Language learning site LiveMocha has raised $8 million in a second round of funding led by August Capital; existing investor Maveron also participated. LiveMocha offers language courses for 30 different languages. Users can also practice languages with native speakers. Most of LiveMocha’s classes are free, although in March, the startup partnered with Financial Times-owner Pearson (NYSE: PSO) to launch ‘Active English,’ a series of paid-for conversational English courses.
A number of other startups are also trying to tap into the language learning market as it shifts to online. eduFire, which lets its members setup of virtual classrooms where they can teach live classes, raised $1.3 million in a first round earlier this fall. Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Ventures, meanwhile, is backing EnglishCentral, which bases its own language learning system around popular video clips.
LiveMocha last raised funding in January 2008, when it got $6 million in a first round led by Maveron. The company says the new cash will be used to “accelerate platform innovation and new partnership launches planned for the next 6-12 months.”
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