Language learning can be difficult – from classes that only meet a couple times a week to boring software that collects dust, it is hard to find the motivation to continue the process. Thorton Media, Inc. is working to change that by combining language learning with something everyone loves – video games.
Since 1995, Thorton Media has been working to help save endangered languages by using new technologies, such as smartphone apps for writing, speaking, and reading different Native languages. Now, they have created the first level of a Cherokee language video game that is so fun, players forget that they are learning. They are hoping to expand to 8 levels and eventually offer it in many different languages, from Mandarin to Navajo. The game will be complete with action packed tasks, including fighting zombies and Big Foot, and the only way to pass is to speak the language correctly. They promise it will be engaging and worth-while, citing a study that found that people learn languages faster and retain the knowledge longer after using a video game for learning.
But they need YOUR help to keep the project going. There is a Kickstarter campaign set up for donations and with each donation, you receive a fun gift. For example, pledging $10 gives you a download of one of Thorton Media’s language learning apps and $50 gives you the first four levels of the language video game.
You can find out more information on their Kickstarter page. The campaign ends April 13th, so hurry and help out this awesome project looking to change the way languages are taught!