While working as an investment banker at Barclays for over a year, Alok used to come across many Spanish clients, who weren’t well versed with English. Language became a barrier for him at that time. His attempts to learn the language brought him to his hometown, Bhopal, where he met Farhan Aziz, a foreign language tutor, who used to teach 9 languages. Being an avid traveller, he made a trip to South and Latin America, which made him realise that there were multiple sites and books to learn the language, but none of them were enough to help him.
While in Latin America, he realised that English wasn’t the common language used all around the world, but there was a general interest among people to learn English in order to be employable. Secondly, he found that Mandarin has become one of the most popular languages to learn, given the growing importance of China in the global trade, especially among the Russians.
This made him launch LingosMio, a mobile app to learn languages, for which he teamed up with Farhan.“Lingos stands for languages and Mio means mine in a lot of the European languages. So, LingosMio translates into my languages,” said Alok.
What It Offers And The Differentiation
Unlike other sites that provide tools and study material to memorise the new language, LingosMio follows a different philosophy of teaching. According to them, language was incepted as a way of communication and is a reflection of thought process. Therefore, it’s important to understand the underlying thought.
“People try to memorise, which is the reason most people give up on learning languages very quickly. When you learnt Mathematics, did you ever memorise the result of each and every multiplication, or did you just learn how the multiplication was done? Similarly, you need to understand the root of each and every word and how to use these words to make sentences on your own. Keeping all these things in mind, LingosMio has been created.”
Another differentiation that the platform is trying to bring in is engaging the learners. Each chapter ends with a conversation recorded by native speakers, showing the ways to communicating. Moreover, the learners are asked to record their voices as a conversation to practice their lessons. It uses speech recognition technology to identify the speech of the learner and process it.