The 'Speech Challenge' now supports voice recognition on Google Chrome although it's not yet supported on IOS. Go to an interactive picture page such as insects , one of my favorites. (ou les insects pour les étudiants de français), After clicking on the 'Speech Challenge' button, click on the microphone toggle on the top bar, and confirm that you wish to use the microphone. Say the name of the selected insect! Upon hearing your voice, the correct word is uttered allowing you to make a quick comparison of pronunciation and word choice. Interacting with the page this way is a lot more fun than clicking on the page or play button. Please let me know if you experience any issues or see other problems since quite a few changes were made to the scripts.
One of the objectives of the vocabulary guides is to help you become an expert in particular domains. Several years ago when I was living in France, I found that I was totally at ease conversing about certain topics, but really struggled talking about chores and housekeeping with my French roommate. The housekeeping pages on the French Vocabulary guide were the fruit of these vocabulary struggles: " la buanderie " (the French version of the Utility Room), Messes , Chores , and the Laundry . If you learn the vocabulary on these pages you'll be able to describe messes, cleaning and chores with sophisticated, precise vocabulary. There are also versions for people learning English. Go to the English vocabulary guide, select your native language in the upper left hand corner, and go to the Home section.
When viewing pictorial guide pages on desktop size screen, the images now automatically reposition themselves to best take advantage of the available screen size: (for example L'espace in the French vocabulary guide or Space in the English vocabulary guide) The French vocabulary and French grammar guides went through additional rounds of review by native speakers, as well as the German , Spanish , Italian , and Portuguese vocabulary guides. In most cases two separate native speakers reviewed content which is helpful in identifying regional variants . Some technical issues affecting the Speaking Challenge were fixed as well as issues in which words or images had no audio. The expectation is that the guides be reference quality and everything should have audio. If you notice anything that seems amiss, feel free to write Tom at email@example.com . The Spanish , Italian , Portuguese and English UK vocabulary guides were expanded.
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