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Practice your Pronunciation: New Speech Recognition Tool

Posted on June 23, 2010 by

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Babbel Speech Recognition ScreenshotIt’s called learning to “speak” a language, but the sad truth is, few self-directed learners get up the courage to actually open their mouths. Lack of speaking practice can lead to shying away from having interactions with real people, which certainly doesn’t help with the final goal of communication.

The idea of our new integrated speech recognition tool, however, is to get learners talking. By prompting the learner to say the words out loud and test their own pronunciation, Babbel now has covered all the bases for truly effective  foreign language learning: reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking.

Some traditional e-learning software includes this sort of tool, but none of them do it online in quite the same way. We have built a tool that performs speech recognition in real-time without requiring a custom browser plugin. The technology is complex, but using it is easy. For some backgrounds, check out the interview with Technical Director Thomas Holl.

To try out the speech recognition tool, just log into Babbel.com, set up the audio in 2 quick steps, and start any vocabulary package or beginner’s course. If you don’t have a user account yet, you can register for free and take one trial lesson. Speak up!

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Comments

This software is going to help so many people.

Hi I can’t seem to get to the speech recognition set up page to test my Mac, it came up once and could not detect the mic .. but then I changed the settings so the mic is on, but now I can’t view the speech recogntion page again to reset it for my computer.

What can I do to turn it on?

thanks Shook

There is a link to the speech recognition setup in every exercise where speech recognition is available.

How do I turn off the microphone function? I can’t and will not always be used.

If you configured the speech recognition feature and want to turn it off, you can disable the microphone access in the Flash Player settings. Just right-click anywhere in Babbel and select “Settings”.

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