“I sing with my butt” isn’t something you expect to say after 8 years of studying French, but that's what happened to our founder Bradley during a presentation on singing to his classmates the first week of study abroad... It turns out that no one taught the difference between the two "u" sounds in middle, high-school, or college French and using one of the "u" sounds means "neck" while the other means "butt"...
In fact, there were a lot of things that were never taught throughout all those years of studying in school or using apps like Duolingo to learn French. As it turns out, The discrepancy between school and real-world fluency is monumental. Going through traditional language classes should set students up for success but the reality is that the way people actually speak is so different from the stilted, sterile speaking of the classroom that learners have nothing to grasp on for advancing their communication skills.
This shock and resulting frustration gave rise to Sygmatic. How is it that so many people spend so long taking language classes, using language apps like Duolingo or Babble or Pimsleur, and studying grammar only to flop as soon as they're face-to-face with a native speaker or land in another country on a trip?