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Chinese startup Talkmate ties up with UNESCO to promote linguistic diversity

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 Chinese startup Talkmate ties up with UNESCO to promote linguistic diversityUpdated:2016-07-12 16:53 By Song Jingli(chinadaily.com.cn)

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 Chinese startup Talkmate ties up with UNESCO to promote linguistic diversity

 Indrajit Banerjee,director of Knowledge Societies Division,Communication and Information Sector,UNESCO,made a speech on the launch cerenomy of The UNESCO-Talkmate Partnership for the development of World Atlas of Languages held in Beijing on July 8,2016.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

 China's one-year-old language-learning platform Talkmate announced a partnership Friday in Beijing with the United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO)to promote multilingualism in the cyberspace and protect endangered languages.

 Indrajit Banerjee,director of Knowledge Societies Division,Communication and Information Sector,UNESCO,said the organization has showed its capacity in protecting endangered languages since 1993 and it has always been encouraging all relevant partners to contribute to the creation of truly multilingual internet.

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  The UNESCO-Talkmate Partnership for the development of World Atlas of Languages was launched in Beijing on July 8,2016.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

  Talkmate,which offerslearning courses for 60 languages,is ready to take these courses free of charge to those living in areas that lack educational resources,said founder Wen Ronghui on the launch ceremony of UNESCO-Talkmate Partnership for the development of World Atlas of Languages.

  Under the project that will last until 2019,Talkmate will create study systems for 240 official languages in the world based on its Input,Connect,Output and Check(ICOC)method and learning courses for more than 4,000 non-official languages.

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  Chinese startup Talkmate ties up with UNESCO to promote linguistic diversity

  Wen Ronghui,founder of Talkmate,made a speech on the launch cerenomy of The UNESCO-Talkmate Partnership for the development of World Atlas of Languages held in Beijing on July 8,2016.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

  The company,which was founded in March 2014 with an angel investment of six million yuan($897,000),claims that any learner could master a totally new language by studying courses designed under the logic of ICOC for 200 hours on its website or its app.

  Wen,also CEO of Talkmate,admitted at a roundtable discussion called Languages Matters for Development that it is a challenge to mobilize resources to complete thousands of courses as the 60 courses already in use only take up one percent of the 6,000 languages in the world.


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