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Pronunciation Challenges Solved by New Consumer Medical DeviceArticulate Technologies Launches Language Buddies: New Devices to Eliminate Pronunciation Challenges (March 28, 2012)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/12 -- In an historic advancement for the language learning industry, Articulate Technologies, Inc. today launched Language Buddies, an innovative set of devices to help non-native English speakers overcome pronunciation challenges.
Developed out of MIT and Columbia Universities, a pair of classmates combined speech science and engineering know-how to create Language Buddies. The hand-held devices use tactile biofeedback, a method supported by over 20 research studies. They work by presenting a small target within the mouth to help students feel tongue positioning required for correct pronunciation.
"We are thrilled to offer this solution to working professionals, young adults and children," said Alexey Salamini, Chief Executive Officer of Articulate Technologies. "Nearly two thirds of the world is bi-lingual and learning a second language has become critical to succeed in our global society. Whether you have spoken English for a lifetime or you are learning on your own with no exposure to native speakers, Language Buddies use a radically new approach and enable 'ah-ha' moments within the first hour of practicing."
"We have used Language Buddies in my practice to help hundreds of clients from all over the world and these tools are amazing," says Jennifer Madigan, Director of L2 Accent Reduction Centre in Vancouver, B.C. a beta launch site. "Whether teaching a native of Japan, Brazil, or Korea, Language Buddies enable students to achieve pronunciation breakthroughs. The tactile bio-feedback method is often just what students need to 'feel' correct tongue positioning required for perfect pronunciation."
Language Buddies are being introduced today to nearly 10,000 international delegates at the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) global conference, in Philadelphia.
The system includes a unique Language Buddy for eleven important English consonants, including the challenging English R and L sounds. Language Buddies University lesson plans are also included to help guide students' learning. Students can learn on their own or in conjunction with English teaching or pronunciation programs.
The Language Buddies technology was adapted by Articulate Technologies from its first product line, Speech Buddies, a landmark advancement for the speech therapy field, which provide a solution to those with speech disorders.
Language Buddies can be purchased online at www.language-buddies.com where training videos and research studies are also featured. Articulate Technologies anticipates the launch of Japanese and Korean versions of its website in the coming months.
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