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Only 20 percent of all students are currently learning a foreign language in American schools. Contrast that figure with Europe, where 92 percent of students are not only learning another tongue, but many are adding more than one alternative language to their skill set.
Standard foreign language training conjures images of dry vocabulary exercises and rehearsed sentences that often don’t relate to real-world conversation and language comprehension.
Mondly is a learning platform offering a refreshing new approach to helping students grasp a foreign languages. Mondly users start by picking their language. They’re then connected with a native speaker in that language and are immediately immersed in a virtual reality setting. Helpful lesson prompts guide new learners through conversations with the speaker, presenting different options for responding to questions and comments.
Mondly’s state-of-the-art speech recognition technology evaluates the spoken answers throughout the exercises and determines if the answers are correct. This method spawns conversations with a truly organic, real-world spin that students report doesn’t feel like language training.
Instruction plays more like a game than a lesson, arming students with digital dictionaries and verb conjugators to build out a vocabulary aimed at full fluency fast.
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