What number of occasions have you ever modified a whole sentence in your head earlier than talking it out loud throughout a dialog… solely as a result of you do not know pronounce a specific phrase? Too many occasions to maintain depend? Yeah, identical right here.
Fret not as a result of Google has added a brand new experimental characteristic in Search, the place you possibly can follow your pronunciation till you get it proper.
“Research have proven that practising say a phrase will be useful for remembering it, particularly if you find yourself studying a brand new language,” writes Google Search senior product supervisor Tal Snir on the weblog.
Beforehand, when customers requested Google pronounce a phrase, they’d be given an audio snippet to play. However now, they may say the phrase into the cellphone’s microphone and obtain suggestions on what inflection must be adjusted and so forth.
“To do that, speech recognition expertise processes spoken phrases by separating them into particular person soundbites. Utilizing machine studying, it then cross references your pronunciation with the pronunciation it expects.
“For instance, should you’re practising say “asterisk”, the speech recognition expertise analyses the way you mentioned the phrase after which, it recognises that the final soundbite was pronounced “rict” as an alternative of “uhsk.” Based mostly on this, you’ll obtain suggestions on how one can enhance subsequent time,” says Snir.
He provides that the consequence will now additionally embody photos that give extra context to the phrase one searches, for instance, phrases which have a number of meanings like “seal”, or “avocado” that are not generally utilized in all languages or areas.
As not all phrases are simply described with a picture, Snir says that the characteristic will begin with nouns and can broaden from there.
“Advances in speech recognition and machine studying can enhance the best way we study languages. We hope these new options provide you with a inventive, simpler solution to follow, visualise and bear in mind new phrases. We plan to broaden these options to extra languages, accents and areas sooner or later,” says Snir.
The characteristic is at present obtainable solely on the Google app, and for American English. It is going to be expanded to incorporate Spanish quickly.
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