Revolutionary app uses 3D animation to help teach pronunciation

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[] Bangkok, Thailand - Learning Technologies International is pleased to introduce the iOS app 'Speak As You See'. The app will help learners of English and people with communication difficulties to pronounce sounds more clearly. The app will be useful for ESL teachers, ESL students, speech therapists and patients.

Speak As You See allows English language learners and people with speech problems to see what is happening inside the mouth and how the movements of the tongue work in conjunction with the teeth and palate to produce sounds. This is something that has always been difficult to visualize but now learners have a realistic 3D model to imitate.

App developer Neill deHaan said, "Many learners of English face difficulties when trying to pronounce certain sounds. For some learners of English, the difference between 'ch' and 'sh' sounds is inaudible because they don't have two distinct sounds in their own language. Another well-known problem for many Asian learners is the difficulty faced when pronouncing 'l' and 'r' sounds. Speak As You See can help learners see exactly what is happening to the tongue when making these sounds and because the animations are realistic, they can be easily imitated."

British expat Neill deHaan and his US-based business partner, former university lecturer, Scott Gannon have over 40 years teaching experience between them and have worked in several countries. The app was developed after seeing the problems involved in teaching pronunciation to learners of English as a second language. They searched in vain for good materials but found a gap in trying to explain what is really happening inside the mouth during pronunciation and were always disappointed with difficult-to-understand diagrams or written explanations. The app is also useful for those people with hearing and communication difficulties in helping to visualize how they should try to produce sound.

"We wanted people to try to imitate the models to get better and more natural pronunciation on those problematic sounds and so that's why the app is called Speak As You See," added Neill.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* Universal app
* 215 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Speak As You See 1.0 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. An Android version is currently undergoing development.

Learning Technologies International is a software company specialising in software to assist pronunciation for learners of English as a foreign language and for people with communication disorders. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 Learning Technologies International. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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