Lingt launches new product at

We’ve been busy this summer doing two things. First, we’ve been thrilled to see Lingt Classroom grow in popularity and become an integral part of classrooms across the globe. It’s been a pleasure getting to know all the teachers out there who actively search for new technology to improve their students’ experience and found us. To all our users: thank you.

Secondly, we built a shiny new product that helps individuals learn a language online. As opposed to Lingt Classroom which helps teachers engage their students, our new site is meant for anyone that wants to self-study to pick up a new language. Lingt Classroom is still going to operate and be supported like it always has, and we look forward to continuing to improve it.

You can see the new site here. Right now, we’re only offering Chinese (other languages to be added soon), so to the Chinese teachers using Lingt: please tell your students to check it out.

Better, faster Lingt

Over the last few weeks, we’ve put a lot of effort into giving Lingt a behind-the-scenes upgrade. For you, this means:

  • Faster page loads.
  • Less bugs and better compatibility with Internet Explorer. Lingt should be mostly stable for everyone (except IE6 users).
  • A more detailed help section.
  • A video tutorial to get you started making assignments.
  • More shared assignments.

As the semester’s end approaches, we are looking forward to the summer to spend time building out signficant new features and evangelizing the utility of Lingt as an opportunity to incorporate speaking into classrooms in an unprecedented way. Get in touch if you’d like to work with us this summer to test and give feedback on the exciting new technology we build!

Oh, this is old, but you can a cool mention of Lingt on Fox Business News here:

Private Beta Launched

We are very excited to announce the launch of our first stable private beta. Until now, our users have been intimate contacts that were patient as we constantly changed things according to their feedback and accidentally introduced the occasional bug. Today, we’re giving out a (hopefully) stable version to the long list of teachers, private tutors, and others who have signed up to demo and have been patiently waiting. Our goal is still to gather feedback on how to make the Lingt editor better serve language teachers and students, so everything is still absolutely free. We won’t be able to grant unlimited demo accounts, but if you have a colleague or friend that would like to use Lingt, we’d love to hear from them.

New features!

We’ve been getting great feedback from educators demoing the very first iteration of the Lingt editor and are working quickly to incorporate those improvements that you want most. Along with a handful of bug fixes and optimizations that should make the site load a bit faster, we’ve added the following:

  • An FAQ to the Help section. Check it out for answers to questions we are hearing repeatedly.
  • Send feedback to your students. When students submit their responses, we now ask them for an email address in addition to their name. When reviewing responses, you’ll notice a new “Send feedback” button that will allow you to type a message delivered direct to the student’s email address.
  • View responses inline with the assignment. We discovered that teaching styles differ greatly. To accommodate as many of these as possible, we now display all student responses organized by order, as well as by student. So, you can now view all the responses to a particular prompt without examining each student’s individual list of responses.
  • Technical warnings are now on your main login page. If you don’t meet any of our site’s technical requirements (nearly everyone has met them without having to do anything), we now list this information on the first page you see when you log in.
  • Late tags. We now add a small “LATE” marker next to any student responses submitted after your due date.

Keep the great feedback coming!

Our first pilot

We’ve finally finished our first iteration of the Lingt Editor and couldn’t be more excited to put it in the hands of students and teachers.

The great teachers and administrators at North Kansas City High School (my very own alma mater) have been working closely with us to prepare to pilot at the beginning of next semester with their French classes. It’s been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and innovative group.