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Type of site
Available in
Headquarters Tallinn, Estonia
Launched 2014
Current status Beta

Lingvist is an adaptive language-learning platform, available in an international public free beta version since 2014.[1]

As of August 2015, Lingvist offers introductory English, Estonian, French, German and Russian courses, available in various languages.[2]

Education model[edit]

Lingvist's method includes 3 different modules: A Memorize section - based on word cards -, Reading exercises and Listening exercises.

Lingvist's approach is based on big data and statistical analysis to establish frequencies in order to teach the most relevant and useful vocabulary to the user.[3]

Lingvist's software analyses various text sources, such as subtitles or articles to determine the frequency of words in a given language.[4]

As an adaptive tool, Lingvist uses mathematical optimisation to adapt the lessons to its users's level. The user will repeat words he or she has previously forgotten or written incorrectly, but will quickly progress from those mastered at the first go.[5]

History and development[edit]

Lingvist was co-founded in 2013 by Mait Müntel, a physicist involved with the team that identified the Higgs-Boson particle at CERN, Ott Jalakas and Andres Koern.

Lingvist's prototype was created by Estonian physicist Mait Müntel while living in Switzerland and learning the French language.[6]

In 2014, €1 Million has been raised from SmartCap, Nordic VC Inventure, and other angel investors in order to keep developing the tool.[7]

Lingvist announced in June 2015 an additional €1.6 Million funding from the European Union, as part of the Horizon 2020 programme.[8]

Recognitions and awards[edit]

In March 2013, Lingvist's program received a 9,900 EUR Prototron Grant to finance their initial prototype.[9] In March 2014, Lingvist was handpicked by TechStars London Accelerator Program.[10]

In October 2015, the Lingvist Team was recognized as the "brightest startup" by the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards.[11]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ " Launching new languages". 
  3. ^ O'Hear Steve (2014-04-01). "Lingvist Raises €1 Million To Reduce The Time It Takes To Learn A New Language". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  4. ^ Norris Ben (2014-03-31). "What can you accomplish in roughly 200 hours?". Arcticstartup. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Estonian Physicist Develops a Free Language Learning App". 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  6. ^ "From nuclear physics to teaching language". 2015-01-13. Archived from the original on 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  7. ^ Degler Andrii (2014-04-30). "Catch up on a month of tech news from Eastern Europe: April". Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Lingvist 2.0". ProductHunt. 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  9. ^ Kitt Robert, Member of the Board, Swedbank. "Prototron moulds real business ideas". Swedbank. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  10. ^ Lunden Ingrid (2014-06-20). "TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Tallinn recognizes its brightest entrepreneurs". 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 

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