I first came across Pronunciator on Twitter last fall. It seemed an interesting concept but in looking into how it works, I discovered that it was far more than just a program that gave me the correct pronunciation of over 60 different languages.
With over 3 million lessons in over 3,000 language courses and over 45,000 hours of MP3 files, Pronunciator is a robust language learning platform.
Pronunciator runs on a paid subscription model. Everyone can have access to some of the content (in most cases just the first lesson) but if you want access to everything, you’ll have to pay to join – unless your public library has subscribed – which I think is pretty cool for Americans where every small town has a public library with Internet access. Otherwise, in order to get full access, you’ll need to join the paid subscription which is a monthly fee (learn more).
In order to introduce you more fully to the program, I was able to ask a few questions of the president of Pronunciator, Robert Savage.
In 200 words or less, what exactly is Pronunciator?
A global literacy tool with 3,000 language courses, making it the largest service of its kind.
A speaker of any of 50 languages can learn to speak any of 60 new languages. For example, a Persian speaker can study Japanese. A Japanese speaker can study Thai. A Thai speaker can study Russian. And so on.
Because of its focus on language literacy, it is used by:
- Second language learners;
- Native speakers with basic literacy skills, to improve their literacy level;
- Immigrants who are illiterate in their own language, before progressing to learning the dominant language of their new country.
What is the number one benefit a language learner will gain from using Pronunciator?
The ability to understand and speak a new language in everyday situations.
How does Pronunciator differentiate for different levels of learners?
Pronunciator is structured in building blocks, called “levels”.
Level 1, for example, teaches the 2000 most important vocabulary words in the target language.
Level 2 teaches the 100 most important verbs, in conjugation.
Level 3 puts the two together, to teach simple sentences.
Level 4 takes this a bit further, with phrases for tourists and travelers.
And Level 5 is a virtual conversation mode, where the learner can jump into virtual conversations that range from the simple to the advanced.
A typical 5-level course has nearly 10,000 online exercises and 354 hours of downloadable MP3 audio lessons, so there is enough to keep learners at any level busy for a long, long time.
What excites you about the future of Pronunciator?
That there are so many people in the world that Pronunciator can help. If your local library has Pronunciator, you can access all 3,000 courses completely free of charge.
Outside of Pronunciator, what is the number one thing the everyday language learner can do to help themselves learn another language?
Fall in love with a native speaker of that language.
Learn More About Pronunciator
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