Learning another language is not an easy task. It involves memorization, hours of class work, self-discipline and perhaps the most important ingredient – practice. Flash cards can only take you so far in your quest to attain fluency – at a certain point you have to take your new language out for a night on the town. That is where the Paris based organization Lingueo comes in to play.
Founded by Arnaud Portanelli, Johann Querne, and Guillaume Le Dieu de Ville, the Lingueo group is located in the 10th Arrondissement and specializes in helping people practice their oral communication skills. Lingueo is a platform for people to learn and to teach. For just 10€ an hour you can interact with your own personal tutor via webcam. A truly revolutionary idea there is nothing like Lingueo anywhere else on the market today. Since Lingueo launched their website in January 2009, it has over 1,000 tutors, specializing in 50 different languages, and over 5,000 students worldwide.
If you are a bi-lingual student and need some extra spending money Lingueo is a wonderful resource for you to pull in those funds. You can take on as many or as few clients as you wish and get paid for your knowledge with Lingueo taking only a small commission of your profit. They are passionately committed to making sure that anyone who really wants to learn a foreign language has the ability to practice and attain fluency.
Since Lingueo specializes in the oral expression of language when you hire a tutor you get to call the shots about what you want to learn. Private lessons like this from a tutor usually require picking a meeting place, meeting once or twice a week (if you are lucky) and costing up to 5x as much. With Lingueo’s way you if you want to build your knowledge about sports, politics, history – you have a native speaker right in front of you to talk with you and tell you any mistakes you are making in a 1-on-1 setting for a fraction of the cost.
The only real way to become fluent is to talk – the more you talk the more you learn. This ideology bred not only the Lingueo language program but their very popular Lingueo Polyglot Party. This party is unique to their Parisian audience. It is a place for language students of all ages to come and take their speaking skills out for a test drive. Each month Lingueo hosts a Polyglot Party at a location in Paris. This event is open to anyone, not just tutors and students from their website. It is a party for people who want to mingle and practice other languages not just limited to French. If you want to learn Italian you can find an Italian speaker who wants to learn how to speak English.
The way you differentiate who speaks what language is with the Lingueo button system. 1€ buys you a button that says “I speak ____”, “I want to learn____”. However if you post a link advertising the Lingueo event on your Facebook page and you print out the profile screen, you get your button free! These parties always have an amazing turn out, and they are a great opportunity to meet a whole new group of people from around the globe. Meeting people in Paris is not easy, but Lingueo helps bridge the gap of making new friends.
What: Polyglot Party
When: April 28th, 2010
Address: 15 rue Gaillon, 75002
Websites & More Info: http://www.lingueo.com/ or http://www.polyglotparty.com/ (Don’t worry their site has been translated into 15 different languages, so you should have no problem finding yours!!)