DJs. We already have received requests from famous discos and DJs to do this and to promote their albums.
- Play online games with prizes.
COMPANIES AND LEARNING PROFESSIONALS
We know that many people don’t have enough experience to speak in a second language so we will invite companies and professionals to offer you their training services in LinguoLand. These companies will help you learn by combining a traditional approach with our incredible features. They have the opportunity to start now and utilize this amazing technology by using the $10,000 pledge.
Investing in a LinguoLand space, buildings, schools, clubs or similar “real estate”, is a huge opportunity that in time can accrue value. You can get in on the ground floor. Maybe you can sell your “real estate” in a few years time! Think Entropia! If you want your own customized extra cool building, just contact us.
SCHOOLS AND HIGHSCHOOLS
What about minors? They shouldn’t be mixed with adults.
You are totally right. We have thought about this and we want to give them access through the control of their schools and high schools. Their teachers will manage permissions and content. They will decide how to organize and structure the learning. We have created a special pledge of $10,000 for schools or for people who would like to donate a virtual 3D campus to a particular school of their choice.
WHY IS IT BETTER?
Why is LinguoLand different from other virtual worlds?
LinguoLand works on iOs and Android, not only in Windows and Mac. Now that PC sales are decreasing it offers the technology to new consumers, and potentially millions of people.
It is very easy to install and start using it. Others are crazy hard to install and to run.
Our graphics quality is similar to latest video games, even in smartphones. The rest are… well… to be kind… not so amazing.
Our core technology is designed as a video game so users will be able to play online games with incredible multiplayer performance even with physics integrated.
We expect that in Linguo Land you will always find people to have fun and practice language skills, other worlds are almost empty. Our monetization plans will help us realize this.
Now it is your moment to make it real and be proud of your participation in this great project. We need your help for the phase one.
Risks and challenges
As with any software project we could find bugs or obstacles that could delay the deadline of the project, but we will deliver new functionalities every new month based in SCRUM agile methodology so our users will enjoy the project even if not all of the features are on time.
The project is strategic for us so we will deliver. We love it and lots of users are telling us the same so... We will make it work.
LL it is very easy to install and start using. SL has a high learning curve (for new users).
Our graphics quality is similar to the current quality of video games, even in smartphones, SL is not very beautiful.
Our technology is designed as a video game so users will be able to play online games with really good multiplayer performance. In fact, we will create online games, such as, quests, and games such as soccer and basketball and more. In short, LL is very different from SL.
We don't see Rosetta Stone as a competition. We see learning programs, CDs, online learning programs, books, etc. as the thing that you choose to start your learning journey. We are your go to place to practice. Practicing what you learn is the part that is difficult. In the USA people who are trying to learn Spanish will go to a Mexican restaurant and try speaking Spanish only to the staff. That is how they find a place to practice. Well, unless they go there every day that's not quite enough practice sessions. We are creating a place that you can go 24/7 and practice, practice, practice. We will have learning activities to help you structure your practice sessions. We are the resource you use to practice anytime and anywhere you want.
This might be my favorite question. I really can't stand annoying people. Not in real life or virtual worlds. Not even on television. We won't tolerate them! We will have a vote-them-off-the-island mechanism in place. Our users will be able to report annoying behavior. They will have x number of chances and the system will be designed to auto-monitor. It will work like this: The system will be auto-regulated. We have planned a system where any user will be able to “vote” to kick out any user.
If we receive more than X number of votes in one hour we will temporary block the user communication until we review what is happening.
The same will apply if we receive X number of complaints about a user in a day, week, or month.
There will be a voting system all the time about the behavior and performance of a user in the world.
- Teacher. Is he/she helping other to learn?
- Language. Does this person use a good speaking technique
- Behaviour. Is this person behaving well or disturbing other people?
So, we will watch for annoying players. But at the end this will also create a scoring system that we will use to create a VIP rating. We will give awards and prizes regularly to these people.
You lucky dog! You get access to Linguo Land for 6 months (60% discount) and a special “badge” for your avatar that will identify you as a very special “backer” of the project. You can ONLY get this badge from now until we launch - so hurry and get it while it's still available!
Wow … You will have a 1 year subscription to Linguo Land (yes, 1 entire year - 12 months!) AND the special backer's badge. Not only that, you will be able to transfer the account to someone else. But why would you want to?
Talk about amazing … You will have a FOREVER subscription to Linguo Land (umm, that’s a long time) and the special backer’s badge PLUS $10 in virtual currency to buy whatever you want in the virtual world. You can buy funny clothing for your avatar, special cool animations to impress your friends, access to VIP places or live events, book private rooms for parties...
You will enjoy the forever membership, the special backer's badge, $50 in virtual currency (That’s a lotta Linguo Land dinero!), plus a very special, incredibly unique, super cool (and might we add snappy) virtual article of clothing that will identify you as backer in the project. Yes, you can wear the clothing with pride.
You will be invited to launch party in Linguo Land. And you, my friend, won’t have to worry about what to wear, now will you?
You will receive the forever membership, the special backer's badge, the VIP clothing that identifies you as a backer in the project, a completely, fabulously, stupendously cool avatar, AND $100 in virtual currency. Whoa!
You will receive the forever membership, the special backer's badge, the VIP clothing that identifies you as a backer in the project, the super cool avatar, $150 in virtual currency plus your own 3D face (your face! and we know you would look cool as an avatar) to use on your avatar. You would need to send us 2 good photos of your head (front and one side - errr, that would be your best side!).
As a language professional you will have your own virtual class room where you will be able to offer your classes and charge your students whatever price you set. As KS backer it will be free for ever for up to 20 students simultaneously.
We will list your services on our professional wall to help you drive traffic to your classes.
You will receive the forever membership, the special backer's badge, the VIP clothing that identifies you as a backer in the project, the super cool avatar, $150 in virtual currency, your own 3D face to use on your avatar, AND earn a place in the hall of fame in Linguo Land (yes, you read that right - Linguo Land Hall of Fame) with whatever photo or element you want to send us (well, within reason, duh!) . We will post it carved in stone forever. Do you know how long that is? That is one stone that won’t wash away.
You will receive the forever membership, the special backer's badge, the VIP clothing that identifies you as a backer in the project, the super cool avatar, $150 in virtual currency, your own 3D face to use on your avatar, a place in the hall of fame in Linguo Land, and you will receive an exact (down to the tee) digital copy of yourself to use in the world as your avatar. You must send us HD photos of yourself in different poses.
Your own building with your name (or a name of your choice - well, pretty much) in Linguo Land plus a dinner in Atlanta (yes, Hotlanta) with Deborah Thomas and April Clark. It just doesn’t get better than that. Really. Okay. Especially, since it includes April. You provide travel to meet us for this really spectacular dinner!
Your own application in App Store with your brand that you can use for your highschool or learning company however you want plus a private area in Linguo Land with a beautiful school building with the name of the school and a plaque honoring you in Linguo Land. Free for ever up to 50 devices registered or 500 users, whatever you prefer. You will have access to all our spaces, training rooms, exhibitions...
The special Linguo Land for schools are extra reinforced with restricted access and controlled content management.
You will appear in our "list of training providers" so users can request your training services if they want something additional to practicing an additional language.