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  • Rosetta Stone Buys Up Online Language Learning Community Livemocha For $8.5M In Cash

    Rosetta Stone Buys Up Online Language Learning Community Livemocha For $8.5M In Cash

    Rosetta Stone has just acquired Seattle-based online language-learning community Livemocha for $8.5 million in cash. Livemocha has one of the largest online language-learning communities in the world, boasting over 16 million members from over 195 different countries. Rosetta Stone will likely use Livemocha’s cloud platform to offer its language packages online — they were once… Read More

  • Busuu partners with publisher Collins to push more traditional language learning content

    Busuu.com, the language learning community, is partnering with British publisher Collins to offer a range of grammar guides. It represents the second traditional publisher tie-up for Madrid-based busuu following a similar arrangement with PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group. It’s also interesting as Collins already has a partnership… Read More

  • Babbel turns a profit after dumping freemium model

    [Germany] With the revelation last week that the incredibly well funded social networking service Ning was dumping its freemium model to move to a paid-for only offering, it’s perhaps a good time to re-visit European startup Babbel. The Berlin-based language learning site took a similar decision back in November 09, announcing that its then 500,000 users would have to pay up or…… Read More

  • Old school meets new school – PONS teams with language learning startup busuu.com

    [Spain/Germany] In what looks like a classic example of old media trying to stay relevant in the social web era, PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group, has teamed up with Madrid-based startup busuu.com. The free-to-join language learning community now comes with a ‘powered by PONS’ badge in reference to the site’s inclusion… Read More

  • Livemocha Bags Another $8 Million From August Capital, Maveron

    Online language learning community Livemocha has secured a healthy $8 million in Series B funding in a round led by August Capital, with participation from existing investor Maveron (a Seattle-based investment fund co-founded by Starbucks CEO and chairman Howard Schultz). Maveron invested $6 million in a previous round. Read More

  • Babbel: Help Me, Help You Learn A New Language

    Foreign languages are hard. There’s no shortage of expensive books and systems claiming to teach you how to gab like a native in only a few short lessons. But traditional methods don’t work for most people as well real world experience and continuous practice. A young German startup is helping language students get that practice and experience through their new language… Read More