Duolingo, online language education platform, on Monday, announced the launch of its customised app in India. The Duolingo app now comes in Hindi language to help Indians learn English using the online platform.
Aiming at the Indian smartphone users, the new Duolingo app has some exclusive features for the Hindi speaking population. It comes in a reduced size to ease in installation and removes the need to type in Hindi using an improved placement test.
“In developing markets like India, learning English is crucial to people’s professional development and can double or triple their income potential,” said Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO, Duolingo, in a statement. “Our goal is to give everyone in India the best possible language education money can buy, but for free.”
Duolingo has partnered with international governments, schools and companies to improve language education. It also has plans to establish similar partnerships in India and has established a dedicated Indian team to expand its presence.
“Being an Indian myself, I am excited to say that India is an integral part of Duolingo’s growth strategy. Hindi is the most widely spoken language in the country, hence we are focused on Hindi speakers first, but we plan on launching the app in other languages as well,” said Awaneesh Verma, product head, Duolingo.
Pittsburg, US-headquartered Duolingo already has over 110 million users worldwide that learn languages through its free platform. The language learning app is touted to be the “most downloaded education app worldwide” for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.
Duolingo has raised $83.3 million in investments from Google Capital, Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.