AI & Language Learning

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AI & Language Learning

This text is about artificial intelligence and how AI can help people learn foreign languages fast and more effectively.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize how we learn foreign languages, offering innovative solutions to overcome traditional challenges in language learning. With advancements in machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and virtual reality (VR), AI is being leveraged to enhance language learning in various ways.

First and foremost, AI can provide personalized language instruction tailored to individual learners. AI-powered language learning platforms can analyze learners’ strengths and weaknesses, adapt the curriculum accordingly, and generate customized lessons and exercises to target specific language skills.

AI can also provide instant feedback, corrections, and suggestions to help learners improve their language proficiency in real-time. This especially goes for writing systems such as Grammarly or Chat OpenAI. For instance, Chat Open AI can help with English and even less common languages such as Bosnian/Croatian and Serbian.

Furthermore, AI-powered language learning tools can utilize natural NLP technology to analyze spoken or written language and provide feedback on pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and more. For example, voice recognition technology can assess learners’ pronunciation accuracy and provide feedback for improvement. At the same time, chatbots powered by NLP can engage learners in conversational practice, simulating real-life language interactions.

Google Translate is the simplest example. We know that if our English pronunciation is inaccurate, the system records something we haven’t intended to say. A better example is Clever Bot which immediately types down all the phrases as we speak. This helps us see what the other side hears when we intend to share our messages by pronouncing certain words.

Although AI can create immersive language learning experiences through VR or augmented reality (AR) technologies, we must be aware of possible risks for children. Therefore, despite all the advantages of AI, VR and AR, parents, caregivers, and educators should consider the cognitive and personal specificities of those in earlier developmental stages.

Lastly, the convenience of AI-powered language learning tools cannot be overstated. These tools are available 24/7, allowing learners to study at their own pace and access language learning resources anytime and anywhere. In addition, AI can provide immediate assistance and feedback, eliminating the need to wait for human instructors or classmates and making language learning more flexible and convenient.

In conclusion, AI has the potential to significantly enhance foreign language learning by offering personalized instruction, utilizing NLP technology, facilitating adaptive learning, creating immersive experiences, providing access to authentic language resources, revolutionizing language assessment, and offering convenience and flexibility.


AI + Human Interaction Benefits

Let’s agree that AI transforms how we acquire and master foreign languages. Let’s filter out a few essential points regarding the benefits and advantages of modern technology in language learning. We can summarize them in 6 points (give or take).

  • Personalized language instruction
  • Immersive and adaptive language learning
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology
  • Access to Authentic Language Resources
  • Enhanced Language Assessment
  • 24/7 Availability and Convenience

However, it is essential to mention that while AI is not a substitute for human interaction and cultural understanding, it can augment language learning and provide innovative solutions to make language acquisition more effective and efficient. With this being said, at the same time, we still understand the importance of human interaction through this process. Therefore, if we want to use modern technologies, we should go for it.

On the other hand, we should be aware of what robots cannot. This is why we need to combine human and AI elements when learning a new language. Ultimately, even if we want to rely on robots, we need someone to teach us how to do that. So let’s look for those language teachers who can provide human interaction but also help us learn more about our ‘boty’ friends, how to use them and how to learn creatively by letting them keep us company.

NOTICE: This text is not peer-reviewed. It aims to inspire and motivate language learners of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian to think about possible cultural patterns when learning this/these language(s).