Meet Pronto and learn how to pronounce any word in English

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Learning to speak a new language can be challenging, no doubt about that.

Especially English.

All those funky words like knight, laugh, paradigm and psychology that have all these letters that are not pronounced.

And what about the confusing pairs like celery-salary, back-buck, pool-pull that if we confuse them, we may sound unclear?

Or words like beach, focus, spreadsheet and fox that if we mispronounce them, we might get a face-palm moment ?‍♀️??!?

Even when you know how certain words should sound like, you don’t necessarily know what to do in order to pronounce them correctly.
And this uncertainty leads to insecurity.
But what if I told you Google has come up with a brand new feature just for that?
Pronto is a tool I helped Google develop, and it’s based on the experience and detailed feedback I give to my own students.

How to use it:

  • Open Google on your mobile phone and make sure you’re logged in to your Google account (use Safari on iPhone)
  • Type “how to pronounce” and add any word you’re not sure how to pronounce. The Google search tool would spell the word for you as it should be pronounced. The transcription is plain and pretty straightforward.
  • Listen to the pronunciation of the word, and pay attention to the sounds that are most challenging to you
  • Push the “practice” button
  • Record yourself saying the wordPronto would detect the specific sounds that you mispronounced and let you know what you need to do in order to improve, as well as offer you more words to practice with.

So you don’t need to be confused anymore about whether you pronounce words correctly or not. Watch the video to see how you can use Google’s Pronto yourself:

Did you try it? Leave me a comment below the video and tell me what you think!

In my previous episode on Google Pronto, I talked a bit about the process of its creation. You can watch it here.

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5 Comments on “Meet Pronto and learn how to pronounce any word in English”

  1. Hi Hadar,

    I’ve tried it on google using Safari and chrome but the ‘practise’ button does not appear. Instead, it says ‘wrong pronunication?’ When I press this button nothing happens

    1. Hi Don, I believe this tool is not yet fully optional but I highly recommend to ask Google about it.

    2. Hi, Don!

      Fow now it’s available only on mobile phones. You have to be logged in with your Google account, and also have your search language set to English.
      Please, have a look again about it in the video:

      Let us know if it worked for you!

  2. Happy New Year Hadar:

    Yes, I tried it and it is most effective. I love it. Thanks so much.

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