As someone who has spent the past three and a half years trying to master Spanish, I can tell you from personal experience that learning a new language ain’t easy. Of course, I may have made it a bit harder on myself by 1) refusing to take any classes and 2) moving to, like, six different countries during that time period.
Bureaucracy and other disadvantages of the government funding.
I want to share a short story about how i2istudy was started in Russia and declined funding from the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF), but found US investors. This is our personal experience, so maybe other people had better outcomes with IIDF.
Learning different foreign languages might help learners explore great career opportunities.
They can work in number of industries like travel and tourism. Moreover, multinational companies sometimes give preference to those employees who are well-versed in foreign languages if the employees need to be sent to nations abroad. Understanding of the native language of the place is very useful in helping the organisation to carry on its local operations.
One of the biggest problems for language learners at any stage is to find people to practice their language skills. Language exchange is one of the most popular methods, but is complicated.
i2istudy connects language learners and teachers, providing interactive content and ideas to work on.
The main idea of the i2istudy project is to make it possible for people from different parts of the world to communicate with each other easily on-line. For this, it is necessary to try being both a student, choosing a language that they want to study, and a teacher, who will give lessons in return.
On-line lessons of foreign languages. A unique web-service for language learners. The basic idea of the project is to make it possible for people, who have just met each other for the first time and speak different languages, to communicate easily. Anyone can find themselves a teacher that suits them and can be a teacher as well.
Learning languages online has become possible thanks to the new service from i2istudy. Users of the service can teach each other languages with the help of a video chat which exploits linguistic cards and tips to aid in the conversation process.
For the first time an Internet community has educational, rather than entertaining nature. This is the first language site based on the principle of a Time-bank. At the moment i2istudy is open to all users and it is now in beta stage.
The i2istudy project, given a grant by the Internet Initiatives Development Fund, allows its users to learn foreign languages, without leaving their house. Here anyone can be both a student and a teacher. Share your language!
The aim of the project is for you to study a foreign language, communicating with native speakers and teaching them your native language at the same time. Anyone can start speaking a foreign language without any preliminary training. The system of studying is based on the principle of a Time-bank, in other words it is free.
Vladimir Putin met with participants in start-ups, selected by the Internet Initiatives Development Fund for support and initial investment. A member of the i2istudy team Konstantin Speransky presented the project, which the Russian President was truly interested in.
List of participants: http://www.kremlin.ru/supplement/1555
The Internet Development Fund Initiatives IDFI (Fond Razvitiya Internet Initsiativ FRII) introduced the first wave of projects selected for acceleration. Included on the published list, i2istudy presented a brief description of the project.
The Day of Project Selection was held on October 1. Throughout the day, 100 teams from Russia presented their projects to a vast expert jury of the Fund Representatives and from the Internet industry. The project i2istudy made it to the top 50 best projects.
A new community for the learners of foreign languages will appear in the near future. This original project competes for the support of big investors. i2istudy.com, a start-up project for language learners, is one of the 50 projects, selected by the Internet Initiatives Development Fund.
CRDF Global in partnership with the Global Innovation Labs (GIL) conducted events for entrepreneurs in the sphere of internet technology. Among those present, i2istudy also presented a short project description.
Learning foreign languages has become possible thanks to a free service on i2istudy. The language, the teachers and the topic of the lesson can be chosen on your own.
i2istudy is a host of an innovative business incubator. The project is an online platform for the study of foreign languages in the form of a game without homework or a focus on grammar.