Get To Know Blue Canoe

Learn how we empower your employees to speak English more clearly.

Clear Speech in Just Ten Minutes a Day

Our mobile games and activities are built on the proven Color Vowel® System, which has been used by over 1,000,000 people around the world to help with their English pronunciation. Then, we layered on leading-edge speech recognition and machine-learning technology to create a virtual ESL teacher.

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Benefits for Business

Partner with us to help your employees speak more effectively with customers and colleagues, focusing on the vocabulary they use most often.

  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Improve response times
  • Encourage team sharing of ideas
  • Increase employee loyalty

Benefits for Learners

Play Blue Canoe to learn the secrets to pronouncing English clearly, and stop having to repeat yourself.

  • Build confidence
  • Play engaging games
  • Get feedback anytime, anywhere
  • Track your progress
  • Move ahead in your career


Blue Canoe is the English pronunciation expert. It works by overcoming the brain’s resistance to perceiving new language sounds by using other “muscles” in the brain to help. We make it fun to practice, detect the errors that matter, and provide personalized brain-friendly tips for quick progress.

icon Using a color and a symbol - such as BLUE MOON or GREEN TEA - for each of the 14 English vowel sounds helps your brain to remember them.
icon Using your hand to highlight stress - the key syllable in a word - is like turning on a switch in your brain, and helps to pronounce the words correctly.
icon The repeating rhythm of your Spoken Turns will help your brain learn the sounds and discover how to pronounce new words.

Why is speaking English so hard?

Two billion people are learning English worldwide. There are thousands of schools and programs to help, and many students become relatively fluent in reading and writing. However, few succeed in the “last mile” to speak and be easily understood. Why?

  • Spoken English is very different from written English
  • Our adult brains stop us from hearing new language sounds. Literally.
  • As a result, the standard English teaching method of “listen and repeat” usually fails

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We are experienced entrepreneurs and leaders who have a vision of how we can use technology to help non-native English speakers – and the businesses that employ them – change their lives and careers by improving their pronunciation and English communication skills.

Tony Andrews
Tony Andrews

CTO and Co-founder

Tony is a visionary and expert architect and technology leader. Microsoft, Performance Phones, Netwise, Array Technology

    Josh Baxley
    Josh Baxley

    Software Engineer

    Josh is a wizard at mobile development. Moment, Contour, Inrix                                                                                                                        .

      Sarah Daniels
      Sarah Daniels

      CEO and Co-founder

      Sarah is an experienced leader and serial entrepreneur. Trulia, Market Leader, Dreambox Learning, Aventail

        Laura McIndoo
        Laura McIndoo

        ESL Educator and Game Designer

        Laura is the brains behind Color it Out! and a veteran ESL teacher. English Language Training Solutions, Central New Mexico Community College

          Amit Mital
          Amit Mital

          Co-founder and board member

          Amit is CEO and Founder of Kernel Labs, and an experienced high tech exec and innovator. Symantec, Microsoft

            Siamak Poursabahian
            Siamak Poursabahian

            Senior Software Developer

            Siamak is a senior coding guru who enjoys the technology landscape. Microsoft, Live Mocha, SMART Technologies.

              Michael Rawding
              Michael Rawding

              VP of Global Business Development

              Michael is a dynamic global business executive with extensive strategic sales and operational expertise in Asia. Microsoft Greater China, Microsoft Japan, Microsoft Asia, Washington State China Relations Council

                Karen Taylor
                Karen Taylor

                Board Member

                Karen is the creator of the Color Vowel System and a world-class ESL educator. English Language Training Solutions, American University

                  Dr. Xiaoyun Wang
                  Dr. Xiaoyun Wang

                  Speech and ML Scientist

                  Xiaoyun is an expert in speech and machine learning, with leading innovations in 2nd language learning. Doshisha, UCLA, Nanyang Tech.

                    Penny Williams
                    Penny Williams

                    VP of Marketing

                    Penny drives awareness, sales and customer success at high-tech companies. Outreach, Trulia, Market Leader, DDB, Rapp

                      Tiffany Young
                      Tiffany Young

                      Creative Director

                      Tiffany has led the design of hundreds of successful games and interactive marketing campaigns. XPLANE, DreamBox Learning, Smashing Ideas

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                        Find us at: Blue Canoe, c/o Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, 2157 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103