People learning foreign languages have to memorize a lot of new words and set expressions. They should pay special attention not only to word meaning, spelling, but also to its pronunciation and word stress.
You may use some special pronunciation dictionary to find out a transcription of the word you are learning. The transcription represents a number of special pronunciation symbols, so you should know pronunciation key to each pronunciation symbols to be able to pronounce the word correctly.
So, in order to attain good pronunciation skills you should consult pronunciation dictionaries every time you run across some unknown word. As you can see this method of teaching pronunciation of words is rather difficult and requires much time, besides you can never know whether you are right in reproducing pronunciation symbols.
Is there no other easier way to find out word pronunciation?
Yes, there is! You can simply type the necessary word in Speaking Notepad and listen to the correct accurate pronunciation of this word in a clear and natural voice.
So, what are the main advantages of using a pronunciation teaching program?
Here is the list of the most evident of them:
1 - You needn't keep in mind intricate pronunciation keys;
2 - You needn't follow tangled articulatory instructions;
3 - You can save your time: just type the necessary word without searching it in the dictionary;
4 - You can listen to the word as many times as you need and remember it well;
5 - You can repeat the word after the speaker paying special attention to word stress and difficult sounds;
6 - You can choose the voice which you understand and perceive most easily.
Konstantin Artemev http://www.qwertystudios.com