Pronunciation Player – Language Learning Software

Video Playback – Watch Video and Practice Your Pronunciation

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pronunciation-player-2.2.jar

File size: 8.69 MB

Number of downloads: 2033

Release date: 4-10-2016

 

Note: Pronunciation Player requires the latest version of Java to be installed on your computer. You can download Java here.

Are you experiencing problems with the software? Check our troubleshooting guide!

 

Good Video Material + Flexible Software = Effective Language Learning

Before you read the overview of Pronunciation Player, I highly recommend you to read my article "A Complete Guide to Language Learning. Part 1. Learning Pronunciation". It is written for beginners and covers the following topics:

  • how to choose learning materials,
  • motivation,
  • the conditions you should learn a foreign language under, and
  • how to learn pronunciation.

In this article, you will find a set of criteria that, in my opinion, video materials should match in order to help you learn a foreign language efficiently. Some of them are:

  • subtitles,
  • slow speech rate,
  • phonetic transcription,
  • good articulation,
  • all actors should be native speakers,
  • good quality sound, etc.

Have you ever seen a language course that would meet all the above criteria? I never have. Being passionate about foreign languages, I decided to create language courses that would take into account most of these requirements. The first course I created was "Russian Pronunciation for Beginners". The next step will be French and English pronunciation courses that should be released in a few months.

However, good video material by itself is not enough for effective language learning. I also wanted to create an easy-to-use software that would allow me to copy a native speaker and do special language learning exercises while watching a video in a convenient and flexible manner. And that's how Pronunciation Player was born. The whole idea of this language learning software is to make the repetition process described in the article enjoyable, help you adapt good video materials to your needs and use them to their full potential.

 

Software Features

In main menu:

  • option to view all words containing a given letter or sound: at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of a word,
  • list of all words from the course,
  • option to do an advanced search: for example, you can find all words ending with "ка" or all words containing the combination of sounds "[dʊ]".

In video clip selection mode:

  • ability to select three types of video clips: slow, normal speech rate, questioning intonation,
  • ability to sort video clips by word spelling, phonetic transcription or frequency rating.

In playback mode:

  • slow-motion playback with stretched natural-sounding audio,
  • display of three types of subtitles: word spelling, phonetic transcription, translation; all subtitles can be turned on and off separately,
  • possibility to set pause length before and after each video clip,
  • export of word lists to text file,
  • option to repeat each video clip a desired number of times,
  • loop playback after the last video clip is played.

 

Pronunciation Player Online Tutorial

Install On Your Computer

After you download the above jar file, you can put it anywhere you like on your computer. In order to open Pronunciation Player, all you need to do is to double-click the jar file.

When you run the program for the first time, it will automatically create a folder on your hard disk. The name of this folder will be as follows:

Operating System Path to the folder
Windows C:\Users\your_name\PronunciationPlayer
Mac /Users/your_name/PronunciationPlayer
Linux /home/your_name/PronunciationPlayer

When you download a free course or activate a licensed course, all the necessary files related to this course will be downloaded and stored in this folder.

 

Log In

Log In

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You will need an Internet connection in order to use Pronunciation Player. Please also make sure that your antivirus software doesn't block Pronunciation Player.

On this screen, you should enter the email address and password that you used when you signed up on this site. If you haven't yet registered, click here to create your free account right now! All it takes is a valid email address.

You can also choose a menu language in the upper right corner. Currently, this language learning software is available in English, Russian and French.

 

Select a Pronunciation Course

Select a Pronunciation Course

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On this screen, you will see a list of all available courses. All courses are either free or licensed. You can download and watch both types of courses on any computer for your personal use.

Free Courses

During the first launch of Pronunciation Player, you will see a "Download" button near all free demo courses. Click this button and the selected course will be downloaded to your computer.

As soon as the blue progress bar disappears, you will be able to open the course by clicking on its title. The next time you launch the software, you will be able to open the downloaded course by clicking on its title.

Licensed Courses

If you have not yet purchased any licensed courses you will see a button "Buy" near their titles. If you click on this button, you will be redirected to the page with the description of the course where you can buy it.

After you have purchased a course, you will see a "Download" button near its title. If you click on this button, the course will be downloaded to your computer.

You may install and watch the course that you have purchased on as many computers as you want. This is restricted to your personal use.

As soon as the blue progress bar disappears, you will be able to open the course by clicking on its title. The next time you launch the software, you will be able to watch the purchased course by simply clicking on its title.

 

Main Menu – Select a Letter or a Sound

Main Menu – Select a Letter or a Sound

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This is the main menu of each course. On the left you have several options; some of them are unique for each language, for example:

  • "consonant sounds at the beginning of a word",
  • "vowel letters",
  • "double consonant letters", etc.

By selecting each option, you will see a list of sounds or letters that match the selected option. Click on any sound and you will see a list of all words containing this sound (see the next step – "Video clip selection").

On the right, you will see three options that are the same for all languages. They are:

  1. "Alphabetical list of all words" – shows all words from the course.
  2. "Search letter combination" – allows you to search a combination of letters using the wildcard character "*". You can use the following types of search (you should omit quotes in your search query):
    • Letter combination anywhere in a word. Example: "ве" will find any word containing this letter combination.
    • Letter combination at the beginning of a word. You should add an asterisk at the end of your query. Example: "че*" will find all words containing more than two letters that start with "че".
    • Letter combination at the end of a word. You should add an asterisk at the beginning of your query. Example: "*ек" will find all words containing more than two letters that end with "ек".
    • Letter combination in the middle of a word. You should add one asterisk at the beginning and one at the end of your query. Example: "*ло*" will find all words containing more than three letters that have "ло" in the middle.
  3. "Search sound combination" – allows you to search a combination of sounds. In your query you should enter phonetic transcription symbols. You can use an asterisk as a wildcard character.

 

Video Clip Selection – Select Words to Practice

Video Clip Selection – Select Words to Practice

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In this step, you will see a table with words from the course that match the selection criteria from the previous step. The table has several columns:

  • word spelling in foreign language,
  • phonetic transcription of the word,
  • checkbox for slow speech rate video – all words from the course have this option,
  • checkbox for normal speech rate video – only the most popular words have this option,
  • checkbox for video with questioning intonation – only the most popular words have this option,
  • word frequency rating – shows how often the word is used in the language; below you will find a color scale that will help you distinguish popular and rare words.
medium
rare
relatively rare
very rare

By clicking the checkboxes you can select video clips with words that you want to practice.

You can sort words by spelling, phonetic transcription or frequency rating. All you have to do is click on the column heading. By default, all words are sorted by word spelling.

You can also check or uncheck all video clips for each speech rate level (slow, normal speech rate, questioning intonation). For that, click on the checkbox in the respective column heading.

After you finish the selection, click on "Play selected videos", and you will be redirected to the next step.

 

Video Playback – Watch Video and Practice Your Pronunciation

Video Playback – Watch Video and Practice Your Pronunciation

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In this step, you will see three windows:

  1. on the left, the list of video clips that you have selected on the previous screen,
  2. in the middle, the video player itself,
  3. on the right, playback settings.

Player control buttons allow you to perform the following actions:

"previous"jumps to previous video clip
"play"starts playing the current video clip
"stop"stops playing the video
"pause"pauses the video
"next"jumps to the next video clip
"normal"indicates that the video is played back at normal speed: click on it to activate slow-motion playback
"slow"indicates that slow-motion playback is activated: click on it to return to normal speed playback
"volume control"volume control button – click on it to mute the sound. The volume control slider is on the right.

The button on the right, "Export to text file", allows you to create a CSV file with all the words you have selected in the previous step. You can open a CSV file in any spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel or Apache OpenOffice Calc, which is free, by the way.

"Video settings" allow you to adjust video playback to your needs:

  • "Repeat each video". Set this value to "0", and each video clip will be played back just once. Numbers greater than "0" will repeat each video the desired number of times.
  • "Pause length after each video". When set to "0", all video clips will be played back without any pauses. Numbers greater than "0" will add a pause after each video which will give you enough time to repeat the word the desired number of times. For example, if you set this value to "2", you will have enough time to repeat each word twice after the native speaker.
  • "Pause length before each video". This setting is basically the same as the previous one. The only difference is that it will add a pause before each video, thus allowing you to pronounce the word before the native speaker. This way you will be able to compare your pronunciation with the right one.
  • "Loop playback after last video". If checked, the player will start playing the first video clip again after it reaches the end of the list.

"Subtitle settings" allow you to adjust the display of subtitles:

  • "Show word spelling"
  • "Show phonetic transcription"
  • "Show word translation". This option shows the translation of words in the language that you chose when you started the software (see Log In).
  • "Show subtitles before the sound starts". If unchecked, the subtitles will appear only when the native speaker starts speaking. If this option is checked, the subtitles will be displayed even before the native speaker starts pronouncing a word.
  • "Show subtitles after the sound ends". If unchecked, the subtitles will disappear as soon as the native speaker stops speaking. If checked, the subtitles will still be displayed even after the native speaker stops pronouncing a word.

 

Troubleshooting Guide

We constantly work on improving your experience with Pronunciation Player. Even if you haven't purchased any licensed course, you still have our full support. In case you experience a problem with the software, please let us know!

Installing on Linux

After you download the jar file to your computer and double-click it, most likely you will get an error message that the file is not marked as executable. To solve that issue, right-click on the file, choose "Properties", go to "Permissions" tab and select the checkbox "Allow executing file as program".

For Ubuntu 16.04 users: The support for your operating system is not fully implemented in the latest Java release. You may experience problems with video playback. The problem for the French course is solved by doing two things: 1) install the latest version of Java – 8u102 (which is not installed by default, see a guide on how to manually install Java), and 2) install the codec libavformat-dev.

I got a message "The application is already opened!"

Very rarely the software may crash. If you try to launch it again, you may see a message "The application is already opened!" There are two possible solutions for this problem:

  1. On Windows press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and choose "Task Manager". Make sure you see the full list of all current processes (you may need to check different tabs). Find "Java(TM) Platform SE binary" (this is Pronunciation Player) and end this task.
  2. If the above doesn't help and you still can't start the software because of this message, as a last resort, do the following. Find the Pronunciation Player folder on your computer (see how). Delete this folder with all the files. Do not delete the player itself (the jar file)! Launch the player and restart the download.

Downloading Courses (Pronunciation Player 1.0)

Note that it may take a very long time to download a full course, since such courses contain a lot of files (more than 10,000 files in the Russian course). If, during the download, your computer loses Internet connection, the download process may be interrupted. The software is supposed to alert you when such situation occurs, but sometimes it doesn't (we are working on this issue). Here's what you can do to verify whether the course is being downloaded:

Find the Pronunciation Player folder on your computer (see how) and check the number of files in it. One minute later reopen the same folder and check again the number of files. If this number increases, then the course is being downloaded. If the number didn't increase during one minute, the download was probably interrupted. To fix this problem, close Pronunciation Player and delete the above folder with all the files. Do not delete the player itself (the jar file)! Launch the player and restart the download.

The solution is a bit rough, but it works. We hope to implement the support for interrupted downloads during the next update.

 

Update History

Version 2.2

Release date: 4-10-2016

  • The limitation on the number of computers (2) on which the licensed courses can be installed is removed. Now you can install the licensed courses on any number of computers as long as it's for your personal use.
  • Bug fixes.

 

Version 2.1

Release date: 22-09-2016

  • Software menu translated in Spanish and German.
  • Bug fixes.

 

Version 2.0

Release date: 19-09-2016

  • Support for interrupted downloads.
  • Increased download speed due to the reduced number of files during the course download.
  • Download progress bar now shows the percent of the download.
  • Internet connection test is performed before attempting to log in.
  • A check for a new version of the software.
  • Improved performance.
  • Various bug fixes.

 

Version 1.0

Release date: 2-08-2015

 

Update from version 1.0 to 2.0

The version 2.0 of Pronunciation Player introduces a new structure of the course resources and is not compatible with the previous version. If you already have the version 1.0 installed on your computer, please follow these steps:

  1. Find the Pronunciation Player folder on your computer (see how) and delete it completely.
  2. Download the new version of Pronunciation Player.
  3. Start the program and redownload all your courses. The information about your computer ID is stored on our online server, so this download will not affect the number of computers (2) on which you can install your purchased courses. Note that the new version supports the interrupted downloads.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, and we appreciate your understanding as we continue to improve our customer experience!

 

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