Intuitive Language Contruction - Part II Pronunciation

Jul 20, 2010 8:03:38 AM / by Rachel Reardon

Intuitive Language ConstructionWe are excited to continue sharing our language learning methodology--we call it the linguistic science behind the Mango Languages Online Language Learning Software.

Intuitive Language Construction was developed after looking at current products on the market and listening to users and what they wanted. The one thing we heard over and over is they wanted a program that was fun, easy, and completely integrated.

We listened. Mango Languages includes the following components:

1. Vocabulary (Click to see previous post)
2. Pronunciation
3. Grammar
4. Culture
5. Comprehension
6. Retention

In this post, let's look at pronunciation. Mango gives you a better, more accurate sense of pronunciation. I bet you never knew a fruit could do that!

In each course, our audio is recorded by a professional, native-speaking voice talent, using a standard “accent free” dialect. Why is this important? Native speakers using a standard accent give you the best possible baseline to model your own pronunciation after.

We also provide additional pronunciation tools to help users:
1. They can see a phonetic spelling at any time, by simply rolling over the word with their mouse cursor. Users LOVE this feature…

2. We also provide the option to hear 2 different audio speeds: fluent and articulate. These are two separate recordings by a professional, native voiceover. This is totally unique to Mango…
Our competition often provides a “slowdown” button, which plays the same standard audio clip, but mechanically slowed down, creating distortion in the voice, and making it difficult to effectively mimic. How do we do that?

3. We offer voice comparison technology in our online language learning system! This feature allows you to speak into a microphone and compare your pronunciation with that of the instructor’s, until you really get it right. This system allows you to compare your voice with both fluent and articulate speeds.

Most language learning systems incorporate some form of pronunciation instruction, but Mango takes it to a much more interactive and accurate level.

Which pronunciation tool do you use the most? Why?

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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