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Gamelingu: Learn a new language by speaking with native speakers

Gamelingu

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What is Gamelingu ?

Learn a foreign language by speaking with native people while having fun. All in the browser and for free.

Gamelingu connects people who want to improve a foreign language with native people around the world through a system of video chat integrated into the browser, so that people can learn and teach each other, in a simple way.

Gamelingu also allows users to learn in a fun way through activities and games in real time, specially designed by language teachers.

Who is your target user?

Users from everywhere who want to practice their foreign languages skills.

Why did you build Gamelingu? What problem are you taking on?

We realized that when it comes to practice a foreign language, for one side, people use to visit exchange websites but with not integrated video conference, so they have to arrange some date to speak on Skype or some app like that.

For another side, we saw the “problem” that sometimes people don’t know how to say. At first, you start to speaker and there are always the same questions: “Where are you from?”, “How old are you?”, “Do you study or work?”, so we want to make more fun this process to practice a language introducing some easy games and activities. For example, the game that the user has to guess the “hidden character” that the other user is by asking questions and giving clues.

How is your product different from what is currently available?

Our main difference is that we’re introducing games and activities in real time to make more fun this online language exchange.

Tell us your founding story. Was there an “ah ha” moment?

We used to assists to language exchange in some kind of bar where people from all around the world went to practice their foreign languages skills but we realized that there was a problem: always the same people, always the same place and also you had to buy some drinks meanwhile.

So we decide to build Gamelingu, when people can choose between a lot of users to practice their foreign languages skills, also they don’t need Skype or other software, it’s all in the same webpage and with games/activities to have fun practicing, what else could you want?

Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.

We are two founders and that’s it all the team:

Miguel Haba, CEO and in charge of backend development and design.
José Vicente Lobo, CTO and in charge of front end development and system administration.

Also, the two of us are in charge of the marketing through social networks, blogs, etc.