The Lingo Ledger

We Raised $5.2 Million to Help Employees Find Their Authentic Voice.

By Jenny Tannenbaum / January 19, 2017

We are excited to announce that Lingo Live has raised $5.2 million in Series A funding! The round is being lead by Owl Ventures, with participation from existing investors Alpine Meridian Ventures, ...

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Topics: Lingo Live

5 Proven Ways to Beef Up Your Online Communication

By Guest Post: Tim Jones / December 20, 2016

Guest Post by Tim Jones. Tim is one of the founders of English Online Hub, a company focused on helping teachers excel in online education. With the advent of the internet, the world has become a ...

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Topics: Communication

Providing Leadership Training Before English Communication Training is a Waste of Time.

By Megan Harwell / November 29, 2016

With such promising individuals from all over the world working for tech companies, there is unsurprisingly a growing trend to promote from within. However, tech companies face some unique issues ...

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Topics: Communication, Leadership

A Cultural Guide to Communicating with Your French Colleagues

By Sophie Boyer / November 22, 2016

As a French person who has been living in the USA for the last 4 years, I must say that the first few months were a bit difficult for me. I had not expected all the communication issues I would ...

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Topics: Communication, Culture

QUIZ: How well do you know your Engineers?

By Jenny Tannenbaum / November 14, 2016

Do you know who makes up your engineering team? Take the quick quiz below to find out.  ...

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Topics: productivity, Software Engineers, language barriers, Learning & Development

A Cultural Guide to Communicating with Your Chinese Colleagues. 

By Megan Harwell / October 31, 2016

The world is changing. New technological breakthroughs are happening every day, allowing more people to  connect with each other. Whether it's via social media, Skype, or actually moving to another ...

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Topics: Communication

Managers… Help Your Team Members Improve Their English - Part 1 

By Kat Ramage / October 26, 2016

Set Clear & Meaningful Objectives Managers are vital partners in helping employees improve their English skills at work. Without your guidance and feedback, it is extremely difficult for teachers to ...

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Topics: Communication, Management

28 Helpful Tools to Use When Providing Online Training

By Sophie Boyer / October 20, 2016

Whether providing one-on-one coaching or trainings for groups of employees around the world, online instruction has benefits that go far beyond the convenience and scalability, Working online ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, EdTech, online language training

Storytelling as a Professional Skill...No Matter What Your Job Is.

By Josh Wagner / October 14, 2016

These days storytelling isn’t just for movies and bedtime. Forbes magazine calls storytelling “the new strategic imperative” for business. Everything from marketing to politics gets defined by its ...

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Topics: Communication

Why I couldn’t learn a language from a software program.

By Ève Doré / October 11, 2016

I remember the exciting day my sister came back from the store with a software program to learn Spanish. That was it. We were about to speak that exotic and beautiful language fluently in no-time....

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Topics: EdTech, online language training, Coach's Stories

Case Study: Aiding Twitter's Global Expansion

By Jenny Tannenbaum / October 10, 2016

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Topics: global expansion, Lingo Live, Case Study

Meeting My Students In Their Work Environment: A Coach's Story

By Steven Serrano / October 07, 2016

 I wonder if in person they'll be shorter or taller than they appear on Skype video? I hope they find me thinner up close, since the camera does add 10 pounds. Ultimately, I hope our online chemistry ...

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Topics: Coach's Stories

The Origin Story of Lingo Live: Told by the teacher who inspired it all.

By Katherine Solares / October 05, 2016

Note: This article was written by Kathe Solares, the very first Lingo Live coach and our CEO's inspiration for Lingo Live. Please excuse any grammatical errors as English is not Kathe's first l ...

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Topics: Spanish, Lingo Live, Coach's Stories

5 Benefits of English Lessons for Advanced Speakers: A Coach's Perspective

By Dina Spencer / September 30, 2016

As a Lingo Live instructor, the majority of my students have been studying English for many years. They come to me with very advanced skills and their speaking nearly blows me away when I meet them ...

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Topics: english lessons, Instructors

Creating a common company language across your international offices

By Travis Morgan / September 22, 2016

  With about 96% of the world's consumers living outside the United States, it's easy to see why businesses are jumping on the wealth of opportunities in foreign markets. But as offices embrace a ...

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Topics: Communication, Company Culture

Using Technology to Scale the Human Touch

By Jenny Tannenbaum / September 01, 2016

In this HR Tech Showcase, our very own Director of Learning, Josh Frank discusses the use of technology to scale the human touch....

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Topics: EdTech, technology, video

11 Tools to Improve Collaboration on Dispersed Teams

By Jenny Tannenbaum / August 30, 2016

These days, it’s commonplace to have members of your team scattered across your global offices or completing tasks at home. But having team members outside your office no longer limits your ability ...

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Topics: Remote Teams, Collaboration

Why Language Training Helps Engineers Build Better Products

By Alyssa Conley / August 02, 2016

Software Engineers are brilliant inventors. Their base skills rest on constructing new “grammars,” or, structures that give meaning, to the technical world. A new piece of code is a new piece of ...

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Topics: Communication, Collaboration, Innovation

Encourage Casual Communication to Lead to Innovation

By Ben Spanbock / July 12, 2016

Think back to the last problem your team had to solve in your office. Maybe it was a software bug, maybe an account wanted different work than you had produced, maybe your boss wanted you to do ...

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Topics: Communication, Company Culture, Collaboration, Innovation

The Importance of English Communication Confidence in Agile Retrospectives

By Jenny Tannenbaum / June 30, 2016

Learning quickly from successes and failures is paramount to innovation. For engineering teams tasked with solving complex problems and creating new technologies, mistakes happen often and each is an ...

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Topics: Communication, Software Engineers, Startups

Cost of turnover for software engineers

By Jenny Tannenbaum / June 17, 2016

Just how costly is it to replace engineers in a tech company? More than you might expect....

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Topics: Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Talent Acquisition

3 Ways Communication Challenges Threaten Engagement on your Engineering Team

By Jenny Tannenbaum / June 07, 2016

In the fast-paced tech industry where every moment counts, having a highly engaged team of software engineers is critical to business success. Highly motivated team-members work harder and faster, ...

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Topics: Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cure to the Technology Skills Gap

By Jenny Tannenbaum / June 03, 2016

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Topics: Talent Acquisition

Podcast: Improve ROI & Global Business Relationships Via Unique Language Training

By Jenny Tannenbaum / May 17, 2016

When expanding to foreign territories, effective communication can make or break your success. Listen to Lingo Live Tyler Muse and Globig CEO Anke Corbin discuss how companies like Eventbrite, ...

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Topics: Language Learning, Lingo Live, Startups

5 Tips for Managing a Remote Team

By Tyler Muse / May 12, 2016

  Remote work certainly has its benefits. From increasing your recruiting pool 200,000% to decreasing turnover by 90%, offering employees the option to work remote can significantly help your bottom ...

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Topics: Company Culture, Culture, Engagement, Remote Teams, Leadership

What You Risk by Not Offering English Training to your Engineers

By Jenny Tannenbaum / May 09, 2016

Communication is key to the success of any business, however time and time again we see organizations expand globally without prioritizing language training. This is to the detriment of the company ...

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Topics: Culture

3 Ways to Increase Engagement in Language Training for Engineers

By Emma Rauschkolb / May 03, 2016

Engagement is critical to the success of any language-learning program. In order to increase student engagement you must tap into their individual motivations and ensure lessons are reflective of ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, Language Learning

Infographic: Business Language Training & Your Bottom Line

By Jenny Tannenbaum / April 28, 2016

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Topics: Corporate Training, Language Learning

A Teacher's Perspective on Online Teaching

By Jenny Tannenbaum / April 18, 2016

Lingo Live teacher Dina Spencer talks about her experience as a Lingo Live teacher! When I first heard about Lingo Live, it sounded like a nice idea, but I was too busy to think about it.  Upon ...

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Topics: Instructor Spotlight, Instructors

A Love for Language Teaching

By Jenny Tannenbaum / April 14, 2016

Lingo Live teacher Alex Pergrams explains why he loves teaching English. To me, being an English teacher is like being a guide through a gateway to another world. Having the opportunity to influence ...

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Topics: Instructor Spotlight, Language Learning

7 Questions When Choosing an Advanced Business English Solution

By Jenny Tannenbaum / April 13, 2016

In the modern workplace, where company culture, productivity and employee engagement dramatically affect the bottom line, employers are finding effective communication to be more important than ever....

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, ed tech, Language learning, Language Learning, online language training

What Role Should Technology Play in Language Instruction?

By Emma Rauschkolb / April 08, 2016

A successful language learning program is rooted in the relationship between teacher and student. Technology plays an important role in the process, facilitating this relationship and providing a ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, Instructors, Language learning, Language Learning, language lessons, Lingo Live, native instructor, online language training

3 Key Elements of Lingo Live's Language Program

By Emma Rauschkolb / April 06, 2016

At Lingo Live we believe that language learning at its core should be about bringing people together, that’s why our mission is, “Connecting people through learning.” But what does that really mean? ...

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Topics: Language Learning, Lingo Live

#mylingolive

By Tyler Muse / March 15, 2016

A lot of people ask us "What's different about Lingo Live? There are so many other competitors in this space." I'll leave it to our Chief Learning Officer, Jesse Abing, to explain the nuances of our ...

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Topics: Lingo Live

Instructor Spotlight: Kathleen Ramage

By Madeline Vu / August 06, 2015

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXziMO-pro0&w=560&h=315]   Kathleen Ramage has been teaching English online for the past 4 years. She's taught thousands of group and private lessons to ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, Culture, ed tech, english lessons, Instructor Spotlight, Language learning, language lessons, lingo live, online language training

Instructor Spotlight: Frank Rivas

By Madeline Vu / July 17, 2015

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qpw4vN42T8]   This week, we're featuring Frank Rivas in our instructor spotlight with the help of some of his students. Frank has taught English for the past ...

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Topics: corporate training, english lessons, Instructor Spotlight, Instructors, Language learning, Language Learning, lingo live, Lingo Live, native instructor, online language training

Your Language Learning Progress Reimagined

By Madeline Vu / July 16, 2015

For the past six months, we’ve been working to design a new progress dashboard to give students timely insight into proficiency and progress. We’re excited to introduce significant improvements in ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, EdTech, edtech, Language learning, Language Learning, lingo live, Lingo Live, online language training

Student Spotlight: Juan Vivero

By Madeline Vu / June 29, 2015

Juan Francisco Vivero is a Global Auditor at Heineken based in New York City. He received his bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting from Sacred Heart University and earned his MBA from ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, Culture, EdTech, portuguese lessons, Language learning, Language Learning, language lessons, language training, lingo live, Lingo Live, Student Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Vanessa Rees

By Madeline Vu / June 18, 2015

Vanessa Rees has taught both English and Spanish for over five years and most recently with Lingo Live for two years. She’s worked with a variety of students, from young children, teenagers, to ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, Culture, EdTech, english lessons, Instructors, Language learning, Language Learning, language lessons, lingo live, Lingo Live, native instructor, spanish lessons, vanessa rees

Student Spotlight: Lisa Thompson

By Madeline Vu / June 12, 2015

Lisa Thompson is board certified in emergency medicine and has been practicing for more than 20 years. She is also certified in the field of hospice and palliative care. For the past 3 years she has ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, Culture, ed tech, EdTech, Language learning, Language Learning, lingo live, Lingo Live, medical vocabulary, spanish lessons, telemedicine

Instructor Spotlight: Julia Matson

By Madeline Vu / June 04, 2015

Julia Matson has years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers and studying language acquisition. Before joining Lingo Live in June 2014, Julia taught English in Minnesota to adult ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, Culture, EdTech, Education, Instructors, Language learning, Language Learning, language lessons, language training, lingo live, Lingo Live, native instructor

Student Spotlight: Tyler Muse

By Madeline Vu / May 29, 2015

“I started taking Portuguese lessons because it was the only language we taught at the time that I didn’t know how to speak. I also wanted to experience first hand how students were using Lingo Live ...

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Topics: brazil, Corporate Training, corporate training, Culture, Education, portuguese, language barriers, Language learning, Language Learning, language lessons, language training, lingo live, Lingo Live

2 more things I did not know about Brazil!

By Tyler Muse / May 11, 2015

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Topics: Uncategorized

How Much Does a Monolingual Employee Cost You?

By Madeline Vu / April 17, 2015

Business risks and challenges associated with language barriers will continue to grow as global markets become more integrated. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 95 percent of the world's ...

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Topics: Business, Corporate Training, corporate training, EdTech, Education, global expansion, Language learning, Language Learning, lingo live, Lingo Live

How Much Does a Monolingual Employee Cost You? Part 2: Missed Connections

By Madeline Vu / March 16, 2015

This is the second installment of a three-part series detailing the impact of corporate language training on the bottom line of multinational companies. According to a study from Ernst & Young, 70 ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, global expansion, language barriers, Language Learning, language training, Lingo Live, online language training

How Much Does a Monolingual Employee Cost You? Part 1: The Cost of the "Quick Fix"

By Tyler Muse / February 23, 2015

This is the first installment of a three-part series detailing the impact of corporate language training on the bottom line of multinational companies. At Lingo Live, we teach employees of ...

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Topics: Corporate Training, corporate training, google translate, productivity, Language Learning, language lessons, language training, lingo live

One Simple Rule For Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

By Tyler Muse / January 02, 2014

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Topics: Corporate Training, New Year's Resolution

How Rosetta Stone Buying TellMeMore Doesn't Bode Well for Language Learners

By Tyler Muse / December 11, 2013

Today, Wednesday, December 11th, Rosetta Stone announced the acquisition of Tell Me More for $28 million. What does this mean?...

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Topics: EdTech, rosetta stone, Language Learning, lingo live, livemocha, tellmemore

How Google Helpouts Could Teach Michael Bloomberg to Speak Spanish

By Tyler Muse / November 05, 2013

Google, a company whose daring ventures range from self-driving cars to prolonging death itself, announced today a platform called Google Helpouts, dubbed "a new way to get and give personalized help ...

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Topics: EdTech, google, Google Hangouts, Google Helpouts, Language Learning, Michael Bloomberg

The Best Spanish Songs

By Tyler Muse / October 09, 2013

At Lingo Live, we are often asked ‘What are the best Spanish songs?’ Here’s a definitive list from our native Spanish tutors so you can see specifics from each dialect of Spanish (e.g. Mexico, Peru, ...

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Topics: Best Spanish Songs, Culture, Spanish, Language learning

Welcome Lia, a new Lingo Live instructor from Argentina!

By Tyler Muse / June 16, 2013

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Topics: Spanish, Language Learning, lingo live, native instructors

How to Conduct Guerilla Warfare... I Mean Marketing

By Tyler Muse / May 23, 2013

This is not you....

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Topics: guerilla marketing, irrelevance, Startups

Muito animados... We're announcing our first new language!

By Tyler Muse / May 14, 2013

After more than a year of fine-tuning our solution for Spanish, we are thrilled to announce that Lingo Live will be expanding into Brazilian Portuguese as of July 1st! We are beta-testing Portuguese ...

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Topics: brazil, portuguese, Language Learning, lingo live, Lingo Live, native instructor

Rosetta Stone buys LiveMocha: 5 Reasons Why This Was a Mistake (Part II)

By Tyler Muse / April 08, 2013

This is Part II of our previous blog post entitled "Rosetta Stone buys LiveMocha: 5 Reasons Why This Was a Mistake". ...

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Topics: EdTech, Education, internet, passionate language, language learners, Language learning, Language Learning, online tutoring service, technology

Rosetta Stone buys LiveMocha: 5 Reasons Why This Was a Mistake

By Tyler Muse / April 04, 2013

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Topics: Business, EdTech, Education, Language Learning, technology

SXSW Wrap

By Tyler Muse / March 17, 2013

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Topics: EdTech, jessie woolley-wilson, lingo live, Startups, sxsw, sxsw edu

Point A to Point B

By Tyler Muse / February 13, 2013

Rather than beginning with an introduction or an assessment on why my opinion matters, I thought it best to begin this blog with a description of my experience, an experience that shaped the ...

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Topics: Spanish, Language learning, Language Learning, Lingo Live, Startups, technology, video