UPDATE! Thanks to your support, the project has succesfully funded:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/242604490/irish-language-hunt

Thanks again to everyone who helped out!

I need your help.

This last summer a new non-profit, Language Hunters (LH), was formed by my friend Willem Larsen who asked me to sit on the board. LH is one of those big, hairy, audacious goal kind of non-profits that not only wants to change the world, but I believe can change the world.

Hey Marty, just get to it and give me the short version!

Language Hunters is expanding its amazing rapid language learning game to include a video version of the endangered Irish language (Gaeilge). I need you to:

  • Go to Kickstarter and make a pledge. Even if it’s only $1 it helps increase the project’s popularity and draws more attention and pledges. Kickstarter is integrated with Facebook and Amazon, it’s super easy! Really, just go do it.
  • Tell everyone you know about it.  Just a few clicks will spread the word. You can use one of the Share links below to link to this page, or Share from the project page on Kickstarter.  Seriously, how easy is that?

See, LH uses a game play technique to teach language that’s nothing like those dull, boring language courses most of us sat through in high school. A year (or more) of focus on vocabulary and grammar, yet how many of us would now feel comfortable having a conversation with a native speaker or even taking care of basic needs when travelling abroad?

What Willem and his colleagues figured out is that mimicry and copying is how people learn languages. Think about it, did any of us take English lessons as babies and toddlers? Now imagine that same natural learning occurring at much faster rate because, well, we’re not babies anymore.  The best part is that we don’t have to work at it, or memorize anything, we just play along.

LH’s goal is to create a multilingual world where kids (and adults!) can routinely speak 20 or more languages. And not just French, Spanish and German – but indigenous and heritage languages which are currently in a state of crisis and are at risk of being lost forever!

To accomplish this, LH has to both develop language specific programs and services as well as create opportunities to deliver those programs and services. LH has done that in past through workshops, often with specific indigenous communities. LH is also looking to expand programming in schools in 2012.

What I need from you today is to help fund a project to expand the reach of LH through the use of game videos that can be used by anyone around the world who has access to the internet. There is now a project on Kickstarter to create a video game to learn the endangered Irish language (Gaeilge).

LH has already spent over 400 person-hours to create a sample of the first “set” (over 20 sample videos!) and this project would allow them to revamp those videos, create the next 3 sets along with transcripts and supporting materials. Head on over, check those out and learn some Irish.

Then, I need you to do two things:

  • Make a pledge. Even if it’s only $1 it helps by elevating the project’s popularity and draws more attention and pledges! Of course, I’d love for you to pledge more to help us reach our goal of $3,500 (already over $1,000 has been pledged after only six days!). Kickerstarter even has easy integration with Amazon, so if you’ve already got an account you don’t even need to both with typing all that credit card info!
  • Tell everyone you know about it.  Just a few clicks will spread the word. You can use one of the Share links below to link to this page, or Share from the project page on Kickstarter.  Seriously, how easy is that?

I appreciate your support and thank you in advance,

- Marty

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