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Washington, DC, United States, 2010/04/02 - New language course App for the iPad will open the next frontier for language learning. Available immediately in the iTunes Store.
Hello-Hello, a market leading language learning company, announced the launch of their iPad app that is available immediately in the iTunes Store. Apple has approved Hello-Hello’s language learning app for the Grand Opening of the iPad App Store. The Hello-Hello iPad app is priced at $4.99 initially and features Hello-Hello’s complete Spanish course developed in collaboration with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The Hello-Hello Spanish language course app is available immediately for the iPad’s release and apps for other languages will be launched in the coming weeks. Future iPad apps from Hello-Hello will include social networking features that will allow language learners to interact with native speakers of the language they are learning.
Hello-Hello Spanish includes 30 conversational lessons and hundreds of flashcards with words and sentences to practice vocabulary. The course follows ACTFL’s research-based approach to teaching languages; all lessons are based on realistic situations, rather than a collection of out-of-context words and phrases. All the content is stored in the app so that users will experience rapid response time when they are ready to learn a language. Users do not need to be connected to Wi-Fi or 3G networks to run the app.
Sarah Gontijo, CEO & Founder of Hello-Hello, believes that the iPad and other large-format mobile devices will revolutionize language learning. “The iPad offers interactivity, connectivity and portability that can take language learning to the next level. Our app provides a new solution for students, business travelers or vacationers who would like to spend some of their down time wisely. Learners will experience rapid response time with all content loaded on their iPad and without the need of Internet connection. They will be able to do the lessons while sitting in a train, waiting in line, at the beach, or on their way to their vacation destination. In other words, users will be able to literally learn a new language on-the-go, anytime and anywhere,” Gontijo said.
ACTFL’s Executive Director, Bret Lovejoy, stated that Hello-Hello’s content follows ACTFL’s research-based approach to language learning used by educational institutions around the world. “Delivering this language learning content on the iPad will provide learners with the convenience to learn anywhere, anytime. Providing the social networking aspects of the Hello-Hello website on the iPad in future apps will allow learners to experience immersion language learning by communicating directly with native speakers,” he said.
Hello-Hello.com is a free language learning website that allows members to:
• LEARN a new language anytime, anywhere with online lessons that develop all the skills they need.
• TEACH other members their language and learn from native speakers by providing feedback on one another’s oral and written exercises.
• COMMUNICATE with native speakers through audio, video and text with live Chat to practice the language and make friends all over the world.
The website launched in August 2009 and has members in more than 70 countries. Teachers across the U.S. have been using Hello-Hello’s lessons as homework assignments and as a tool to connect students with native speakers around the world. Hello-Hello.com has training modules for English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, and will be adding more languages, including German, Italian and Mandarin Chinese in the next few weeks.
Hello-Hello (hello-hello.com) is a language learning company that offers online and mobile courses. Hello-Hello’s website couples social networking with language learning which allows users to interact with native speakers around the world. Our courses were developed in collaboration with The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (actfl.org), is the largest association of teachers and administrators of all languages at all levels with more than 12,000 members. Schools, major corporations and the U.S. government use ACTFL’s tests and guidelines to teach and determine language proficiency.