Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Sep 6, 2016
How's That Pronounced?
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Attempting to speak a foreign language can be truly intimidating, especially if you’re self-conscious about the pronunciation of foreign words.
Hearing others pronounce the words properly can go a long way to improving your confidence, but it’s not very practical to call a bilingual friend every time you want help pronouncing a particular word or phrase.
Well, a web resource called http://Forvo.com can become you virtual multi-lingual friend whenever you want help pronouncing words or phrases in over 300 languages.
It’s a crowdsourcing site that allows folks from all over the world to record how just how they say words in their native tongue. What’s great about the collective is that even if a word or phrase isn’t in the database, you can request to have someone record it for you.
For anyone about to take a trip abroad, downloading the audio for words and phrases you plan to use can be invaluable.
As a bonus tip, when you need to translate words from English before you use Forvo, just ask Google to translate first so you can get the authentic pronunciation from the site.
You can now communicate with more confidence when you’re faced with ordering a meal in a foreign restaurant with the help of your smartphone!