Barbara was born in Vienna, Austria. She has lived in Spain, United Kingdom, France and Poland where she has been teaching German to kids as an Au-Pai...
At Live Lingua we currently offer Skype language lessons in the eleven most widely spoken languages in the world. If there is a language we do not offer via Skype that you are interested in, just let us know by contacting us and we can find a high qualified professional teacher for you.
The Live Lingua Project is part of our commitment to helping as many people as possible learn a foreign language, even if they can't afford our paid Skype language lessons. Part of the earnings of Live Lingua go to hosting, maintaining and constantly updating this area. This project is the internet's largest collection of free public domain language learning materials. It hosts thousands of free ebooks, audios and videos for over 130 languages from around the world. One of our missions is to make language learning accessible to everybody. Enjoy.
Nothing! How you learn is different from everybody else. That is why it is impossible for most people to fully learn a language using a book, software or audio course no matter how fancy they are. At Live Lingua you work 1-on-1 with a professional teacher who customizes a curriculum to you, based on how you learn and your goals!
Simple as 1,2,3...
Here at Live Lingua we don't try to be the newest and coolest language learning gimmick. We don't promise that you will be fluent in 30 days with only 5 minutes of work a day. We have not discovered the undiscovered secret to language learning like some other services claim.
We are more traditional than that. Our method of language learning is old, even ancient. It is the same way the ancient Chinese and Romans learned other languages. It is the same way diplomats from hundreds of years ago learned. They took lessons from professional teachers who were native speakers of the language they wanted to learn. That is what we do here at Live Lingua.
Live Lingua is a traditional language school, which just happens to be online. Just like the top language institutes in your town we have live teachers. Just like your local school we have real people to help you with any administrative problems. And just like your neighborhood school we provide real, lasting results... but for a fraction of the cost.
That's right. We are what is sometimes called a "Mom & Pop" operation. Live Lingua was started by a husband and wife team of Laura and Ray Blakney. And we keep our team as small as possible without sacrificing the quality of service we give to our students. This allows us to know all our students, and keep our prices down.
These days being a small business run by a family is sometimes portrayed as a bad thing in the press. Everybody is talking about the new multi-million dollar company and their great products. But here at Live Lingua we believe that for some things there is still no replacement for the personal touch.
Some people may remember the days when you used to be able to go to the store in the corner, run by a family, where they knew your name when you walked in. A place where they knew what you needed and more than willing to go the extra mile for your personal needs. Live Lingua was founded with that ideal and philosophy in mind.
We are a small business, and proud of it! Most people don't expect this. They think we are a large and soulless multinational that started with millions of dollars in investment and backing. That could not be farther from the truth. They ask us, "how did a small business become one of the most well known names in online education?" The answer is simple. Quality over quantity.
Most of our competitors have one goal. Get as many students as possible. That is it. Whether or not the student actually learns a language or not is secondary. And to be honest, we started Live Lingua with the same misguided goal. But after a few years as we grew slowly by word of mouth we found that people stayed with us and recommended us NOT because we were huge, but because we weren't.
They liked the personalized attention. The fact that almost every staff member at Live Lingua knew their names and their need even if they had never met before. So, we took that to heart and made the decision to go in another direction from everybody else. We work to have only the number of teachers we need, and make sure that each and every one of them is the best. We keep track of all our students progress and make ourselves available for your needs. This applies to everybody from the teachers to the CEO. And we make it our mission to make sure you learn the language you set out to learn.
Ask those places with tens of thousands of students to do that and see what they say!