Google will start offering more information when searching for foreign word translations or meanings. One of the novelties is a more advanced pronunciation tool: instead of just listening as a term is spoken in another language, the user can practice pronunciation and receive real-time feedback to know if they are speaking correctly. Another change is in the use of images to help better understand the meaning of a translated word.
By typing "How to pronounce" followed by a foreign word, Google will play the correct pronunciation audio and give you the training option. By tapping a button, the user can dictate his own pronunciation aloud and submit for evaluation.
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The system then recognizes the voice and shows the phonemes on the screen to help the person understand exactly what needs to be improved. According to the company, speech recognition technology divides pronunciation into small sections and crosses the way people pronounce the word and what the algorithm expects to hear.
Pronouncement tool to be released first in American English Photo: Divulgao / Google
The feature is still experimental and so only starts with those who speak American English. Soon users who have Google set to Spanish will also be able to test it. There is still no prediction of launching the function in Portuguese.
Displaying images for translated words, on the other hand, is available to everyone from Google to web and mobile. For now, the function will display photos only when translating nouns.
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