Wednesday, October 14, 2009

text to speech francais

There is a website that uses computer generated voices to produce "authentic" oral readings of written texts using the phonetic principles of different languages. It's called Text to Speech.Here's a sample text from my French 1 class. I've selected the French language speaker. Click on "Say it" when you get to the site.

Now go back and listen to the same text this time with an English speaker selected. What you'll hear is uncannily close to the pronunciations I hear from some students. The nice thing about this is that when my students here the English speaker, they recognize the bad accent immediately which is in many cases the first step towards acquiring a better one.
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