Duolingo Raises $20 M, Will Offer More Languages And A Certification Program - FastCompany

Duolingo Raises $20 M, Will Offer More Languages And A Certification Program - FastCompany

Duolingo, the startup that aims to translate the web while helping people learn new languages, announced Tuesday it has raised $20 million led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to bring more languages to the service and offer a certification program.

The translation startup has grown to 20 million users since its launch in 2011, and it is one of the most popular free educational apps on Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Last fall, Duolingo teamed up with Buzzfeed to translate its viral, attention-grabbing listicles in French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese, and also has a similar agreement in place with CNN.

The company also launched a community-driven language incubator in October to grow from six language courses to 18 language courses. “We get asked for new languages all the time, hundreds of new languages,” Duolingo cofounder Luis Von Ahn told Fast Company. "We realized…

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