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Articles tagged with ‘Pronunciation’

  1. How good is voice recognition for learning Chinese pronunciation?

    Speech recognition technology has developed rapidly and can now be relied on to correctly identify standardised and clear pronunciation in Mandarin. But can it be used to check your Mandarin pronunciation? Not necessarily. This article looks at how well speech recognition software deals with non-native and low-quality audio, focusing on the question if speech recognition is too lenient for pronunciation practice.

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  2. Using speech recognition to improve Chinese pronunciation, part 1

    Speech recognition technology has developed rapidly and can now be relied on to correctly identify standardised and clear pronunciation in Mandarin. But can it be used to check your Mandarin pronunciation? Not necessarily. There are two problems that need to be investigated to answer that question. This article looks at the first: If speech recognition is unable to identify what you say, does that mean that your pronunciation is bad, or could it be the speech recognition that isn’t good enough?

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  3. Training your Chinese teacher, part 2: Speaking ability

    Finding a good Chinese teacher is not easy, but there are many things you can do to get more out of the time you spend with your teacher. In the second article in this series, I discuss focusing on speaking ability with a teacher, including what to look for in a good teacher, common problems and how to tackle them, along with some suggestions for more advanced learners.

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  4. Tone errors in Mandarin that actually can cause misunderstandings

    Making certain tone mistakes in Mandarin can lead to amusing situations, such as saying that the chest hair is adorable instead of the pandas you actually meant. However, these types of mistakes seldom lead to actual confusion. There are other tone mistakes that do; if you get them wrong, it can seriously impact your ability to communicate in Chinese!

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  5. Chinese speaking challenge, October 2018

    Chinese speaking ability

    It’s time for a speaking challenge! It starts on October 15th, so enrol, set your goal and improve your speaking ability as much as you can before the end of the month. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as some advice about improving speaking ability in Chinese.

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  6. Focusing on Mandarin tones without being distracted by Pinyin

    It’s a well-known problem that if Chinese characters and Pinyin appear together, most students will look only at the Pinyin. However, rather than removing all scaffolding, keeping information about tones can be very useful. This article details two methods of doing this, either through colour or through using tone marks only.

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  7. Chinese pronunciation challenge, June 2018

    It’s time for a pronunciation challenge! It starts on June 16th, so enrol, set your goal and see how much you can improve your pronunciation before the end of the month. This article contains more information about the challenge, some important things to keep in mind as well as some advice about improving pronunciation.

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  8. Training and testing your ability to hear Mandarin sounds

    Learning to hear the sounds in a new language is a very important step, both to understand it and to pronounce it yourself. This article gives you methods and tools for training and testing your ability to hear the sounds of Mandarin.

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  9. Get to know your own Chinese voice

    Recording yourself provides a convenient, enlightening and cheap way to improve your spoken Chinese, and what better to record than a diary? This article explores why you should record more and offers some suggestions for what to record.

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  10. Chinese mimicking challenge, November 10th to 30th

    Let’s improve our speaking ability together! Mimicking is one of the best ways of improving pronunciation, prosody and even vocabulary and grammar when speaking. Enrol, pick a model to mimic and see how close you can get/how much you can mimic before the end of the month!

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