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About the project Edit

Livemocha is a social network service where users can learn languages through audio-visual lessons, peer tutoring tools and support systems. Users can aid others in learning the languages that they are proficient in while learning other languages themselves. This is achieved through peer reviewing of submissions, live text and audio conversations, and other learning systems. According to John Cook's Venture Blog, Livemocha was easily Seattle's biggest moving startup company in Autumn 2007. According to CEO Shirish Nadkarni, Livemocha has over 2,000,000 users from over 200 countries as of March 2008.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Livemocha is a first of its kind web based language learning solution integrating online instructional content with a global community of language learners. Livemocha is the first major language learning tool based on social networking technologies. Lessons are provided for thirty languages; American English, Spanish (Castellano), French, Hindi, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, Icelandic, Korean, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Ukrainian, European Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, Estonian, Romanian, Persian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Hungarian, Czech, Urdu, Catalan, Swedish, Hebrew and Esperanto, which is the most recent addition. Other tools such as translators are provided for a variety of other languages. It is possible to vote for new languages to be introduced, and more will become available over time.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Livemocha is attempting to redefine the way in which people learn languages through the use of an online community of native speakers of different languages (language exchange), interactive online lessons and Web 2.0 technologies. The system aims to create a level of language immersion that is not possible with the use of traditional language learning tools such as books and compact discs.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Livemocha is a type of community language learning (CLL) - an approach in which students work together to develop what aspects of a language they would like to learn. Examples of these types of communities have recently arisen with the explosion of educational resources for language learning on the Web.

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