Learning a foreign language is a challenging experience. During my different experiences trough the language acquisition I had struggles, at the time of memorize new vocabulary and grammar and I could only imaging how difficult could it be for blind people.
There is a lot of useful methods and digital tools available to make easier that challenge, but unfortunately almost every tool out there requires the vision of the user, in order to see the content itself, even the simplest ones like Flashcards.
That's why I decided to design Neltume, which means in Mapudungun to become free, an Open Source Hardware tool that will help people with low vision or blindness to memorize new words and phrases on a foreign language.
On the first phase of this project I am designing the device for Spanish speakers, who wants to learn English.
The main functions of the devices in an early stage will be
- Learn and review the pronunciation of the alphabet
- Learn and review of vocabulary in English.
The Software has been programmed with Python 3.x, which will be execute it in a Raspberry Pi A+ but tested through a Raspberry Pi 3b taking advantage of the on build wifi.
The voices of the menu, options and vocabulary (Spanish and English) are from IBM Bluemix Text to Speech Software.