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Phonetic/phonemic - pronunciation software.

 
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Mnemonic



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:33 am    Post subject: Phonetic/phonemic - pronunciation software. Reply with quote

Hi all.

I'm wondering if anyone could recommend a software program that will allow me to play the individual phonetic sounds on my computer (rather than playing them from a web-page).

I'm about to start teaching the phonetic sounds and would ideally like a 'model' sound to compliment my own pronunciation.

I downloaded what I thought was a good one from the Macmillan website, but the BIG problem with that is that it plays a sample word a couple of seconds after the 'phonetic sound' - which is a bit annoying (and possible confusing for the students) when I'm trying to teach the sound in isolation.

Ps - I'm also looking for software that can translate words to the phonetics. So for example I type the word dead and it displays the phonetics /ded/ etc. Kind of like an on-line dictionary does, but I need it to be on my computer as I don't always have internet access when I teach.

Thanks.
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fluffyhamster



Joined: 26 Oct 2004
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Location: UK > China > Japan > UK again

PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not just turn the sound down or mute it before the sample word kicks in? And provided that you explain that the word is providing extra context (/^/ > /k^p/), I 'm not sure why the sample word being played should be such a big problem. Anyway, you might like to consider getting the paper dictionary + CD-ROM pack of the learner dictionary that offers the largest number of pronunciation-related features (there are usually guided tours available, e.g. Googling 'ldoce cd-rom guided tour' produced http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ldoce/ as the first search result, which leads on to a 'Take a guided tour of the CD-ROM' sublink/Flash pop-up).
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