Duolingo, the American giant of free language learning, plans to export its know-how to other subjects. The little green owl is now taking on mathematics. Luis von Ahn, Duolingo’s CEO, mentioned the idea in an interview with TechCrunch last week on the occasion of its stock market listing.
Following the exchange, the American media outlet sought to find out more about the new app project, but the company declined to provide further details. Duolingo reportedly explained to TechCrunch that the project was still too unfounded to say anything more. The Green Owl does add, however, that users should be informed of this upcoming novelty by the end of the month. It’s also highly likely that the project will be discussed during Duocon, the annual free conference hosted by Duolingo.
Duolingo has new ambitions
A recent job posting by the company suggests that the service will focus on younger students. In addition, Duolingo also mentions that it is preferable for candidates to have classroom experience and a minimum knowledge of mathematics education. If the Duolingo forum is to be believed, users seem to have mixed feelings about this new project.
It is also likely that Duolingo will acquire some companies specializing in math learning such as Khan Academy, Brilliant.org, Photomath, and Numerade. Duolingo recently bought Symbolab. Luis von Ahn sees maths as a huge potential for Duolingo, but also for students. He says: “I love maths, but if you learn maths, the maths itself cannot make you money. You learn math to learn physics to become an engineer, whereas knowing English directly improves your earning potential in most countries of the world.”