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4 iroshankedar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a freelancer from a small village from India. Same language subtitling started on regional channels on tv when I was in school. And when you have very limited resources at your native place to practice, initiatives like same language subtitling can turn your idiot box in a smart learning center. It helped me and my siblings in reading.
Today I am preparing for a PhD in computer engineering. And I wish to work directly with PlanetRead.
For a starters I have started adding same language subtitles to different videos on YouTube.
I have used their videos and techniques to teach the children from night schools in Mumbai and using it now to teach my nephew.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With steady exposure to these songs with karaoke style subtitles, a person can improve their reading skills. Kudos to PlanetRead for showing us a simple and an effective way to improve literacy.

2 Idhaya

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Around the globe, people and companies work with different processes to improve the literacy of millions of people. PlanetRead is one such company, named after its goal.
The unique thing about PlanetRead is that it takes a very simple idea and with that it is able to provide improvement of literacy across millions of people in India.This is achieved through subtitling popular film songs loved by people. Superb...

2 Arun2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Am really surprised & happy that this concept of 'Same Language Subtitling' creates wonders in increasing the literacy rate across the globe. PlanetRead helps in enhancing the language & reading skills of an individual through this effective & innovative technique. Am happy to support this organization for their wonderful service. You people deserve appreciation. Way to GO !

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each and every member of Planetread has my highest admiration and pride for the commitment they show in bringing wholesome meaning to literacy in India. The seemingly simplistic solution applying Same Language Subtitling will never lose its significance in people empowerment through literacy.

My experience with Planetread is merely as an onlooker who understands the enormity of their work. My many years in defense took me far and wide across India and gave me the opportunity to experience first hand the low literacy levels of far too many communities of a nation that prides itself of world leading achievements. With SLS proving a success in enriching the lives of children and adults, improving their reading skills through popular media, it is indeed heart-warming to know and applaud.

I wish Planetread finds success in attaining even wider recognition and all the support it seeks to attain its noble goals.

1 Tony66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

PlanetRead’s “karaoke” approach to literacy provides automatic and subconscious reading practice. Subtitling famous Bollywood songs is a classic idea to promote literacy among the masses. Good work! Keep going your dedication and service is greatly appreciated.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Same Language Subtitling is a simple yet effect way of helping a semi-literate to improve their language skills unknowingly. PlanetRead has used this concept to subtitle famous Bollywood songs. What better way to learn and read the fun way! Hats off to the volunteers and staff of PlanetRead.

1 DeboLina D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

PlanetRead is a very good organisation that helps to increase literacy rate among children, their technique of using subtitling into education is a very innovative and unique way of learning. The organisation is friendly, having a good time working with them.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Planetread is truly an innovative way of teaching literacy. Combining entertainment with valuable skills is a great way to try to change the world for the better. Bravo!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I started following planetread due to voluntary work being done by a friend and I realised that same language subtitling has a significant role to play in enabling native language speakers to read better and thereby understand better. Movies/music is the best way to get people's attention and SLS helps!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great idea, and all the research says it works! And who would say no to watching a fun Hindi movie?

2 Arup M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The simple way to reach a large public is through the forum of entertainment. Planet Read has done this admirably well by basing themselves on popular songs from Bollywood to reach its target audience. The SLS or the Same Language Subtitling is a simple but effective method of educating a semi-literate mass that lends itself to learning to read unknowingly. Congratulations Planet Read for developing such a wonderful program to take the world forward.

5 Sophia Kapusnik L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love PlanetRead, I have even shared the program with all of my friends and BookBox's stories to many homeschoolers, plus, I myself use the program. Same Language Subtitles are a huge benefit when learning a language. As an American living in Tamil Nadu, India I have used the BookBox program to expand my knowledge of Tamil. The stories are interesting and visually appealing-a must!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally feel the work and the concept Planetread doing is totally a big turn for people to read and develop the literacy. Giving a proper idea to educate makes the change. Planetread gives the change to develop reading ability by providing an excellent concept SLS (Same Language Subtitling). Concept like this really makes the Planet Read.

1 Rajeshwar M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PlanetRead is an incredible way to improve reading skills. It combines India's favorite entertainment industry, Bollywood, with same language subtitles to create a fun and easy way to learn to read. What could be better?

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Planetread, BookBox, is an awesome tool for learning in general and literacy in particular. I have used the stories and same-language subtitles to help adult learners improve reading as well as using the stories to help myself learn a foreign language. The method of learning is so intuitive and easy, as you learn to read, listen, spell, and, if you choose, learn a foreign language also, and all with meaningful, interesting stories.. I highly recommend Planetread and BookBox.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What amazes me about the SLS concept is the fun way in which it spreads literacy in a subliminal yet powerful way. We Indians love our movie songs and what better way than to teach language through a medium no one can resist? Pure genius.

I salute the selfless volunteers and staff of Planet Read, keep up the good work.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think it's really amazing what PlanetRead is doing ! Being certified literate is useless when a person is unable to read or write everyday stuff. SLS is indeed a very innovative technology that entertains and educates people at the same time. And it's effective because a good part of the Indian population thrives on Bollywood. I really wish to be a volunteer for this incredible mission sometime soon.
By building more efficient human beings, we are directly creating a better tomorrow !
Hats off to you !

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey guys!! It is a nice platform for learning multiple languages.
When I came to Bangalore I understood Kannada & Hindi is must to survive here apart from English. Hence My roommates and I decided to learn new languages. some wants to learn tamil too.. Received suggestions from many to watch movies and songs, as this is the way to learn languages easier. Finally we ended up with PlanetRead. Their new way subtitle helped a lot. Days passing and we started humming and slowly singing whatever we get. We hope moving forward we will be speaking different languages and could able to understand the languages as PlanetRead made them easy, fun while learning languages. Thats just the way we learn. Whole INDIA is learning along with you guys. Cheers!! Just Enjoy madi!!! Masti karo!!! ;) Learning never exhausts the mind. ~Da Vinci

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.