Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — What if Homer wrote the Odyssey in Pig Latin? What if Fitzgerald composed The Great Gatsby in Leet? What if Dante penned the Inferno in emoji? (Burning frowny face?) These modern-day hieroglyphics usually don’t have a place in the classroom, but Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com), a digital publisher aiming to make learning fun, has found a way to incorporate them—along with several other unique languages—into the learning process.
Shmoop’s motto is “We speak student," and "student" has many dialects. Shmoop users can now translate dozens of learning guides into all sorts of fun languages, including emoji, machine language, Pig Latin, Shakespearean, Hodor, and leet. To see it in action, students can navigate to learning guides such as eowulfBay—er, Beowulf—and Fahrenheit 451, pick a language at the top of the screen, and watch the magic happen. As it turns out, Crime and Punishment is much easier to follow in Hodor.
To continue the fun, Shmoop offers other study-break features across the site. Users will find clever "Did you mean?" search suggestions, punny articles that imagine a world in which Poe wrote "The Sirloined Letter" instead of "The Purloined Letter," and a Shakespeare Translator that can turn your speak into Shakespeake. At Shmoop, learning and fun always go hand in hand—or rather, handeth in handeth.
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 11 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.