From text to speech

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…) :

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The phonetic alphabet

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 :

Phonetic-alphabet

Hope you will soon get used to it 🙂 !

David Bowie’s changes of hairstyle over 5 decades

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.

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She also made an amazing animated GIF (a succession of images displayed in a loop), which you can see by following the links below.

Source : 

http://boingboing.net/2015/01/13/50-years-of-david-bowies-hai.html

Official Webpage of the artist : 

http://dollychops.tumblr.com/post/107517113745/happy-birthday-david-bowie