In November 2017, Microsoft announced a new application called Microsoft Learn Chinese. It was available on Apple's iOS for iPhone users but was never launched on Android. Almost exactly two years later, that is changing. Microsoft's dedicated Chinese learning app is now available on Android smartphones.
As the name suggests, Learn Chinese offers tools to help people learn how to speak Chinese languages.
Microsoft has compared the application to a teacher's assistant. In other words, the company does not see this as a replacement for a human language teacher. However, Learn Chinese is available 24/7 and can be focused on one student… the user.
Whenever a person uses the app and speaks, Learn Chinese provides feedback. It can do this by leverage deep neural networks to predict when the user is attempting to say. Suggestions are then provided based on pronunciation, and different words to make conversation more natural.
“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,” explained Yan Xia, senior develop lead at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. “Our application addresses this issue by leveraging our speech and natural language processing technology.”
In terms of its launch on Android, Microsoft Learn Chinese is the exact same experience as on iOS. However, the Android app benefits from having the mature features that have been baked into the iOS app over the last two years.
Microsoft Learn Chinese Features
- Artificial Intelligence Scoring. Advance grading system to perfect your pronunciation and practice conversation with our chatbots.
- Professional Course Material. Designed by experienced teachers and aligned with the HSK difficulty classification.
- Personalize Learning Program. Tailored to your unique needs and match you to conversations at your level.
- Conversational Interface. Role play interface and abundant scenarios for practice.