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Language learning startup Verbling adds classes via Google Hangouts and 9 new languages

Excerpt from TechCrunch

Dec 01, 2012 1:10 pm

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Several startups are leveraging tech to connect strangers with a common goal in another case in which technology (like Google Street View) is replacing the need to actually board a plane.

— Samantha Shankman

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…a new generation of startups are leveraging advances in mobile and web technologies to make that process more enjoyable and rewarding. …Verbling, a venture-backed startup that wants to help turn language learners into polyglots by using video chat to connect them with real, live native speakers. Unlike the text-focused and algorithm-based Duolingo, Verbling wants to help users reach fluency and avoid the drop-out bug by creating a frictionless, in-browser live video chat experience that encourages immersion — albeit a virtual one.

Since launching earlier this year, Verbling has focused exclusively on English and Spanish, but today the company is adding support for nine new languages, including Italian, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian, bringing the total to eleven.

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