Where Can You Hear Pronunciations of Foreign Words?


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Pronunciations of foreign words are available on various websites, including Forvo.com and HowJSay.com. These sites provide audio pronunciations to commonly used words in different languages.

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Top languages that Forvo offers audio pronunciations to include German, Tatar, Russian, English and French. This website categorizes languages according to the number of pronunciations available. Languages with more than 100,000 pronunciations include German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese with the least amount of pronunciations being more than 500. To start using the site, click on a particular word to listen to the words or search for a specific word in the search box to find its pronunciation. Forvo divides words into a variety of categories, including noun pronunciations, adjective pronunciations and name pronunciations. Words can be added to the website but users have to register to complete this process.

HowJSay.com provides a free online talking dictionary for English pronunciations. To start, enter a keyword in the search area and click on submit, or click on “browse” to find foreign words arranged in alphabetical order. Users can opt for the web portal or download the app to an iPhone or Android smartphone. Using the portal involves hovering the cursor over an entry for the audio pronunciation to play.

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