Square Enix’s Summer Story Aims To Teach English

By Ishaan . April 27, 2011 . 9:00am

Today, Square Enix released an iPhone and iPod Touch app, titled Summer Story. While it both looks and sounds gamey, it’s actually an English educational app meant for native Japanese speakers.


Summer Story is set up a little like a visual novel. You’re supposed to look after three foreign exchange female students from the U.S., Europe and Australia, and you play your way through the story by having vocal conversations (through your iOS device’s microphone) with the girls.


The focus of Summer Story is improving the conversational ability of English language students. The game contains minimum grammar explanation, and emphasizes colloquial expressions instead. It includes both speaking and listening modes.


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  • Ereek

    Reading through the article summary I was fully prepared to comment about how I think these games can get a bit creepy at times, but actually I am okay with this.
    It’s a good idea. It obviously wouldn’t take the place of any real English course or practice, but it might motivate some who aren’t particularly motivated in the first place.

  • Square should make a game to teach Japanese. Not fair guys :P

  • Suicunesol

    Wow, I don’t know what to think of this. I actually think this is a little creepy.

    …creepy enough that I want to try it.

  • malek86

    This is acually kinda nice. However, the microphone is usually a bit spotty. With Google Translate, sometimes I have problems getting it to understand what I said. Well, maybe it’s just my pronunciation, ahah.

  • Darn it, release this as a psp mini or something >T.T stop releasing stuff for ipods/androids or w/e D: This is obviously a galge too … i must fill those hearts, they are calling me… and if you are learning japanese knowledge, it would be a good way to make it stronger, i really wish to see this as a psp mini… the psp 3k and (i think??) the GO has microphone, or they could just leave it text without the microphone feature… as long as they release it…

    • Guest

      There’s been iphone apps that have been ported to PSP mini’s before (ANGRY BIRDS, Crystal Defenders etc) so don’t rule it out just yet…

  • Totally just bought this.

  • JustaGenericUser

    It’d be hilarious if this game never releases in English-speaking countries.

    EDIT: And why am I seeing people going OMG SO CREEPY? Because they’re girls? So, it’s all of a sudden not creepy if they’re boys?

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