The Perfect Pronunciation Game

Software Candy, LLC has released Outsmart Mike v. 1.1, an Android app that makes it fun to learn to pronounce English language words. Your friends and family can understand what you say. But will Software Candy's Mike understand you?

Mike displays tongue twisters on your Android screen. The challenge is to read these phrases and sentences into your Android phone in a way that allows Mike to understand you. Some of Mike's considerable intelligence is built upon Google's Voice Search, an app that is available without charge at the Android Market. But Mike has a mind of his own, and a personality that's a laugh a minute. To make him understand you, you'll have to learn his quirks, moods, and whims. Even native English speakers may be surprised to learn how difficult it is to get a perfect score.

On the serious side, Outsmart Mike can be very useful as an educational tool for non-native English speakers of all ages. The game might also be used in speech therapy to help stutterers and other people with speech problems.

Taking an idea from The King's Speech, Outsmart Mike can make practicing with a machine an effective alternative to practicing with a person. Outsmart Mike takes it to the next stage by making it fun.

This Android game will tell you which words you have mispronounced, and how to improve your results. You can sort your phrases into Mike's favorite order, sort them alphabetically, or let them display randomly.

It's a mixed blessing to be a child in a household where the adults speak English as a second language. It's wonderful to have an opportunity to become fluent in two languages. But children are at a disadvantage in school when their parents don't pronounce English words properly. Outsmart Mike is a fun way to improve English language pronunciation skills of all the members of a household.

The free version has three tongue twisters that you can play with to see how much fun you can have when you try to outsmart Mike. The $1.99(US) Pro version has wall-to-wall fun, a wider assortment of phrases and sentences, color highlighting of correctly and incorrectly recognized words, and the ability to customize various features of the interface, as well as phrase, session, and cumulative scores.

Currently planned enhancements include "repeat" and "next" buttons to give you greater control over the phrases, multi-player scoring and tracking, a new single-word training mode, and in-app purchase of additional libraries of phrases.

Outsmart Mike v. 1.1 requires Android 2.2 or newer. Learn more about Outsmart Mike on the Android Market site - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.softwarecandy.outsmartmike.googlepaid - as well as Amazon's appstore, SlideME.org, and CNET's download.com.

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