Bratislava, Slovakia – Lingibli, an education startup based in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava, announced the general availability of a new language-learning tool that enables its users to start learning a foreign language without having to spend any additional time and money – just by walking around. The so-called Language Pages and mobile Apps help users to bridge the barriers of learning a foreign language in a fun way.
The Concept of Lingibli:
Inspite of countless innovations on the education market in the past years, there are a few things that did not change so far: Learning a language takes time, is expensive, troublesome and most of the time ineffective.
Lingibli solves these problems through:
* No-Time Learning: The Language Page is a sheet of paper with 20 words and 35 useful phrases. Users can download and print it out for free in any language combination to label items around their home or office and create a three-dimensional learning environment. Without spending any additional time, one is repeating the new vocabulary every day just by walking around. And by scanning the QR Codes on the labels, the correct pronunciation can be heard.
* Multisense-Learning: According to the British mental trainer Tony Buzan the more senses one can involve while learning, the more one will remember. This is the idea behind Lingibli: It does not only challenge the user’s visual senses while reading the phrases, but also the auditory and kinesthetic ones are used thanks to listening to the pronunciation and the learning-by-walking-around concept.
* 50% of all conversations: Only 100 words make up fifty percent of all daily conversations. The mobile App provides these 100 words within 100 sentences and 100 phrases and shows the user how to use them in a context. To make learning even easier, one can listen to the pronunciation of all the words, phrases and sentences with just one click.
“Besides, we count on the social media integration which makes learning an experience they can share with friends, thereby have fun and inspire other people to start learning, too,” said Raffael Kellner, Co-Founder of Lingibli.
The language-learning market addressed is a $90 billion one worldwide and it keeps on growing due to globalization, migration and travel. “We are perfectly aware of the fact that the education market has been booming in the past years. It is astonishing how much developers still invest in new teaching techniques without facing the fact that the first step to starting learning is the toughest one to make,” said Co-Founder Milan Schnorrer. He continues: “We believe in helping people to get started and we want to provide them with the very basics.” The concept is therefore especially suitable for beginners and travellers.
People tend to hesitate with the start of learning for various reasons – though they might love to. Milan for example faced this problem while he studied in the Netherlands: “I wanted to learn Dutch, but did not want to spend so much money on books I may never opened or courses I did not have time to attend. Sure, I learned how to order beer, and a few colorful expressions, but that’s about it.”
Raffael was confronted with the opposite problem. When he wanted to learn Slovak he could not find any books to support him and his mission: “Instead I found Tony Buzan’s book while researching for other language learning oppertunities and got inspired to work on Lingibli”.
The first version will launch supporting 18 languages – German, English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish – and will continue to extend in the near future. Right now native speakers of Klingon and Elvish are needed.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 13.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Lingibli 1.0.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Lingibli, a Bratislava-based education startup, gives its users an understanding of the basics of a foreign language in a fun way without having to spend any additional time. The company was founded early in 2011 in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava and consists of a team of seven. Keeping the company mantra “No-Time Learning” in mind, it is the founders’ aim to extend and develop Lingibli’s content in the future and help every learning enthusiast, every traveller and everyone else who is faced with a foreign language to get started. Copyright (C) 2011 Lingibli. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.