Google is experimenting with a new and attractive feature for its users who love to learn other languages. The company has just launched an aid that allows you to practice the pronunciation of words directly from its search engine. Finally, we can say that there is no excuse for speaking more than one language perfectly.
Although the Google function is currently only available in American English, you should be very attentive, because it will soon be available in other languages. The company is using speech recognition technology, which analyzes how the user pronounces a word and then tells the user, if necessary, exactly what to correct.
And that’s not all, because in order to promote visual learning, Google has incorporated images into the English dictionary to help you understand the meaning of each word much better.
In a statement issued by the company, they commented that:
“From now on we will also help them pronounce complicated words and better understand their meaning.”
Google: to practice, visualize and remember new words
Until very recently, when looking up how to pronounce a specific word, you would click on the speaker and listen to it. But, now, with this new tool, the idea is to improve pronunciation because when you say the word into the microphone of the mobile device. For example, you will receive an answer that tells you what you pronounced incorrectly.
Basically, speech recognition technology processes spoken words by separating them into individual sound fragments. Subsequently, by means of machine learning, it cross-checks the user’s pronunciation with the correct one.
Another important aspect regarding images, and to which Google places special emphasis, is that it reminds its users that images are especially useful to better understand the meaning of words. They are also a great help when it comes to memorizing terms.
So, from now on, when you look up the translation of a word or, perhaps, its definition, you will see some images that will put it in context. This is especially useful with those terms with multiple meanings, for example, the word “avocado”, as it is not commonly used in all languages.
Thus, since not all words can be represented with the same ease by means of images. Google has started with nouns and will gradually incorporate the rest of the nouns.
Finally, Google added:
“We hope that, with the help of these new features, the exercise of practicing, visualizing and remembering new words will become more creative and effective.”
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