ELSA is a Virtual Pronunciation Coach and Mobile App for Accents

By: Alyson Wyers - Jun 27, 2016
References: elsanow.io & venturebeat
This app acts as a pronunciation coach so you can finally nail your accents and impressions. ELSA (or English Language Speech Assistant) is a smartphone application that also helps those learning English around the world to speak correctly and confidently. However, it has a distinct focus on the Midwestern accent because according to speech therapists, it's "the most commonly understood accent that people should learn."

The chat bot can also use machine learning to pick up other accents, such as local Vietnamese dialects and British accents. ELSA founder Vu Van created the pronunciation coach to help close the income gap that results from a lack of proficiency in English. She believes thick accents can hold people back in the workplace, and hopes ELSA can help with this issue.