SpeakingPal is a pioneering mobile education company, founded in 2009, with a unique focus on speaking skills. SpeakingPal turns your mobile phone into a virtual tutor where users simply talk into the phone and get instant feedback on their speaking performance. The company is founded by an experienced multidisciplinary team with expertise in mobile technology, distributed computing systems, linguistics and ASR.
Millions of people the world over have a burning need to improve their English speaking skills for career and academic development, but have limited opportunities to practice. There are simply not enough English oral proficiency teachers in many parts of the world. The problem is especially acute for teaching speaking skills. Even if students record their speaking practices, it is cumbersome and daunting for teachers to listen, rate and provide real feedback on all provided material for every student in a reasonable time. If the student chooses a self-study route, speaking skill practice is simply ineffective without any feedback. Coupled with the dearth of native English speakers in many non-English speaking countries, SpeakingPal’s solution provides an answer to this widespread and burgeoning need.
SpeakingPal offers English language learners a unique mobile learning (m-learning) solution that specifically focuses on the development of speaking skills. SpeakingPal creates a highly natural learning experience by utilizing the core function of the mobile – talking to other people. Coupled with the burgeoning penetration of mobiles into the market in all parts of the world, SpeakingPal decided to leverage this natural use of the phone for educational goals. It is a new, engaging and entertaining way to practice speaking English. The user simply speaks with a character in an interactive dialog, like in a real video-conference call, and gets instant feedback on how well the utterance was spoken. The product combines Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) with high-end English Language Learning content designed especially for the mobile phone. It allows students to practice their speaking skills in micro-lessons that last just a few minutes, enabling on-the-go, anywhere, anytime self-study and reinforcement. Multimedia rich listening units with snappy comprehension questions are also provided.
The year-long development phase has resulted in an award winning product and has also been selected as a finalist in several international competitions. SpeakingPal‘s innovative solution is based on proprietary patent-pending technology to deliver mobile English language training of the highest caliber to the global market.
Here is a short video demonstration of how SpeakingPal works:
Our product for both Android and iPhone can be downloaded for FREE from our website at: http://www.speakingpal.com/products