Livemocha was an online language learning community, providing instructional materials in 38 languages and a platform for speakers to interact with and help each other learn new languages. According to the site, it had approximately 12 million registered members from countries around the globe. It was free to join and use, however it offered the option to pay for various benefits, and it also required user's computer to have proprietary operating system Windows or Mac OS , blocking access from free software operating systems.
In , , users visited the site daily. The company was founded in by Raghav Kher, Shirish Nadkarni and Krishnan Seshadrinathan. They came up with the idea for a web-based approach while utilizing the power of social networking sites for language learning, with an emphasis on active participation and exchange in order to hone practical skills and conversational fluency.
On June 8, , Michael Schutzler was announced as the new CEO. The site has received attention from trade publications and national and international newspapers, including the New York Times   and the Financial Times. On April 2, , Rosetta Stone announced that it had acquired Livemocha. In , Livemocha's website posted an announcement  saying. Livemocha supported 38 languages: The site could be viewed in 12 different languages: English , French , German , Italian , Japanese , Korean , Mandarin Chinese , Polish , Portuguese , Russian , Spanish , and Turkish.
Free basic courses were offered in all the above languages, consisting of roughly 30—50 hours of coursework. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. These courses require a monthly or annual fee and are intended to achieve conversational fluency.
The active courses proceed through four levels of proficiency, and included reading, writing, speaking, and listening exercises. Each reviewer earned 20 tokens for reviewing a user's submission. The reviewer could earn an extra 10 tokens for the first review of the passage or conversation. The writing was rated using three criteria: The speaking was rated using two criteria: Each submission from a basic course for peer review costed tokens.
Completed exercises from both basic and active courses could be sent out for review by other members native or fluent speakers , who provided feedback and tips.
The user may rate the quality of these reviews, and choose to work with a particular expert reviewer. Private instruction sessions, conducted via video chat with a selected tutor, were also available for purchase. These points are not to be confused with the tokens. The tokens were earned for rating other people's submissions, or from paying a set fee in real life currency for a certain number of tokens.
Mochapoints were a way to keep track of one's progress and to compare the amount of time a user has put into the website compared to others. A user gained Mochapoints for entering submissions, grading other people's submissions, chatting with other users, etc. They could not be spent for content access in the same way that the tokens could be.
Livemocha called itself the largest language learning community in the world. In many ways it operated like a social networking site, and the basic ethos of the system is peer-to-peer: There is still no way to avoid the hard slog through vocabulary lists and grammar rules, but the books, tapes and even CDs of yesteryear are being replaced by e-mail, video chats and social networks. Livemocha was a privately held company.
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January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Shirish Nadkarni , Co-Founder; Krishnan Seshadrinathan , Co-Founder; Michael Schutzler , Current CEO. Unfortunately, the Livemocha community will close permanently on Friday, April 22, , and you will no longer be able to access your account after that date.