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Duolingo raises $45M from Google Capital and others

Language learning platform Duolingo has raised funding worth $45 million led by Google Capital and some existing investors. The funding will be used to improve the Duolingo platform and increase its adaptation in schools globally. Its existing investors include Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, actor Ashton Kutcher, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Tim Ferriss. This round of funding values the company at $470 million, the company said. Duolingo had previously raised Series A funding worth $3.3 million led by Union Square Ventures in 2011, Series B funding worth $15 million led by NEA in 2012 and Series C funding worth $20 million led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2014. Machine learning and Duolingo for Schools The company claims that it analyses every tap made in the app to improve its rate of knowledge acquisition. It has a team of machine learning PhD members who use this data to make adaptive courses. Duolingo claims that its Duolingo for Schools platform already has over 100,000 registered teacher accounts. It added that some of these teachers have substituted language textbooks, while others have adopted the platform’s curriculum, also allowing teachers to give real time feedback and optimising in-class time. Hindi, Japanese and Chinese support In April last year, Duolingo had added support for Hindi, to help Indians who didn’t know English to learn foreign languages. Apart from Hindi, the service had also added support for Japanese and Chinese. Along with that, it introduced a vastly improved gamification feature that…

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