Terratalk App Corrects Language Students’ English Pronunciation


Speaking–or at least trying to be comprehensible–is one of the hardest parts of studying a new language. Terratalk, a Japanese startup, wants to help English learners with a new app that promises to correct their pronunciation and grammar. The company just launched its Android app with $1.34 million in funding from Incubate Fund and will have an iOS version ready later this year.

Terratalk was founded by Yoshiyuki Kakihara, a former Sony engineer who studied in England (though the app uses American English as its standard pronunciation). Users are presented with 12 roleplaying scenarios, like booking a hotel or going on a date, and given prompts to respond to by voice. Each lesson lasts about two minutes.

While other language apps include pronunciation correction among their…

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