Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google will help you pronounce hard words

Google will help you pronounce hard words

"For example, if you're practicing how to say "asterisk, ' the speech recognition technology analyzes how you said the word and then it recognizes that the last soundbite was pronounced 'rict" instead of 'uhsk, '" Snir explained. Google will start with showing images for nouns and it will expand it to more categories in the future.

The tool, which launched today, is accessible to users upon searching Google for correct word pronunciations and leverages the microphone on one's device. Now before delving into details, do note that this new pronunciation feature is experimental and only works for US English, which means you will only get the American pronunciation for English words.

In addition to this new pronunciation feature, Google is also adding more images to its dictionary and translate features.

For now, the feature is limited to American English, but Spanish is promised soon.

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Using machine learning, Google can automatically recognize spoken words as individual soundbites, then cross-reference pronunciations. And based on this process Google will give you feedback on how you can improve the next time.

According to Google, I'm having issues pronouncing elements of "focaccia", "latke", "felonious", "anemone", "langoustine", "teeter", and a myriad of other words.

"Studies have shown that practising how to say a word can be helpful for remembering it, especially when you're learning a new language".

When you search for things like "how to pronounce quokka" in Google, Google already allows you to play audio and hear the pronunciation of the word. "We hope these new features give you a creative, more effective way to practice, visualize, and remember new words". This feature is available in English and across all translations.

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