When you are learning a new word, you have to pay attention to its pronunciation, in order to be able to recognize it when you hear it, or to be understood when you pronounce it.
When you are discussing a topic with someone or even with a group, you many need specific phrases to express your opinion.
Here is a list of examples :
Download the PDF file : Debating
Did you know that you can use apps on your mobile phone or on a website which transform any text you suggest to them into a speech ? Some websites even provide an .mp3 file which you can download. Most of the time, you can change the voice, and the accent as well. It’s not always convincing in a general manner, but at least it gives you a precise rendition of how each word should be pronounced.
I think these may be precious tools to help you improve the quality of your oral expression, and even your listening comprehension.
Here are a few examples :
For trial : http://www.readspeaker.com/voice-demo/
More developed free version : https://www.naturalreaders.com/
Another website : http://ttsreader.com/
On this one, you can get an MP3 too : http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/
For your phone (Android…) :
When you discover a word in the dictionary and you want to know how to pronounce it, there is a very “simple” tool to use : the phonetic alphabet. You have to get familiar with the symbols and the sound they represent in the first place though… You can find phonetic indications in every dictionary.
Here is a phonemic chart :
Hope you will soon get used to it 🙂 !
It’s Saint-Patrick’s Day !
If you want to know more…
I’m not sure it’s supposed to be a happy occasion any longer…
A video posted 2 days ago has had more than 1,5 million views so far… What’s so special about it ?
You tell me !
I wonder if the fish from the lake find it as enjoyable, though…
As a birthday present, a 22-year-old illustrator made a series of portraits of David Bowie, a famous British singer, showing his different hairstyles from the beginning of his career in the late 60ies, to today.
She also made an amazing animated GIF (a succession of images displayed in a loop), which you can see by following the links below.
Official Webpage of the artist :