Language Learning

How Silicon Valley is teaching language to machines


Yet simple sentences like "The dog that ran past the barn fell" still miss the mark when translated to Chinese and back (although the result, "The dog ran past the barn," is getting close). Since with language we need to know "what does THIS particular phrase actually mean, right here, right now," any system that fails at this level truly hasn't solved the problem of natural language understanding (NLU). Only then do we have the possibility of achieving true AI and human-like language interactions with machines. San Jose, California-based Viv is a machine learning platform, recently acquired by Samsung, that lets developers to plug into and create an intelligent, conversational interface to anything.

Duolingo introduces chatbots to hone your conversational skills


These are aimed at helping you improve your conversational skills and skills you might use in real life, such as ordering food, visiting a tourist attraction, shopping for clothing or catching a cab. "One of the main reasons people learn languages is to have conversations," said Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn in a statement. Students master vocabulary and comprehension skills with Duolingo, but coming up with things to say in real life situations remains daunting. Duolingo also hopes to expand the chatbot feature to spoken conversation.

Learn a new language with Duolingo's chatbots


Duolingo has been offering language learning tools for a while now, but today the company debuted a new tool inside its iPhone app that could make the task a bit easier. Thanks to AI-powered chatbots, the language-learning app offers a way to have conversations while you're trying to learn French, German and Spanish. Duolingo gave these bots a bit of personality to make them more like real people and created them to be flexible with the answers they'll accept when there's multiple ways for you to respond. The new feature gives users of the free iOS app a way to learn through conversations without the anxiety of making mistakes when speaking with a real person.

Mondly releases language-learning voice chatbot


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 recognizes inputs and creates an adaptive visual response when it recognizes a word or phrase that the user has said or typed. Mondly is currently available for users to learn languages including English, German, Spanish, and French. If a user natively speaks Spanish, that user can learn French with a Spanish language interface.