Foreign Patents (Class 434/157)
  • Patent number: 9747271
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the disclosure techniques for generating outgoing messages are disclosed. The technique includes receiving a request to generate an outgoing message for a recipient and retrieving one or more recipient preferences of the recipient from a recipient preferences database. The one or more recipient preferences relate to customization of messages that are to be delivered to the recipient. The technique further includes retrieving a message template from a plurality of message templates stored in a message template database based on the request and the one or more recipient preferences. The technique also includes generating the outgoing message based on the retrieved message template and the one or more recipient preferences, and providing the outgoing message to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Kirill Buryak, Andrew Swerdlow, Luke Hiro Swartz, Cibu Chalissery Johny
  • Patent number: 9710463
    Abstract: A two-way speech-to-speech (S2S) translation system actively detects a wide variety of common error types and resolves them through user-friendly dialog with the user(s). Examples include features including one or more of detecting out-of-vocabulary (OOV) named entities and terms, sensing ambiguities, homophones, idioms, ill-formed input, etc. and interactive strategies for recovering from such errors. In some examples, different error types are prioritized and systems implementing the approach can include an extensible architecture for implementing these decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Rohit Prasad, Rohit Kumar, Sankaranarayanan Ananthakrishnan, Sanjika Hewavitharana, Matthew Roy, Frederick Choi
  • Patent number: 9652453
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating parameters for features of a translation scoring function for scoring candidate translations in a target domain are provided. Given a source language corpus for a target domain, a similarity measure is computed between the source corpus and a target domain multi-model, which may be a phrase table derived from phrase tables of comparative domains, weighted as a function of similarity with the source corpus. The parameters of the log-linear function for these comparative domains are known. A mapping function is learned between similarity measure and parameters of the scoring function for the comparative domains. Given the mapping function and the target corpus similarity measure, the parameters of the translation scoring function for the target domain are estimated. For parameters where a mapping function with a threshold correlation is not found, another method for obtaining the target domain parameter can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Prashant Mathur, Sriram Venkatapathy, Nicola Cancedda
  • Patent number: 9646002
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes displaying, on a display, a viewing pane of available video contents including a first video content, receiving a selection of the first video content from the available video contents, transmitting a language selection and the selection of the first video content to a server, receiving a language content corresponding to the language selection and the selection of the first video content from the server, and displaying, on the display, the first video content in synchronization with playing the language content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Artin Nazarian, Greg Head, Paul Marz
  • Patent number: 9471265
    Abstract: An image processing system includes: a translating unit that translates text contained in translation target data to be subjected to translation processing and acquires translation data; and a generating unit that generates image data containing the translation target data and translation image data in which the text of the translation target data is replaced with the translation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 9418102
    Abstract: A pair search word, which is obtained by forming a pair of a preceding search word and a subsequent search word in the search times, is generated in accordance with an order of the search times, from search words in which intervals between the search times associated with the identical user specifying information are within a predetermined time, with reference to a search word memory means which stores the search words. A first appearance count of a pair search word among generated pair search words is calculated, a second appearance count of a reverse order pair search word obtained by reversing an order of a search time of the specific pair search word is calculated, and, when a magnitude relationship between the first appearance count and the second appearance account satisfies predetermined conditions, the preceding search word and the subsequent search word are stored as a thesaurus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Teiko Inoue, Taku Yasui, Kenji Sugiki
  • Patent number: 9419938
    Abstract: A system for associating an action of a user with a message corresponding to the action, where the message is visually displayed on a series of sequentially disposed discrete mats. The message is uttered by the user and the message is verified using a speech analyzer. The system includes at least two mats, each mat having a display, a transmitter, a receiver, and a presence sensor indicating the presence of the user and configured to indicate the intention of the user to add an answer to a composite answer. The system also includes an audio receiver that receives an audio input from the user and an indicator device that indicates whether the mat is a head mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Susan Jean Carulli
  • Patent number: 9400772
    Abstract: A method and device for selecting a word to be defined in a mobile communication terminal having an electronic dictionary function. The method includes selecting a word in a displayed text document in response to a first input, displaying the selected word in a search window, searching for the displayed word in response to a request to search for the displayed word, displaying information resulting from the search, and terminating display of the information and displaying the text document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok-Gon Lee, Jae-Gon Son, Ki-Tae Kim, Yong-Hee Han
  • Patent number: 9361908
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for scoring non-native speech. Two or more speech samples are received, where each of the samples are of speech spoken by a non-native speaker, and where each of the samples are spoken in response to distinct prompts. The two or more samples are concatenated to generate a concatenated response for the non-native speaker, where the concatenated response is based on the two or more speech samples that were elicited using the distinct prompts. A concatenated speech proficiency metric is computed based on the concatenated response, and the concatenated speech proficiency metric is provided to a scoring model, where the scoring model generates a speaking score based on the concatenated speech metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Klaus Zechner, Su-Youn Yoon, Lei Chen, Shasha Xie, Xiaoming Xi, Chaitanya Ramineni
  • Patent number: 9323845
    Abstract: A portable communication device for extracting a user interest comprises a term vector generation unit for generating, based on types of text data stored in the portable communication device, a term vector representing each text data, a subject classification tree storage unit for storing a subject classification tree, which is a tree structure in which multiple nodes, each including at least one training data and representing a subject, are connected to one another, and a similarity calculation unit for calculating a similarity between the term vector and the training data for each node in the subject classification tree. The similarity calculation unit extracts a node name representing the user interest from the subject classification tree based on the similarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sang Keun Lee, Jong Woo Ha, Jung Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 9071916
    Abstract: A telephone handset (1), e.g. a mobile phone, is equipped with an add-on module (41). Thereby, the module (41) comprises a microphone unit (9a) which is operated instead of the microphone unit intrinsically provided in the handset (1). Further, the module (41) comprises a short-range wireless transmission unit (23a) which is operated instead of a speaker unit (7) which is intrinsically provided in the handset (1). The short-range wireless communication unit (23a) establishes communication with a respective short-range wireless communication unit (19a) in a hearing device (10) as soon as a distance between the telephone handset (1) and the hearing device (10) drops below a predetermined threshold value as detected by a distance detection unit (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: PHONAK AG
    Inventors: Valentin Chapero-Rueda, Andi Vonlanthen, Lukas Florian Erni, Stefan Haenggi
  • Publication number: 20150125834
    Abstract: A real-time interactive collaboration system is provided, the system including at least: a collaboration board electronically connected between and amongst an instructor and one or more students, wherein the instructor and students are able to interact in real-time with previously uploaded objects that are part of a learning activity; means for the instructor and students to simultaneously share a predetermined view of the collaboration board; and means for the instructor and students to simultaneously share a portion of a predetermined view of the collaboration board at the discretion of the instructor. Methods of use for the foregoing system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: BERLITZ INVESTMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Claudia Marcela Mendoza Tascon
  • Publication number: 20150118660
    Abstract: Novel systems/methods for generating language learning lessons is disclosed in the present application. A learner is allowed to speak out loud a sentence in a foreign language while an instructor types down exactly how the sentence is spoken in a first column on an instruction sheet. The instructor then types a correct sentence marked with symbols noting the incorrect word and missing word in a second column parallel to the first column. Unfamiliar word is then placed in a third column and mispronounced word is placed in a fourth column. The present invention further has other features to allow the learner(s) to see his/her verbal mistakes, become conscious of these mistakes and thereby control his/her way of using those words in the correct way much more efficiently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Vladimir Kovin
  • Publication number: 20150099247
    Abstract: Apparatus for aiding learning by a person comprises a cover or shield (1) for concealing from the person a part of the person's body, and a webcam (6) and a screen (10) for visually displaying to the person, during concealment of the concealed body part, images of a part of the person's body not in direct view of the person. The apparatus may be used in the learning of a skill, such as hand-writing. In another embodiment, the shield is a collar worn to conceal part of the wearer's body, and the webcam and screen display the concealed body part in real time to the wearer. This apparatus can be used in many applications, such as to learn sports activities or to correct body image, posture or movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Jacklyn Bryant
  • Patent number: 8996352
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein facilitate multi-lingual communications. The systems and methods of some embodiments enable multi-lingual communications through different modes of communication including, for example, Internet-based chat, e-mail, text-based mobile phone communications, postings to online forums, postings to online social media services, and the like. Certain embodiments implement communication systems and methods that translate text between two or more languages. Users of the systems and methods may be incentivized to submit corrections for inaccurate or erroneous translations, and may receive a reward for these submissions. Systems and methods for assessing the accuracy of translations are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Machine Zone, Inc.
    Inventors: Francois Orsini, Nikhil Bojja, Arun Nedunchezhian
  • Publication number: 20150088573
    Abstract: An online learning platform for improvement of language conversation skills with management tools to control timing and monetization of the session. Web platform includes tutor search, scheduling, social networking, video viewer, and payment processes in a fully integrated package to create open and safe environment for language students. Students use the platform search process to find a tutor that matches their conversation needs. Tutors and Students use the integrated scheduling process to coordinate conversation sessions, called Vee-sessions. Students and tutors can communicate via social networking tools within the platform as well as linked to other existing social networking platforms. A student and tutor conduct an online video conversation and use language-learning tools to assist improvement in student oral communication abilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Andres Abeyta
  • Patent number: 8990082
    Abstract: A method for scoring non-native speech includes receiving a speech sample spoken by a non-native speaker and performing automatic speech recognition and metric extraction on the speech sample to generate a transcript of the speech sample and a speech metric associated with the speech sample. The method further includes determining whether the speech sample is scorable or non-scorable based upon the transcript and speech metric, where the determination is based on an audio quality of the speech sample, an amount of speech of the speech sample, a degree to which the speech sample is off-topic, whether the speech sample includes speech from an incorrect language, or whether the speech sample includes plagiarized material. When the sample is determined to be non-scorable, an indication of non-scorability is associated with the speech sample. When the sample is determined to be scorable, the sample is provided to a scoring model for scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Su-Youn Yoon, Derrick Higgins, Klaus Zechner, Shasha Xie, Je Hun Jeon, Keelan Evanini
  • Publication number: 20150079553
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for teaching a language to a user. An index with expression records is accessed. Each expression record has at least one image search expression. One of the expression records in the index is examined to identify at least one image search expression for the examined record. A translated expression is acquired. At least one image associated with each identified image search expression is sought. The translated expression and at least one of the images are displayed to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20150079554
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a language learning system and a language learning method. A language learning system includes a user terminal configured to receive utterance information of a user as a speech or text type and to output learning data transferred through a network to the user as the speech or text type, and a main server which includes a learning processing unit configured to analyze a meaning of the utterance information of the user, to generate at least one response utterance candidate corresponding to dialogue learning in a predetermined domain to induce a correct answer of the user, and to connect a dialogue depending on the domain and a storage unit linked with the learning processing unit and configured to store material data or a dialogue model depending on the dialogue learning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Gary Geunbae Lee, Hyungjong Noh, Kyusong Lee
  • Publication number: 20150064664
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for teaching a student the pronunciation of alphabet characters of an unfamiliar language include providing a group of distinct sequential narrative media segments, each narrative media segment including a partial transliterated narrative text comprising words of a base language known to the student formed by base characters of a base alphabet, and wherein a number of target characters comprising a subset of the target alphabet are substituted in the text for corresponding base characters of the base alphabet, the sequential media segments containing successively increasing numbers of target characters of the target alphabet substituted for corresponding base characters of the base alphabet; and displaying each narrative media segment to the student sequentially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Danimar Media LLC
    Inventor: Marisa Gobuty
  • Publication number: 20150056580
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pronunciation correction method for assisting a foreign language learner in correcting a position of a tongue or a shape of lips when pronouncing a foreign language. According to a implementation of this invention, the pronunciation correction method comprises receiving an audio signal constituting pronunciation of a user for a phonetic symbol selected as a target to be practiced, analyzing the audio signal, generating a tongue position image according to the audio signal based on the analysis results, and displaying the generated tongue position image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: SELI INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Jin Ho KANG, Moon Kyoung CHO, Yong Min LEE
  • Publication number: 20150044644
    Abstract: A training method for language learning is provided, which includes: building user data of a user in a storage unit; retrieving target contents from a CTC database to a UTC database of the storage unit in accordance with difficulty levels of the target contents and the acquired level; setting a test by selecting test contents of the target contents in the UTC database as questions of the test; scoring the user's answers to the questions; performing an AL adjustment for the acquired level in accordance with a score of the test; performing a DL adjustment for the difficulty levels in accordance with correctness of each answer to the respective question in the test; and uploading the target contents with changed difficulty levels to the CTC database to update the target contents in the CTC database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: SHEPHERD DEVELOPMENT LLC.
    Inventor: Ming-Wei Hsu
  • Publication number: 20150017617
    Abstract: As one implementation example, a system is described which comprises a display media adapted to display a plurality of known words, which form a first grammatical unit, and a plurality of unknown words, which form a second grammatical unit. The plurality of known words and the plurality of unknown words are associated with each other on a word per word basis by a code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Jones
  • Publication number: 20150010889
    Abstract: According to the method of the present invention for providing a foreign language acquisition and learning service based on context awareness by using a smart device, a service provider server receives user information from a user terminal, extracts foreign language learning content by using the user information, and transmits same to the user terminal, thereby providing the foreign language learning content that is tailored to the context of the user and the information of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Joon Sung WEE
  • Publication number: 20150004570
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a block toy for learning a foreign language. The block toy for learning a foreign language includes word cards which have one or more geometrically-shaped coupling means and also words written thereon, and grammar blocks which have one or more geometrically-shaped corresponding coupling means that corresponds to the coupling means of the word cards and also have word card receiving portions for receiving the word cards, wherein the coupling means of the word cards and the corresponding coupling means are fitted together in the word card receiving portions, and thus the word cards are inserted into the grammar blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Seung Ki NOH
  • Publication number: 20140356820
    Abstract: A language teaching material customizing system is provided in which a user can customize a language teaching material content freely. Specifically, the language teaching material customizing system of the present invention includes a client apparatus which produces customization data and a server apparatus which produces language teaching material content data. The server apparatus includes a storage section which stores an original sentence text, a translation sentence text, an original sentence sound source, a translation sentence sound source and a segment sound, and a control section which produces the language teaching material content data based on the customization data. The client apparatus includes a display section which displays a customization screen, an input section which receives an input from the user, and a control section which produces the customization data based on the input of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: BIGLOBE Inc.
    Inventor: Shunji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8870575
    Abstract: A language learning system including a storage module, a feature extraction module, and an assessment and diagnosis module is provided. The storage module stores training data and an assessment decision tree generated according to the training data. The feature extraction module extracts pronunciation features of a pronunciation given by a language learner. The assessment and diagnosis module identifies a diagnosis path corresponding to the pronunciation of the language learner in the assessment decision tree and outputs feedback information corresponding to the diagnosis path. Thereby, the language learning system can assess and provide feedback information regarding words, phrases or sentences pronounced by the language learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Sen-Chia Chang, Hsien-Cheng Liao, Jiang-Chun Chen
  • Publication number: 20140308630
    Abstract: Portable, real time voice translation systems, and associated methods of use, are provided. The systems include a translation system for use on a single unit, portable computing device and operable for accessing a multilanguage database, selecting a source language from a plurality of source languages and a destination language from a plurality of destination languages, inputting a source phrase, transmitting the source phrase to a speech recognition module, a translation engine, and a template look-up engine for finding the phrase template associated with the destination phrase from among the multiple languages. The spoken translation is then output in the selected destination language. The translation system has a total time between the input of the source phrase and output of the destination phrase that is no slower than 0.010 seconds, and a communications interface operable for communicating with a second computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: BRUCE W. NASH, Craig A. Robinson, Martha P. Robinson, Robert H. Clemons
  • Publication number: 20140302463
    Abstract: The current document discloses computer-based methods and systems that employ mnemonics for teaching foreign languages to students of foreign languages. The currently disclosed computer-based and mnemonics-based language learning system is, in the described implementation, a distributed computational system that provides a collaborative computational environment in which students of foreign languages create, edit, discuss, and use mnemonics-based dictionaries and language-learning resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Rafael Lisitsa, Mark Sestak, Gennady Feller
  • Publication number: 20140302464
    Abstract: A system and method for encouraging communication in different languages over a secured network that connects social circles (e.g., schools, kindergartens, etc.) and remote participants who are engaged in learning from each other's native languages as foreign languages are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Don Xiangdong Cai
  • Publication number: 20140295386
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, in certain embodiments, are computer-based language immersion teaching systems, products, programs, and methods for learners aged about 3 to about 10 years comprising a digital processing device and a computer program that creates a language immersion teaching environment, wherein said environment comprises a plurality of learning activities associated with a target language, and wherein said plurality of activities comprises: at least one learning activity based on a taxonomy of phonemes; at least one learning activity selected from: songs, chants, books, poems, puzzles, games, art activities, and printable activities; voiceover audio in said target language; and a software module for recording said learner's pronunciation and comparing it to one or more model pronunciations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Doug Dohring, David Hendry, Stephanie Yost, Jerry Chiawei Chen
  • Publication number: 20140295383
    Abstract: I disclose processes and methods that by combining pictures in specific ways could boost, enforce, and optimize language learning. Herein I disclose the combination of several pictures all of them related to the same word in order to elicit said word in the observer. Also, by showing a word together with several photos, and by having to choose the photo/s related to the word, the observer can enforce the word learning process. Moreover, I describe the replacement headers of classical multi-choice questions with a photograph. I also show that by intermingling pictures and words, photos can become language units in the same token as conventional words. Finally as a practical embodiment of this method, I provide a game that can be both entertaining and educational.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20140295385
    Abstract: Provided is a speed reading book for learning Chinese characters, which enables students to learn various Chinese characters while receiving speed reading training by writing figures in Chinese characters, the speed reading book including: study pages that include: a training element for the enlargement of a perceptible visual field; and an element for utilizing Chinese radicals. According to the speed reading book for learning Chinese characters of the invention described herein, since the students may repetitively perform training for seeing a Chinese radical which is the basis for studying Chinese and relevant Chinese characters whose radical is a Chinese radical in a lump, the students can have an enlarged visual perception field, can strengthen their concentration and reading ability, and can remember the Chinese characters for a long time because the Chinese radicals of the relevant Chinese characters are acquired as images through repetitive studying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jung Soo CHOI
  • Publication number: 20140295384
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and products for language learning that automatically extracts keywords from resources using various natural-language processing product features, which can be combined with custom-designed learning activities to offer a needs-based, adaptive learning methodology. The system may receive resources having text and then determine a text difficulty score that predicts how difficult the resource is for language learners based on any number of factors, including any number of semantic and syntactic features of the text. Training resources labeled with metadata may be used to train a statistical model for determining difficulty scores of newly received text. Resources may be grouped based on difficulty score, and groups of resources may correspond to language learners' proficiency levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Katharine NIELSON, Kasey KIRKHAM, Na'im TYSON, Andrew BREEN
  • Patent number: 8840400
    Abstract: In a communication between individuals having different levels of skill in a language, communication by the more skilled individual is controlled so as to keep it at a level understandable by the lesser skilled individual. For example, a native speaker's communication with a student learning his language (the target language) is monitored by an interface and compared with a stored model representing the student's knowledge and ability in the language. Should the native speaker communicate in a way that would not be understood by the student, for example, by using vocabulary or a sentence structure beyond the student's ability, the interface will notify the native speaker. The interface might then suggest an alternate word or sentence structure to the native speaker, inviting him to use the alternate communication. The native speaker can then substitute and send the alternate communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Keim, Jack August Marmorstein, Michael Scott Fulkerson, Ronald Bryce Inouve, Alisha Huber
  • Publication number: 20140272819
    Abstract: A linguistic phrase including a plurality of adjacently positioned characters arranged in a first sequence may be displayed. A first command may be received to obscure the linguistic phrase by separating the plurality of adjacently positioned characters into constituent characters In response to receiving the first command, the constituent characters may be displayed separate from each other to obscure the linguistic phrase. A second command may be received to combine at least two of the constituent characters to form a particular linguistic phrase including a number of adjacently positioned characters arranged in a particular sequence. Validity of the particular linguistic phrase may be evaluated. Upon determining that the particular linguistic phrase is valid, the particular linguistic phrase may be displayed including the number of adjacently positioned characters arranged in the particular sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Chinese Cubes Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Yi Hoo
  • Publication number: 20140272820
    Abstract: A method of providing a language learning environment comprises accessing media content, and identifying a number of content objects associated within the media instance. An apparatus for providing a language learning environment, comprises a processor, and a memory communicatively coupled to the processor, in which the memory comprises of metadata for the media, and in which the processor executes computer program instructions to, access media, and identify a number of content objects associated within the media instance. A computer program product for providing a language learning environment comprises a computer readable storage medium comprising computer usable program code embodied therewith, the computer usable program code comprising computer usable program code to, when executed by a processor, access media, computer usable program code to, when executed by the processor, identify a number of content objects associated within a media instance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MEDIA MOUTH INC.
    Inventor: Corey Wride
  • Publication number: 20140272821
    Abstract: The method includes receiving, from a user, a first speech input spoken in a first language; inferring a user intent based on at least the first speech input in the first language; based on the inferred user intent, generating one or more alternative expressions of the first speech input in the first language; and providing feedback to the user introducing the alternative expressions as a more preferred input to express the inferred user intent than the first speech input provided by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Donald W. PITSCHEL, Thomas R. GRUBER
  • Publication number: 20140255885
    Abstract: A composition in the target language is parsed into plural different linguistic components, including sound level, grammar level and at least one functional grammar level component. The linguistic components are then expressed on different facets of an n-sided block device representation system according to predefined sets of rules. The facets of the block device may then be selectively examined by the learner to visualize how the target language functions to express the composition with respect to the way sounds, grammar and functional grammar are used. The block device representation system may be computer-implemented, rendering the facets on display panels associated with physical blocks, or as computer-generated images upon a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventor: Catherine Youngkyung RYU
  • Publication number: 20140248590
    Abstract: A novel keyboard made up vowel daisies is used to learn to read, write and spell in English. A story is presented in which a specific set of words that can be generated emphasized. Upon hearing the story, a user enters a response which is received by the device when the specific word is highlighted in the story. A letter configuration, such as a hexagonal ring of letters corresponding to the specific word is displayed on the device. A phonic data relating to a letter in the specific word is manifested at the same time as another characteristic or attribute of the letter, specifically the shape of the letter, is also displayed or manifested to the user. These are done concurrently with displaying the letter configuration that corresponds to the word, wherein the letters are all in the same daisy array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Learning Circle Kids LLC
    Inventor: Ann H. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8825492
    Abstract: The language-based video game places a player avatar into a game environment contained within a display field following a story narrative or an adventure for completing an objective. The gameplay reinforces pronunciation and writing of a given language. The display field includes a minor head graphic, as can be highlighted text in the given language, interactive text objects, and can include a control icon and a progress icon. The minor head graphic is a representation of a human head, or portion thereof, animated to show pronunciation of the highlighted text. As the player progresses through the game, the player encounters the interactive text objects that, upon activation, transform into useful objects for overcoming challenges present in the game environment, the interactive text object being the same as, substantially the same as, or corresponding to the highlighted text. Avatar movement and interactions are controlled through a control scheme via an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Yousef A. E. S. M. Buhadi
  • Publication number: 20140227667
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, in certain embodiments, are computer-based language immersion teaching systems, products, programs, and methods comprising a digital processing device and a computer program that creates a language immersion teaching environment, wherein said environment comprises: a plurality of learning activities associated with a target language; a software module for providing voiceover audio in said target language; and a software module for providing translation of said voiceover and/or text from said target language to a specified language, wherein said translation is both written and voiced, and wherein said software module for providing translation of voiceover and/or text is adapted for use by a mentor to a learner of said target language.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Age of Learning, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug DOHRING, William MCCAFFREY
  • Patent number: 8798986
    Abstract: Portable, real time voice translation systems, and associated methods of use, are provided. The systems include a translation system for use on a single unit, portable computing device and operable for accessing a multilanguage database, selecting a source language from a plurality of source languages and a destination language from a plurality of destination languages, inputting a source phrase, transmitting the source phrase to a speech recognition module, a translation engine, and a template look-up engine for finding the phrase template associated with the destination phrase from among the multiple languages. The spoken translation is then output in the selected destination language. The translation system has a total time between the input of the source phrase and output of the destination phrase that is no slower than 0.010 seconds, and a communications interface operable for communicating with a second computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: NewTalk, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Clemons, Bruce W. Nash, Martha P. Robinson, Craig A. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20140205974
    Abstract: Methods and systems for teaching a user a non-native language include creating models representing phonological errors in the non-native language and generating with the models non-native pronunciations for a native pronunciation. The non-native pronunciations may be used for detecting phonological errors in an utterance spoken in the non-native language by the user. The models can include a native to non-native phone translation model and a non-native phone language model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bryan Pellom, Theban Stanley, Kadri Hacioglu
  • Patent number: 8784108
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, in certain embodiments, are computer-based language immersion teaching systems, products, programs, and methods for learners aged about 3 to about 10 years comprising a digital processing device and a computer program that creates a language immersion teaching environment, wherein said environment comprises a plurality of learning activities associated with a target language, and wherein said plurality of activities comprises: at least one learning activity based on a taxonomy of phonemes; at least one learning activity selected from: songs, chants, books, poems, puzzles, games, art activities, and printable activities; voiceover audio in said target language; and a software module for recording said learner's pronunciation and comparing it to one or more model pronunciations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Age of Learning, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug Dohring, David Hendry, Stephanie Yost, Jerry Chiawei Chen
  • Patent number: 8777625
    Abstract: A method for creating a combined character in a Chinese character learning game includes a first step of creating a portion representing a pronunciation of a combined character as a graphic character; a second step of a portion representing a meaning of the combined character as an additional graphic character(s); and a third step of disposing the graphic character(s) representing the meaning and the graphic character representing the pronunciation according to the positional relationship of the combined character. In the method, a graphic character of the combined character is formed by combining the two or more graphic characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Jin Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 8758017
    Abstract: Teaching material generation methods and systems to generate teaching material for language learning are provided. The system comprises a plurality of social circumstances, a plurality of contextual situations, a user interface and a processing module. The user interface receives a selection corresponding to at least one of the social circumstances, and a selection corresponding to at least one of the contextual situations. The processing module generates teaching material according to the selected social circumstance and the selected contextual situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Jing-Jing Chai, Li-Yuan Chen, Meei-Yuan Fann
  • Patent number: 8758018
    Abstract: EEG-based acceleration of second language learning is accomplished by measuring via single-trial EEG a learner's cognitive response to the presentation (visual or auditory) of language learning materials and updating a user model of latent traits related to language-learning skills in accordance with the cognitive response. The user model is suitably updated with each trial, each trial being triggered by learner fixation on a portion of visual materials and/or a next phoneme in auditory materials. Additional discrimination may be achieved through the use of saccades or fixation duration features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Peot, Mario Aguilar, Aaron T. Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20140170613
    Abstract: A learning system and a method adapted to personalize language learning to individual users. An output device generates and presents learning related data to a user associated with a user ID. An input mechanism receives, in response to the learning related data, response data from the user indicating the users response to the learning related data. A processor associates the learning related data to the response data to couple the response from the user to the learning related data. A database including a storage space associated to the user ID is used for storing the learning related and the associated response data and generates an individualized language knowledge database for the user. The processor is adapted to issue a true (tl) or false (fl) learning related data indicators indicating whether the response data matches the learning related data presented to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: COOORI EHF
    Inventor: Arnar Thor Jensson
  • Publication number: 20140170612
    Abstract: A method for computer program for studying a foreign language, which includes an algorithm that automatically generates words, word conjugations, word combination, sentences and texts in the relevant foreign language to provide the learner with a wide variety of words, word conjugations, word combinations, sentences and texts that may be used to practice the language.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Vladimir Yudavin