Pronunciator for Learning a new Language

PronunciatorThe library has just added Pronunciator to its lineup of online resources. Pronunciator is a language learning website, which runs on just about any computer or device. On a computer you’ll need a browser with a recent version of Java and Flash, speakers and a microphone.

Simply go to the library homepage and choose “Articles and Electronic Resources.”  Pronunciator is under “Literature, Languages, and Humanities.” At the Pronunciator homepage you’re prompted to provide an email address. When you do, it assigns you a student name and password. (Write these down.)

From there, select your native language and which language you want to learn. You can learn any of 80 languages. You don’t have to be a native English speaker to use Pronunciator: the software can provide instruction based in any of 50 languages.

Some languages’ courses are more extensive than others. For example, there are many learning modules for English speakers who want to learn Spanish, but far fewer for English speakers learning Azerbaijani. Every language option includes stock phrases (in categories such as “Absolutely Essential Expressions,” “Romance” and “Airport”). Some languages provide intermediate and advanced lessons as well as grammar and culture notes. Use Drills to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing. Use Quizzes to track what you’ve learned. Use Audio to download lessons and practice offline. One great feature of Pronunciator is that it can “listen” to your pronunciation and let you know how you’re doing!

If the user interface for Pronunciator is not intuitive, there is also a very thorough User Guide available.

So, check out Pronunciator and start learning a new language today!


About Stephen Brooks

Stephen is a reference librarian at Durham Tech. He has blogged previously at and for American Libraries magazine online. He enjoys reading 20th and 21st century literature, biographies and books about sports.