Jul 10, 2012

Kickstarter: 3D Dictionary SanJiten

I've tried learning a second language in the past but never successfully. In middle school I took French, and I was so bad at it that the teacher gave a dumbed downed test in order to pass. How do I know it was the dumbed downed test? We had a new student in the middle of the year who didn't know much French, and he was just winging it from the few classes he was in. The new kid and I got the same alternate version of the test from the majority of the rest of the class. Luckily, I wasn't the only kid in the class this happened to. I also took a semester of Spanish in high school, and barely passed.

I came across a Kickstarter project today that interested me. SanJiten, is a 3D dictionary that will (hopefully) teach you a new language. You play as a guy that can walk around his house, and as you go around clicking you learn what objects are called in Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese. Check out the video below for more information.

There is also a solid demo available. I enjoyed going around clicking on the objects and finding out what they're called. After you find 10 objects, you're put into a time attack mode where someone says a word in the foreign language (Spanish  was my language of choice), and you have to walk your character over to the object and choose which object was said.

Overall, I'm thinking this might help me finally learn, or partially learn Spanish finally! The demo looked great, and I quickly became a backer of SanJiten. I urge you all to do the same if you're in the same boat as myself. You only have to put down $10 if you want a copy of the game, which is slightly cheaper than most games on Kickstarter which ask for $15.

Check out the Kickstarter here, and check out the demo to SanJiten here.

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