Google's pronunciation (built into search) is a very powerful tool. As a user, simply enter in the word you would like to hear pronounced (pronunciation of sherbet) and then you will hear the word said aloud, what it sounds like, as well as a "video" on how the mouth should move (see image below).
A few ways that this tool can be used and why:
Learn correct pronunciation of words
One of the most obvious uses of Google's pronunciation tool is to learn the correct pronunciation of words. Simply type in the word you want to learn and the tool will provide an audio clip of how the word is pronounced. This can be especially helpful for learners who are studying a language that has a different phonetic system than their native language. By hearing the correct pronunciation, learners can begin to internalize the correct way to say words in their target language.
In addition to using the tool to learn the correct pronunciation of words, learners can also use it to practice their own pronunciation. Simply record yourself saying a word or phrase and then listen to the audio clip provided by the tool to compare your pronunciation with the correct pronunciation. This can help learners identify areas where they need to improve and can provide a valuable tool for self-assessment.
Improve listening skills
Another way to use Google's pronunciation tool is to improve your listening skills. By listening to the audio clips provided by the tool, learners can begin to train their ears to recognize the sounds and intonations of their target language. This can be especially helpful for learners who struggle with understanding spoken language.
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