Someone to Practice With – Elie Dordek, ShanenLi – Voice Tech Botcast ep.071

Elie Dordek Shanenli

Episode description

This is a special bonus episode recorded on the new Rumble Studio audio platform that I’ve created. Rumble Studio is a conversational A.I. SaaS for businesses to plan, record, publish and distribute audio for content marketing, and in a fraction of the time it takes today. The conversations are recorded asynchronously, so I’ve coined the new term, BotcastTM.

The very first BotcastTM to be published on the Voice Tech Podcast is with Rabbi Elijah C Dordek! Elijah (Elie) is the founder of ShanenLi, an app that uses speech recognition to create personal tutor for text based tasks. It’s being first used to help children in the Ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jewish community learn to read and speak Hebrew, and Elie has plans to expand this to any language and any type of text.

We discuss the unique teaching methods Elie has developed, and the value of distance learning during the COVID crisis. We also explore the challenges involved in training speech-to-text models with children, and how technology in general can be used to address cultural pain points.

Elie is looking for excited educators and inspired investors who would like to start pilot programs in schools, for any text based reading tasks. He is in search of a technical co-founder who can help with the programming and/or speech engine technology. If you are interested in joining Elie, or know anyone who might be, please reach out to him at

As this is the first interview of this kind, please let me know what you liked or disliked by tweeting @VoiceTechCarl, or email me at


  • What ShanenLi does, who it’s for, and the problem it solves.
  • The educational value of memorizing an ancient Hebrew text the length of a Harry Potter novel.
  • How COVID19 crisis has introduced many people to remote working and distance learning, and the advantages of this.
  • The challenges involved in training a speech-to-text model with children, and how to build data sets to improve accuracy.
  • How marginalized sectors of the population can develop technological solutions to address their own cultural pain points.
  • How to join Elie on his project, and help more children to learn.

About the author

Carl Robinson
Carl Robinson

Carl is the host of the Voice Tech Podcast. Since launching in April 2018, Carl has conducted scores of in-depth interviews with voice industry experts, building one of the most well known media brands in the voice AI space.

He also publishes Voice Chops Tuesday, the number 1 voice technology newsletter, enjoyed by thousands of voice tech fans each week.

Carl is a startup founder, product manager and data scientist, and recently presented a model for voice emotion conversion at ICASSP 2019.

To contact Carl, use the links in this box to send an email, tweet or message.

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