Caterpillar App

Turn any movie into a full language course

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#4 Product of the DayMarch 06, 2017




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John OmarMaker@johnomarkid ·
Hey PH! Caterpillar team here (@johnomarkid and @kiikoblak). We're language polyglots and techies, so we put our passions together to create a better way to learn languages. Questions are welcome!
Robleh Jama@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@johnomarkid @kiikoblak Congrats on the launch guys!
John OmarMaker@johnomarkid ·
@robjama thanks man!
Sidra Muntaha, PhD@sidra_phd · Consultant
@johnomarkid Great product John!
Lyondhur@lyondhur · T&R Project Manager at Weta Digital
I used to teach English Spanish and Portuguese when I was younger to try and pay the bills. This is exactly what I did to advanced and intermediate students. This is a great great project. Congratulations and best of luck.
John OmarMaker@johnomarkid ·
@lyondhur thanks!
Slghtr Khari@kiikoblak · Designer
@lyondhur Thank you!
Luis Miguel Pena@luismiguelpg ·
I love the idea! The OSX App is well designed. I would recommend to invest some time in adding more content (Open Source or Paid) to the App because it is kind of a hustle to upload a video file + Subs. This functionality should be an optional feature not the main one. The first thing your users should see are starter videos (Just click and Start Learning) not a dialog to open a file. Keep the good work.
Slghtr Khari@kiikoblak · Designer
@luismiguelpg That's great feedback Luis. Thank you. You're right. It can be kindof a hustle until you're used to it. But at the same time, you'll only have to do that hustle every now and then considering how much content is in a single movie ;) Either way, we're thinking of ways to expand the library of available titles without totally breaking the law. However, first priority is to make sure that people who DO have content can use it well and get utility out of the app. We are constantly working to improve the functionality via user feedback and our own ideas so if there's something you think could be better, please don't hesitate to reach out. Curious: Is there any specific content you'd like to see? What language are you learning?
Luis Miguel Pena@luismiguelpg ·
@kiikoblak I totally understand the 'Why' behind, just keep in mind that in this Netflix/Streaming-era, people rarely have movie or subs files. About what content i would like to see; TedTalks are a great source (Good call there). Maybe Discovery Channel or Natgeo 'free'/paid content. Cool future idea; A chrome extension that work on top of netflix / Youtube. That way i can use your methodology all over internet. btw. I'm interesting in french (I speak english/Spanish)
Slghtr Khari@kiikoblak · Designer
@luismiguelpg I will look into the feasibility of those. Good ideas. Thanks. And yeah we've thought about the chrome extension. That'd be cool for sure.
Daniele Ugolini@ugolino_me · Founder of
Great concept. I actually mastered english trough movies and ted talks and I wish I had Caterpillar. I'll try it for my next language...
John OmarMaker@johnomarkid ·
@ugolino_me cool! We'd love any feedback you have.
Douglas Evaristo@douglasevaristo · Front End