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A tip for learning pronunciation for any language

psimpson1
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I don't know if this will help others but it has helped me. Use voice recognition (like talk to text) with your target language's keyboard activated and talk. Then see if what you were saying was accurately spoken enough to be right in the text. It's helped a lot with my German pronunciation :)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

My iPhone can't figure out what I'm saying in my native dialect so I have to have a different dialect keyboard on my mobile so that it can understand me.

It would be interesting to see if my phone and my computer could figure out my secondary languages.

I like this idea. I'll have to play with it with the knowledge that my phone already doesn't understand me half the time, haha.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
aaditsingh8
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Which language?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

I'm a native English speaker, from the US, but the only way I can get Siri to understand me (or any text to speech, really) is to use the UK English settings on my phone. I have absolutely no idea why - must be the way my vocal patterns are for whatever reason.

This being said, most of the time my phone can't understand me at all unless I really go all Newscaster and enunciate very clearly like no one ever actually speaks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
aaditsingh8
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Well, did you check the settings and all? Also, which American accent do you have, I'm curious, if you don't mind telling me? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

Yeah, all of my settings are fine, Siri and other speech-to-text setups just don't like the way I speak apparently.

I'm from the southern US and enunciate well (I'm a little twangy but not as strongly as some regions of the South could be) but for whatever reason speech-to-text understands me better if it thinks I have a British accent for whatever reason, so that's how I roll. There aren't any negative effects of this at all -- my keyboard autocorrects to UK English spelling rather than US English spelling but that's really not a big deal at all. Maps and Google Maps have a soft British accent also which is just pleasant sounding.

It's just my work around. Works for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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That's weird hehe. I agree that te British accent is pleasant though :) I was thinking about Siri... Well, that's nice. I'm from India, and iPhone doesn't have Indian accent right now... (Not the stereotyped one), so we have to use the British accent. It's the closest to ours. Also, Google apps support the Indian accent. But that accent is really weird. I realised that many actually believe stereotypes so much that no one really know how the Indian accent actually sounds like :P Not forgetting to mention that generally people use android here. iPhones are like lifetime investments in India :P iPhone 6S costs about $1400 here. O_O

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.
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@Aadit iPhones are like lifetime investments in India. Certainly when typical middle class income is $4500.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Haha, that's such a good idea! Never occurred to me!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

That is a very good tip. Thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katerinakelpie

Sounds good! Thank you for the tip!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/des_daniela

Nice! I'm definitely going to try that out! Thanks :D xx

2 years ago