Terratalk App Corrects Language College students’ English Pronunciation
Talking–or at the least making an attempt to be understandable–is likely one of the hardest elements of learning a brand new language. Terratalk, a Japanese startup, needs to assist English learners with a brand new app that guarantees to right their pronunciation and grammar. The corporate simply launched its Android app with $1.34 million in funding from Incubate Fund and could have an iOS model prepared later this yr.
Terratalk was based by Yoshiyuki Kakihara, a former Sony engineer who studied in England (although the app makes use of American English as its commonplace pronunciation). Customers are introduced with 12 roleplaying situations, like reserving a lodge or happening a date, and given prompts to answer by voice. Every lesson lasts about two minutes.
Whereas different language apps embrace pronunciation correction amongst their options, Terratalk differentiates through the use of synthetic intelligence to research issues like grammar as nicely. Its know-how additionally scores fluency and sentence construction.
“I can’t offer you an excessive amount of element however the important thing factor is develop [the tech] finish to finish due to the language parts are depending on one another and we will break issues down into items when essential. We all know that generates dependable leads to evaluations,” Kakihara says.
Whereas the app’s interface is at present in Japanese solely, Kakihara says that it’s “language” agnostic, which signifies that Terratalk can simply be localized and marketed to English language learners in several nations. Along with American English, the startup plans so as to add totally different accents to deal with gaps within the language studying market.
“Individuals who need to study enterprise English, they need to have the ability to take heed to and perceive Chinese language or Indian accents and it may be fairly troublesome to get ahold of enterprise English academics who’ve these accents. We’re making a distinct segment scalable,” says Kakihara.
Terratalk is at present free, however will ultimately cost a month-to-month subscription plan.