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October 27, 2005

Eikaiwa for Traveling Seniors

Older Japanese who want to polish up their English communication skills before traveling abroad have a new tool. This week, Nihon Unisys Solutions announced the release of their speech recognition program for language learners. "Senior no Ryokou Eikaiwa" (Travel English for Seniors) is the latest in a series of materials based around IBM's ViaVoice speech recognition software and gives users feedback to help them check their own pronunciation. Features include changing the speed with which native speakers speak and can keeping a visual record of their progress. The CD-ROM (Windows XP only) comes complete with a textbook and headset and retails for ¥26,400. The company hopes to sell 30,000 copies in the next year.
Nihon Unisys Solutions website (Japanese)
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