'Google Bolo' to teach kids how to pronounce

More than one crore children enrolled in around 1.13 lakh primary schools in Uttar Pradesh will now be able to improve their pronunciation in both Hindi and English, by using Google's Bolo app. Bolo in Hindi means to speak

Aug 13, 2020
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More than one crore children enrolled in around 1.13 lakh primary schools in Uttar Pradesh will now be able to improve their pronunciation in both Hindi and English, by using Google's Bolo app. Bolo in Hindi means to speak. 

The free app was launched in India in March 2019 and uses Google's speech recognition and text-to-speech technology.

It features an animated character, Diya, who encourages children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word.

It also lauds the reader when he/she completes the reading.

State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT) Director Sanjay Sinha said that the app is designed for primary grade children, aged between six and 11 years.

"'Bolo' helps improve both their English and Hindi reading skills, by encouraging them to read aloud. The app also gives instant feedback," he said.

'Bolo' is actually a read-along app or a speech-based, reading-tutor app for Android-based smartphones. It can be downloaded for free from Google's Play Store.

Sinha further said that the app will also help teachers wherever they are in doubt about the pronunciation of a Hindi or English word.(IANS)

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