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Lily Smart Speaker for Chinese - The Rise of Personal AI-driven Language Tutors?

Lily Smart Speaker for Chinese - The Rise of Personal AI-driven Language Tutors? | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

A crowdfunded smart speaker called Lily is a personal Chinese language tutor - the first smart speaker designed to teach language learners how to speak Chinese in a natural way that includes interactive conversations and vocabulary-based language games. The team behind the speaker anticipates launching Lily in March.

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Emotibot Secures USD 30 Million to Create Leading Chinese Emotional-Cognitive Chatbot

Emotibot Secures USD 30 Million to Create Leading Chinese Emotional-Cognitive Chatbot | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Founded in 2015, Emotibot is an artificial intelligence company engaged in deploying deep learning, Chinese semantic understanding, emotional calculation and computer science to provide emotional robot solutions. The robot can read, see, listen, remember, self-learn, and understand a user's emotions, and the affective states, emotions and intentions of the speaker.
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@Tencent AI Launches 'Transmart' #NMT Solution

@Tencent AI Launches 'Transmart' #NMT Solution | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Tencent AI Lab has released an AI aided translation product ‘Transmart’ on its website for simultaneous, English-Chinese-English, translation,
which accounts for more than 80% of translation business in the country, 

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Challenges of Speaking Chinese to Computers

Challenges of Speaking Chinese to Computers | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Written Chinese does not have spaces naturally dividing words as English does. So Chinese natural-language-processing researchers must teach their algorithms where to insert spaces in order to establish the proper meaning of a particular combination of characters. The absence of Chinese verb tenses—there are no distinctive forms for past, present, or future—also makes it challenging for machines to decipher the timeline of a sequence.

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Mandarin Chinese Learning in African Primary Schools

Mandarin Chinese Learning in African Primary Schools | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

“The place of China in the world economy has grown to be so strong that Kenya stands to benefit if its citizens can understand Mandarin,” Jwan noted. Kenya follows in the footsteps of South Africa which began teaching the language in schools in 2014 and Uganda which is planning mandatory Mandarin lessons for high school students.

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@Weibo Eyes Expansion to the Global 'Chinese-speaking World'

@Weibo Eyes Expansion to the Global 'Chinese-speaking World' | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Chinese social media giant Weibo is making a push into foreign markets and is considering launching new products in different languages, a senior executive told AFP, brushing off concerns over censorship and credibility. The Twitter-style platform has long been prominent in China, known for its heavy censorship and Great Firewall, but it now wants to reach Chinese audiences overseas, Weibo Sports senior operations director Zhang Zhe said.
"We want everyone in the Chinese-speaking world to use Weibo," he said on the sidelines of the Sports Connects sport-business conference in Dongguan, southern China. Zhang added that Weibo is also looking into hiving off new, more niche products in different languages including English.

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US Big Tech Facing Chinese Language Problems in Smart Speaker Market 

US Big Tech Facing Chinese Language Problems in Smart Speaker Market  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Chinese companies are making extremely inexpensive smart speakers. These speakers can also be shipped internationally, running Amazon Alexa when sold abroad. Major foreign voice assistants are nowhere to be seen in the Chinese market. Why? : They have mostly failed even to get the language right. Apple's Siri has cracked China's notoriously difficult languages, speaking two dialects each of Cantonese and Mandarin, but the company's HomePod speaker only has English and — in any case — isn't for sale in China. Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant offer no Chinese language support. The race for the global market is on.

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