An easy solution for improving oral skills in a foreign language.
Sanako Pronounce allows you to easily transform text material into spoken audio for pronunciation and speech practice.
Pronounce combines the latest text-to-speech technology with voice recognition, creating a powerful tool for language learning. You can listen to authentic speech models, record your own voice for comparison and receive immediate feedback – all within the same software.
How it works
- Select the voice that will read the model sentences. You can also adjust the playback speed of model audio.
- Listen to the model sentence and record yourself repeating it.
- While recording, the system is analyzing your speech. Once the recording is complete, Pronounce will automatically score your performance.
- Green indicates that your pronunciation was correct.
- Yellow highlight indicates your pronunciation could be improved
- Red color indicates your pronunciation was not recognized
- Score meter displays an overall score for the sentence
New in Pronounce version 2 May 2014
Enhance and individualize your experience
Adjust the challenge level to meet your personal capabilities. Input quality indicator tells you if you need to adjust your hardware settings for optimal performance. Improved result matching means the feedback you receive is more accurate and beneficial.
Improved user experience
with Visual Sentence Navigator. Jump between sentences with a single mouse click. You can easily see the status of each sentence as Pronounce also keeps the last recordings and scores.
Save your work
Save the practice file and continue to work with it later. Students can save their results as Practicing report.
Pronounce with Editor:
This new extended version of Pronounce offers exercise authoring. It allows the teacher to create “listen and repeat” exercises from any text material, using the age/level and subject vocabulary.
The Pronounce Editor can also work as an inspiring tool for students for combining text and audio into one exercise/lesson.
With the Editor it’s possible to create template files that can be utilized with both Pronounce and Pronounce with Editor.
The text can be imported from a Microsoft Word document, or you can copy and paste the text from anywhere. Basic text editing functions help you to modify the text in Pronounce. You can also listen to the selected text and preview the phonetic notation of expected pronunciation.
High quality text-to-speech voices offered by Sanako produce almost authentic accents, making them superb pronunciation models for language learners.
Premium voices are available in the following languages:
- English (UK)
- English (US)
- English (Aus)
- Spanish (Castilian)
- Spanish (Am)
- French (CA)*
- Portuguese (BR)*
*voice only available as part of a package.
Speech Recognition languages
Pronounce uses Microsoft speech recognition engine which is currently available in the following languages:
- English (UK)
- English (US)
- Chinese (CN)
- Chinese (TW)
Microsoft speech recognition engine is part of the user interface of Microsoft Windows operating systems and additional speech recognition engines are installed along with additional user interface languages (Microsoft User Interface Language Packs).
Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Windows Vista and 7 are multilingual editions and allow installing of Microsoft User Interface language packs through Windows Update.
All editions of Windows 8 are multilingual and allow adding languages to the computer. Other Windows editions are not multilingual and do not support additional user interface languages.