language learning

Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one of the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly n

Duolingo raises $25M at a $700M valuation

Duolingo, the popular language learning service that was co-founded by reCAPTCHA founder Luis von Ahn, today announced that it has raised a $25 million Series E round led by Drive Capital. This brings

Duolingo adds support for Japanese

Duolingo, the popular language learning service, today added support for learning Japanese to its iOS app, with support for its Android app coming soon. “This is by far the most requested and high

Germany’s Duolingo competitor Babbel sets its sights on the US

Language learning service Babbel is one of Berlin's quiet startup success stories. While it was once on the brink of shutting down, today it's a thriving company with hundreds of employees who work in

Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service

Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps. Subscribers get two benefits: they won’t see ads in the app

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is no

3 habits of successful language learners

Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide are currently learning a foreign language. If you are one of them, this article is for you. Whether you are learning to improve your job prospects, do better in sc

Verbling adds native apps to expand access to its marketplace of language tutors

YC-backed Verbling, a language learning business that's been active for around five years, has finally launched native Android and iOS apps, along with a refreshed brand and look for its web platform.

Tandem is a messaging app where language learners chat

Shortly after downloading the Tandem app I'm trying to explain the finer points of using the English auxiliary verb 'will' in a messaging chat with Juan, 35, from the Dominican Republic...

Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

Tech startups have tried to make language learning possible without human tutors since way back in the 90s when CD-ROMs and Rosetta Stone were state-of-the-art. The rise of social media and smartphone

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

Fleex now lets you learn English by streaming Netflix shows

When I first covered Fleex, it was a neat little video player that let you learn English using your favorite movies or TV shows. Since then, Reverso has acqui-hired the team behind Fleex and now plans

VIPKID nabs $100M to link Chinese kids with native speakers to learn English

As interest and investment continue to pour into the online education market, startups building platforms with a lot of traction are reaping the rewards. In the latest development, a company out of

TerraTalk App Corrects Language Students’ English Pronunciation

Speaking--or at least trying to be comprehensible--is one of the hardest parts of studying a new language. TerraTalk, a Japanese startup, wants to help English learners with a new app that promises to

Linqapp, Which Lets You Get Real-Time Language Answers From Real People, Launches On iOS

The last time I enrolled in a Mandarin language program was back in 2007, light years away in terms of technology. I considered myself lucky because I had a Besta CD-618 electronic dictionary and a we

Lingua.ly, Which Turns The Internet Into A Language Textbook, Raises $1M

Lingua.ly, which saves language students from the tedium of traditional textbooks, has raised $1 million. Participants in the round include Udi Netzer (a returning investor), Shai Rephaeli, Yochy Inve

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. U

Taiwan-Based Educational App Developer QLL Raises $450,000 For International Expansion

QLL, a Taipei-based developer of educational mobile apps, has raised $450,000 in funding led by B Dash Ventures, with participation from Incubate Fund, Pinehurst Advisors, Viling, and Coent Venture Pa

OKPanda Takes In Another $1.6M For Its English Language Learning App For Asia

OKpanda, whose language learning app targets the lucrative English language learning market in Asia, especially focusing on Japan, has closed a new $1.6 million seed funding round.

Duolingo Launches Its Certification Program To Take On TOEFL

Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. The company is launching this service with an English Proficienc
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