There has been some talk here about language exchanges; I think I started one of the posts myself. Maybe this is something Fluenz has considered or maybe not, but, as I was doing my lesson on Wednesday it occurred to me: how great would it be if Fluenz were to offer an option of – once a person reaches a certain level of proficiency – speaking with someone in their chosen language that is familiar with Fluenz? I remember at one point RS offered this but once I found Fluenz, RS was no longer an option for learning a new language for me. So, thinking out loud here, what if the user was offered the option to converse with – likely for a fee – a person who is, number 1, fluent in English, number 2, fluent in the user’s chosen language, and number 3 and the key element, is familiar with the Fluenz program? I can’t think of a better combination that would enable Fluenz users to excel exponentially short of living in a place where the user’s chosen language is the native language. Call it Fluenz Live. The tutors are great but a live conversation can go in any number of directions. Has Fluenz considered this? Would Fluenz consider this? This could be used via Skype, or other video means that allows the user to converse. What do you language learners think about this? What does Fluenz think? Please let me hear from you. Thank you for reading. Now let’s get busy becoming fluent in a second, third or forth language.
We considered this as an option at one point but decided to go another route and start an immersion training program. It's currently in session in Antigua, Guatemala and we've added more courses for early 2018 in Mexico City and hope to have others in the future. Feel free to email us at [email protected] for more details.
It would seem to me that making a native speaker accessible in one's chosen language would serve many more Fluenz users. But I'm just one guy with an opinion. And that opinion is, given the opportunity, it is always better to serve the many than to serve the few.
I don't have all the details on why the decision was made, but my best guess is that there is already quite a bit of competition out there with this kind of service by companies such as iTalki and Rosetta Stone. Also, we have over 150k users and being a small company, it's much easier to keep things intimate with an intensive course for 10-12 users at a time.