Viglo is the only real-time peer-to-peer digital immersion game for overcoming the paralyzing fear of speaking foreign languages in front of one’s peers.
Travel to where you see, speak, hear, and manipulate your world in only the foreign language you are going to learn. Viglo makes this possible while you keep your luggage home and relax on a comfy couch. As everyone knows, immersion is the best way to learn a new language, and it’s finally being made possible in a realistic, digital format, as opposed to all the other re-recycled and trite flashcard methods that meekly provide pseudo-immersion.
Viglo's immersion process starts with an interactive environment that you can fully explore in first-person and third-person views. All environmental text is displayed in the language you're trying to learn, but the click of a button will translate any of it for you. Many items in the environment are also interactive. These interactive items, which we call Dynamic Objects, when clicked on, display the translation of that object. And to applicable Dynamic Objects, clicking can also give you a list of actions that can be performed on the object. Open doors, turn on the television, listen to instruments, and so much more. But to perform these actions, clicking will not suffice. Because Viglo is for those who wish to speak another language, you must verbally command these actions into existence. The visual accompaniment of the translations with your spoken phrases help cement this vocabulary into your memory for when conversation is had with others.
In Viglo, those conversations are held in real-time, with fellow language learners who’ve populated the environment where messages are instantly exchanged with nearby players. Incoming messages are automatically played and heard in the language you are trying to learn in order to train your ears to it. And the whole conversation is stored and displayed in the Conversation Box, where it can be read or listened to again.
(“But what if others are learning different languages?” you may ask. More on that, later, with a really exciting answer.)
Viglo makes any phrase and topic of conversation you want to chat about a possibility from Day One of your language adventure. Don’t know how to say something you wish to express? Simply type the phrase you want to say in the language you already know, and Viglo will translate it for you. But because Viglo is aimed at those who want to learn to speak, you must speak the translated message in order to send it. If properly spoken, Viglo will automatically send the message to your nearby companions. Mispronounced messages will be asked to be repeated until spoken properly or, after three unsuccessful attempts, you will be given the choice to send a corrected message anyways or try again (we don’t want to bottleneck a productive conversation if you’re struggling too hard to pronounce a word. The Viglo team can be merciful once in awhile).
But what if you want your conversation to be private? Simply add any of your buddies to a group chat where your conversation is no longer open to the public world. Your private chat can be for one-on-one dialogues or you can invite your whole crew to blab with each other.
Unfortunately, conversing with your friends is only feasible as long as they are learning the same language as you because, obviously, you can’t speak to someone using different languages, right? Oh wait, that's every other program out there, not Viglo! Anyone, no matter what languages they're speaking, can communicate together thanks to Viglo’s amazing Alter-Echo™ feature. Received messages will only be heard in the language you are trying to learn because the Alter-Echo™ feature will have translated all incoming messages by the time they reach your speakers. And the messages you send out to others will only be heard in everyone else's respective Study Language.
Of course being the first to pioneer these new features has not been without it's headaches. The initial Speech-To-Text (STT) recognition software was constantly displaying words I was not saying, nearly giving me a hernia in the process! This was overcome when we had the users type what they wished to say first, thus creating a temporary XML file of that phrase. When speaking, Viglo compares your speech input to the phrase your XML file states you wish to say, and if your spoken word is accurate enough, Viglo will commit the proper action; be that manipulating the environment or sending a message to another player.
It was further problematic trying to get the conversations with users to even happen in the first place because, as an unknown entity, new users would sign into Viglo, find themselves in a desolate world with no one to speak to, then leave disappointed, never to return again. To ensure new users don't enter a barren world, Scott gave Viglo the ability to send SMS messages to our phones when new users signed in. The time zone differences ensure someone is awake to join the new member of the Viglo community.
Viglo is the much needed change in the language software world. While the other programs are merely variants of one another, Viglo is making affordable the immersive atmosphere that used to require expensive airfare and hotels. And the Alter-Echo™ feature has blasted the language barrier so that the entire community, regardless of the languages others are learning, can raise each other up to achieve fluency. Trying Viglo now is to participate in the birth of a new educational standard that is going to save countless hours of stress and frustration for those who simply want to open up a new world to them in a way that only fluency in other languages can offer.