Start Singapore: Learn a language via video chatting

Start Singapore: Learn a language via video chatting

SINGAPORE - Want to learn a language by practising with native speakers?

Fluentlee, a new online foreign language learning platform based in Boston, lets you do that via video conferencing.

For US$12 (S$14.80) an hour, a student can choose to learn a language by selecting a tutor and then clicking on a video conferencing session to begin the lesson immediately.

Founder David Bebko of Crowdworks, which created the platform, said that it is not a textbook curriculum but rather a conversational programme.

Students choose a topic about which they wish to "make conversation".

"For example, if you're in China and you're in a bank, you want to be able to say you want to withdraw or transfer cash. Or you may be at the train station and you want to buy train tickets. We've different scenarios, so the student has a few options to choose from," said Mr Bebko a Singapore permanent resident.

The student can also choose the level at which he is comfortable - elementary or intermediate, for instance.

"Fluentlee is designed to replicate the experience you have when you move to a foreign country. Our research shows that the best way to learn a language is through short interactions with as many people as possible."

The tutors have been crowdsourced and their credentials checked, said Mr Bebko.

About 800 tutors have signed up to teach 23 languages including Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Vietnamese and Thai.

More than 700 students have signed up for the programme.

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