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Speak with confidence and clarity.

We use AI and speech recognition to dramatically improve the pronunciation of non-native English speakers, helping them to successfully communicate.

Get to know Blue Canoe

Learn how we partner with English-language training companies and multinational corporations to empower learners to speak English more clearly and confidently.

Clear speech in just ten minutes a day

Our mobile games and activities are built on the proven 20-year-old Color Vowel® System, which has been used by over 1,000,000 people around the world to help with their English pronunciation. Then, we layered on leading-edge speech recognition and machine-learning technology to create a virtual ESL teacher.

Listen to the Blue Canoe difference for yourself.

Benefits for English-language training companies

Partner with us to improve your students’ ability to speak clearly. We can customize the content to fit your curriculum.

  • Sell new courses for new revenue
  • Shine with revolutionary AI technology
  • Improve learner success
  • Track learner progress with Dashboard
  • Improve and retain teachers with powerful training courses

Benefits for businesses

Work 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

The science behind Blue Canoe

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.

Visual

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.

Kinesthetic

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.

Rhythmic

The repeating rhythm of the key English vowel sounds 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

See inside Blue Canoe

Blue Canoe’s virtual AI teacher and educational activities have learners practice the key English sounds and rhythms they need to be easily understood, using the parts of the brain that are most open to this instruction, and gives them immediate targeted feedback for improvement. It keeps them engaged for the daily practice it takes to rewire their brain. Watch to see why so many teachers and learners call Blue Canoe a “revolutionary game changer”!

Customer Stories

I’m delighted that we have offered Blue Canoe to our non-native English speaking employees. They are learning, improving their spoken English, and increasing their confidence, and all of this is very valuable to our company.

Olga Zguskaya
Head of HR, SAP Japan

Our team

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

Tony Andrews

CTO and Co-founder

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

Josh Baxley

Software Engineer

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

Sarah Daniels

CEO and Co-founder

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

Matthew Elsea

Director of Product Design

Matthew is a product and design leader driven by user research and data. Geocaching HQ, Murray Franklyn.

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

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

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

Board Member, Head of Education Team

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

Andrei Villasana

Software Engineer

Andrei is an experienced full-stack developer with expertise in mobile development. Smashing Ideas/ReachNow, Best Buy

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

VP of Marketing

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

Get in touch

English-language training companies: Want to offer Blue Canoe to your learners?

Businesses: Want to provide Blue Canoe to your employees?