Memrise, a UK based startup, whose language-learning application uses AI to adapt to its customers’ language learning needs, just raised $15.5 million in funding to expand their products.
The application, which aims to help you become fluent in a foreign language, has both a web and mobile app.
The system uses machine learning to adapt its teaching to what you already know. Using that information the system can you help you memorize characters, vocabulary, and phrases and is available for both English speakers and speaker of other languages.
Using NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs and the cuDNN-accelerated Keras deep learning framework, the team trained their neural network on several databases, including thousands of crowdsourced clips, recorded by native speakers.
“We have teams of people working on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technology to make the learning experience on our courses amazing,” the Memrise team mentioned in a blog post. “Memrise is going to become much more adaptive and personalized to you. We’ll be able to better understand your natural language learning ability, and judge how frequently you should be reviewing words you’ve learned based on that.”
“Over the next few years, In other words, thanks to AI technology, learning a language at Memrise is going to get faster, more convenient and more relevant than it ever has been before,” the company said.
The application now has 35 million users across the world for its 20 language courses. Some of the languages include Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish.