Online Multimedia Pronunciation Learning USM


         The phonetic symbols are commonly seen in dictionaries whether they are in digital form or printed version, or the built-in dictionaries in mobile phones. Many of us are aware of the existence of phonetic symbols but we are unclear of their usage.

         "Letters are written, but sounds are spoken". And hence, we cannot solely base on written letters to pronounce sounds. For example, 'ch' for the word 'chore' is pronounced as / tʃ /, but the same letters 'ch' for the word 'choral' is pronounced as / k /. Therefore, to pronounce sounds correctly, phonetic symbols play a crucial role to eliminate all the ambiguities. Each of the unique phonetic symbols represents one discrete sound and the symbol is used consistently for all languages.

         'epronounce' optimises the capacity of the universally agreed system of notation for sounds (IPA phonetic symbols) to acquire correct pronunciation among non-native English speakers. 'epronounce' technologically digitises the phonetic symbols with clickable sounds for each phonetic symbol, syllable and word accompanying videos of mouth movements and face gestures. You not only get to hear how to pronounce a word with phonetic transcriptions but also actually see videos of authentic word pronunciations. It's virtually like having someone in front of you pronouncing the word. In addition, 'epronounce' designs and develops 24 animations to facilitate you in visualizing effectively the sounds of consonants. For example, an animation of a snake hissing is made to help you relate the sound 's'. 'epronounce' employs associative animations of familiar objects or scenarios to allow you build the relations.


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