Language Learning Trends

Language Trends for 2015 and 2115

To kick off the new year in language learning, here are two predictions: Language learning company Rosetta Stone gives us one for the year ahead while Dr. McWhorter shares his thoughts on the state of global languages one hundred years from now in an essay on the Wall Street Journal.

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Infographic: Are Women better Language Learners?

Language learning community dug into its learner data to find out if women are better language learners and came up with an infographic.

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What is a Language Helper?

I have talked often about using a “language helper” to learn the language and I want to take a bit of time to explain it today.  But first I will talk about what a language helper (LH) is not.

A LH is not a teacher.  They are not a tutor.  They will not be experts in grammar – at least not any more than the average American is an expert in English grammar – who can tell me what a participle phrase is?

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Duolingo is Getting More Serious

Duolingo, the rising star in the language learning space, is this year’s most downloaded application in the education category on Google play. On iOS, however, the app did not make it in the top ranks this year.

This difference in rankings on the two leading mobile operating systems is a good indicator for the different mindsets and needs learners in industrialized countries and the developing world each have. According to Gina Gotthilf, head of marketing and international development for the company, 67% of Duolingo’s 50 million users are now located outside the United States.

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Cambly merges two edtech trends: Instant Video Lessons and Mobile

First published on EDUKWEST | January 28, 2014

Cambly is a new platform that connects English and Spanish learners through video chat. Sure, this sounds very familiar as startups like Colingo and Verbling are essentially fishing in the same pond.

Interestingly I had a chat about live video lessons among other trends with’s co-founder Bernhard Niesner last week in London. As I was invited to give a short intro to the Edtech Innovator Award I had put live video lessons on my list of trends to watch in 2014.

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