As announced earlier this month, Microsoft Research today released a new iOS to help users who are learning Chinese. According to Microsoft Research, this app aims to solve a problem that is familiar to any language learner who has spent countless hours in classrooms, watching language-learning videos or flipping through stacks of flashcards – only to feel underprepared for real-world conversations with native speakers.
“You think you know Chinese, but if you meet a Chinese person and you want to speak Chinese, there is no way you can do it if you have not practiced,” explained Yan Xia, senior develop lead at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. “Our application addresses this issue by leveraging our speech and natural language processing technology.”
Microsoft is clear that this app is not a replacement for language teachers. Instead this app will act as an assistant to the learner when the human teacher is not available. This app comes with advanced grading system provides instant feedback. Along with scores, it highlighs words that need improvement and links to sample audio to hear the proper pronunciation. It also includes lessons for both beginners and intermediates.