Astrid Education (“Astrid”) are an innovative educational technology company providing a voice-based, AI powered language learning platform. Language learning solutions are often expensive, and can be out of reach in emerging markets, or in places where there is a lack of English-speaking teachers. To bridge the language barrier, students are often forced to pay for costly private tutoring in order to achieve fluency.
With a focus on engaging learners through storytelling and conversation activities, the Astrid app offers an accessible, efficient, and affordable learning tool for children and teenagers who want to develop the practical side of their English skills, particularly speaking and pronunciation.
Astrid developed a speech recognition technology tailored to language learning. In the app a user reads out loud from a library of texts, including stories and exercises, and their speech is then analysed, and feedback is provided. The user journey is then adapted to the individual learner based on their Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level, with tailored suggestions made for improvement.
Communicating confidently in English can be key for career development and accessing information from around the world. Astrid’s app enables a communicative learning approach to supplement the education provided by teachers, schools, and parents. By making high-quality private English tutoring more affordable, Astrid enables students from around the world to compete in the global talent market.
Astrid needed a partner to collaborate with to achieve their goal of developing world-leading speech recognition technology. Being new to the market, they required access to quality data and language expertise to enable fast development of their product, and to allow for continued evolution, pushing the boundaries of language learning solutions.