Recently I reviewed Rosetta Stone’s new mobile app, and questioned some of the philosophy behind its operational design. You can read that review here. In relation to my criticism, I thought I would take a moment to comment on where I think we should be with regard to language learning software, and identify what appears to be an unnecessary gap in our current CALL, or as it would be MALL, environment.
Being that we currently have built into most smartphone OS a text-to-speech (TTS) application programming interface (API), it seems to me using this technology for language learning should be a given, but unfortunately it is not. As my recent disappointment with Rosetta Stone detailed, even major players do not seem to be taking advantage of this amazing technology.