duolingo

  • Duolingo gets social

    Duolingo gets social

    Duolingo, the popular language learning app, has long made learning a new language accessible to anybody with a computer or smartphone. Unlike being in a traditional class environment, though, using Duolingo was always a rather lonely experience. The company, whose app has now been used by over 150 million people, realized as much and today, with the launch of Duolingo Language Clubs… Read More

  • The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing Crunch Network

    The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing

    Previously considered risky investments, it’s true that many edtech startups — commonly founded by “teacherpreneurs” hell bent on mending education through tech innovation — either tank or fail to achieve true scale. Why is this the case, when basic reasoning leads us to believe there is no other professional better placed to address the issues facing education… Read More

  • Duolingo's chatbot helps you practice texting in a new language

    Duolingo’s new chatbots help you brush up on your foreign language conversation skills

    A lot of startups are talking about the possibilities of chatbots, but Duolingo recently launched one of the most interesting uses so far — practicing a new language. The Duolingo chatbots allow users to hold text message conversations in French, Spanish or German, with the chatbots taking on different personas to discuss different topics. You probably won’t mistake them for… Read More

  • Duolingo’s chatbots help you learn a new language

    Duolingo’s chatbots help you learn a new language

    Today’s chatbots, for the most part, aren’t all that useful, but what if you could use them to learn a new language? When it comes to learning languages, using what you’ve learned in the context of a conversation is extremely useful. If you are learning online, though, you often don’t have anybody to talk to. That’s why Duolingo today introduced chatbots to its… Read More

  • Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards

    Duolingo is probably the most popular mobile education app, but until now, the company’s focus has been solely on language learning. Today, the company is expanding its reach by launching Tinycards for iOS, its first app that can be used for learning virtually anything that involves memorization: vocabulary, equations, history facts and every Pokémon’s name and stats (I’m… Read More

  • Duolingo Launches Free Quick Test Assessments, Partners With Uber To Certify Colombian Drivers’ English Skills

    Duolingo Launches Free Quick Test Assessments, Partners With Uber To Certify Colombian Drivers’ English Skills

    Language learning platform Duolingo is announcing a number of updates around its testing services today. First, the company now offers a free basic language assessment test. Unlike the company’s $20 certificate, which directly competes with established English tests like the TOEFL, the quick test isn’t remotely verified by a human. With that, Duolingo’s main cost in offering… Read More

  • What We Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms Before Regulating Them Crunch Network

    What We Need To Know About On-Demand Work Platforms Before Regulating Them

    As we fast approach the 2016 election cycle, the future of on-demand work platforms is at a crossroads, with Uber, TaskRabbit and other market leaders facing increased scrutiny and skepticism from regulators and political leaders. At the same time, these platforms inadvertently contribute to a growing anxiety among the public, who are concerned that the on-demand economy may change the future… Read More

  • Duolingo Raises $45 Million Series D Round Led By Google Capital, Now Valued At $470M

    Duolingo Raises $45 Million Series D Round Led By Google Capital, Now Valued At $470M

    Duolingo, the free language learning service co-founded by reCAPTCHA inventor Luis von Ahn, today announced that it has raised a $45 million investment round led by Google Capital. The company’s previous investors, which include the likes of Union Square Ventures, NEA and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as Ashton Kutcher and Tim Ferris, also participated in this round. Read More

  • Duolingo Launches Free Language Learning Platform For Schools

    Duolingo Launches Free Language Learning Platform For Schools

    Duolingo, the popular language learning tool, today announced the launch of Duolingo for Schools, a service that makes it easier for schools to use its platform in a structured learning environment. Using this new service, teachers can use Duolingo for their classes and track their students’ progress through a centralized dashboard. From there, they can get detailed reports on the… Read More