Microsoft uses AI in new app to help people learn Chinese
Microsoft has launched an app that uses artificial intelligence to help you learn Chinese. Described as a virtual teaching assistant, the app comes from Microsoft’s Asia research lab in Beijing, and is available for Apple’s iOS platform.
The machine learning technology behind the Learn Chinese app is shared with the WeChat chatbot Xiaoying, which teaches users English. Deep neural networks listen to users and evaluate pronunciation.
The data is compared to models created by native speakers and text-to-speech synthesis, and feedback is provided to the user, along with important sample audio tracks with correct pronunciation.
Designed for beginners and intermediate learners, it’s made to help people prepare or real-world conversations, rather than a classroom-style learning environment.
Microsoft’s Learn Chinese app is available for free through the iOS App Store.
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