Language Learning Goes Mobile

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Next on our list of library apps is one that might have special appeal to travelers.

In June, the library introduced a new online resource called Pronunciator that lets you study any of 80 languages at your own pace. Pronunciator combines traditional methods (verb conjugation, vocabulary drills, etc.) with modern tools (pronunciation analysis, interactive conversations and quizzes) to create a holistic language-learning experience. Another unique feature of the new program is its language selection. As the company website puts it, “Other language-learning services are Anglo-centric. They expect Chinese speakers to learn Spanish through English. But Pronunciator is different. By giving you the power to learn 80 languages in any of 50 languages, we offer a truly global learning platform.”

english to urdu lesson

Urdu lesson for English speakers

russian to english

English lesson for Russian speakers

The first time you use Pronunciator, you’ll create an account using your Lincolnwood library card number. Use your account to log into Pronunciator on any computer—or on the app—to pick up right where you left off in your studies. You can start your language learning while you pack your bags and continue studying once you’re on the road!

The Pronunciator app is loaded with all the same features as the web-based program, but let’s face it: you might not want to practice your pronunciation (speaking into your device’s microphone) on the train or at the airport. Two features that are particularly travel-friendly are Flashcards (listed under Drills) and downloadable Audio lessons.

Andiamo, vámanos, allons-y…let’s go!

please flashcard

Sample flashcard for an English speaker studying a foreign language