London, United Kingdom, January 22, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- For aspiring New Year polyglots, the decision to learn a new language is promised to be easier and more effective than ever with the new Lingos language experience. The online Lingos platform has been built exclusively for foreign languages, is free to join, and enables learners to easily find and communicate with teachers locally - encouraging both online and in-person interaction.
Launched in September 2013 from its London office, Lingos has since welcomed more than 1,000 teachers and over 700 students on board and continues to grow rapidly. The Lingos platform uses the widely used concept of user profiling, similar to that found on social networking sites, to allow users to find teachers or other learners in their area for skill exchange. Users build up their own profile with needs, experience and teacher search requirements so Lingos Language Consultants can make pairing recommendations for local and inexpensive tuition ‘matches’.
Inspired by years of experience in the language-learning field, Lingos founders saw the need for an online resource exclusively dedicated to language tuition and tailored to user requirements. The result is a personalised membership and profiling system that encourages digital communication, in-person tuition, and local meet-ups with other learners for conversational exchange.
Mikael Dia, co-founder and CEO at Lingos said, “As language learners ourselves, we understand that taking up a language can be a big decision and that there are so many routes to bilingualism out there. Some are expensive and may not deliver results fast enough, many don’t take the individual’s needs into consideration at all. So we’ve taken extra care in designing our model just for language learners. Learning a language is completely different to finding a tutor for biology or geography, and everyone has their unique language goals. This is one of the key pitfalls of generic teaching sites – they don’t allow language learners to refine their search based on their needs. Lingos is dedicated to the needs of language learners and teachers.
“There are 7,000 languages spoken in the world today – while we don’t offer tuition for each and every one, we have exceptional quality teachers on the Lingos network covering over 30 languages, and growing. A big difference with Lingos is its teacher certification program. This offers guidance to learners and helps them find a trusted teacher whose skills and location are matched to their own needs. Not to mention it can also save hours of trawling teacher advertisements, and it can save them a small fortune by avoiding an expensive language school option.
“With so many choices out there, our certification program really sets Lingos and its teacher base apart from the other well-known, but uncertified listing, sites such as Gumtree and Craigslist. This empowers learners to make an educated and better quality decision in their search.
“As a platform, we’re taking the best bits from social networking sites and community ad sites, then adding our own profiling, advisory and educational blogging model to the mix to offer something entirely new and bespoke for language learners.”
Registration with Lingos is free for both learners and teachers and requires users to create a personal profile. Teacher profiles include information such as languages taught, location and level of experience. Teachers can upgrade to a certified profile option, which includes a series of accreditation and certification checks by Lingos.
For learners, Lingos works to identify requirements by asking users a series of profile-building questions. Lingos uses the responses and offers teacher results that best match their requirements, ready for the learner to initiate a relationship.
Speaking about how the Lingos platform promotes unrivalled quality and communication, Dia explained, “Our ultimate goal is to cultivate new language experiences by connecting people. We encourage a mix of digital and in-person interaction since languages are best practiced in-person, and not simply by video, internet, software or email. We are building a social language community for the future.”
Lingos is an online foreign language teaching platform designed to offer teachers and students a personalised and socially engaging way to learn, or improve upon, an additional language.
Founded June 2013 in London, Lingos facilitates in-person meetings and digital communication exchange for language learners and teachers to interact and has a rapidly growing registered network of teachers and learners. Registration on the site is free for both learners and tutors.