EDPY 594 – Electronic Sources – Surfer Beware
Merriam Webster Dictionary with audio
. Under dictionary, look up the word ‘transient’. Which of the pronunciations do you
use? Look up ‘controversy’. How many pronunciations are given for this word?
Speech Accent Archive
. Listen to three Canadians from Ontario (28, 29, 30) and two from Calgary (52, 136)
(click Browse, then language/speakers and then English to find them). What is different
about the way each of them says ‘bags’? Which one is closest to the way you say it?
. Listen to the speaker from Macon, Mississippi (7) – what strikes you about his voice
. Listen to the Ebira, Fang and Frisian speakers. Who is easiest to understand? Why?
. Go to Vietnamese and choose #2, from Ho Chi Minh City. Do you think this person
needs help with pronunciation? Listen to the recording again, this time reading the
phonetic transcription. Does it help you recognize the problems this individual has?
What isn’t apparent from the transcription?
. Go to synthesized speech and listen to Fred (1) and Bruce (4). Which is easiest to
understand and why?
Go to the following address. http://www.manythings.org/mp/m09.html Do
you think any of your students would benefit from this site? Why or why
Phonetics: The Sounds of American English
Choose stops, then look at the video for /p/. Does it look natural?
Choose liquids and then choose /l/. Look at the video. Then listen to the examples.
What are your impressions? How does the video distinguish between dark and light /l/?
Do you think this would be clear to a student?
Go to the movie of Brian distinguishing the two interdental fricatives. Watch him as he
produces ‘the’ ‘that’ as he is talking – compare to the way he looks when he is
demonstrating what he does in class. Do you think these exercises will help? Why or
. First, check out the examples, then listen to the pronunciation of Toronto. 1. What is
the phonological characteristic that the website designer wanted you to notice? Is there
anything else that is peculiar about the sentence?
Repeat After Us
. Go to difficulty level (bottom of page), and select beginners. Choose Abigail Adams,
Intellectual Improvement for Women. Would you send your ESL student there to get
repetition/listening practice? Why or why not?
. Speech in Action (Streaming Speech)
This is a prize-winning website for pronunciation
instruction. Go to the American and Canadian voices.
Listen to the examples and read the information about the
course. Then go to Teachers – is this something you would
do with a class? Why or why not? How expensive is this
program for an individual? For a class? Why do you think
the CD-Rom version of the course was discontinued?
. Protea Connected Speech:
Another popular software product is Connected Speech.
Listen to the section called ‘Listen for Pauses’ with Alan.
Is there a pause between ‘mother’ and ‘went’? Is there
anything unnatural about Alan’s speech?
What do you think about the interactive nature of the
. Go to the lesson at this site.
Any problems with this lesson?
Now go to http://www.confidentspeech.com/ab_who_are_we.htm
What is the difference between these two sites?
. Go to the ‘Speak English like an American’ website:
View the online demo – listen to the two versions of
‘correct’. Are they the same? How likely are people to
lose their accents in 28 days using these materials?
. The benefits of accent reduction:
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