Photo: Courtesy Carnegie Speech
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon have invented software that promises a significant improvement in English-speaking ability in just 10 hours.The software, Carnegie Speech, is already widely available. Their CEO, Paul Musselman, told us their technology is superior to other programs because it can actually identify speech problems and tailor the program to the customer.
Musselman is the newly-appointed CEO of the company, which just raised $3.4 million in series B financing.
Current language-learning softwares, the most famous being Rosetta Stone, just train people to mimic pre-recorded speeches.
The technology works by picking up a persons’ speech patterns with a microphone and identifying the areas where they struggle most. Then, it creates an instantly-customised program.
Customers include international airline pilots, who need language skill to be certified, hospitality workers and customer service representatives.
“English is exponentially the largest foreign language in demand worldwide,” Musselman told us. “This technology is a game-changer.”
The software costs $300 for an individual or $2000 for a business or college.