ELSA (English Language Speech Assistant) has launched in India to improve the English speaking skills of the Indian Language learning community. Unlike other applications, courses that focus primarily on teaching vocabulary and grammar, ELSA uses speech recognition technology to help English learners with their pronunciation.
In India, the status of a person is often concluded by knowledge and fluency of English, and for millions, knowing fluent English means a much better chance of employability. A recent report by KPMG stated that the e-learning market in India is expected to grow at 42% by 2021.
“With the advent of Reliance Jio, increased smartphone and high-speed internet usage among the masses, there has been a sudden explosion in demand for English learning platforms. This is where ELSA is trying to fill the heavily ignored but essential gap of correct pronunciation and accent” quotes Ankit Raj, who is looking after the growth of ELSA in India.
ELSA has raised $7 million in March 2019 for its A.I. – assisted language learning platform that helps people with improving their English pronunciation. Over the past year, ELSA has been on a path of exponential growth. It claims to have made an impact by assisting a community of more than 4 million English learners to enhance their pronunciation. As a result, the learners were exposed to better opportunities whether at school, travel or work.
“We are looking to repeat the growth story in India after major success in Vietnam & Japan. India is one of the largest markets for English e-learning and we want to leave no stone unturned by going after online and offline channels to acquire customers”, says Vu Van, CEO of ELSA.
In a country with so many diverse languages — 20 official languages, English, is the only common language among native speakers of all regions and is predominantly becoming the mother tongue in urban households. Having realized this, ELSA wants to be the de-facto platform for pronunciation and accent coaching in India.