Brasov, Transylvania-based Mondly has released a voice chatbot to help you learn languages. The chatbot interacts with users by using a speech recognition engine that allows users to practice speaking in a foreign language and receive adaptive audio-visual responses.
The app uses speech recognition technology from Nuance enhanced with an object recognition engine that identifies objects in the text. It understands millions of phrases in 33 languages.
Users can interact using both text input or speech. It aims to provide adaptive lessons that will encourage users to practice the language they are learning in everyday scenarios, such as ordering food and drink in a restaurant.
The app recognizes inputs and creates an adaptive visual response when it recognizes a word or phrase that the user has said or typed. The response provides feedback to build confidence in the new language.
Mondly is currently available for users to learn languages including English, German, Spanish, and French. There are also courses to learn major Asian, Latin American, and African languages, including Arabic.
Users can learn in the language of their choice. If a user natively speaks Spanish, that user can learn French with a Spanish language interface.
The Mondly app, selected 'Best new app' in January 2016 in the Apple store, is free for iOS and Android devices and has had over 10 million downloads.
Mondly's CEO, Alexandru Iliescu said: "The best way to learn a new language is to build your confidence with practice. We have taken chatbot technology and combined it with a speech recognition platform then added our own object recognition system.
The result is that we have created is something that is fun, useful and unique for language learners. This new feature is truly a revolutionary new way to learn a new language and we're proud that Mondly is the first to do it."