About this project
We're Smigin – a team of linguists, creatives and frequent travelers who have struggled with language barriers firsthand. We’ve studied foreign languages the traditional way and tried a bunch of other self-taught products, but most were slow-paced, grammar-heavy and focused on words and phrases that aren't really useful in real life.
We knew there had to be a better way...
Last year, we released the Smigin Travel app (on iOS and Android), a multilingual support tool that has helped over 125,000 users around the world build useful phrases in another language instantly. Smigin Travel empowers jetsetters to confidently engage with locals while traveling, from checking in at the airport to navigating a new city, even without a network connection.
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We’re determined to create a better language learning experience that uses the same process of baking in the nuances of grammar and focusing on real-life conversation and travel. The language learning industry is cluttered with companies that recycle old techniques and teach random words that aren't useful in everyday situations.
Smigin Pro is different. We're changing the way people think about language learning.
We’ve taken Smigin Pro as far as we can on our own and we’re so close to making it a reality, but we need your help to connect the world through conversation.
Learn words you actually need
Most language courses start with random words like “boy” or “cat,” but those aren’t very relevant to everyday situations. Instead, start by picking a section like “Café” or “Hotel” and learn practical words you can instantly apply to real life.
Useful phrases for real conversation
Channel your inner jet-setter with conversational phrases that get you speaking right away – without the hassle of grammar rules. Besides, you shouldn't need to master conjugation to be able to order a cappuccino!
Keep practicing to make it stick
Engage in a variety of practice sessions that help you retain what you’ve learned. You’ll grow your vocabulary and learn to build more sentences as you go.
Meet Smigin Chat
This is our favorite part: practice conversations with a virtual “local” just as you would in real life. Prepping for a week in Madrid or Milan? Smigin Chat is the closest you’ll get to the real thing before buying a plane ticket!
What you'll get:
- Initially available in Spanish and Italian, with three more languages in production. (Mandarin, French, Portuguese)
- Build a vocabulary of over 1,000 words in your target language.
- Hear and practice over 500 useful phrases – and learn how to make your own using what you already know!
- Listen to audio recorded by native speakers and practice speaking by viewing each phrase written phonetically.
- Use cultural videos shot on-site to provide context and supplement learning.
- Engage in a variety of practice exercises to prep for real life conversation.
- Practice what you've learned with hundreds of realistic conversations that you'll have abroad.
- Available on multiple operating systems: iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.
- Support from our team – any questions or feedback along the way? Feel free to let us know any time! We're here to help.
Why the Smigin way?
Because we're tired of learning useless phrases that we can't use in real life, and we shouldn't have to wait through months of study just to make simple conversation. Because running lines of text through an online translator doesn't make you a fluent speaker.
We've finally figured out a way to get people speaking instantly with language that they'll actually use. Now, learning a foreign language shouldn't have to be so hard.
Risks and challenges
The idea for Smigin Pro didn’t come to us overnight. We’ve assembled a killer team that has worked hard over the last few years to provide a quality product that changes the way people learn languages. Since the launch of Smigin Travel, we’ve learned a lot about the challenges of creating a scalable product that meets the needs of our users. Truth is, learning another language is complicated, and it’s our mission to make it easier and more accessible for you.
We have beta versions in two languages ready, and several more already in production, but more complex languages may take longer to build, test, and launch. We also know that, as with any tech product, bugs and crashes will happen. That’s why our team is dedicated to thoroughly testing each iteration of Smigin Pro, and listening to feedback from user testing to make sure that the product you receive is of the best quality possible.
Smigin is a small, early stage startup, and everyone on our team has to take on multiple roles. We’re committed to working efficiently and staying true to the delivery dates we’ve set for Smigin Pro, and we promise to be as communicative and transparent as possible throughout the production process. We hope you’re just as excited as we are to make Smigin Pro a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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