Language-learning apps are nothing new, with offerings from MIT and Duolingo ready to teach you a new way to communicate right on your phone. Now Microsoft is looking to teach you Chinese with a free new AI-powered iOS app.
The idea here is to provide users with a way to practice the Chinese language in the absence of real-life communicative partners.
“You think you know Chinese, but if you meet a Chinese person and you want to speak Chinese, there is no way you can do it if you have not practiced,” said Microsoft’s Yan Xia in a blog post. “Our application addresses this issue by leveraging our speech and natural language processing technology.” There’s no word on plans to expand to other languages, but it’s not hard to see such an app helping you learn to converse in different tongues, too.