Testimonials

“It's an amazing app. If you're patient enough, you'll experience how you can improve your pronunciation with Blue Canoe. It takes time, but it definitely works. I'd like to strongly recommend this app!”
John Kwon, Program Manager, Korea
“I am so glad I found Blue Canoe to help me practice speaking English. I never thought learning could be so fun. It's the best app I have ever had.”
Sergio Gonzalez, Customer Support Associate, Mexico
“I spent 10 minutes yesterday playing with Blue Canoe and fell in love with it! I can't wait to introduce it to my students! Thank you!”
Ruth Voetmann, Intensive ESL Instructor and Department Chair, Edmonds College
“Blue Canoe is so simple, and very effective at the same time. I would like all our students to use it! The emphasis on the stress drives home how students can become more natural in their spoken English. The gamified nature is really great. I'm a big fan.”
Director of Training, global English education company
“Blue Canoe and its Color Vowel methodology is brilliant and incredibly effective with my students. I’ve been teaching English to Japanese students for more than a decade, and had never imagined a pronunciation approach could be this good.”
William Keith, Managing Director of Keith Industries, Tokyo, Japan
“Color it out! provides robust practice with all the challenging English sounds in a fun and interactive way. The fact that it also provides opportunity for independent practice is the cherry on top. Your card game is very comprehensive since it includes a wide array of problem sounds and the game settings make it fun; it does not feel like drilling although students get to repeat the words many times over. That’s why I love it!”
Judith Tomasson, Central New Mexico Community College
“The Color Vowel Approach is probably the most clearly written and concise teacher's guide I've ever read. Every word expresses how to use the method and why it works. Definitely a must-have for teachers just getting started with the Color Vowel Chart. I highly recommend it! ”
Liz Bigler, Bigler ESL
“I use "Color It Out!" with my IEP university students, particularly in my Speaking and Listening classes. After students are familiar with the Color Vowel Chart and the game, I often have them use the cards outside class, as well. I have one designated deck of "Color It Out" cards that I sign out to students so that they can play during their "Speaking Circle" groups. Both groups love it and say it's helpful!”
Austin Kauffman, ESL Instructor • Michigan State University • MI
“Color it out! was a HUGE HIT this week, when I used it in my Pronunciation class (low level) as well as my high level refugee class. Both skill levels loved it… in fact, in my high level refugee class, it was the end of class and I tried to put the game away, but they asked if they could please keep playing through their break! Also, it was at the high level that I really saw them puzzling over spelling, seeing the pronunciation/spelling in reality. They were surprised and intrigued.”
Shae Isaacs • CO
“My adult students LOVED playing and had a hard time getting back to “class” – “Another game, teacher?” I emailed Color Vowel with a question about the game, and they got back to me with a solution on the same day. Great service! Great game! Great possibilities for expansion!”
Dawn Saint • AL
“The Launch Pad is the tool that brings it all together. By reinforcing the relationship between the sounds of the words, rather than the spelling, learners begin to feel more comfortable speaking. The CV organizer lets them keep their own record of the sounds of words, especially new vocabulary words, and is a good tool to help them practice those sounds at home.”
M. Hoffman • OR
“The Color Vowel Launch Pad is the perfect jumping off point for my students! It clearly and efficiently revealed to them how English spelling doesn't match how words sound, and it provided them an easy way forward.”
Laura McIndoo • Central New Mexico Community College • NM
“Like a rocket launched, the Color Vowel Launch Pad is useful throughout various “stages,” as you return to it multiple times until the scaffolding is no longer needed. Other Color Vowel products pick up the payload to continue the learning journey!”
Linda Chang • MD
“The Launch Pad is a great tool for introducing the Color Vowel Chart!”
Jan McClellan • MO
“The launch pad is the perfect tool for teachers who are itching to use the Color Vowel Chart but have struggled to implement it into lessons. With the launch pad, the lesson is there, ready to go!”
Courtney King • CA
“Perfect for teachers who are new to using the Color Vowel Chart and who might need a little structured help in taking those first steps to making the Chart part of their curriculum. It’s also a convenient alternative for experienced Color Vowelists. This activity can be used to introduce the CVC concept to learners of just about any level.”
Jennifer Campion • VA
“The Color Vowel Launch Pad is an excellent introduction and graphic organizer to ensure smooth sailing for new learners.”
Carol Hodges (VA)
“We saw that teachers love using the Color Vowel Chart, so Intercambio now includes it in all curriculum we produce. For many English learners here, the CVC has led to life-changing breakthroughs around pronunciation! ”
Lee Shainis, Founder • Intercambio Uniting Communities • Boulder (CO)
“The Color Vowel System is such a fundamentally innovative and effective methodology that we built our company, Blue Canoe Learning, on it. Now anyone with a smart phone can play the Blue Canoe app and leverage the Color Vowel System to improve their English pronunciation. We are making such a wonderful impact on people’s lives, and ELTS and Color Vowel are an integral part of why we are successful!”
Sarah Daniels, CEO of Blue Canoe
“I find the way the elements of your training sessions weave themselves together genuinely elegant. It isn't just a "bag of tricks to deal with different problems" … there’s a sense of integrality and completeness in what you have developed overall.”
Brock Brady, U.S. Peace Corps Specialist (Washington DC)
“I can't thank you enough for an amazing experience at Color Vowel Basics. The Color Vowel Approach provides the strategy and structure I was looking for on behalf of my students. The work you have done is truly remarkable. It's true that simplicity lies at the far side of complexity.”
Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer (NJ)
“I love using the Color Vowel Chart because it works! Student feedback on the system is so positive. I have students who tell me how helpful it has been not only for pronunciation, but also for spelling, specifically for students for whom the Roman alphabet is new. English spelling and pronunciation is challenging, and I am so thankful to have this resource!”
Vanessa S. ESL Teacher, WA
“I don’t think I’ve ever been with a more skillful presenter [in Karen Taylor]. It was like watching a high-wire artist, but with NO misgivings: you know she’s totally secure up there. We were in the palm of her hand!”
Laurel Pollard, Author of "Zero Prep" and "Wow!"
“Interesting, fun, and I met people I look forward to keeping in touch with. So many 'Ah ha!' moments. Loved it.”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)
“The Color Vowel Chart allows my actor, broadcaster and executive clients to instantly see the color of the sound they are mispronouncing or mixing. The visual cuing speeds up the recognition time of the sounds! I think the Color Vowel Chart is the most brilliant thing I have ever seen. It has really changed the way we work at the Speech and Accent Academy!”
Lisa Jeffery, Director, The Speech and Accent Academy (FL)
“The Color Vowel Chart gets around the difficulty students have in hearing non-native vowel sounds (what good is it to distinguish, say, "bed" from "bead" when, to a student, both vowels sound the same?) and lets students SEE the sounds instead. So even though students might not be able to hear the difference, they can certainly recognize the difference between the names "red pepper" and "green tea". Using this language of colors allows me to convey sounds to students without their having to hear them. Students learn to produce the sounds of the colors before their ears actually recognize the differences in vowel sounds. In this way, the Color Vowel Chart scaffolds the process of acquiring non-native phonological features.”
Charles Duquette, Maryland English Institute
“Who doesn’t love card games? My middle school students find Color it out! extremely engaging and I find it a powerful tool to introduce and review complicated sounds and spellings in English. In fact, I used Color it out! to introduce my students to the Color Vowel Chart before ever "teaching" them about it. I found it a very natural point of entry for the Chart. Since then, we have been exploring additional ways to use the Color it out! cards, such as Dominoes and Go Fish. A fantastic, fun, and very powerful resource!”
Michael Connors, E.L. Haynes Middle School, Washington DC
“The Color Vowel Chart brings attention to the differences among the English vowels--differences that students may not be able to hear. I also like how the Chart has allowed me to incorporate pronunciation into other aspects of my classes. While students are working together on any task, if I hear a major pronunciation problem I can say, "change your vowel from OLIVE to MUSTARD" and the student is able to self correct.”
Jody Gabler, ESL Teacher (NY)
“Color Vowel Basics was phenomenal. I learned an innovative but easy way to teach students about the many different sounds that vowels can make. The Color Vowel Chart is easy to learn and uses the different modalities of learning to reach every type of learner.”
K-12 ESL Teacher, Pueblo City Schools (CO)
“Wonderful session. Stellar presenters. Great activities. Best session I've been to. They were on fi-yur!”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)

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