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Discover how Duolingo started with CEO Luis von Ahn at Disrupt 2021

Before Luis von Ahn co-founded Duolingo, a gamified language-learning app used by hundreds of millions around the world, he was fixated on squiggly letters. The entrepreneur was a co-inventor of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA, or those security prompts you get while browsing the web to verify if you are a human or if you are a robot. And while von Ahn often jokes that his early inventions were considered annoying (it causes friction when consumers have to decipher letters before logging into their email)...
Tags: Google, TC, Education, Events, Tech, Language, Edtech, Duolingo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Von Ahn, Duolingo Von Ahn


Free language-learning app Duolingo now offers Yiddish lessons

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Duolingo; Insider Duolingo is a free language-learning app we've recommended time and time again. It now offers lessons in Yiddish, including key cultural phrases and examples. Taking short, fun Yiddish lessons can help you connect with your family and culture. If you're just starting to explore a new language or want to easily build on what you already know, Duolingo is a fun, free, and low-key...
Tags: Reviews, Education, Trends, Duolingo, Online Learning, E-learning, Julia Pugachevsky, IP Graphics, Product Card, IP Reviews, Education & Personal Development (Reviews, Alyssa Powell, Education & Personal Development, Insider Reviews 2021


Welsh language centre partners with Duolingo in million speaker goal

Online course being used to help reach government target was created after letter to the GuardianAn online language course created five years ago following a letter published in the Guardian is to be used to help reach a government target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050.Duolingo launched its Welsh language course in January 2016 and so far more than 1.5 million people around the world have been taught through it. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Wales, UK News, Languages, Welsh politics, Duolingo, Welsh Government


The 9 best online courses, apps, and books to start learning German

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Insider German can be a fun but tricky language to learn, especially when it comes to grammar.Below are platforms, apps, courses, books, and websites to help you learn German, including Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, and .Read more: 9 cheap and free online French classes to help beginners build their vocabulary, fix their grammar, and perfect pronunciationSign up for Insider Reviews' weekl...
Tags: Reviews, Education, Germany, Trends, Features, Netflix, Vienna, German, Zurich, Duolingo, E-learning, Language Learning, Rosetta Stone, Barron, CEFR, Language Apps


8 games, apps, and workshops you can do virtually with your friends to stay connected while quarantining

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. iStock; Gilbert Espinoza/Insider The pandemic can be isolating for many reasons, and relying on video chats to stay connected can get monotonous when you feel like life's stayed the same.Below are ways to connect with friends or meet new people remotely, from comedy workshops and book clubs to workouts and cooking classes.Read more: It can be extra hard to make a career change during a pandemic, bu...
Tags: Reviews, Cook, Education, Trends, Chicago, Yale, Paris, Mexico City, Facetime, Duolingo, Online Learning, E-learning, Online Classes, UCB, Emily, Gina


10 free or affordable online courses, apps, and resources to learn Hindi, the world's third most popular language

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.Hindi is the third most spoken language in the world, and it's helpful to know whether you want to travel to India in the future or apply your Hindi knowledge to your career aspirations.Below are 10 affordable online courses, apps, and videos to learn Hindi on your own.Read more: 10 free or affordable online courses, apps, and books to learn Russian, from Duolingo to Rosetta StoneSign up for Insider Reviews...
Tags: Reviews, Education, Youtube, India, Trends, Features, Netflix, Rosetta, Duolingo, Online Learning, E-learning, K Pop, Devanagari, Product Card, Insider Picks 2020, IP Freelance


Fluent Forever raises $4.9M for its language learning system

Fluent Forever, a startup that uses a novel learning system to help its users master a new language faster, has raised a $4.9 million funding round led by Denver-based Stout Street Capital. Other investors in this round include The Syndicate, LAUNCH, Mana Ventures, Noveus VC, Flight.VC, Insta VC, UpVentures, Firebrand Ventures, Cultivation Capital, Spero Ventures and Lofty Ventures. In many ways, Fluent Forever is a direct competitor to Duolingo, Babbel and similar online language learning...
Tags: Startups, TC, Crowdsourcing, Learning, Education, Tech, Denver, Duolingo, Anki, Babbel, Jason Calacanis, Language Learning, Gabriel Wyner, Fluent Forever, Recent Funding, Stout Street Capital


As a TEFL-certified teacher, here are the 12 online courses and apps I recommend for learning English as a new language

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider English is the world's most common second language, and learning it can open up new career opportunities.Below are 12 online courses, apps, and resources to improve your English listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills.Read more: The 8 best apps, courses, and books to start learning SpanishSign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice a...
Tags: Reviews, Facebook, Education, Germany, US, Trends, Georgia, Features, Career Development, University of Pennsylvania, Coursera, Duolingo, Online Learning, E-learning, Tefl, Online Classes


As edtech grows cash rich, some lessons for early stage

Last week, Udemy, an online learning marketplace, raised $50 million at a $3.32 billion valuation, up from a $2 billion valuation earlier this year. Language learning app Duolingo raised $35 million on a $2.4 billion valuation, up from a $1.65 valuation from earlier this year. The valuation bumps for both Duolingo and Udemy underscore just how much investor confidence there is in edtech’s remote learning boom. Today, let’s examine some lessons early-stage startups can learn from late-stage edtec...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Education, Tech, Edtech, Duolingo, Udemy, Luis Von Ahn, Corporate Learning, Re-skilling


Language learning app Duolingo confirms it has raised $35M on a $2.4B valuation

Last week, we reported that popular language learning app Duolingo, with 500 million total app downloads​, was raising $35 million on a valuation of at least $2.21 billion — the latest chapter in what has become a long book on how e-learning and other education startups are raking in big audiences and significant funding, a byproduct of the Covid-19 pandemic driving more people indoors and on to screens for all of their interactions. (Fittingly, Duolingo’s details were part of a bigger scoop ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, London, Education, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Netflix, Atlantic, Edtech, General Atlantic, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Language Learning, Trump, Luis


Making sense of 3 edtech extension rounds

While venture capitalists are pouring funding into edtech startups, the surge of interest isn’t coming without pressure. Edtech companies are searching for new ways to tap into a booming market. As Course Hero co-founder Andrew Graeur put it, the goal for his Q&A platform went from reaching a million subscribers to “many millions” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One way edtech companies are approaching these unprecedented times is by raising extension rounds that are earmarked specifically...
Tags: TC, Asia, Education, Tech, Venture Capital, Edtech, Duolingo, Jenny Lee, GGV, Labster, Course Hero, Andrew Grauer, COVID-19, ApplyBoard, Andrew Graeur


Toucan raises $3M to teach you new languages as you browse the web

Toucan has developed a Chrome browser extension designed for anyone who wants to learn a new language but hasn’t found the motivation or the time. Once installed, the extension scans the text of any (English-language) website you’re visiting and will automatically translate some of the words into the language that you’re trying to learn. If you mouse over the word, you’ll see original English word. Think of it as a browser-based version of language flashcards. The startup was founded by CEO Tayl...
Tags: Firefox, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Education, Funding, Tech, Duolingo, Headspace, Merritt, Rosetta Stone, Dietz, Nieman, Amplifyher Ventures, GSV Ventures, Toucan, Taylor Nieman CTO Shaun Merritt


Hear Native Speakers Pronounce That Foreign Word You Can't Figure Out

Learning a language with an app like Duolingo is perfectly respectable, but unless you want your French to have a noticeable Siri-like quality, you need to branch out. That’s where sites like Forvo come in.Read more...
Tags: Learning, Education, Siri, Language, Lifehacks, Duolingo, Web Utilities


Tandem snags $5.7M for its language buddy app amid COVID-19’s e-learning boom

The Berlin-based startup behind Tandem, an app for practicing a second language, has closed a £4.5 million (~$5.7 million) Series A round of financing to capitalize on growth opportunities it’s seeing as the coronavirus crisis continues to accelerate the switch to digital and online learning. With many higher education institutions going remote as a result of concerns over virus exposure risks of students mixing on physical campuses, there’s a growing need for technology that helps language stud...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Europe, Japan, Education, China, Berlin, Tech, Duolingo, Online Learning, E-learning, Language Learning, Alex Spiro, Tandem, Brighteye Ventures


Edtech startups flirt with unicorn-style growth

When Quizlet became a unicorn earlier this year, CEO Matthew Glotzbach said he’d prefer to distance the company from the common nomenclature for a startup valued at or above $1 billion. “The way Quizlet has gotten to this point is by building and growing a very responsible business,” he said. “It’s the result of the hard work of the team for a decade. We’re much more like a camel.” It’s clear, though, that the tides might be changing. In edtech, the rich are getting richer. Last week, Mountai...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, India, Tech, Venture Capital, Edtech, Coursera, Duolingo, Udemy, Chiu, Market Analysis, Owl Ventures, Quizlet, Matthew Glotzbach, Ian Chiu


Assessing the potential for a gig economy in education

Rish Joshi Contributor Rish is an entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was a VC at Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), co-founded a fintech startup building an analytics platform for SEC filings and worked on deep-learning research as a graduate student in computer science at MIT. More posts by this contributor Generative algorithms are redefining the intersection of software and music Health APIs usher in the patient revolution we have...
Tags: Column, Education, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, K-12, Online Courses, SEC, Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Duolingo, Union Square Ventures, Online Education, Matrix Partners, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation


Education: Class is now in session — at home and online

With schools closed, quite possibly until fall, education has moved from the campus into the home. Many schools and districts are rolling out distance learning plans to continue instruction for students, but parents likely will have to fill in the gaps when it comes to keeping their child engaged. Here are a few popular apps and websites to consider for students in several age groups: Preschool/Early Elementary abcmouse.com Perfect for the early learning years, abcmouse.com features award-winnin...
Tags: Education, Youtube, Sport, Soccer, Catholic, States, Lausd, Local News, Pacific, Khan Academy, Duolingo, Eric Carle, Tustin, LA Archdiocese, Lori Loughlin, Joe Wicks


Edtech’s newest unicorn, ApplyBoard, lands $1.4B valuation with fresh funding

Brothers Martin, Meti and Massi Basiri all left Iran to study abroad in Canada. After struggling with every aspect from the visa process to grade conversions, the brothers saw an opportunity to make the transition to study internationally more seamless. So, they started Applyboard in 2015 at University of Waterloo’s Velocity Garage. ApplyBoard has two main parts of its business. First, the company helps international students search and apply from a single platform to universities and co...
Tags: TC, Education, Tech, Iran, Canada, Edtech, Velocity, TechCrunch, Duolingo, Online Education, Startup Company, Udemy, Ontario, Meti, University of Waterloo, Drive Capital


Extracurricular Activities and Covid-19: Get Creative!

Stuck. Bored. Stir-crazy. Those are some of the sentiments we are hearing from our students. Without the ability to go out into the world, attend school, get together with friends, or pursue their usual activities, students are unsure of what to do with themselves. Plus, those who have college on their minds worry about how this period in their lives will be viewed in the application process. They wonder, how can I continue to show colleges that I’m involved and engaged when I can’t go out...
Tags: Facebook, Etsy, College, Netflix, High School, Dartmouth, Westfield, Duolingo, Andrea, Wharton School, Educational Consulting, Great College Advice, Extracurricular Activities, COVID-19, COVID, Andrea Aronson Andrea


Understanding Duolingo’s quiet $10M raise

Earlier this month, edtech unicorn Duolingo raised $10 million in new venture capital from General Atlantic, per an SEC filing . With the raise, the online language learning platform accepted its first outside investor in almost three years. General Atlantic will take a board seat at the company, per Duolingo. The company, which was last valued at $1.5 billion, says the round has increased its valuation, but it declined to share by how much. General Atlantic has invested in a number of edtec...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Education, Tech, Atlantic, SEC, Edtech, General Atlantic, Duolingo, Unicorn, Recent Funding, Unacademy Duolingo, TechCrunch Tanzeen Syed


Labster’s latest partnership, and what it tells us about the future of remote learning

Labster , a virtual science lab edtech company, today announced that it is partnering with California’s community college network to bring its software to 2.1 million students. California Community Colleges claims to be the largest system of higher education in the country. The Labster partnership will provide 115 schools with 130 virtual laboratory simulations in biology, chemistry, physics and general sciences. As COVID-19 has forced schools to shutter, edtech companies have largely respond...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Technology, Education, California, Stanford, America, Tech, Mit, Harvard, Chrome Os, Chromebook, Copenhagen, Chromebooks, Edtech


How I Homeschooled Our First Graders During the COVID-19 “Vacation”

This is the spreadsheet of ideas that we used. Create your own and share it with me in the comments please! I took a little creative liberty with the title. The “COVID-19 ‘Vacation'” refers to the two weeks my kids were on their normal “vacation” from school, but we were physically distancing at home. For them, this was their regularly-planned vacation. When the school was scheduled to start back up again, they had a distance learning curriculum. There’s nothing about COVID-19 that should...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Kids, Education, Marketing, Netflix, Pokemon, Warren Buffett, Pbs, Hulu, Duolingo, Google Sheet, US Public Health Service, Khan Academy Kids, Adventure Academy, Coronavirus


Babbel makes its language learning app free for all US students

Babbel, the Berlin-based paid language learning app, today announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is making its service available for free to all K-12 and college students until the end of the term. Previously, the company offered a similar deal for students in Italy, the U.K., Germany, Spain and France. The service currently offers courses for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian and English. Student...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, France, China, Germany, Berlin, US, Tech, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning


Edtech startups prepare to become ‘not just a teaching tool but a necessity’

As Stanford , Princeton , Columbia and others shutter classrooms to limit the coronavirus outbreak, college educators around the country are clambering to move their classes online.  At the same time, tech companies that enable remote learning are finding a surge in usage and signups. Zoom Video Communications, a videoconferencing company, , and Duolingo, a language teaching app, has had 100% user growth in the past month in China, citing school closures as one factor.  But Kristin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Crowdsourcing, Education, Stanford, China, Tech, United States, Princeton, Stanford University, Duolingo, Video Conferencing, Online Learning, Boston University, Outschool, Conferencing


Hawaiian, Gaelic, Yiddish: so you want to learn an endangered language on Duolingo?

Languages do not become endangered peacefully. Duolingo’s efforts to teach such languages have entangled the company in often fraught historical contextsIn October last year, Meena Viswanath, a 31-year-old civil engineer from Berkeley, California, joined a small team of volunteers who were developing a Yiddish course on Duolingo, the free language learning app with over 300 million users. Having grown up in the only Yiddish-speaking family in a majority English-speaking New Jersey neighborhood, ...
Tags: Education, Life and style, Language, New Jersey, Duolingo, Language Resources, Berkeley California, Viswanath, Meena Viswanath


Satisfy your high school foreign language requirements in fun ways!

Most colleges in the United States have a foreign language requirement, meaning that you will need to take a certain amount of the same foreign language in high school to be accepted into college. Some schools have the option to complete the requirement while attending their college, but for many, not having the requirement already completed could be a mark against you in the application process. You can check the application requirements for schools on your list by searching on their webs...
Tags: College, Uncategorized, Summer, United States, College Admissions, Skype, Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, College Admission, Get Into College, Foreign Language, College Selection, Application Tips, Foreign Language Requirements College, Foreign Language Requirements High School


Brush up on your foreign language skills to round out your college application!

Most colleges in the United States have a foreign language requirement, meaning that you will need to take a certain amount of the same foreign language in high school to be accepted into college. Some schools have the option to complete the requirement while attending their college, but for many, not having the requirement already completed could be a mark against you in the application process. You can check the application requirements for schools on your list by searching on their websites. ...
Tags: College, Uncategorized, United States, Skype, Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone


Language learning app Babbel sold 1M US subscriptions this year, moves into language travel

In the world of online language learning, there are basically two heavyweights: Duolingo and Babbel. Duolingo is betting on a freemium model and a strong focus on using algorithms to help you learn better, while Berlin-based Babbel is a paid service that employs hundreds of teachers. As Babbel co-founder and CEO Markus Witte announced at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin today, his company is now moving into a new area of language learning with the launch of a language travel marketplace. The company...
Tags: Travel, TC, Apps, Europe, Education, Germany, Berlin, US, United States, M&a, North America, Duolingo, Babbel, Hansen, Julie Hansen, Witte


Duolingo hires its first chief marketing officer as active user numbers stagnate but revenue grows

Duolingo, the popular language learning service, today announced that it has now hit more than 300 million users worldwide. A year ago, Duolingo reported 200 million total users. That’s great, but the number of monthly active users on the service remains stagnant. Duolingo reported 25 million active users a year ago — and that’s still the same today, a company spokesperson confirmed. The company argues this is due to its focus on revenue growth instead of user growth in the last year, but it did...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, Tech, CMO, Computing, Nintendo, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Personnel, Dunaway, Cammie Dunaway, Duolingo Dunaway


Duolingo hires its first chief marketing officer as active user numbers stagnate

Duolingo, the popular language learning service, today announced that it has now hit more than 300 million users worldwide. A year ago, Duolingo reported 200 million total users. That’s great, but the number of monthly active users on the service remains stagnant. Duolingo reported 25 million active users a year ago — and that’s still the same today, a company spokesperson confirmed. The company argues this is due to its focus on revenue growth instead of user growth in the last year, but it did...
Tags: TC, Apps, Education, Tech, CMO, Computing, Nintendo, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Personnel, Dunaway, Cammie Dunaway, Duolingo Dunaway



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