About Us

Our Story.

Language Confidence was started when Nick was teaching English in China in 2016. He was frustrated that his students couldn’t practise speaking at home and get accurate feedback when they could easily get feedback on other aspects of English like spelling and grammar. This is where the idea for LCAT was born: a tool that allowed ‘teacherless’ and accurate speaking practise.

 

Nick then spent 2 years travelling the world and visiting the world’s largest language education companies and learning about their students. In parallel, he also educated himself on AI and speech recognition and designed LCAT with a team from MIT, Google and Facebook.

 

The business has seen success and growth since late 2019 by partnering with some of the world’s largest language platforms. Language Confidence’s LCAT is the world’s most powerful AI tool for learning English pronunciation.

 

Our technology supports multiple accents, delivers the most specific feedback on the market, and natively recognizes over 10,000 most commonly spoken words in English. We help support the world’s top English-language brands.

Our People.

Nicholas Jenkins

Founder and CEO Language Confidence

Language Confidence is Nick’s third startup, with 1 exit and 1 failure. His passion for education stems from a family of educators. Nick has lived in China, Singapore, Malaysia and London and speaks English and intermediate Mandarin. Nick has a TESOL qualification and was an English teacher in China between his second startup and Language Confidence. 

Dr Matthew Faria

CTO and Co-Founder

Matt is our Co-Founder and CTO. Matt has a PhD from the University of Melbourne in Bioengineering and Engineering. Matt is from the US and has previously lived in Spain and now Australia. He loved hiking, the outdoors and hacking together AI. 

Swahn Fraye

VP Engineering, Co-Founder

Swahn started out as an intern, helping Nick before Language Confidence was incorporated formally. He completed an undergraduate in computer science and multimedia at Griffith University and is a self-taught whizz at anything AI, infrastructure and audio technologies. Swahn loves fishing and is originally from New Caledonia and speaks fluent French. 

Advisory Board

Di Yao

ChiHeem

Terry Hilsberg

Rob Morris

Herbie Dayal

Ronald Sandler CBE

Tony Ernest

Duncan Campbell

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