Blue Canoe raises $2.5M to help people speak English with the assistance of artificial intelligence

Blue Canoe, a Bellevue, Wash. startup that makes an app for learning English, just raised $2.5 million in seed funding. Lots of tools help people learn English, but Blue Canoe says it is a little different. The B2B startup sells to English training institutes and companies with global workforces that need their employees to be […]

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“I tried online English training – Core NEI + Blue Canoe” [a Journalist’s report]
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In recent years, many online English conversation services and speech recognition apps have appeared, making it easier to practice speaking. However, there may be many people who started somehow because of its simplicity and quit without feeling the effect. EdTechZine‘s editorial staff tried a couple of online English training services for companies to explore such […]

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Bellevue startup uses artificial intelligence to help English learners’ pronunciation

While the familiar idiom “you say tomayto, I say tomahto” is meant to showcase the triviality of differences, the irony lies in its illustration of the wide variation in English pronunciation. Such vagaries in pronunciation can make English difficult for many nonnative speakers unused to pronouncing certain sounds. English is a stress-based language, meaning that […]

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Blue Canoe wins Qualcomm Ventures’ Pitch Competition
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Qualcomm Ventures hosted their first Female Founders Summit that “brings together the most promising, US-based, early stage technology startups with at least one female founder, with venture capitalists and industry experts for an afternoon of networking, discussion and opportunity.” Blue Canoe is honored and humbled to have won the competition. We are thrilled the judges […]

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Blue Canoe Wins 2018 Tech Impact Award

To many, Washington’s tech sector seems esoteric, otherworldly. The reality, is that tech — the creation of new and better tools — is as ordinary as peanut butter and jelly, as essential as air and water. On the pages that follow, we shine a spotlight on 19 honorees whose efforts and accomplishments affect the lives of […]

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Pilot study shows technology breakthrough for adults in improving spoken fluency in English
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Blue Canoe Learning and Native English Institute (NEI) have completed a three-month study that evaluated Japanese and Russian participants who are working to improve their English.  By combining a weekly online 1:1 session with an expert NEI teacher with daily 10-minute practices with the Blue Canoe mobile app, study participants significantly improved the comprehensibility of […]

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AI2’s Oren Etzioni to entrepreneurs: It’s not too late to ride the machine-learning wave

Another startup that’s maturing in AI2’s incubator, Blue Canoe Learning, has developed an app that uses speech recognition and machine learning to help users pronounce their English better. “Why is pronunciation important? A, there’s a bunch of people I know, and I can’t quite understand them,” Etzioni said. “That’s a smaller thing. But a much bigger […]

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The Blue Canoe Pronunciation Score: Words and Sentences

“When I practice my spoken English with Blue Canoe, how can I tell if I am improving?” This is a common question, and the Blue Canoe Pronunciation Score is an important part of the answer. Confidence and Comprehensibility. At Blue Canoe, we take you beyond ‘knowing’ English to ‘doing’ English. Our games and activities help […]

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Colorful Language

It’s not often that a rising tech startup’s roots are traced back to something as lo-tech and analog as a deck of colorful playing cards. But such is the case with Blue Canoe, a company co-founded two years ago by three veteran Eastside tech entrepreneurs with a singular goal: Increase business productivity by helping non-native, English-speaking […]

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Blue Canoe takes on language learning with a focus on pronunciation

If you want to pick up a new language, there’s no shortage of options, and free ones, at that. But one aspect of the process that has been neglected is pronunciation, which is an especially important part of it for professionals. Online, learning pronunciation is generally “hear a recording, then repeat it (to an empty […]

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