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Kobe, Hyogo-ken, Japan, 2011/09/09 - SpeakGlobal, The next generation in English language learning introduces the world’s first artificial intelligence (A.I.) chat robots for English as a Foreign Language learning - SpeakGlobal.co.jp.
English education in Japan is highly-regarded and six years of English studies is mandated in the public school system. However, the percentage of Japanese who can actually speak English freely is in the low single digits. This is due to the lack of opportunities to practice speaking with native-English speakers.
While many English conversation schools and online schools exist, some simply cannot afford this luxury. As well, the actual speaking time in such lessons is limited, on average about 10 minutes per one-hour lesson. In the case of beginner level learners, it is considerably less. Those who can afford it pay around $300 per month, though only 1% of the population engages in learning at these schools.
Now, SpeakGlobal has made English speaking affordable and effective for just $15 per month. SpeakGlobal has developed online robots that look and move like a human, speak aloud, and with text-to-speech, its dialogue lines appear on the user’s computer screen. Most importantly, learners can speak into a microphone using Dragon Naturally Speaking, high-end speech recognition, considered the best speech recognition in the world.
With a line-up of various A.I. chat robots, nearly any learning level of English speaker can find a suitable one to practice conversation with at home, work, or school, 24/7. This is a turning point in the way English speaking is taught and practiced in Japan, Asia, and around the globe.
As a supplemental speaking tool, site members can participate in SpeakGlobal’s virtual world,“SG World” for free and open conversation with a native English speaker anytime. The site is fully equipped with a complete pronunciation program with speech recognition, animated conversation practice videos, and games as well, making it a “superstore” of English conversation practice.
With innovative technology, it is reasonably priced to reach a wide audience. SpeakGlobal (speakglobal.co.jp) has plans to expand outside of Japan, into other Asian markets. With SpeakGlobal, learners now have the means by which non-English speaking countries can learn English, today’s global language.