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Language Learning Community Livemocha to Shut Down on April 22nd

Livemocha, formerly the largest language learning community on the Internet with over 16 million registered learners, will shut down its service on April 22nd.

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Duolingo trains Teachers in Costa Rica

Duolingo keeps pushing its K-12 focused Duolingo for Schools platform. Earlier this month the language learning startup held a workshop for 350 public school teachers in Costa Rica. The workshop was in partnership with the non-profit Ideas en Acción and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Education.

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For Rosetta Stone Consumers are no longer a Priority

During the latest earnings call it became clear that consumers increasingly play a minority role in Rosetta Stone’s strategy. To underline the shift, the company’s interim CEO John Hass, who implemented the new strategy in March 2015, was appointed permanent CEO.

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Skype Translator now supports Arabic

Skype Translator, the real time feature that translates spoken language into written text during a Skype call, added Arabic as its latest supported language. This brings the total of supported spoken languages up to eight: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Arabic. On top of that Skype supports translation of written text in 50 languages which makes it a great tool for language teaching.

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Wikispeech: How Wikipedia will learn to Talk to You

Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has partnered with the swedish KTH (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) Royal Institute of Technology to develop a crowdsourced speech engine for visually impaired users.
By September 2017 people with reading difficulty or visual impairment will be able to access Wikipedia and get articles read in a Swedish, English, and an Arabic voice.

Book your English-speaking Uber driver in Latin America thanks to Duolingo

When you’re traveling Colombia or planning on visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Olympics this summer, organizing your commute just got one step easier.
Last September, language learning app Duolingo and ride sharing service Uber partnered to offer English-speaking drivers to foreigners and tourists in Bogota, Colombia. Thanks to the success in Colombia the service got extended to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in February 2016.

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Learn Arabic online with ArabiCollege

With more and more developing countries having high speed access to the internet and joining the mobile revolution, Arabic in particular has benefited from the trend and seen a sharp increase in use on the net.

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