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At Fluent, we’re creating tools that will change how people learn languages.

In 2006, Fluent’s founders began researching an improvement to mainstream spoken language teaching methodology. At the time, the language learning industry was driven by the common method of pattern matching or “parroting” the speech of a native speaker. This is still the most common approach to spoken language learning today.

At Fluent, we know that this approach is flawed. Not only is this incorrect from the point of view of Linguistic Science, but also in principle. We believe that fluency isn’t about having the “right” accent or mimicking the speech patterns of a particular country. Being “fluent” shouldn’t require you to give up who you are and put on someone else’s persona.

From the outset, our aim has been to measure real world communication. We’re interested in how well people can understand you and how well you can understand other people. If you can effortlessly communicate with others in the situations you’d encounter in daily life, that’s fluency to us.

Technologically, this is a much harder problem to solve – involving the use of big data and machine learning – but we believe our solution is ultimately more useful and representative of the way the world actually communicates.

The first use of our technology is in our upcoming tool, FluentIQ, which we think will guide English language learners around the world towards real world fluency. Learning English will allow so many people to achieve their dreams and we are truly excited about being part of their journey. We hope you’ll join us, and our learners, for the ride.

Alan Cox