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October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

What better way to practice reading skills than singing along with your favourite song with lyrics that appear and get highlighted in perfect sync with the songs? PlanetRead's simple idea of Same Language Subtitling which started with television, is now poised to grow manifold with the rising popularity of internet-enabled smartphones. This idea will spread across all countries and promote literacy in a fun way on a shoestring budget and is truly worthy of being supported.

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Life-changing

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2013

October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

I have been watching the Rangoli program on India's national television channel for several years now and the entire experience of watching the show is enhanced by the same language subtitles that change colour exactly in sync with the audio. This initiative by PlanetRead and the entire concept of SLS is among the most innovative and simple ways of using mass media to bring about meaningful social change by educating the early Indian literates by providing them reading practice. In terms of per capita investment, it seems like one of the cheapest ways of promoting literacy and is an idea that should be implemented in many more countries.

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2013

October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

I think Planetread's work excels both in content and quality. Their daughter organization BookBox has great potential in e Learning. Their stories are excellent and the quality devoted to the work is of a very high standard. I know some people who have actually been inspired to learn a new language watching BookBox stories. BookBox's potential is immense in this new era of online learning.

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September 30, 2013

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September 30, 2013

An unbelievable concept, a small tool, and a few, very few good peoples can make this entire planet different, where everybody can read.
Truly speaking, when i joined this Organization, I was not very sure that this concept can work. But within a year when I see a girl who never gone to school
nor read a book is reading a news paper my concept got changed.
Best of luck PlanetRead

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2011

November 14, 2012

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April 30, 2011

PlanetRead is an amazing social venture that is doing an awesome job of promoting literacy among all in India. PlanetRead does subtitling with songs which is really a mere fun for all age groups. This... more

November 14, 2012

Here it proves that a simple yet efficient way can make a big difference. A brilliant idea to improve the literacy rate in India. i have seen their program in DD National Hindi and trust me it's really effective.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 30, 2011

PlanetRead is an amazing social venture that is doing an awesome job of promoting literacy among all in India. PlanetRead does subtitling with songs which is really a mere fun for all age groups. This makes the individual read the subtitles and sing along thus promoting their reading abilities. Today everyone has access to television including slum areas giving easy accessibility to songs with subtitles. This simple yet innovative idea of Same Language Subtitling is making a good difference among the weak readers in our country.

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Even with all current music channels to which we have access now, am still an ardent fan of Rangoli in Doordarshan(a National TV channel in India) channel. Am keen about learning Hindi and these subtitles in the songs helped me a great deal to learn Hindi and have fun at the same time. Seriously people it's amazing that such subtitles can make a real difference in enhancing our reading abilities.

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I think PlanetRead should expand to reach all the languages in India

May 2, 2011

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May 2, 2011

When I first hear about PlanetRead a few years ago, I was amazed by the simplicity of their work. Like many simple ideas, it's actually quite brilliant and has had an incredible impact on literacy levels around India. I remember first hearing about the organisation while I was at Stanford University, and as a fan of appropriate technology I loved the fact that it used already existing technologies (and behaviours) to enhance reading skills in an extremely clever way. The team at PlanetRead are amazingly dedicated, smart and creative, and as committed as anyone I have met to their cause.

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Through talking with the team, reading about it in the media and journals, through colleagues in international development

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Give them more money!

April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

I know some of my friends who work at PlanetRead and it's really great to see the commitment they have towards spreading literacy. Their idea is so simple and brilliantly executed. I have seen these programs on TV in my mother tongue and it's really nice.

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Even for someone who knows the language well, it helps when you can't follow the lyrics of the songs - these subtitles will be so useful to make our country literate.

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Am wondering why this idea has not been implemented still on a national level and why are other not yet adapting this model?

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