Get To Know Blue Canoe

Learn how we empower your employees to speak English more clearly.

Clear Speech in Just Ten Minutes a Day

Speak into our mobile game and get meaningful feedback based on the proven Color Vowel® System, leading-edge speech recognition and machine learning technology.

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Benefits for Business

Partner with us to help your employees speak more effectively with customers and colleagues, focusing on the vocabulary they use most often.

  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Improve response times
  • Encourage team sharing of ideas
  • Increase employee loyalty

Benefits for Learners

Play Blue Canoe to learn the secrets to pronouncing English clearly, and stop having to repeat yourself.

  • Build confidence
  • Play engaging games
  • Get feedback anytime, anywhere
  • Track your progress
  • Move ahead in your career


Blue Canoe is the English pronunciation expert. It works by overcoming the brain’s resistance to perceiving new language sounds by using other “muscles” in the brain to help. We make it fun to practice, detect the errors that matter, and provide personalized brain-friendly tips for quick progress.

icon Using a color and a symbol - such as BLUE MOON or GREEN TEA - for each of the 14 English vowel sounds helps your brain to remember them.
icon Using your hand to highlight stress - the key syllable in a word - is like turning on a switch in your brain, and helps to pronounce the words correctly.
icon The repeating rhythm of your Spoken Turns will help your brain learn the sounds and discover how to pronounce new words.

Why is speaking English so hard?

Two billion people are learning English worldwide. There are thousands of schools and programs to help, and many students become relatively fluent in reading and writing. However, few succeed in the “last mile” to speak and be easily understood. Why?

  • Spoken English is very different from written English
  • Our adult brains stop us from hearing new language sounds. Literally.
  • As a result, the standard English teaching method of “listen and repeat” usually fails

Latest News

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New Bellevue-Based App Teaches English Pronunciation Using AI

It won’t teach you a new language, but Blue Canoe Learning’s new game app —powered by machine learning — promises to help people around the world communicate more effectively in English. Like many good ideas, Blue Canoe was born over a cup of coffee. CEO Sarah Daniels, who had previously worked at Bellevue-based DreamBox Learning, was […]

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Tech Moves: Blue Canoe Hired Three New Leaders

  Blue Canoe Learning, the first startup to be accepted into the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence’s incubation program, hired three new leaders. “These early hires are critical at our stage as we place bets in how we’ll grow in the coming months and years. I couldn’t be more excited by these three executives… Read More […]

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App helps people learn English through artificial intelligence

Seattle-based Blue Canoe Learning has built an app that helps non-native English speakers improve their pronunciation of the language through machine learning. It’s the first company to be a part of an incubator program at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen… Read More >

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We are experienced entrepreneurs and leaders who have a vision of how we can use technology to help non-native English speakers – and the businesses that employ them – change their lives and careers by improving their pronunciation and English communication skills.

Tony Andrews
Tony Andrews

CTO and Co-founder

Tony is a visionary and expert architect and technology leader. Microsoft, Performance Phones, Netwise, Array Technology

    Josh Baxley
    Josh Baxley

    Software Engineer

    Josh is a wizard at mobile development. Moment, Contour, Inrix                                                                                                                        .

      Sarah Daniels
      Sarah Daniels

      CEO and Co-founder

      Sarah is an experienced leader and serial entrepreneur. Trulia, Market Leader, Dreambox Learning, Aventail

        Laura McIndoo
        Laura McIndoo

        ESL Educator and Game Designer

        Laura is the brains behind Color it Out! and a veteran ESL teacher. English Language Training Solutions, Central New Mexico Community College

          Amit Mital
          Amit Mital

          Co-founder and board member

          Amit is CEO and Founder of Kernel Labs, and an experienced high tech exec and innovator. Symantec, Microsoft

            Michael Rawding
            Michael Rawding

            VP of Global Business Development

            Michael is a dynamic global business executive with extensive strategic sales and operational expertise in Asia. Microsoft Greater China, Microsoft Japan, Microsoft Asia, Washington State China Relations Council

              Karen Taylor
              Karen Taylor

              Board Member

              Karen is the creator of the Color Vowel System and a world-class ESL educator. English Language Training Solutions, American University

                Dr. Xiaoyun Wang
                Dr. Xiaoyun Wang

                Speech and ML Scientist

                Xiaoyun is an expert in speech and machine learning, with leading innovations in 2nd language learning. Doshisha, UCLA, Nanyang Tech.

                  Penny Williams
                  Penny Williams

                  VP of Marketing

                  Penny drives awareness, sales and customer success at high-tech companies. Outreach, Trulia, Market Leader, DDB, Rapp

                    Tiffany Young
                    Tiffany Young

                    Creative Director

                    Tiffany has led the design of hundreds of successful games and interactive marketing campaigns. XPLANE, DreamBox Learning, Smashing Ideas

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