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Sounds: The Pronunciation App

Sounds: The Pronunciation App

1,000 - 5,000 downloads

Pros
  • Layout
  • UI
  • Sound quality
  • Practice and quiz
Cons
  • Learning curve
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Expert's Review
7.0
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Reviewed by / Sep 06, 2012

Sounds is an app that helps you to improve your pronunciation skills in English

As much important as knowing how to write English words is knowing how to pronounce them. For this reason, you should get used to the phonetic dictionary. If you've never studied phonetics, you will have to make an additional effort to learn them. Anyway, you can do it from this app since there's a phonetic chart that reproduces each sound. What's more, from "More" tab you can see app instructions and other phonetic lessons.

Once you're familiar with it, you can start practicing by doing reading, writing or listening exercises. The more you practice, the better score you'll get on the Quiz.

Sounds app is set on a neat layout which is simple and really easy to use. Sound quality is good as well as voice recognition. A really useful app for improving your language skills.

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Developer's original description available here
The ultimate interactive English pronunciation tool, for both students AND teachers. Sounds: The Pronunciation App helps you study, practise and play with pronunciation wherever you are. Based on the best-selling book 'Sound Foundations' by pronunciation expert Adrian Underhill, the app features a fully-interactive Phonemic Chart for both British and American English.

You can look up and listen to words and phrases in the WORDLIST, plus record and compare your own pronunciation. If you’re using a Macmillan coursebook, you can now buy additional wordlists directly inside the app.

PRACTISE your pronunciation reading, writing and listening skills
Test yourself with one of the pronunciation QUIZZES
LEARN with lesson plans, videos and top tips for teachers, and study hints for students

COMPLETE FEATURE LIST:

► Interactive Phonemic Chart (British and American English) with high quality audio - tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.
► Work in British or American English, and switch between them at any time.
► Vocabulary Wordlist (with over 650 words):
- Phonemic transcriptions and audio
- Record your own pronunciation
- Purchase new wordlists from directly inside the app. Wordlists are available for popular Macmillan coursebooks, as well as topic-based lists. New wordlists feature vocabulary, phrases and audio recordings.
- Turn stress marks on or off to view the primary stress mark in the Wordlist, Practice and Quiz sections.
► Practice Activities (Listen, Read and Write).
► Quizzes (‘3 Minutes’ & '3 Lives' modes) for listening, reading and writing.
► ‘Introduction to the Chart' video featuring Adrian Underhill.
► Three downloadable lesson plans for teaching with the Sounds app.
► Top Ten Tips for Teachers.
► Top Ten Tips for Students.
► ‘Teaching with the Chart' – complete workshop video with Adrian Underhill.
► Full Instructions.

For more information about the phonemic chart, the choice of vocabulary included in the Wordlists, and the benefits of Sounds: The Pronunciation App for both language teachers and students, visit the website at www.soundspronapp.com

Recently changed in this version

- Bug fixes for error when updating app.

v3.0:
- All Wordlists now come complete with definitions, powered by Macmillan English Dictionary Online
- Direct access to Learn & Teach content


Lists with Sounds: The Pronunciation App

Some lists where this application appears: Analizadas por Mar GP, Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund.

Comments and ratings for Sounds: The Pronunciation App
  • (66)

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  • (66)

    by Stalin Medina on 12/04/2014

    Love it ....

  • (66)

    by Don Zerrudo on 04/04/2014

    Pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and dictionary all in one package!

  • (66)

    by Shaun Hickox on 31/03/2014

    Good but could really use the phonetic keyboard mode from the iPad version.

  • (66)

    by Robert Blatchford on 13/02/2014

    I love it, but I have one comment for improvement.. Could you make the app able to search all the word lists for the word you are trying to find instead of having to search each wordlist? I have bought over 10 word lists and it becomes tedious.. I would still give it a 5 star review! Thank you!

  • (66)

    by Valentin Kostov on 02/02/2014

    The app pronounces "clear" correctly but insist on the incorrect phonetic transcript "klir". Playing only half an hour with it, I found about 5 similar errors. The developers need to go over the dictionary and make sure that first the pronounciation is correct and second the transcript matches it. Otherwise, the app will create confusion instead of teaching correct pronounciation.

  • (66)

    by Andrew Jackson on 01/02/2014

    Fantastic learning and teaching tool.