If you want to improve your English, here are seven websites that can teach you how to pronounce an English word correctly.
English is dominant in commercial transactions. It is spoken by almost all over the world and its proper learning is essential if you want to reach outside your own country. But do you speak English correctly? Do you have a good pronunciation? Where do you stress?
Pronunciations give shades. The way you say one word in English can be the difference between two or more meanings, which can sometimes make you misunderstand. Like, for example, if you don't know how to pronounce the word beach correctly. The following 7 websites will help you hear the right pronunciation of difficult words and speak fluent English.
1. Google search
Google Search lets you find the right pronunciation with graphic aids. Try searching by writing “how do you pronounce ……. ", Where in the place of the dots you put a word you want. Try tzatziki.
In addition to searching, Google also offers Pronunciation Learning in Translation. go to Google translate, write the word you want and listen to it by tapping on the speaker symbol.
Google will also be bringing it soon ability to practice and score through a machine learning technology. The service has not yet arrived in Greece, but is expected soon.
Finally, Google has also developed a new feature in its Maps, which allows you to hear the correct pronunciation of cities as you cannot speak the language. This is a great tool to ask the right direction for you, in a foreign country.
The Howjsay is a free English dictionary that in addition to the word you are looking for in English gives you the compound, the related or the derivative of the word.
The good thing about Howjsay is that each word from its database is individually pre-recorded and no synthetic speech is used. In other words, you hear a real voice. Howjsay supports both American and British pronunciation.
In your search can you type one or more English words separated by the symbol? (e.g. cat; cut; cart), which is handy if you want to compare the pronunciation of many similar words.
The Dictionary.com is the student's paradise and one of the top online dictionaries. The homepage welcomes you with a scrollbar, like the stock market, that contains words that are used all over the world. Right there, you can spot today's most "wearable" words as well as slang that you may not know.
On the site you will find everything about idioms, grammar tips, word games, etc. Every unknown word comes with pronunciation help. The Dictionary is oriented towards American English pronunciation, while the Brotherhood site Lexico is for British English.
The Forvo boasts that it is the largest pronunciation dictionary in the world. It may also be true because the pronunciation guide is developed by its users. Sign up and you can add your own pronunciation to words.
If now, you just want to find out how to pronounce a word in English, enter your word and choose if you want a British and American pronunciation. You can then hear how it is pronounced in English by various users around the world.
In addition to English, their database contains almost 6 millions of words for over 390 languages, with user-recorded quotes rather than machine. The complete list of languages includes Esperanto, Ancient Greek, and even Klingon!
Forvo allows for any kind of word, including jargon and inappropriate minors. But they must be kindly spoken and authentic dictionary words. Forvo also includes the pronunciation of common phrases, which is an advantage for any language learner.
The PronounceItRight does something different. Instead of dealing with plain English, it offers words from the world of news and global communications.
For example, you might be looking to find out what the Iranian politician "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" is saying. Or, how would you say the Italian bruschetta appetizer correctly.
PronunciationItRight is a simple website, started by a journalist and professional translator. It's worth adding to your bookmarks, just for collecting pronunciations of categories such as brands, cartoons, fashion, celebrity names and more.
The Names.org is the source of learning how to pronounce a name correctly in English. And we're not talking about names like Jim, John and Jane. But for "Dylan" or "Genevieve" etc. Names.org is not a word pronoun but a database of names.
Each name leads to amazing information and statistics about it. You can find out how popular your name is or what it means.
You can use it to get ideas on how to baptize the newest member of your family !!! And while you are learning, why not put your own microphone pronunciation on your computer.
YouTube is the second most popular search engine after Google. You may not regard it as a "search engine" in the usual sense or even a pronunciation dictionary, but you can practically use it as a pronunciation dictionary.
Search for: "How do you say" or "How do you pronounce".
Be sure to get some results with videos that tell the right way to say this word in English. This method works extremely well for understanding the word, since most times its meaning is explained by the related video you will find on YouTube.
Proper English pronunciation can be a difficult task, since the same words can be expressed by two or more different pronunciations (British, American, etc.). But with the right tools you can do it, and of course with some practice and familiarity.
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