Monkimun Launches LingoKids Language-Learning Platform, Releases New "Little Friends" App Using Content From Oxford University Press

17 Feb, 2016, 09:00 ET from Monkimun

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Monkimun, a startup company that develops mobile apps that make learning a new language fun for kids ages two to six, announced today the launch of LingoKids, an adaptive language learning platform that offers kids a fun and immersive learning experience while tracking their performance and adapting lesson difficulty dynamically.

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Monkimun has been beta-testing LingoKids since August and has over two million downloads of its individual apps to date. Unlimited access to LingoKids adaptive learning platform and its popular English learning apps is now available for $9.99 a month and available exclusively on Apple iTunes until March 15, 2016. Monkimun's apps for learning Chinese and Spanish will be added to the platform in coming months.

With the LingoKids platform launch, Monkimun is releasing a new English-learning app developed using content from Oxford University Press. The app is based on Little Friends, a reading and writing course popular with pre-kindergarten educators around the world.

"Rather than creating one-off apps that only teach a few words and phrases, the LingoKids platform knits together dozens of lessons in a variety of fun games and activities for kids to work through," said Cristobal Viedma, CEO of Monkimun. "This allows us to add exciting new apps like that for Oxford University Press' Little Friends content."

"We're thrilled to see our Little Friends content on the LingoKids platform," said Joseph Noble, Head of Channels & Partnerships for Oxford's English Learning Business. "What impressed us most about Monkimun's technology is how it adapts to individual rates of learning, as well as their ability to balance a structured curriculum with a fun, open-ended virtual world."

Monkimun has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to date from Dave McClure's 500 Startups, Japan's SHOzemi Innovation Ventures (an offshoot of Japan's premier tutoring school network SHO-zemi), Singapore's Incuvest and angel investors like Carina Szpilka, Vice President, UNICEF Spain and Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer, SpaceX.

About Monkimun
Monkimun, a San Francisco based startup founded in 2014, is a company that makes Language Learning for Kids(TM) fun. We create a safe environment for children age two to six to learn a new language. The LingoKids adaptive learning platform is available by subscription. Monkimun language-learning apps for iOS and Android have been downloaded on 2 million devices to date and are available in the App Store and Google Play. Monkimun has offices in San Francisco and Madrid.

About Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes thousands of new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs more than 7,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.


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