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Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

Duolingo has been wildly successful. It has pulled in 500 million total registered learners, 40 million active users, 1.5 million premium subscribers and $190 million in booked revenues in 2020. It has a popular and meme-ified mascot in the form of the owl Duo, a creative and engaging product, and ambitious plans for expansion.There’s just one key question in the midst of all those milestones: Does anyone actually learn a language using Duolingo? “Language is first and foremost a social, relatio...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Obama, Tech, Edtech, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Babbel, Pittsburgh, Language Learning, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Busuu, EC-1, Bernhard Niesner


Yak Tack is a super simple app to boost vocabulary

Word nerds with a love for linguistic curiosities and novel nomenclature that’s more fulsome than their ability to make interesting new terms stick will be thrilled by Yak Tack: A neat little aide–mémoire (in Android and iOS app form) designed for expanding (English) vocabulary, either as a native speaker or language learner. Yak Tack uses adaptive spaced repetition to help users remember new words — drawing on a system devised in the 1970s by German scientist Sebastian Leitner. The app’s core m...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Education, Tech, Edtech, Bootstrapping, Gusto, Language Learning, Japan Germany, Jeremy Thomas, COVID-19, Yak Tack, Sebastian Leitner, Oxford Merriam Webster, Wikpedia, Tack Board


Lingoda, an on-demand online language school with live instructors and Zoom classrooms, raises $68M

A startup out of Berlin that’s built and grown a successful online language learning platform based around live teachers and virtual classrooms is announcing some funding today to continue expanding its business. Lingoda, which connects students who want to learn a language — currently English, Spanish, French or German — with native-speaking teachers who run thousands of 24/7 live, immersion classes across a range of language levels, has picked up $68 million (€57 million). CEO Michael Shangkua...
Tags: Europe, London, Education, China, Germany, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Cambridge, Language Learning, Fabian, Summit Partners, Lingoda, US New Jersey, Matthias Allgaier, Michael Shangkuan


Lingoda, an on-demand online language school with live instructors and Zoom classrooms, raises $67M

A startup out of Berlin that’s built and grown a successful online language learning platform based around live teachers and virtual classrooms is announcing some funding today to continue expanding its business. Lingoda, which connects students who want to learn a language — currently English, Spanish, French or German — with native-speaking teachers who run thousands of 24/7 live, immersion classes across a range of language levels, has picked up $67 million (€57 million). CEO Michael Shangkua...
Tags: Europe, London, Education, China, Germany, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Language Learning, Fabian, Lingoda, US New Jersey, Matthias Allgaier, Michael Shangkuan, Shangkuan, Felix Wunderlich


Preply raises a $35 million Series B as demand for language learning grows

Preply, a tutoring marketplace for language learning, has raised a $35 million Series B co-led by Full In Partners and Owl Ventures, an edtech fund that has backed Byju’s and Newsela. The raise comes nearly a year after the company landed a $10 million Series A. Investors in Preply include Point Nine Capital, Hoxton Ventures, EduCapital, All Iron, Diligent Capital and Evli Growth Partners. Preply’s recent growth, as well as a global boom in language learning, explains the current investor intere...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Edtech, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning, Owl Ventures, Byju, Preply, Point Nine Capital Hoxton Ventures, Evli Growth Partners Preply, Bigali, Kirill Bigali, Biglai


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


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


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


Dictionary app Reverso launches desktop app

Language learning company Reverso is launching its desktop app for macOS and Windows. Like on mobile, it lets you access a translation dictionary and get examples in context. The company has attracted 40,000 downloads in two days. While Google Translate is massively successful, Reverso has managed to attract 20 million downloads on iOS and Android. Most users come from France, Italy, Russia and the U.S. The company’s websites also attract tens of millions of unique visitors every month who ge...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Language Learning, Reverso, France Italy Russia, Reverso Documents


Duolingo CEO explains language app’s surge in bookings

Language learning apps, like many educational technology platforms, soared when millions of students went home in response to safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. It makes sense: Everyone became an online learner in some capacity, and for non-frontline workers, each day became an opportunity to squeeze in a new skill (beyond sourdough). So why not learn a new language in a low-lift way? Language learning platforms, including Babbel, Drops and Duolingo, all have benefitted from qu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Edtech, Duolingo, Babbel, Language Learning, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Von Ahn


Learn How to Swear in 15 Languages From Samuel L. Jackson

It’s not unusual for celebrities to lend their voice and their talents to help get out the vote—especially in presidential election years. But this one is a little different, because it involves Samuel L. Jackson offering a masterclass in swearing in 15 different languages. If that’s not enough of an incentive to…Read more...
Tags: Language, Lifehacks, Samuel L Jackson, Swearing, Language Learning


I'm a trauma psychologist. Here's how I'm taking care of myself during the pandemic.

damircudic/Getty Images Paula Madrid is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in trauma; she's assisted in a variety of disaster response efforts and is adjunct faculty at Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness.She already had a packed schedule pre-pandemic — and self-care routines that involved going out for happy hours and working out with a personal trainer.Now those things aren't possible, so she's readjusted.She's fulfilled her New Year's resolu...
Tags: Careers, Trends, Strategy, Mental Health, Harry Potter, Language Learning, Nordic, Self Care, Psychologist, Contributor 2019, Original Contributor, Self Care Routine, Paula Madrid, Ador Orca


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


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


Microsoft’s new language learning app uses your phone’s camera and computer vision to teach vocabulary

Eight Microsoft interns have developed a new language learning tool that uses the smartphone camera to help adults improve their English literacy by learning the words for the things around them. The app, Read My World, lets you take a picture with your phone to learn from a library of over 1,500 words. The photo can be of a real-world object or text found in a document, Microsoft says. The app is meant to either supplement formal classroom training or offer a way to learn some words for thos...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Apps, Education, Microsoft, Tech, Bbc, Taiwan, Language, Android Apps, Microsoft Garage, Language Learning, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Google Lens, Nicole Joyal


Learn High Valyrian From 'Game of Thrones' With Duolingo's Course

Popular language learning app Duolingo is capitalizing on the Game of Thrones’ season eight hype by releasing an updated version of its High Valyrian course, making it easier for fans to learn one of the oldest languages of Westeros with minimal time commitment.Read more...
Tags: Language, Game Of Thrones, Lifehacks, Duolingo, Language Learning, Westeros


Duolingo's High Valyrian Lessons Will Help You Speak Like a 'Game of Thrones' Character

Popular language learning app Duolingo is capitalizing on the Game of Thrones’ season eight hype by releasing an updated version of its High Valyrian course, making it easier for fans to learn one of the oldest languages of Westeros with minimal time commitment.Read more...
Tags: Language, Game Of Thrones, Lifehacks, Duolingo, Language Learning, Westeros


Exploring China Town Los Angeles & Chinese New Year!

Exploring China Town Los Angeles & Chinese New Year! Happy Chinese New Year or LunarNew Year and this is the year ofthe pig, but we have two dragons Happy Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year and this is the year of the pig, but we have two dragons in our family ( and visited China in a dragon year). Don't miss some of our other posts about Chinese New Year living in Asia. 20 Stunning Photos: Chinese New Year UNESCO's Georgetown, Penang (檳城街頭文化廟會) Chinese New Year in Asia 农历新年 春节 ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, America, Los Angeles, Blog, Unesco, Language Learning, Mozart, Around-the-world Family Travel, Don, Civic Center, China Town, Georgetown Penang, China Town Los Angeles, New Year Stunning Kek Lok Si Temple


Learn Spanish Through Pop Music Using This App

When I was in kindergarten our class participated in a riveting performance of “50 Nifty United States” a song about, you guessed it, the 50 states. Part (and by part I mean 75%) of the song entails singing the names of all 50 states in alphabetical order. Now in my late 30s, I’ve been delighting bar patrons for years…Read more...
Tags: United States, Language, Lifehacks, Spanish, Language Learning


How to Learn Languages Online Effectively with Rosetta Stone

Do you want to learn a new language? Are you looking for an online language program that is easy to follow and helps you learn the language in an efficient manner that involves immersing yourself in the language? If you are ready to travel to a foreign country, it’s best to learn at least the basics before you go. If you want a more enriching experience, then you’ll want to dive deeper into the language. One of the most joyful experiences of travel is engaging in conversation with the locals in ...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, US, Nasa, University, Dublin, Travel Tips, Bangkok, Latin America, Destinations, Language Learning, Caz, Rosetta Stone, Ella, Dari, Central and South America


Hawaiian and Navajo now on Duolingo

Most people use Duolingo , the popular language learning app, to learn widely-used languages such as French, Spanish, or Chinese, but now you can learn two languages very few others can speak. In an effort to preserve indigenous languages that are nearing extinction by exposing them to a wider audience, Duolingo just added Hawaii’s ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi language, and Diné, the Navajo language, to its list of learnable languages. While Hawaiian is an official language of Hawaii, only two percent of th...
Tags: Travel, Utah, California, US, Hawaii, Languages, Duolingo, Language Learning, All, Dine, Hawaiian, Navajo, Hawaiian language, learning Navajo, Navajo Language, San Juan School District


#ClearTheList | Language Goals for August, 2018

I recently came across something cool on Twitter, #ClearTheList, a support and accountability blog group sharing monthly language learning goals. It’s hosted by Shannon of Eurolinguiste and Lindsay of Lindsay Does Languages. I decided to jump in, as it seems like a fun way to keep myself on track. So, without further ado: What I Did In July German I continued systematically adding words from Using German Vocabulary to Anki. I suppose some might think this a bit crazy, as I’m basically work...
Tags: Netflix, Linguistics, Anki, Babbel, Language Learning, Deutsche Welle, Lindsay, Shannon, Assimil, Babylon Berlin, ClearTheList, Language Goals, Anki Now, Buffy Im Bann


Repeat after me….

Recently, I’ve been listening to a new podcast. It’s the Equiosity podcast, produced by Alexandra Kurland and Dominique Day. The conversations that Alexandra and Dominique have on the podcast center around horse training. However, the ideas they discuss are usually much bigger and apply to working with any species of animal. I think you would enjoy the podcast even if you are not a “horse person.” In several recent episodes, Alexandra and Dominique have discussed poisoned cues. So, I’ve been thi...
Tags: Pets, Language Learning, Alexandra, Dominique, Alexandra Kurland, Jesus Rosales Ruiz, Poisoned Cues, Teaching People, Equiosity, Dominique Day, Jesús Rosales Ruiz Alexandra Kurland


New Conquer Cohort Tackling Homecare Staffing, Snapchat Filters, More

A glance at the thermometer confirms summer is officially here—quite oppressively here if you’re in the Midwest—and that means the start of a handful of annual startup incubation programs in Michigan. The Conquer Accelerator, hosted by Spartan Innovations, just launched its 2018 cohort in East Lansing. The five companies accepted into this year’s program will spend the next 10 weeks refining business plans, attending educational workshops, and meeting with mentors as they work to get thei...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Snapchat, Software, Innovation, Michigan, Detroit, Language Learning, Midwest, National blog main, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, A.I, Every Two Minutes, Smart Staffing


Funny untranslatable foreign words

One language is definitely not enough to convey all of the detailed feelings, attitudes, nuances, and phenomena that comprise the human experience. Some would even go so far as to say that language itself can’t totally handle this task. Then again, they probably never heard of schnapsidee (a German word for ideas and plans so ludicrous that only a drunk person could have concocted them), or meriggiare (an Italian word for the very specific act of resting in the shade at noon). We have ways of...
Tags: Travel, Language Learning, All, Gula, Schadenfreude, Untranslatable Words, Foreign Language Expressions, Untranslatable Terms, Babbel Magazine, Pålegg, Slampadato, Meriggiare, Hyggelig, Schnapsidee, Gjensynsglede


Meaningful Finnish expressions

The Finnish language loves random idioms. The real beauty of the language is that many of the words are untranslatable into other languages, making them truly unique to the Finnish culture. Here are 9 examples of Finnish expressions with multiple meanings that the English dictionary is sorely missing. 1. No niin Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola nailed it when he introduced the most useful Finnish word to the world. This word, or expression, sums up humorously the dynamics of the Finnish language a...
Tags: Travel, Love, Language, Finland, Language Learning, All, Expressions, Finnish, Ismo Leikola, Poika


Duolingo adds new language exercises and revamps its leveling system

Duolingo today launched one of its biggest updates in recent years. The company is introducing a range of new exercise types, as well as a new leveling system that lets you choose between delving deeper into specific skills or learning new content. When you are building a popular language learning service like Duolingo, you’re inevitably confronted with a problem: Some of your users are really serious about learning a new language and some are just casual users. Finding a balance is hard, eve...
Tags: TC, Education, Tech, Duolingo, Language Learning


nuqneH? yIjatlh! You can now learn Klingon with Duolingo

If you’re a real Star Wars Star Trek fan, chances are you’ve always dreamt of learning Klingon. It’s one of the most lovely and melodic tongues in the pantheon of fake languages, after all. Well, here is your chance: Duolingo today announced the launch of the official Klingon course on its service. “Many Star Trek fans become curious about the  Klingon  language at some point, but learning a language takes time, energy and regular practice, especially when you’re just starting out,” lead course ...
Tags: Apps, Education, Entertainment, Tech, Star Trek, Duolingo, Language Learning, Star Wars Star Trek, Klingon, Felix Malmenbeck, CBS Consumer Products Klingon