Duolingo Expands Into Math and Music, Leveraging AI for Personalized Learning

Duolingo expands its educational offerings to include math and music lessons, leveraging AI technology to provide personalized learning experiences. The company, which has 98 million monthly users, aims to democratize access to education with its innovative approach.

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Duolingo Expands Into Math and Music, Leveraging AI for Personalized Learning

Duolingo Expands Into Math and Music, Leveraging AI for Personalized Learning

Duolingo, the popular language learning app, has announced a significant expansion of its educational offerings, venturing into the realms of math and music. The 13-year-old company, which has amassed nearly 98 million monthly users, is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technology to provide personalized learning experiences in these new subject areas.

Why this matters: This expansion has the potential to democratize access to education, making high-quality learning experiences available to a wider audience. As AI technology continues to improve, it could also pave the way for more efficient and effective learning methods in various subjects.

Since its launch in 2011 with just six languages, Duolingo has grown to offer 43 languages and has now added math and music lessons to its repertoire. The math lessons focus on practical, everyday skills such as calculating tips and hourly wages, while the music lessons teach fundamental concepts like pitch, meter, and rhythm. Users can even learn to play simple songs like "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the app's virtual keyboard.

Severin Hacker, Duolingo's CTO and co-founder, explained the decision to expand into math and music, stating, "The way you learn languages on Duolingo lends itself well to those two subjects. You can learn them on the phone." He emphasized that while tutorials are available, the platform primarily focuses on learning by doing.

Duolingo's educational model is bolstered by its growing use of AI technology. The company recently introduced a new subscription tier that harnesses generative AI to role-play conversations, provide detailed explanations to answers, and tailor language lessons to individual users' needs. Hacker believes that AI can make personalized learning experiences, which are often expensive and inaccessible, available to everyone.

"If you look at what is the best way to learn math, music, golfing - doesn't matter what it is - with a one-on-one tutor," Hacker noted. "But he pointed out that personalized sessions are often expensive and inaccessible issues that he thinks Duolingo can fix." He added, "The promise of technology and A.I. is that you can reach that level of efficacy but actually make it accessible to everyone."

Duolingo's expansion into math and music marks a significant milestone for the company, which has seen a 54% surge in first-quarter paid subscribers, reaching 7.4 million. With its innovative use of AI technology and commitment to making education accessible, Duolingo is poised to revolutionize the way people learn new skills. As Hacker stated,"We're at 1% of what we could achieve with this company,"suggesting that there is still vast potential for growth and innovation in the future.