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Welcome to the Lingoda Press Centre

Here you will find the latest news, updates and press releases from the acclaimed online language school

This is Lingoda

Our mission is to build bridges around the world through language learning.

By speaking someone’s language you learn about them, their culture and their ideas. Breaking down the language barrier bridges cultural differences, fosters a world of inclusion and is a first step in helping to address humanity’s challenges. For us, language knows no boundaries.

Since its founding in 2013, over 100,000 students from nearly 200 countries have chosen to learn a language with Lingoda, benefitting from our live and online small group and private classes, available 24/7. With our platform, students have everything they need to achieve their learning goals and transform their lives.

Lingoda is based in Berlin, Germany and is led by an international team of almost 200 language enthusiasts from more than 30 countries.

Press releases

23 September,2022

Lingoda Partners with Miami Artist Alexander Mijares

Inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), the collaborative mural in Miami celebrates the richness of Hispanic cultures and languages

16 September,2022

Lingoda Announces Appointment of New CEO

Lingoda, one of the top global online language schools, today announced that Dominic Rowell has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Effective September 6, Rowell will work closely with Lingoda’s executive leadership team, the board and investors to realize Lingoda’s full potential and to support the growth of the Berlin-based online language school.

18 August,2022

Still Nervous to Travel? Take A Virtual Trip Around the World With Lingoda

While three-quarters of Americans (75%) now say they feel comfortable traveling, domestic travel still remains a top choice for Americans as 59% of U.S. survey respondents are planning domestic-only trips for 2022.

22 July,2022

Lingoda’s Online Language Courses Are This Summer’s Must-Have Travel Item

With Lingoda’s online language classes available 24/7 in Spanish, French, German, English and Business English, the popular online language school can get travelers up to speed in their travel destination’s language before, or even during, their trips to ensure that they get the best out of their travel experience in 2022.

24 June,2022

Lingoda partners with polyglot and Netflix host Jo Franco

The Netflix show host travels to Berlin in partnership with Lingoda to put her new German language skills to the test. The partnership between Lingoda and Franco will last from June 20 until July 5. Within this time frame, she will take group and individual classes to crush her German language learning goals.

2 June,2022

Lingoda publishes new report on inclusive language learning

The Lingoda study found that people’s awareness of gender-inclusive language and how much importance they place on it can vary by gender, country and situational context. The following highlights some of the most interesting findings from the report.

12 May,2022

Take the Lingoda Language Sprint™ to Prep for Summer Travel

Choosing from four languages – Spanish, French, German, English and Business English – language learners can join the Lingoda Sprint™ or Super Sprint challenge, dramatically improve language speaking confidence in just two months and even have the chance of winning up to 100% cashback.

20 April,2022

Spanish remains the most popular language to learn in the US, Lingoda research shows

Lingoda, the popular online language school offering live and online group and private classes available 24/7 with the support of 1,500 qualified, native-speaking teachers, recently found that more than one-third of U.S.-based learners are taking Spanish-language classes. As of 2022, Spanish is the most popular language to learn.

20 April,2022

Lingoda offers free German classes for refugees

With thousands of people fleeing the war in Ukraine and arriving in Germany or German-speaking countries, Lingoda is offering free German classes to help those in need. As a top online language school, Lingoda knows how vital language learning is to refugees to be able to integrate faster into a new society and to establish oneself in a new country, culture and life.

16 March,2022

Lingoda reports 65% increase in French learners since 2020

Learning French as a foreign language is still immensely popular around the world. Lingoda, the popular online language school, has observed an increase of 65% in French students on its platform since October 2020.

8 February,2022

Learning Love Languages this Valentine’s Day

The campaign will partner Lingoda with popular NYC-based matchmaker, Maria Avgitidis, the founder of Agape Match and host of the Ask a Matchmaker podcast. Maria is also known as Matchmaker Maria on social media @matchmakermaria.

27 January,2022

The Myth of Language Learning as an Adult

One of the reasons children learn languages so well is the incredible amount of time they are exposed to the language. In a sense, children are full time immersionists; they are in contact with their “target” language at all times and they have virtually unlimited chances to practice and speak it.

7 December,2021

Lingoda Partners with Fest Virtual Cooking to Offer Free Language and Cooking Classes for the Holidays

The companies are partnering to provide individuals with the opportunity to become more in touch with another country, and are offering one month of language classes— 4 free group classes— after completing a cooking class.

8 September,2021

Lingoda announces global initiative to honor teachers as they head back to school

Lingoda is inviting students from all over the world to create a post on social media about how a teacher changed their lives using the hashtag #LingodaThankATeacher. The post will serve as a nomination for the teacher and for the student themselves.

7 June,2021

Lingoda announces initiative to aid the U.S.-Mexico border humanitarian crisis

Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in March 2021 alone. To help foster families break down language barriers with the migrant children they host, Lingoda is offering free Spanish lessons to foster parents.

15 April,2021

Lingoda announces $68 million growth equity investment from Summit Partners

The new funding will support Lingoda’s expansion in new markets; further enhance the company’s live classroom experiences, and accelerate the company’s already robust growth. Including this latest round of funding, Lingoda has raised more than $83 million (€70 million) since 2013.

26 February,2021

Lingoda awards scholarships to young professionals affected by the pandemic

Lingoda has selected five lucky winners whose life-changing goals can be achieved through language learning. All winners have lost their main income due to the pandemic and will now be able to improve their language skills to ultimately increase their chances of gaining new employment.

26 January,2021

Lingoda celebrates language learning as a life-changing experience with My Lingoda. My Success.

Lingoda asked its students to share the reasons why they chose to learn a language and the impact language skills have on their lives. Students submitted videos to share their success stories and how they were able to reach their goals with the help of Lingoda.

18 November,2020

Speech waves to fluency: Lingoda launches a new brand identity

Today, Lingoda launches a new look, to create a bold, modern, and authentic brand in the language learning space. The idea is simple but effective: Lingoda’s new brand identity is highlighting the journey of learning a foreign language.

24 September,2020

Lingoda announces the Lingoda Team Challenge: the future of online language learning

With this initiative, Lingoda goes against the grain of isolation dynamics by offering a program that combines collaborative teamwork, a sense of belonging and enjoyment to stimulate virtuous learning habits, motivation and perseverance.

9 July,2020

Lingoda and Cambridge Assessment English join forces to revolutionise language assessments

Students can now take the Linguaskill from Cambridge test online with Lingoda, with results available within three working days, accepted by numerous employers, educational institutions and governmental bodies worldwide.

2 April,2020

Lingoda supports offline schools worldwide during current crisis

Over 2000 fully digital lessons in English, German, French and Spanish are now accessible for free. Ranging from A1 to C1 CEFR levels, the curriculum covers a range of skills – grammar, speaking, reading, exercises – and topics of interest.

23 September,2022

Lingoda Partners with Miami Artist Alexander Mijares

Inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), the collaborative mural in Miami celebrates the richness of Hispanic cultures and languages

16 September,2022

Lingoda Announces Appointment of New CEO

Lingoda, one of the top global online language schools, today announced that Dominic Rowell has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Effective September 6, Rowell will work closely with Lingoda’s executive leadership team, the board and investors to realize Lingoda’s full potential and to support the growth of the Berlin-based online language school.

18 August,2022

Still Nervous to Travel? Take A Virtual Trip Around the World With Lingoda

While three-quarters of Americans (75%) now say they feel comfortable traveling, domestic travel still remains a top choice for Americans as 59% of U.S. survey respondents are planning domestic-only trips for 2022.

22 July,2022

Lingoda’s Online Language Courses Are This Summer’s Must-Have Travel Item

With Lingoda’s online language classes available 24/7 in Spanish, French, German, English and Business English, the popular online language school can get travelers up to speed in their travel destination’s language before, or even during, their trips to ensure that they get the best out of their travel experience in 2022.

24 June,2022

Lingoda partners with polyglot and Netflix host Jo Franco

The Netflix show host travels to Berlin in partnership with Lingoda to put her new German language skills to the test. The partnership between Lingoda and Franco will last from June 20 until July 5. Within this time frame, she will take group and individual classes to crush her German language learning goals.

2 June,2022

Lingoda publishes new report on inclusive language learning

The Lingoda study found that people’s awareness of gender-inclusive language and how much importance they place on it can vary by gender, country and situational context. The following highlights some of the most interesting findings from the report.

12 May,2022

Take the Lingoda Language Sprint™ to Prep for Summer Travel

Choosing from four languages – Spanish, French, German, English and Business English – language learners can join the Lingoda Sprint™ or Super Sprint challenge, dramatically improve language speaking confidence in just two months and even have the chance of winning up to 100% cashback.

20 April,2022

Spanish remains the most popular language to learn in the US, Lingoda research shows

Lingoda, the popular online language school offering live and online group and private classes available 24/7 with the support of 1,500 qualified, native-speaking teachers, recently found that more than one-third of U.S.-based learners are taking Spanish-language classes. As of 2022, Spanish is the most popular language to learn.

20 April,2022

Lingoda offers free German classes for refugees

With thousands of people fleeing the war in Ukraine and arriving in Germany or German-speaking countries, Lingoda is offering free German classes to help those in need. As a top online language school, Lingoda knows how vital language learning is to refugees to be able to integrate faster into a new society and to establish oneself in a new country, culture and life.

16 March,2022

Lingoda reports 65% increase in French learners since 2020

Learning French as a foreign language is still immensely popular around the world. Lingoda, the popular online language school, has observed an increase of 65% in French students on its platform since October 2020.

8 February,2022

Learning Love Languages this Valentine’s Day

The campaign will partner Lingoda with popular NYC-based matchmaker, Maria Avgitidis, the founder of Agape Match and host of the Ask a Matchmaker podcast. Maria is also known as Matchmaker Maria on social media @matchmakermaria.

27 January,2022

The Myth of Language Learning as an Adult

One of the reasons children learn languages so well is the incredible amount of time they are exposed to the language. In a sense, children are full time immersionists; they are in contact with their “target” language at all times and they have virtually unlimited chances to practice and speak it.

7 December,2021

Lingoda Partners with Fest Virtual Cooking to Offer Free Language and Cooking Classes for the Holidays

The companies are partnering to provide individuals with the opportunity to become more in touch with another country, and are offering one month of language classes— 4 free group classes— after completing a cooking class.

8 September,2021

Lingoda announces global initiative to honor teachers as they head back to school

Lingoda is inviting students from all over the world to create a post on social media about how a teacher changed their lives using the hashtag #LingodaThankATeacher. The post will serve as a nomination for the teacher and for the student themselves.

7 June,2021

Lingoda announces initiative to aid the U.S.-Mexico border humanitarian crisis

Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in March 2021 alone. To help foster families break down language barriers with the migrant children they host, Lingoda is offering free Spanish lessons to foster parents.

15 April,2021

Lingoda announces $68 million growth equity investment from Summit Partners

The new funding will support Lingoda’s expansion in new markets; further enhance the company’s live classroom experiences, and accelerate the company’s already robust growth. Including this latest round of funding, Lingoda has raised more than $83 million (€70 million) since 2013.

26 February,2021

Lingoda awards scholarships to young professionals affected by the pandemic

Lingoda has selected five lucky winners whose life-changing goals can be achieved through language learning. All winners have lost their main income due to the pandemic and will now be able to improve their language skills to ultimately increase their chances of gaining new employment.

26 January,2021

Lingoda celebrates language learning as a life-changing experience with My Lingoda. My Success.

Lingoda asked its students to share the reasons why they chose to learn a language and the impact language skills have on their lives. Students submitted videos to share their success stories and how they were able to reach their goals with the help of Lingoda.

18 November,2020

Speech waves to fluency: Lingoda launches a new brand identity

Today, Lingoda launches a new look, to create a bold, modern, and authentic brand in the language learning space. The idea is simple but effective: Lingoda’s new brand identity is highlighting the journey of learning a foreign language.

24 September,2020

Lingoda announces the Lingoda Team Challenge: the future of online language learning

With this initiative, Lingoda goes against the grain of isolation dynamics by offering a program that combines collaborative teamwork, a sense of belonging and enjoyment to stimulate virtuous learning habits, motivation and perseverance.

9 July,2020

Lingoda and Cambridge Assessment English join forces to revolutionise language assessments

Students can now take the Linguaskill from Cambridge test online with Lingoda, with results available within three working days, accepted by numerous employers, educational institutions and governmental bodies worldwide.

2 April,2020

Lingoda supports offline schools worldwide during current crisis

Over 2000 fully digital lessons in English, German, French and Spanish are now accessible for free. Ranging from A1 to C1 CEFR levels, the curriculum covers a range of skills – grammar, speaking, reading, exercises – and topics of interest.

In the news

2022/08/18
Find Love in a New Language with Lingoda’s Online Classes

While many singles are open to love, monolingualism may be holding them back. Learning a new language can broaden one’s ability to understand different cultures, travel the world, or even start a new relationship. With Lingoda Online Language School, learning a new language can fit into even the busiest schedules.

2022/08/18
Reading, dancing, and socializing could lower your risk of dementia, new study finds

Reading a book is a nice way to relax, but experts have found that it may also reduce your risk of dementia. In a new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, researchers found that leisure activities, such as doing yoga and spending time with loved ones, could lower a person’s risk of developing dementia, a disease that impacts more than 55 million people around the world.

2022/08/18
Personal Pronouns Change the World One They at a Time

Bimbo. Lilith. Sojourner. Sisters. These were titles considered and rejected for the publication that debuted in January 1972 as Ms. Magazine. The periodical was intended as a voice for American feminism, of course, but its settled-upon name also represented the furtherance of an ongoing cultural debate.

2022/07/22
Learn a new language from native speakers with Lingoda

Without feedback from native speakers, it can be tough to figure out if you’re even pronouncing things correctly. Good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a much more efficient way to learn: Lingoda.

2022/07/12
Language Courses Are This Summer’s Must-Have Travel Item

Lingoda, a leading online language school, is helping travelers get up to speed in their travel destination’s local language.

2022/07/11
Netflix’s Jo Franco Dishes on Staying Safe While Traveling Solo as a Female

At the start of her trip, Jo told Distractify, “Lingoda has their Language Sprint, and they challenged me to learn German. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m in. I’m literally in because this is my new mission.'”

2022/06/24
Discover Your Potential Through Language Learning

In this episode, Mike Shangkuan was interviewed by Bakhtiyor Isoev. As a pioneer in language learning, he is the CEO of Lingoda GmbH, Europe’s leading online language school, where he is in charge of the company’s strategy and daily business.

2022/06/03
Take the Lingoda Language Sprint™ to Prep for Summer Travel

With travel season just around the corner, Lingoda today announced its upcoming Language Sprint™ to get travelers up to speed in a desired language before traveling abroad.

2022/05/25
The Business Benefits of Learning a New Language

Language gives your business the opportunity to expand internationally.

2022/05/25
Die Ukraine zeigt Deutschland, wie digitaler Schulunterricht geht

Trotz des Krieges bekommen Kinder aus der Ukraine weiter Unterricht. Die eingesetzte Technik könnte auch Deutschland helfen, doch der Staat verweigert die Förderung.

2022/05/13
Michael Shangkuan Of Lingoda: 5 Things We Can Each Do To Help Solve The Loneliness Epidemic

Sharpen your ability to connect with others in a deep and personal way by understanding more of their culture and history.

2022/05/12
Take the Lingoda Language Sprint™ to Prep for Summer Travel

Students learn how to speak a new language confidently in just two months before their summer vacation and can win up to 100% cashback.

2022/04/23
3 Ways for Leaders to Embrace the Cultural Quotient

Ensure your business is ready for the next evolution of innovation and growth.

2022/04/22
3 Ways Language Learning Has Made Me a Better Leader

Three ways language learning can make you a better leader, as told by a Polyglot CEO.

Learnings from Leaders: the P&G Alumni Podcast

“It’s through language that you understand another culture – how their world works. It’s about that human connection with people.”

2022/04/05
Do you need to be talented to learn a language?

Lingoda CEO Mike Shangkuan answers this question (and more!) on language podcast I Will Teach You A Language.

2022/01/24
Sprachen und mehr online lernen

Wer zum Lernen einer Sprache nicht nur mit einer App, sondern mit Menschen kommunizieren möchte, wird im Netz ebenfalls fündig: Bei “Lingoda” finden sich Kursteilnehmer online und per Zoom-Videocall zusammen, zum Einstieg können Interessierte eine kostenlose Probewoche buchen.

2022/01/08
‘I’m an Interpreter, and This Is My Secret Trick to Learning Languages Fast’

To become completely fluent like a native speaker, especially when it comes to mastering grammar and accents, some people even say that you should start learning before the age of 10,” says Mike Shangkuan, CEO of Lingoda.

2021/04/15
Lingoda, an on-demand online language school with live instructors and Zoom classrooms, raises $68M

CEO Michael Shangkuan said the funding will be used both to continue enhancing its tech platform — with more tools for teachers and asynchronous supplementary material — and to widen its footprint in markets further afield such as the U.S.

2021/04/15
57 Millionen Euro für Berliner Online-Sprachschule Lingoda

Zu einer ambitionierten Bewertung holt sich das acht Jahre alte Startup einen bekannten Investor an Bord. Zuletzt profitierte Lingoda stark von der Corona-Krise.

2021/05/11
Enthusiastic, qualified instructors and solid teaching materials make these classes shine.

Lingoda’s classes are a wonderful addition to any adult language learning path you may be on and is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner for language learning—if you want to study one of the languages it offers.

2021/03/20
Take a $1,300, 90-day online language course from Lingoda for free

Lingoda has an incentive to help you complete an online language course — a $1,300 incentive, to be specific. If you successfully complete a 90-day Lingoda Sprint, Lingoda will refund you the entire cost of the course, up to $1,300.

2021/03/15
Denn im Lockdown buchten viele Menschen lange aufgeschobene Kurse online. Aber trägt der Boom bis in die Post-Corona-Ära?

Als die Coronapandemie vor einem Jahr auch Deutschland erreichte und die Bundesregierung erste Schließungen verhängte, stellten sich Fabian und Felix Wunderlich, Gründer der Sprachschule Lingoda, auf das Schlimmste ein: „Wir waren sehr unsicher, fragten uns, wie sich die Krise auf unsere Buchungen auswirken würden“, erzählt Fabian Wunderlich.

2021/02/02
Boom bei Online-Kursen: Warum jetzt so viele Deutsche eine Sprache lernen

Viele nutzen die Zeit im Lockdown, um neue Ziele zu erreichen, dazu gehört eben auch, eine neue Sprache zu lernen. Sei es, weil man ins Ausland ziehen möchte, weil es für die Karriere Sinn ergibt oder einfach nur, um eine neue Fähigkeit zu erlernen.

2020/12/08
Meet The Disruptors: Michael Shangkuan of ‘Lingoda GmbH’

Mike has lived in six countries across four continents. Less known, he is a former natural bodybuilder and competed at several international competitions. He is a graduate of Yale University and he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

2020/11/05
Sprachen lernen und Gutes tun: Wie Lingoda Menschen in Not helfen will

Die Idee: Durch eine gemeinsame Herausforderung werden Familie, Freunde und Kollegen zum gemeinsamen Lernen animiert. Dank des vollständig digitalen und flexiblen Ablaufs spielen Faktoren wie Zeit und Ort plötzlich keine Rolle mehr.

2020/10/09
Want to speak German? How to overcome the challenges holding you back

Of all the challenges that can come with being an expat, learning the language can be the most frustrating – and we don’t just mean the difficulties of dealing with der, die and das.

2020/10/09
Learn German with Lingoda

The Language Marathon is all about building habits that will lead to real results. This isn’t just a marketing ploy, it really works! If you can commit to a 3, 6 or 12-month online course, you’ll see significant progress without life getting in the way of learning.

2020/11/23
Why should you learn a language online during a global pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of insecurity for everyone, especially around work. Lingoda, the number one trusted online language school, explains why, now more than ever, learning a language could help you open new doors.

2020/09/14
We are a Bona Fide Language School, reveals Michael Shangkuan CEO at Lingoda

At Lingoda, we offer online, live language classes available 24/7 in English, Business English, German, Spanish, and French with over 1,000 qualified, native-speaking teachers.

2019/04/29
10 European language learning startups

Based in Berlin, Lingoda is a replacement of the traditional classroom. As an online language school, it offers English, Spanish, German and French courses with native speakers. Users are able to choose between one-to-one or group classes and get instant access to Lingoda’s digital curriculum.

How much Americans would pay to ‘be good in bed’

A study conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Lingoda.com looked into the dreams and desires of 2,000 Americans and found that the average respondent is willing to part ways with $5,694.20 to instantly be able to speak a foreign language.

Linkedin benennt die 25 „gefragtesten Startups”

Die Auswahl der Top 25 folge dem Verhalten von mehr als 575 Millionen Linkedin-Mitgliedern in vier Bereichen, heißt es von Linkedin.

2022/08/18
Find Love in a New Language with Lingoda’s Online Classes

While many singles are open to love, monolingualism may be holding them back. Learning a new language can broaden one’s ability to understand different cultures, travel the world, or even start a new relationship. With Lingoda Online Language School, learning a new language can fit into even the busiest schedules.

2022/08/18
Reading, dancing, and socializing could lower your risk of dementia, new study finds

Reading a book is a nice way to relax, but experts have found that it may also reduce your risk of dementia. In a new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, researchers found that leisure activities, such as doing yoga and spending time with loved ones, could lower a person’s risk of developing dementia, a disease that impacts more than 55 million people around the world.

2022/08/18
Personal Pronouns Change the World One They at a Time

Bimbo. Lilith. Sojourner. Sisters. These were titles considered and rejected for the publication that debuted in January 1972 as Ms. Magazine. The periodical was intended as a voice for American feminism, of course, but its settled-upon name also represented the furtherance of an ongoing cultural debate.

2022/07/22
Learn a new language from native speakers with Lingoda

Without feedback from native speakers, it can be tough to figure out if you’re even pronouncing things correctly. Good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a much more efficient way to learn: Lingoda.

2022/07/12
Language Courses Are This Summer’s Must-Have Travel Item

Lingoda, a leading online language school, is helping travelers get up to speed in their travel destination’s local language.

2022/07/11
Netflix’s Jo Franco Dishes on Staying Safe While Traveling Solo as a Female

At the start of her trip, Jo told Distractify, “Lingoda has their Language Sprint, and they challenged me to learn German. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m in. I’m literally in because this is my new mission.'”

2022/06/24
Discover Your Potential Through Language Learning

In this episode, Mike Shangkuan was interviewed by Bakhtiyor Isoev. As a pioneer in language learning, he is the CEO of Lingoda GmbH, Europe’s leading online language school, where he is in charge of the company’s strategy and daily business.

2022/06/03
Take the Lingoda Language Sprint™ to Prep for Summer Travel

With travel season just around the corner, Lingoda today announced its upcoming Language Sprint™ to get travelers up to speed in a desired language before traveling abroad.

2022/05/25
The Business Benefits of Learning a New Language

Language gives your business the opportunity to expand internationally.

2022/05/25
Die Ukraine zeigt Deutschland, wie digitaler Schulunterricht geht

Trotz des Krieges bekommen Kinder aus der Ukraine weiter Unterricht. Die eingesetzte Technik könnte auch Deutschland helfen, doch der Staat verweigert die Förderung.

2022/05/13
Michael Shangkuan Of Lingoda: 5 Things We Can Each Do To Help Solve The Loneliness Epidemic

Sharpen your ability to connect with others in a deep and personal way by understanding more of their culture and history.

2022/05/12
Take the Lingoda Language Sprint™ to Prep for Summer Travel

Students learn how to speak a new language confidently in just two months before their summer vacation and can win up to 100% cashback.

2022/04/23
3 Ways for Leaders to Embrace the Cultural Quotient

Ensure your business is ready for the next evolution of innovation and growth.

2022/04/22
3 Ways Language Learning Has Made Me a Better Leader

Three ways language learning can make you a better leader, as told by a Polyglot CEO.

Learnings from Leaders: the P&G Alumni Podcast

“It’s through language that you understand another culture – how their world works. It’s about that human connection with people.”

2022/04/05
Do you need to be talented to learn a language?

Lingoda CEO Mike Shangkuan answers this question (and more!) on language podcast I Will Teach You A Language.

2022/01/24
Sprachen und mehr online lernen

Wer zum Lernen einer Sprache nicht nur mit einer App, sondern mit Menschen kommunizieren möchte, wird im Netz ebenfalls fündig: Bei “Lingoda” finden sich Kursteilnehmer online und per Zoom-Videocall zusammen, zum Einstieg können Interessierte eine kostenlose Probewoche buchen.

2022/01/08
‘I’m an Interpreter, and This Is My Secret Trick to Learning Languages Fast’

To become completely fluent like a native speaker, especially when it comes to mastering grammar and accents, some people even say that you should start learning before the age of 10,” says Mike Shangkuan, CEO of Lingoda.

2021/04/15
Lingoda, an on-demand online language school with live instructors and Zoom classrooms, raises $68M

CEO Michael Shangkuan said the funding will be used both to continue enhancing its tech platform — with more tools for teachers and asynchronous supplementary material — and to widen its footprint in markets further afield such as the U.S.

2021/04/15
57 Millionen Euro für Berliner Online-Sprachschule Lingoda

Zu einer ambitionierten Bewertung holt sich das acht Jahre alte Startup einen bekannten Investor an Bord. Zuletzt profitierte Lingoda stark von der Corona-Krise.

2021/05/11
Enthusiastic, qualified instructors and solid teaching materials make these classes shine.

Lingoda’s classes are a wonderful addition to any adult language learning path you may be on and is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner for language learning—if you want to study one of the languages it offers.

2021/03/20
Take a $1,300, 90-day online language course from Lingoda for free

Lingoda has an incentive to help you complete an online language course — a $1,300 incentive, to be specific. If you successfully complete a 90-day Lingoda Sprint, Lingoda will refund you the entire cost of the course, up to $1,300.

2021/03/15
Denn im Lockdown buchten viele Menschen lange aufgeschobene Kurse online. Aber trägt der Boom bis in die Post-Corona-Ära?

Als die Coronapandemie vor einem Jahr auch Deutschland erreichte und die Bundesregierung erste Schließungen verhängte, stellten sich Fabian und Felix Wunderlich, Gründer der Sprachschule Lingoda, auf das Schlimmste ein: „Wir waren sehr unsicher, fragten uns, wie sich die Krise auf unsere Buchungen auswirken würden“, erzählt Fabian Wunderlich.

2021/02/02
Boom bei Online-Kursen: Warum jetzt so viele Deutsche eine Sprache lernen

Viele nutzen die Zeit im Lockdown, um neue Ziele zu erreichen, dazu gehört eben auch, eine neue Sprache zu lernen. Sei es, weil man ins Ausland ziehen möchte, weil es für die Karriere Sinn ergibt oder einfach nur, um eine neue Fähigkeit zu erlernen.

2020/12/08
Meet The Disruptors: Michael Shangkuan of ‘Lingoda GmbH’

Mike has lived in six countries across four continents. Less known, he is a former natural bodybuilder and competed at several international competitions. He is a graduate of Yale University and he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

2020/11/05
Sprachen lernen und Gutes tun: Wie Lingoda Menschen in Not helfen will

Die Idee: Durch eine gemeinsame Herausforderung werden Familie, Freunde und Kollegen zum gemeinsamen Lernen animiert. Dank des vollständig digitalen und flexiblen Ablaufs spielen Faktoren wie Zeit und Ort plötzlich keine Rolle mehr.

2020/10/09
Want to speak German? How to overcome the challenges holding you back

Of all the challenges that can come with being an expat, learning the language can be the most frustrating – and we don’t just mean the difficulties of dealing with der, die and das.

2020/10/09
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Quick Facts

2013

Lingoda Founded

100k+

Students served

1500+

Qualified, native speaking teachers

24/7

Class Availability

550k

Classes per year

4

Languages taught

Executive team

Felix Wunderlich, VP Sales & Partnerships / Co-Founder

Felix founded Lingoda together with his brother Fabian. Since the company’s founding in 2013, Felix has managed almost all departments at Lingoda, and he is currently covering the roles of VP Sales & Partnerships and Managing Director. His background is in the offline language school market where he has worked as a Department Head for one of the leading chains of offline language schools in Europe.

Stefan Ludwig, VP of Engineering

As VP of Engineering, Stefan is responsible for Lingoda’s technological backbone. He leads and guides a remote team of engineers in their mission in building a superior platform for Lingoda’s students and teachers to connect across the world. He has been with Lingoda since the company’s founding in 2013, where he has thrived in his passion for experimenting with new technologies. Stefan studied Computer Science with Economics (Wirtschaftsinformatik) at the Technical University of Darmstadt.

Erik Heilert, Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Erik is in charge of Lingoda’s teacher acquisition and support, as well as student support and operational efficiency. Having spent more than 15 years outside of his native Sweden, he has collected extensive international know-how in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry working with market leaders in hospitality, automotive, technology and fashion. Leading international teams of more than 50 nationalities across national borders made him an avid proponent of cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication and a wholehearted opponent of unnecessary bureaucracy. Now based in Berlin, his favorite German phrase is “Sind wir schon da?”

Jennifer Schoepe, Head of People & Culture

Jenni is Lingoda’s Head of People & Culture: she is responsible for all HR-related aspects of the company, such as HR strategy and planning, recruiting, culture & development, and the management of specific resources such as HR Business Partners. Truly passionate about all people-related topics, Jenni gained several years of experience in the HR departments of other startups such as Urban Sports, where she held the role of Head of HR, and large European digital companies such as Zalando and Booking.com. To develop her international experience, she also worked for three years in HR in Canada; before that she graduated from Business Administration in Berlin. Outside of work, she enjoys good food and devoting her time to crafts.

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ABOUT LINGODA

Lingoda is one of the top online language schools. Founded in Berlin, Germany in 2013, we provide convenient and accessible online language courses in German, English, Business English, French and Spanish to over 100,000 students worldwide. Our small group and 1-on-1 private classes are taught by over 1,500 qualified, native-level teachers. With almost 550,000 classes available per year and accessible 24/7, our mission is to build bridges around the world through language learning. By speaking someone’s language you learn about them, their culture and their ideas. Breaking down the language barrier bridges cultural differences, fosters a world of inclusion and is a first step in helping to address humanity’s challenges.

We believe in a communicative approach to language learning: mastering a language means being able to speak it with confidence. Our CEFR-focused learning materials are designed by linguistic experts and focus on meaningful topics that are applicable to our students’ interests, careers and everyday lives. Thanks to our extensive rotating roster of teachers and our small group classes, students are exposed to a variety of regional accents and expressions within the same language and have the opportunity to practise speaking in every lesson.

Our diverse team includes over 200 international professionals from 30 countries speaking 40 languages. In 2022, Crunchbase listed Lingoda among the top 3 language learning companies globally. We have a score of 4.5 on Trustpilot and 75% of our reviews are rated as ‘excellent’ because we offer a high-quality and authentic learning experience that helps students achieve their learning goals and transform their lives. Visit www.lingoda.com to find out more.

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Awards & accolades

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2021 – The Europas Awards

Lingoda was named Hottest EdTech Startup in The Europas Awards.

2

2021 – The EdTech Awards

Lingoda won The EdTech Cool Tool Award for Best Language Learning Solution.

3

2021 – The EdTech Breakthrough Awards

Lingoda was named Overall Language Learning Company of the Year in The EdTech Breakthrough Awards.

4

2021 – Crunchbase

Lingoda ranks among the top #3 language learning companies globally and the top #10 Berlin-based companies with up to 250 employees.

5

2020 – The Europas Awards

Lingoda was a finalist in the Hottest EdTech Startup category in The Europas Awards.

6

2018 – LinkedIn Top Startups

Lingoda was named among the 25 most sought-after startups in Germany.

1

2021 – The Europas Awards

Lingoda was named Hottest EdTech Startup in The Europas Awards.

2

2021 – The EdTech Awards

Lingoda won The EdTech Cool Tool Award for Best Language Learning Solution.

3

2021 – The EdTech Breakthrough Awards

Lingoda was named Overall Language Learning Company of the Year in The EdTech Breakthrough Awards.

4

2021 – Crunchbase

Lingoda ranks among the top #3 language learning companies globally and the top #10 Berlin-based companies with up to 250 employees.

5

2020 – The Europas Awards

Lingoda was a finalist in the Hottest EdTech Startup category in The Europas Awards.

6

2018 – LinkedIn Top Startups

Lingoda was named among the 25 most sought-after startups in Germany.

Get in touch

Susanne Börensen

International PR Manager

+49 (30) 166373640