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Speech Analyzer is a new tool from English-learning startup ELSA that can help people become more confident in conversation

The Voice Analyzer is the latest addition to ELSA, a software for learning English famous for its speech recognition capabilities. The evaluation system integrates with video conferencing programmes like Zoom to provide feedback on things like pronunciation, tempo, and vocabulary use during everyday conversations. It’s supposed to serve as a personal English tutor so that users may feel more at ease using the language in a variety of settings.

The Speech Analyzer, like ELSA’s learning app (which has more than 40 million users), offers lectures and predicted results on important English language examinations like IELTS.

Google’s artificial intelligence-focused fund Gradient Ventures is one of ELSA’s backers. The company has bases in both San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City.

After hearing from customers that their English improved while using the app, but that they still felt anxious when dealing with face-to-face discussions and Zoom calls, ELSA built the Speech Analyzer, as founder and CEO Vu Van said. In order to better their public speaking skills, corporate users are frequently urged to join speaking groups like Toastmasters, but they just don’t have the time to do so.

“Recognizing those major pain points among our customers,” Vu said, “and seeing the world is gravitating towards a more flexible, hybrid, and remote working environment where working professionals spend hours on online meeting platforms,” the need for stronger English spoken skills has become more important. In order to improve accessibility to communication training, Speech Analyzer was developed as an add-on to ELSA’s learning software.

The Speech Analyzer may be used in conjunction with a variety of services, including but not limited to Zoom, Slack, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams, as well as with your email clients Outlook and Gmail. Only the user’s voice will be recorded, and previous voice memos may be transferred over.

According to Van, ELSA incorporates key English speaking examinations like TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, CEFR, and Pearson as standards, and is based on mid-Western American English as the standard most typically used in business, school, and daily contexts.

In order to make a profit, the Speech Analyzer has users pay for access to its more sophisticated features and analysis. There’s also a premium package that includes both it and an ELSA membership.