SpeakingPal English Tutor’ is a mobile app that lets users interact with a virtual video tutor using short dialogues and get instant pronunciation feedback on words and sentences spoken. It aims to provide a natural speaking experience powered by Speech Recognition technology and use of scoring logic that lets users learn naturally, similar to interacting with a person and not just with content.

The learner can compare his/her speech with that of model native speakers, and retry to get a higher feedback score as often as desired. The newest version has added gamification, translations, vocabulary aid and quizzes. The content used has been approved by ETS, the creator of TOEIC and TOEFL. ETS is a part stakeholder in SpeakingPal. SpeakingPal is a private company with angel and institutional funding.

SpeakingPal claims to have close to 2 million users worldwide with USA, China and India having the biggest user base. “There are more than a few hundreds of thousands of users from China. It is worth noting that SpeakingPal has acquired all of these users without any marketing – all of them are organic”, shares Dr. Shaunie Shammass, VP,  Linguistic Innovation at SpeakingPal.

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