Louis Von Ahn

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5:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Pittsburgh Company Grabs Free App of the Year Title from Apple

A screenshot from the app of the year, Duolingo. One of the app's many French lessons.
Credit Nick Frost / 90.5 WESA

Apple has chosen a Pittsburgh-born app as its free app of the year.

Duolingo teaches people how to speak a new language, and it's been downloaded more than 10 million times since being released a year ago. 

Duolingo CEO Louis Von Ahn said more than a billion people are trying to learn a new language. He believes two-thirds of them are from the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder, and the reason they are learning a new language is because they are trying to get ahead in life.

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