The investment round for ELSA, a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology to help language learners improve their English pronunciation, was led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund. According to tech news provider Engadget, the Google fund will also offer "technical mentorship" to AI startups. ELSA will gain access to Google itself, including prominent figures such as investor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, design mastermind Matias Duarte and X lab leader Astro Teller. U.S. fund SOSV and Singaporean Monk’s Hill Ventures, strategic investment funds from the previous investment round, also invested in the app. In three years after its establishment, ELSA has successfully attracted $12 million through funding rounds in Silicon Valley, the U.S. and Asia. CEO and co-founder Van Dinh Hong Vu revealed that this round of funding will help the startup continue to recruit computer engineers and computer scientists in AI, and to … [Read more...] about English learning app co-founded by Vietnamese raises $7 million
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
After announcements that the format of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) will be renewed from February next year, hundreds of students have been waking up early and lining up in front of the IIG Vietnam office in District 3 from 4 a.m. onwards over the past few days to register for the exam. Currently, IIG Vietnam is the only official representative of the U.S.-based Educational Testing Service, which has been authorized to organize the TOEIC exam in the country. Images and videos have gone viral on social media, showing scores of exam-takers standing in line from 4 a.m. during the weekends awaiting their turn to register for the TOEIC test and the crowds were still going strong until Monday. Candidates fill up the stair of the IMG Vietnam's office in District 3 waiting to take the exam. Photo by Nguyen Duc on Facebook Explaining the reason for the early exam registration, many students said that they were worried about the updates as they were familiar … [Read more...] about At 4 am, Saigon students queue up to register for English exam
The U.S. Embassy’s American Center and the GreenAms Robotics Team July 23 organized the camp where the participants also learned about how robotics can advance economic development. During the camp, students, aged 10 to 14, built and programmed robots using Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits. At the end of the camp, the students demonstrated new skills by competing to accomplish a series of obstacle challenges with their robots. The U.S. Embassy Robotics Camp 2018 is one of many free programs the American Center offering for local residents to learn skills in English, soft skills, entrepreneurship, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.By UYEN PHUONG Tags: Vietnamese students tech skills U.S. Embassy Robotics Camp … [Read more...] about Local students learn tech skills at U.S. Embassy Robotics Camp
Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee Robert Foster of Kensington, Maryland, reacts after correctly spelling a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, U.S. May 29, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - At the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, hundreds of youngsters will compete in a uniquely American contest that has been likened to an intellectual extreme sport, involving one of the world’s most tricky languages. The competitors, some as young as 8 years old, face a three-day obstacle course through the English language, a mash-up of Germanic and French words laced with borrowings from tongues around the world. Any of 470,000 entries in the “Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary” is fair game. Their challenge is to outlast the field by coming up with the correct spelling of obscure words that often feature any one of a number of letter combinations that form identical … [Read more...] about Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee