After struggling to learn Russian through traditional methods, founder Allen Stoltzfus set out to develop an effective way to learn a new language through natural immersion in the late 1980s. He enlisted the help of his brother-in-law, John Fairchild, and in 1992, CD-Rom technology made the project possible.
They founded Fairfield Language Technologies in Harrisonburg, VA. The name comes from the artifact that had unlocked the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphics for linguists.
In 2003, they went global. In 2013, they moved to a cloud-based business model that went beyond language learning and deeper into education technology.
Their headquarters are in Arlington, VA and they offer a 10% military and student discount.