If you’re learning a new language, it can be pretty difficult to know if you’re pronouncing words correctly if you don’t have a teacher or native speaker around. The Android app, Pronunciation Checker Free, can give you some feedback to help you know whether you’re saying things correctly or not.
It’s pretty easy to use. You select the language by choosing a flag, then you type in a word you’re unsure about. You then press a button to hear how it’s pronounced, then you press the microphone to give it a try yourself. I guess you could use Google Translate to do something similar, but I don’t think it’s as easy to make sure you’re saying the word correctly. I tested it out in Spanish and it seems to work pretty well. For instance, it let me know that something was wrong when I intentionally put the emphasis on the wrong syllable with words like lápiz or bolígrafo. However, it’s still voice recognition, so I’m sure it’s not perfect.
The app also lets you choose between American English and British English, but that’s not the case with Spanish. Even though the app has a “Spanish accent,” it seems to recognize both Castilian and “non-Castilian” Spanish. I didn’t test out the other languages (French, Italian, and German), so I don’t know if those are accurate.
It’s worth checking out for yourself or your students. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
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