Google has announced a new feature in Search that will allow users in select countries, including India, to practice speaking and improve their language skills. The feature will be available for Android users in the next few days and will provide personalized feedback and daily reminders.
How does it work?
The new feature is based on a novel deep learning model developed by Google, called Deep Aligner. The model can analyze the user’s speech and provide suggestions on how to improve their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary.
The user can access the feature by translating to or from English on their Android phones. They will see a new English speaking practice experience with real-life prompts and vocabulary words. They can engage in practice sessions of 3-5 minutes and get instant feedback on their performance.
Why is it important?
Google said that the new feature is designed to help users who want to learn or improve their English skills, especially in countries where English is not the native language. The feature aims to provide a motivating and effective learning experience that is based on linguistic and pedagogical research.
According to Google, the feature can help users overcome the challenges of learning a new language, such as lack of confidence, access to resources, and feedback. The feature can also help users prepare for various situations where they need to use English, such as travel, work, or education.
Who are the partners?
Google said that it has partnered with several language learning partners to create and surface the content for the feature. The partners include Duolingo, British Council, Pearson, Cambridge Assessment English, Oxford University Press, and Macmillan Education.
Google said that it is looking forward to expanding the program further and working with any interested partner. The company also said that it will roll out the feature to more countries and languages in the future.