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Celebrating One Year of FluentKey. Here’s What’s Next.

One Year of FluentKey:

FluentKey launched in July of last year. That means, as of this week, we’re officially one year old.

FluentKey birthday cake

11,000 teachers, 115,000 students, 25,000 assignments, 7,800 schools

What an amazing, nail-biting ride it’s been. I think I speak for everyone on the team when I say–building a startup is hard. There were times we weren’t sure we’d make it to this milestone. There were screw-ups and late nights and fights and more late nights. Oh, yeah, and the coronavirus happened.

Building a startup is also thrilling. When we founded this company, we set ourselves a goal to make language learning better for both teachers and students. We’re so thankful to those of you who’ve made FluentKey a part of your classrooms–and we’re humbled by how much we’ve learned along the way.

Here are some of our big lessons from this past year:

1. Listen to your users.

The best part of working on FluentKey is having the chance to hear from you.

It’s great to see how FluentKey is making a positive impact out in the real world. To see messages like this:

And also because your feedback makes us better. Both the good and the bad.

2. Language learning should be both fun AND meaningful.

That’s something we heard over and over again from teachers.

Language is about authentic communication. Putting content first and focusing on rich, comprehensible input.

At the same time, language learning should engage, attract, and excite students.

This isn’t an either/or choice. We want FluentKey to do both. That’s why we created tools like FluentKey Live [link]–and that’s why we’re going to double down on this philosophy moving forward.

3. Great support matters.

People like our product better when we’re available for support, to answer questions, to fix problems. Who knew? When we help right away, it’s always redounded to our long-term benefit. Where we haven’t done a good job of that, it’s hurt us.

Outstanding customer service is a big deal. We’ve discovered this is one of our core values.

4. Speed and reliability is king.

It’s fair to say that FluentKey hasn’t always been the Internet’s fastest, most stable site. Believe us, we know we need to a better job–and we’re made a lot of progress on these fronts already. Expect even more improvements.

5. Be grateful.

And finally–just being thankful for having come this far. 2020 has been a tough year for all of us. But we’re still here–safe, healthy, and still kicking. We hope you are, too.


What’s Next:

That’s Year One. We’re even more excited about Year Two.

Really. It’s true. We’ve learned a tremendous amount about how to make language learning more fun and more meaningful. And we can’t wait to show you the cool stuff we have coming down the pipe.

Here’s a sneak peak:

  • Diversity and Equity Initiative: we affirm solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice. Moving forward, we are committed to showcasing diversity, equity, and inclusion through our content and company policies.
  • French and Spanish Novice Library: it’s hard to find high-quality video content for beginners. So we’re making it ourselves.
  • Peaksay: the interactive conversation game. A totally new approach to practicing speaking online.
  • Lala: your go-to for all things pronunciation. Train your ear on the unique sounds of different languages and test your skills through speaking games.
  • Arcade Mode: a new way to watch FluentKey videos. Yes, it’s just what it sounds like.
  • Gradebook: see and edit assignment grades for an entire class at once.
  • LMS Integrations: create FluentKey assignments within Schoology, Canvas, and more.
  • Free Trial: try out the full power of FluentKey Pro for a free month. No credit card required.

Thanks for going on this journey with us so far. We hope you’ll join us for the adventures ahead. Stay safe, and see you in the fall.

the FluentKey language teachers: Hollin, Hugo, & Mandy