According to the latest estimates, there are currently 7,106 living languages in the world—luckily, only a handful of these are in use by the majority of the global population. Gaining proficiency in these popular languages is easier than ever, thanks to the latest digital offerings for language elearning; additionally, a few digital innovators are working to bridge the language gap entirely with cutting edge AI and natural language processing solutions.
From language tutoring platforms to AI-assisted translation solutions, the following are 13 language and translation startups you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
Based in Poland, Vocabla’s web and mobile app enables users to learn over 300 English words per month via pragmatic, real world examples—for example, by collecting new words and phrases from movies/books/class for practical learning. The company offers both a basic free and premium version of the solution.
Fluentify’s language learning platform connects students around the world with qualified tutors via an interactive video conferencing interface. The UK-based startup also offers a mobile version of its solution exclusively for iOS devices.
Estonia-based Lingvist has developed a language learning platform that makes learning French, Spanish, German, and other languages a faster and more intuitive affair. The solution keeps track of the users’s progress and adapts in real time during learning sessions.
Unbabel is a translation solution powered by both crowdsourced editors and machine learning. The offering translates from English into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese, with scpport for 22 languages and 45 language pairs, as well as integrations with Zendesk, Salesforce, and Freshdesk.
Hamburg-based bab.la is a free wiki-style language learning resource that features dictionaries, vocabulary lessons, and games available in 25 languages. Other notable features include travel/business phrase books, internship opportunities, and more.
Smartling’s enterprise language platform helps companies globalize/localize their content and messages. The offering integrates with a myriad of popular software packages (e.g., WordPress, Powerpoint) for easy, one-click translations.
LinguaLeo has developed a personalized language learning platform for English learners from Russia, Brazil and Turkey. The company offers both a free and more comprehensive premium version for paid users.
El Loco’s localization solution makes mobile app translation a snap—the app works in tandem with development tools to sweep source code for strings to localize and tag for review. The technology consists of three components: the Mac desktop app, iOS library, and website.
London-based busuu has developed a language learning portal that offers free and paid-for classes in 12 languages. According to a study by the City University of New York, 22 hours of busuu Premium is equivalent to a college semester of language study.
TextMaster is a SaaS-based language platform that offers translation services, content writing services, and professional, on-demand proofreading. Users simply upload content and place their orders via the website; qualified translators are then dispatched to provide accurate translations in a short amount of time.
Babbel’s self-paced language app offers tools for learning a language naturally. The solution features 14 languages and helps users gain competency through practical, everyday conversations.
Tel Aviv-based SpeakingPal has developed a mobile language learning platform that utilizes speech recognition technologies to enhance language learning. The offering also features hundreds of video lessons, quizzes for testing comprehension, and progress tracking tools.
Lilt’s predictive computer-aided translation (CAT) platform consists of two products: a web-based CAT tool and an API for developing custom applications. The solution is capable of making translation predictions at typing speed as well as real-time model personalization.
Be sure to keep these 13 innovative tech startups in your sights—some of them may end up powering your favorite digital products and solutions in the near future. And check out these top 13 translation apps for communicating in a foreign language to communicate with almost anyone with your mobile device.