App Startup Company Lirica Lets You Learn a Language by Listening to Music

By Elijah Labby Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Speech bubbles saying hello in different languages.

During the pandemic, millions have turned their attention to learning new skills like learning a language, and a new startup company called Lirica offers an inventive way to accelerate your language learning progress.

Lirica lets users listen to music in Spanish and gauges their progress with quizzes. Don’t worry — the startup business doesn’t do cheesy nursery rhyme songs. The language learning app offers songs from top artists like Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and P!nk. After you listen, the startup app fires off questions about the content of the song you just listened to.

The Aims of the Lirica Language Learning Business

The efforts of the language learning startup company are aimed at helping you to learn Spanish faster, more efficiently, and in a way that is accessible to most people.

Jennifer Paterson, founder and president of California Music Studios, wrote in an op-ed titled “How Music Helps Language Acquisition” that music is one of the best means for learning a language.

“When you simply turn on music featuring a different language, you are hearing it used lyrically, and even if you really cannot understand WHAT is being said, you are absorbing some of it in context,” she wrote. “...The connection between music and language acquisition is powerful, so use it. It’s never too late to learn something new, and music can make the experience a lot more fun.”

The Language Learning Company Market

The language learning business market is a great place for a developing startup app company like Lirica, financially speaking. The online language learning business market is growing at a compounded annual rate of nearly 19% from 2020 to 2027 and is expected to reach a business valuation of $21.2 billion by 2027, according to a report from Meticulous Research.

And it’s not just adult learners stuck at home who are making the jump to learning from an online language learning startup app business like Lirica — students, forced by the pandemic to learn from home, are turning to language learning methods of every stripe.

Rosetta Stone, one such company, made their service free for three months to all elementary, middle, and high school students across the world, calling it an attempt to alleviate parents’ responsibilities for overseeing their children’s education by bringing the technology from Lirica’s music app to even more people.

“Language learning exposes children to new cultures and opens their minds to new experiences, and can be a welcome respite for parents looking for something new to do with their children during this time,” Matt Hulett, the president of the language learning business wrote in a blog post on the company website. “We want every child to have the opportunity to learn a language while at home, and for parents to take comfort in a free resource that we are happy to make available to students globally.”

About the Author


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Elijah Labby is a graduate of the National Journalism Center. He has previously written for Broadband Breakfast, a technology and internet policy website.

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