A new role for avatars: Learning languages
Most experts agree that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it. Now, with more sophisticated technology, another theory around language learning is being tested: the use of avatars to practice speaking. Alongside traditional methods, like listening, repeating and digital flashcards, created by companies like Rosetta Stone, Livemocha and AccelaStudy, a few tech companies have leveraged the idea that becoming someone else helps to learn a foreign language, especially when speaking it.
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