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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTILINGUAL INTERACTIVE SELF-LEARNING

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTILINGUAL INTERACTIVE SELF-LEARNING

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Description

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTILINGUAL INTERACTIVE SELF-LEARNING

Most current education systems use one language as a primary language of communication and do not provide a multilingual environment, even in situations where there is a desire to impart multilingual education, for example, by an educator in school or a parent at home, the methodology is usually that the educator/parent needs to translate words from one language to another (for example from English to a native language) and relate that word to the person being taught. However, even this methodology has not been followed consistently by most education systems across the world and even at home it tends to be too tedious to be
followed on a consistent basis.

This invention is inspired by worldwide lack of teachers with multilingual capability and lack of quality learning systems based on multilingual approach.

Lack of tools and technology for imparting multilingual education to visually disabled and hearing-impaired users.

The present invention meets the requirements of a multilingual learning system with an easy to use device which can be used by users in multiple languages and in multiple countries. This invention is readily useable by visually-disabled and hearing-impaired users.

• The invention is especially useful among working parents, uneducated parents and poverty-stricken parents.
• The developed product and system can impart education till early ages (1-5) with minimal support of a parent or teacher.
• This tool provides interactive learning experience to the user
• This tool provides multilingual learning & education at an affordable rate in any part of the world.
• This tool will help the user to learn the languages fed into the tool and will be able to relate it. Example: Hindi-English Pair, Hindi-English- Spanish or more pairs.
• This tool provides Native level language expertise in multiple languages simultaneously.
• Designed keeping in mind blind & hearing-impaired users.
• The system is simple enough to be used by children and sophisticated
enough to be used by visually challenged users.
• Aligned with Right to Education and goals set by UN & UNESCO.

According to another aspect of the invention, a system comprises a console and a card wherein the console comprises a processor, a receiver configured to receive a short range wireless signal, and based on a short range wireless signal received by the receiver, the processor is configured to identify a media file stored in a memory location accessible to the processor and the short range wireless signal received by the receiver is associated with an object and a natural language, and the card comprises a short range wireless communication tag such as a RFID tag or a NFC tag, wherein the card has an image either printed or embossed on at least one of its surfaces or the card has a Braille representation on one of its surfaces.

In order to use a system according to the invention, a user needs to have a deck of cards and media files corresponding to the deck of cards need to be available to a console assessable to the user. Each card in a deck of cards is capable of short-range wireless communication with the console by means of a short-range wireless communication tag such as a RFID tag or a NFC tag. Each card in a deck of cards is associated with an object and one or more natural languages.

In an example use case of the invention, a user may purchase a deck of RFID cards for a natural language of choice such as English or Hindi. Media files associated with the deck of cards may already be pre-stored in a memory of the console. When a user brings an RFID card in a vicinity of the console, the console recognizes the object whose image is either printed, embossed or the object that is represented in Braille on the RFID card. The console also recognizes the language(s) that is/are associated with the card. The console may then do one or more of the following: (1) produce a sound corresponding to th

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