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Google to teach pronunciations of tricky words

Google search engine is used to search everything, everywhere. It is the most popular search engine. It can translate words in any language, it can give you any definitions and now it can teach you how to pronounce tricky words. The company is using speech recognition technology and machine learning together to make learning easy.

Today, Google posted a blog titled “How do you pronounce quokka? Practice with Search”. The blog says “First, we’re launching a new experimental pronunciation feature that lets you practice word pronunciations right in Search. For the visual learners out there, we’re adding images to our English dictionary and translation features to help you better understand the meaning of a word.”

“With the new pronunciation feature, users will be able to practice saying tricky words into their phone’s microphone and receive feedback on what, if anything, can be adjusted in the pronunciation. This feature is rolling out to American English today, with Spanish soon to follow” said the blog.

According to the Blog, speech recognition technology will process spoken words by separating them into individual soundbites. Then machine learning will cross-reference the pronunciation with the pronunciation it expects.

The company is adding one more new feature. Now when you search the translation of a word or its definition, you’ll start seeing images that give you additional context. Google explained “Since not all words are easily described with an image, we’re starting with nouns and plan to expand from there. Images in the dictionary features will be available in English today and across all language translations.”

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