The best way to learn a new language is to speak it. With Lily: The Chinese Smart Speaker you can do just that from the comfort of your own home.
The new smart speaker is designed by and for Chinese language students who wish for a more immersive experience. The device is 100 percent voice-controlled and similar to an Amazon Alexa in that it’s equipped with AI. Except this AI can maintain fully interactive conversations to help you learn faster. It’s rated for both beginners and advanced students and boasts real-time translations.
Lily is equipped with voice games for vocabulary training, an app that helps you learn Chinese characters, pronunciation correction and even tools to help you prepare for exams. It also has a Chinese voice assistant that can answer questions about the weather, time or just share stories when you’re bored. The device comes with intuitive touch controls and is available in six different colors and designs.
While taking Chinese courses could cost you thousands of dollars, Lily is set to retail for just $399. If you pre-order you can snag it at only $199, a great deal for an immersive language tool like this.
First shipments are expected to begin April 2020, so check the website for more information on features and how to order soon.
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