Your voice: different language

The aim of many language learners is to hear themselves speaking in another language. New technology could provide this – without having to actually learn the language!

New software from Microsoft can ‘learn’ the sound of your voice, then use it to speak your target language. Apparently the software needs around an hour of training to be able to use your voice. Currently it can convert between 26 languages, including Spanish, Italian and Mandarin Chinese.

Research scientist Frank Soong says the software could help language learners too. It may be easier to imitate and learn words and phrases when they’re said in your own voice, as well as providing extra encouragement.

What do you think? Will this replace your language learning, or enhance it?

Source: Technology Review