Linguaphone is a global language training provider based in London and has provided self-study language courses since 1901.
Linguaphone was established in 1901 by Jacques Roston, a translator and language teacher, born in Poland, (Koło). They were the first language training company to recognize the potential of combining a traditional written approach to learning a language with recordings (firstly on wax cylinder, and later with records).
For many years it offered language courses via tape recorders installed in school ‘language laboratories’. These were specially designed to work on two separate tracks: a master track with the teachers’ voices that could only be listened to but not erased, and another track for the students, where the students could record and erase their own voices as often as they liked.
These days, Linguaphone’s portfolio of self-study language products is sold in more than 60 countries worldwide. They produce a wide range of self-study language courses in 15 languages; available on CD, MP3 download and MP4 media players for students of all levels wanting to learn a new language.
Linguaphone’s founder, Jacques Roston, and his family acted as their own photographic models for the first Linguaphone brochure.
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