One week ago I started to learn a new language. My last attempt to broaden my knowledge of the romance languages was some fifteen years ago when I studied Spanish at an adult education center taking evening classes. So, it’s been a while.
The upcoming shutdown of the once leading language learning community Livemocha shows that the technological platform a product is based on is as crucial to the success and survival as the offering itself. Livemocha missed the trend of mobile device based language learning and consequently lost its market share and appeal to consumers.
Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on the Unimersiv Community.
Virtual Reality, and its immersive nature, are fast changing the way education is being imparted in some of the leading schools worldwide. No longer is the transfer of knowledge restricted to pen and paper, blackboard and chalk, and PowerPoint presentations. It has taken the turn for experience-based learning in its truest form. This is so because with virtual reality, the observer is transported into a whole other world which has been designed to provide visual and tactile stimuli to them. This aids in more adequate retention of knowledge.
After a quiet period, the language learning vertical within education technology is on the upswing once again with young, innovative startups entering the arena attracting a new generation of language learners.
Certainly, it’s the established players that are only too willing to satisfy the growing demand. However, there is now a plethora of new and hungry startups in the language learning space coming in the market whose offers go beyond digitized textbooks and English training only. And it’s startups we specialize in at EDUKWEST.
The Google Translate team introduced a bunch of new languages to the mobile app. Based on the technology of WordLens, a startup Google acquired last year, you can now instantly translate texts from 27 languages into English using a smartphone camera.