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  • Sanas makes emerging-market English sound American or British

    Posted on September 20th, 2021 at 02:41 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

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    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    A tiny tech startup says its software can almost instantly convert the accent of an ESL (English as a Second Language) speaker into a stream of audio that sounds almost exactly like an American or a British native speaker.

    Sanas — whose domain name is Sanas.ai — is based in Palo Alto, California, and has used artificial intelligence to analyze thousands of ESL speakers in India, Latin America, the Philippines, and elsewhere. The AI system picks up differences in their speech patterns compared with Western speakers who learned English in childhood. The software’s output is like a 3-D printer for sound.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.36.0 (2021-09-20).