Amira uses a speech recognition library that was specifically built using students (as opposed to Alexa, Siri, and others that were built using adult speakers.) The ability to detect dialects and accents is built into Amira's speech recognition libraries.

Accents and Dialects

Additionally, because Amira is driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) using machine learning, the more students use Amira, the more the system "learns" how to detect variances in student speech including accents and dialects.

Over the last two years, Amira has worked with thousands of English and Spanish-speaking students with a broad range of origins and language proficiencies. While Amira’s accuracy will continue to improve over time, the software is now capable of listening to a broad diversity of English and Spanish accents.

Speech Impairments

Students with speech impairments present challenges because of the variability in the types and extent of the impairment. Amira is currently being used in several schools where these speech patterns are exhibited, but we can't predict how soon there will be sufficient data to support speech recognition for all speech impairments.

If you have a particular example of a student you would like us to investigate, please email the student's name, school, and class to

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