Reading stories to build language confidence
StoryPlanet Deutsch is a reading and vocabulary training app for learners who have elementary to advanced knowledge of German (A2-B2). We help them overcome barriers to reading in a foreign language with very short stories and in-context definitions of difficult words.
As they read, they can build a personal learning list and practice the words they have chosen in adaptive exercises with immediate feedback. They can share their progress with their teachers at any time.
No advertising! No registration! No storage of personal data! Learners can try it out for free with our three sample stories.
Dive deep into German
Imagine your learners having fun as they build up their German vocabulary! They will with the reading and learning app StoryPlanet Deutsch – because they read engaging mini-stories written in modern German, get context-specific definitions for tricky words and then dive deep into the vocabulary that’s relevant to them. So they’re neither bored or overwhelmed at any time.
How it works
Individual users can purchase access to our full library of over 130 stories for a one-time fee of approx. €14 (price varies depending on country, taxes & exchange rate). Ask us about our heavily discounted classroom or school licenses in a non-binding quote.
What kind of stories are in the app?
The mini-stories in StoryPlanet are modern, quirky and full of personality. They have been written by experienced writers who are also avid readers and language learners (learn more about our authors). The stories are ultra-short and cover a wide range of genres – from love stories & science fiction to interesting facts & unusual anecdotes from day-to-day life. There’s literally something for everyone! All stories are also appropriate for young readers and people from different cultural backgrounds.
Go to our page StoryPlanet Geschichten to read a few sample stories in their entirety, as well as browse synopses of all other stories in the app. NB: This page is in German only.
A safe space for learning
Your DAF/DAZ learners will be more motivated than ever about learning vocabulary, as the app provides a safe space for them to explore and practice. StoryPlanet also makes learning vocabulary much more efficient – because learners only focus on what is relevant to them and practice the words they have trouble with in a fun little quiz. Exercises range from multiple-choice to spelling, and adapt in difficulty to the learner’s progress.
The app is constantly improving, e.g. as we add new features like time-spaced repetition and audio. Already now, it offers learners a highly individualized and contextualized way to build their German vocabulary.
Thanks to the immediate feedback StoryPlanet gives students, it’s the perfect tool for them to learn without supervision, e.g. as homework. How do you know your students are using it? At any time, students can share their progress with you via e-mail or WhatsApp. You will receive a PDF showing all the words they have successfully learned over a certain period of time.
For instance, assign them to read 10 stories and learn at least 50 words by the end of the month or semester. That’s all you have to do! Once they submit their progress, you see at a glance what they have successfully learned.
Using the app in class
Since the makers of StoryPlanet Deutsch have also worked extensively as teachers, we have come up with lots of ways you can use the app in class, as well. Send us an e-mail and ask us about our free teacher’s package!
Great offers for teachers
- Stay on top of our latest developments. Subscribe to our StoryPlanet newsletter for periodic updates on our products as well as tips for classroom activities.
- Book a writing workshop! One of the StoryPlanet writers will come into your class (or join by video stream). It’s a great way to motivate your students to engage more actively with the German language, since listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will all be practiced. Write us an e-mail and ask for a non-binding quote.
- Get a volume license. Instead of having your learners pay, you can purchase the license for them (starting from 10 licenses). Fill out our form to ask for a non-binding quote.
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Download StoryPlanet Deutsch now on your Apple or Android device.
Check out our Teacher’s Area to learn about our other offers for educators.