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…) :
Emma Watson, who played “Hermione” in the Harry Potter saga, is now a 24-year-old student, model and UN (= United Nations) goodwill ambassador. She is particularly involved in defending women’s rights. She made a speech this week-end, starting a new campaign for feminism, a campaign which focuses on men supporting women and feminism.
She sounded impressed by this responsibility but she nevertheless gathered a warm round of applause.
She has been threatened since by bold anonymous people with the leaking of personal and intimate photos. Exactly one of the problems she has started a fight against.
Keep up the good work, Emma !
The “He For She” Campaign’s website : http://www.heforshe.org.
Source : http://thinkprogress.org.
Carl Sagan‘s speech “A pale blue dot” has been adapted many times as a short animation movie, but this one is the prettiest so far.
Source : http://www.brainpickings.org