One of the most tedious parts of learning a new language is stumbling half-asleep through a boring textbook. When I was studying Chinese, one of my readers included articles on how to renew a student visa, why credit card debt is bad, and whether or not depression is a “disease of civilization.” As a result, I barely remember any of the vocabulary words it included.
Lingua.ly wants to cure textbook malaise by turning the entire Internet into a language learning tool. The startup just introduced its first app, which is now available for free in the Google Play store (an iOS version is in the works). Languages currently supported are English, Chinese, Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.
TechCrunch first profiled Lingua.ly when it launched as a Chrome extension that allows users to save vocabulary from websites and automatically turn them into flashcards. Targeted at beginning to advanced language learners…
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