uSpeak is an organisation dedicated to creating language learning experiences with a difference. We combine the limitless potential of technology with our intimate understanding of language itself and our awareness of the challenges faced by all language learners.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.Winston Churchill
We believe that:
- learning is innately gratifying
- humans are natural born language learners
- there is natural bond between language and culture
- language is a communication tool not a school subject
- every human being can become fluent given the right conditions
- language learning experiences need to adapt entirely to the learner
- it's time for a paradigm change
- we have the answer
We believe that if you can create something positive, rewarding and effective you don't need to teach people, we just simply learn.
Education must provide the opportunities for self fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.Noam Chomsky
Our goal is to finally remove the stigma that has been attached to language learning - a result of a fundamentally flawed education system. We want to prove that it needn't be painful, inconvenient or expensive to learn a foreign language; in fact it should be quite the opposite.
Our goal is to build a system that can tap into the natural predisposition that we all have, to constantly learn. We want to remove the barriers to learning a new language so that anyone can enjoy it's enormous benefits. We think that ought to be seen as an opportunity to grow.
We want to totally transform an industry and in so doing make the world a little more aware and it's inhabitants a little more happy!
History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.Theodor Adorno
We've built a system called uLAS (uSpeak Language Acquisition System) that replicates the way that our brain processes the relationship between words and their meaning. uLAS creates totally unique game-driven learning experiences for every user.
We've taken principles from applied linguistics, neuroscience, behavioural psychology and gamification to tap into your natural ability to learn, rather than just dragging you through a minefield of soul destroying flash cards or multiple choice translation questions.
We propose a language learning methodology that combines learning the true meaning of words in a natural way through gameplay, with reading, watching and listening to real, high-value content produced in the countries and cultures represented by the language you are learning.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.Albert Einstein