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Principal function(s): Autonomous learning
Talkpal AI is an AI-powered language learning tool - a chatbot that simulates dynamic and personalised conversations. In its free version, it allows 15 minutes of usage per day. Talkpal AI provides real-time feedback on users’ errors. It is suitable for users of all proficiency levels. Talkpal AI was developed by ViveVirtual.
Evaluation: Talkpal AI can be a valuable tool for autonomous language learning. By engaging in simulated conversation with a chatbot, learners can improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and thereby consolidate and expand their vocabulary. They can type their answers, as well as use a microphone. Talkpal AI provides immediate feedback concerning grammar and vocabulary, so learners can practise many competencies of a language at the same time. Talkpal AI can be quite engaging because it simulates real conversation and allows learners to write and talk about their topics of interest. Although the free version is rather limited, it can already serve the purpose of practising a wide range of languages for 15 minutes a day.
Cost: Free + premium options available. In its free version, it can be used for 15 minutes a day.
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Easy-to-use, straightforward, neat
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium. It collects the personal information you provide Talkpal AI such as name, e-mail, and more (when subscribing to the paid version). It also employs personal information for tailored advertising, marketing purposes, and analysis of Talkpal AI services. It complies with GDPR. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
sers can speak and chat with the Talkpal AI bot about any topic they desire
No installation required, login required.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Only web version available; all operating systems.
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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