About LalTal

LalTal was formed in the summer of 2020 to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between people who have it and those who want to obtain it. We’ve learned a lot since then. We understand how hard it is to learn and that one of the biggest challenges to do so is to take that first step and keep going, day after day, for a lifetime. 

That’s why we focus on the behavioral aspects of language learning, connecting your daily Spanish practice to your life goals, and constantly keeping them in front of you.



To enable unbounded human progress through learning.



To provide a compass for the curious by mapping lifelong learning journeys, enabling personalized learning, and connecting learners with supportive communities.


John Cumbers, PhD

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer

Before launching LalTal, John was the founder of SynBioBeta, the premier innovation network for synthetic biology and biotechnology. He helped launch NASA’s synthetic biology program and holds degrees in bioinformatics, cell and molecular biology. Having transitioned from computer science to biology during his academic career, John is passionate about helping people learn in non-traditional ways, getting at the heart of why and how humans learn.

T.J. Kneale

Cofounder and Chief Product Officer

T.J. was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the US Navy before moving into product management of a $6B portfolio of software and avionics for the F-35 program. After leaving the Navy, T.J. was the Head of Moonshot Launch at Alpha, Telefónica’s moonshot factory, where he led a team-building an Artificial Intelligence Tutor. For T.J., LalTal captures all that was great about Alpha’s vision of the future of learning, but in a more human-centered way – connecting humans to do what they do best, teach and learn from each other.

Start Today!

It’s easy to get started with LalTal and establish your goals that will help you learn new habits and transform your life through language.  Get started with your personal language coach and learn in just 10 minutes per day, whenever it’s convenient for you. We are confident that our method works, so we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.