Ahmad F Al-Shagra
Co-founder of Nadrus.com, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer. Co-founder of Nadrus.com, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer.
Online language learning is a multi million dollar industry that has it’s well established players from the US to China, but have gotten one more addition from the Middle East to give those interested in learning Arabic a tutor from the region at the luxury of their homes.
ArabicCoach won as the second runner up in 2009’s MIT Arab Business Plan Competition which landed its team a $5000 cash prize and immediate regional recognition from a very rich panel of judges which consisted of successful regional entrepreneurs.
Developed by SamaPlus, the same guys who brought you Aqarmap.com and Ras2Ras.com. Unveiled during the launch of this years MIT Arab Business Plan Competition it appears ArabicCoach founder Amad Almsaodi still has some tricks up his sleeves.
The website acts as a tutoring facilitator tutors present their Arabic tutoring services through at any hourly price they choose to learners willing to dish out some money to learn from Arabs as if they had traveled to whatever country the tutor resides in.
The website which is still in testing gets you up and learning in 3 simple steps: 1. Find a Teacher according to your native language from a gallery displaying teachers according to language skills, hourly rates, experience, and even country of origin in addition to an eBay style star rating system learners rate them by.
Teachers also get a profile page to add their information and a video displaying their linguistic skills in whatever language they choose. This profile page leads you to the next step in learning which is choosing a schedule.
Using an intuitive chart, although not the prettiest, users can book sessions which in turn deducts the appropriate amount from their learning credit. Users can purchase credit using Google Checkout or Paypal that remain reserved on the site until the session is successfully completed providing feedback for tutor rating.
So if you’re not the kind of person that can afford traveling to the Middle East to learn Arabic first hand, you can try out the some online tutoring from the same people who live there.
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