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Type of site
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HeadquartersTallinn, Estonia
Current statusBeta

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, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Estonian courses, available in various languages.[2]

Education model[edit]

Lingvist's method includes 3 different modules: A Memorize section - based on word cards -, and the Challenges area, which offers numerous reading, listening and speaking exercises with dialogues.

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' 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]

Lingvist's advantage is it teaches users quickly, starting with the most relevant words. While there are grammar references for the curious, Lingvist is not about teaching grammar, but about teaching the language as it is used naturally. [6]

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.[7]

In 2014, €1 Million has been raised from SmartCap, Nordic VC Inventure, and other angel investors in order to keep developing the tool.[8]

Lingvist announced in June 2015 an additional €1.6 Million funding from the European Union, as part of the Horizon 2020 programme.[9]

In November 2015, Lingvist raised $8 million in Series A funding which was led by Japanese e-commerce and online services giant Rakuten, with participation from local investment firm SmartCap, Inventure, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn and former Atomico partner (and Skype exec) Geoff Prentice. [10]

In March, 2017, Lingvist announced their partnership with Taiwanese company PC Home. [11]

Recognitions and awards[edit]

In March 2013, Lingvist's program received a 9,900 EUR Prototron Grant to finance their initial prototype.[12]

In March 2014, Lingvist was handpicked by TechStars London Accelerator Program.[13]

In October 2015, the Lingvist Team was recognized as the "brightest startup" by the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards.[14]

In February 2017, Lingvist completed their Horizon 2020 project[15] and received additional funding from Rakuten.

In June 2017, Lingvist was a recipient of the EdTechXGlobal All Stars Rise Awards. [16]

See also[edit]


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  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. ^ "lingvist will keep its hq in Estonia after huge investment from Japan, is hiring". Work in Estonia. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  7. ^ "From nuclear physics to teaching language". 2015-01-13. Archived from the original on 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2015-03-09.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Degler Andrii (2014-04-30). "Catch up on a month of tech news from Eastern Europe: April". Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  9. ^ "Lingvist 2.0". ProductHunt. 2015-06-01. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  10. ^ "Rakuten Enters English Education Business with the Launch of "Rakuten Super English," a Comprehensive English Learning Service". Rakuten. 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  11. ^ "Lingvist and PChome announce a partnership in Taiwan – predicted to save Mandarin speakers learning English more than 3 million hours by the end of the year". e-estonia. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  12. ^ Kitt Robert, Member of the Board, Swedbank. "Prototron moulds real business ideas". Swedbank. Retrieved 2015-03-09.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Lunden Ingrid (2014-06-20). "TechStars London Demo Day 2014: Meet The 11 Startups (And Our Picks)". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  14. ^ "Tallinn recognizes its brightest entrepreneurs". 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  15. ^ "Lingvist closes its SME Instrument project with extra private investment!". EASME. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  16. ^ "2017 EdTechXGlobal All Stars Awards". EdTechEurope. Retrieved 2018-10-26.

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