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New Website Connects Language Newbies With Native Speakers

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for…

17 hours ago by Joann Pan

Babylon Aims to Be the Quora of Translation

Translation software company Babylon will make a social play on Wednesday when it launches a new online community for language learning. Babylon is touting the new site as…

January 26, 2011 by Sarah Kessler

3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology

The modern American school faces rough challenges. Budget cuts have caused ballooning class sizes, many teachers struggle with poorly motivated students, and in many…

January 10, 2010 by Greg Ferenstein

iKnow! and the Social Brain Network

Cerego introduced iKnow! at DEMOfall 08 today as “The first intelligent social learning platform.” Basically, iKnow! enables people to learn faster and improve memory…

September 08, 2008 by Doriano “Paisano” Carta

Immerse Yourself in a New Language with Babbel [The Startup Review]

Editor’s Note:If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion in “The Startup Review” series, please see the details here. STARTUP DETAILS: Company Name:…

July 07, 2008 by Kristen Nicole

Palabea: Community-Based Lingual And Cultural Education

There are a number of ways you can learn languages these days. You can take a class at a K-12 institution or university, for one. You can buy an educational package from…


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Marshable Com * Language Learning
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Search: language learning

New Website Connects Language Newbies With Native Speakers

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for…

17 hours ago by Joann Pan

Babylon Aims to Be the Quora of Translation

Translation software company Babylon will make a social play on Wednesday when it launches a new online community for language learning. Babylon is touting the new site as…

January 26, 2011 by Sarah Kessler

3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology

The modern American school faces rough challenges. Budget cuts have caused ballooning class sizes, many teachers struggle with poorly motivated students, and in many…

January 10, 2010 by Greg Ferenstein

iKnow! and the Social Brain Network

Cerego introduced iKnow! at DEMOfall 08 today as “The first intelligent social learning platform.” Basically, iKnow! enables people to learn faster and improve memory…

September 08, 2008 by Doriano “Paisano” Carta

Immerse Yourself in a New Language with Babbel [The Startup Review]

Editor’s Note:If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion in “The Startup Review” series, please see the details here. STARTUP DETAILS: Company Name:…

July 07, 2008 by Kristen Nicole

Palabea: Community-Based Lingual And Cultural Education

There are a number of ways you can learn languages these days. You can take a class at a K-12 institution or university, for one. You can buy an educational package from…


WE ARE EXPLORING THIS WEEK…
Marshable Com * Language Learning
http://mashable.com/follow/topics/language-learning/

Verbling * Languages

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Las redes sociales enfocadas al aprendizaje de idiomas mediante la práctica con personas nativas del lugar, según el idioma, tenemos una serie de ellas.


Pero si no queremos perder el tiempo rellenando nuestros perfiles y queremos practicar rápidamente, podemos pasarnos por Verbling.


Se trata de una sencilla plataforma en la que indicaremos el lenguaje que estamos aprendiendo, bien español o bien inglés por ahora, para que dentro de un horario establecido, encontremos pareja en una sesión en la cual practicar, según el nivel elegido y el tema propuesto.


Básicamente, pone en contacto las personas que están aprendiendo un idioma con otras que lo hablan de forma nativa y, conversando por el tema propuesto aleatoriamente, podrán practicar y mejorar lo aprendido.

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Verbling * Languages

WE ARE EXPLORING THIS WEEK 

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Las redes sociales enfocadas al aprendizaje de idiomas mediante la práctica con personas nativas del lugar, según el idioma, tenemos una serie de ellas.


Pero si no queremos perder el tiempo rellenando nuestros perfiles y queremos practicar rápidamente, podemos pasarnos por Verbling.


Se trata de una sencilla plataforma en la que indicaremos el lenguaje que estamos aprendiendo, bien español o bien inglés por ahora, para que dentro de un horario establecido, encontremos pareja en una sesión en la cual practicar, según el nivel elegido y el tema propuesto.


Básicamente, pone en contacto las personas que están aprendiendo un idioma con otras que lo hablan de forma nativa y, conversando por el tema propuesto aleatoriamente, podrán practicar y mejorar lo aprendido.

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Vía: freetech4teachers 

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Verbling * Languages

 Verbling

Name: Verbling

Quick Pitch: Verbling is a web-based platform where individuals can pair up with native speakers to practice speaking new languages on live video.

Genius Idea: Verbling makes language learning easy by offering a free way to connect instantly with native speakers with timed prompts and conversation-starting topics.

Verbling was launched in 2011 when co-founders Jacob Jolis and Mikael Bernstein met while attending Stanford University. The two dropped out of the prestigious school and teamed up with then-Google software engineer Fred Wulff to build the language-learning startup of their dreams.

Verbling.com, a Y Combinator-backed startup, is a website that people can access globally to speak with native language speakers living in different countries. For now, only Spanish and English speakers can access video chat, but the founders hope to add Arabic, French, Chinese and German — among 10 languages in total — by the end of the year.

The idea of Verbling is to solve one of the biggest problems for language learners — not being able to practice speaking with natives. People devote time and money to learning language basics, but slowly lose linguistic skills without practice.

“It’s very difficult to find native speakers without going abroad,” said Bernstein who speaks English, Swedish, German and Russian. “With Verbling, you can do that instantaneously. You don’t have to schedule or waste any time trying to find someone.”

Verbling is all about the trade. Convenient prompts with the in-browser video chats lets users know when to speak in one language and when to switch to another language. Each language is spoken for five minutes at a time, making sure both participants get the practice they are looking for.

Participants are matched up automatically. The company currently doesn’t connect people based on age, gender or location, but may be willing to consider it in the future. The founders read emails and feedback from all users and will implement suggestions as the product continues to be developed.

During the chat, there are buttons users can use to display conversation topics for beginners, intermediate learners and advanced speakers. Then you can “super-like,” “like,” or “dislike” the conversation when it ends. This will determine who you will be matched up with next time. Mutual good reviews will prompt users to be linked up for a second or third conversation.

Users are automatically matched up with a native speaker. If you speak English and are looking to practice Spanish, you’ll be connected with someone from Spain or South America, says Bernstein.

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