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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO USING ELSA SPEAK AND MASTERING THE ART OF FLUENT ENGLISH SPEAKING

The pool of opportunities has now open its gate wider than ever. The rules of the game are getting fairer and fairer. More and more people are now sitting at their home working with overseas teams and clients. Backgrounds and origins now matter less and less. The opportunities are right there. However, they aren’t meant for everybody. Not even for many, just a selected few. A selected few who has what it takes to be part of the game: the ability to present himself well to the world.

In which, communication is a vital part.

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SXSWedu is on the cutting edge. The conference and education festival, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others, ran from March 7th through 10th in Austin, Texas. Embedded in a comprehensive education conference with everything from The Playground to Meet-Ups is SXSWedu Launch, a contest providing startups in the education space with the opportunity to show their products and services to the broader learning community. 2016 marks the fifth annual competition.

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ELSA Announced Winner Of SXSWedu 2016 Launch Competition

ELSA Announced Winner of SXSWedu 2016 Launch Competition

SXSWedu is excited to congratulate ELSA as the winner of the SXSWedu 2016 Launch startup competition. The news was made last night at the Launch Party, hosted by Walton Family Foundation.

ELSA is a mobile app for language learners to improve pronunciation and reduce accent, utilizing in-house speech recognition, automated feedback and deep learning technology. ELSA works to enable 1.5 billion learners to increase language fluency at the lowest cost and unlock new opportunities.

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SXSWedu® Launch Competition Announces ELSA As Winner

SXSWedu® Launch Competition Announces ELSA as Winner

AUSTIN, Texas, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The SXSWedu Conference & Festival named ELSA as the winner of the SXSWedu Launch startup competition. Following two days of pitches from this year’s ten finalists, the announcement closed out the competition at the Launch party, hosted by the Walton Family Foundation, in Austin, Texas.

ELSA is a mobile app for language learners to improve pronunciation and reduce accent, utilizing in-house speech recognition, automated feedback and deep learning technology. ELSA works to enable 1.5 billion learners to increase language fluency at the lowest cost and unlock new opportunities.

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Vietnam’s mobile app wins US education startup competition

A mobile app created by two Vietnamese and one Spanish developers to help English language learners improve their pronunciation has won an education startup competition in the US.

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ELSA’s looks on an Android phone. Photo credit: VnExpress

ELSA‘s founders Van Dinh Hong Vu, Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu, and Xavier Anguera were honored at the Texas-based education event SXSWedu on Thursday, after beating nine other finalists of its Launch startup competition.

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Admit.Me, ELSA, Words Liive Finalists in SXSWedu Launch

NARROW THE FIELD: A diverse group of edtech startups pitched their businesses to a full room of educators, investors and fellow entrepreneurs at SXSWedu Launch on Tuesday. The ten participating companies ran the edtech gamut from a game teaching organic chemistry to a marketplace coaching foreign students on soft skills.

Three companies were selected as finalists in the competition:

Admit.Me: Admit.Me connects college applicants with current students & experts at those colleges. The product’s goal is to provide students with more attention than the typical high school guidance counselor can provide, at a lower price than a private admissions consultant. Founder and CEO Kofi Kankam explained, “We envision that some day universities will be able to search for students the way we search for tickets on Kayak.”

ELSA: ELSA helps English language learners to improve their accent, pitch and intonation when speaking English. The app, which has not yet been released publicly, listens to the way that users pronounce words and provides specific feedback on how to improve pronunciation, for example, “Use a harsher ‘sh’ sound at the end of the word ‘flesh.’” The genesis of the app is rooted in founder Vu Van’s personal experience: “When I arrived for my first day at Stanford Graduate School of Business, I wanted to ask for the ‘information sheet.’ Instead I requested the ‘information s**t.’”

Words Liive: Words Liive helps students understand grammar concepts by comparing classic texts to contemporary song lyrics. For example, explained founder and president Sage Salvo, students are more apt to understand a metaphor by Shakespeare (“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs”) if it is compared to a metaphor in a John Legend song (“Our love’s an asylum / where you go I go.”)

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