Pronunciation Player – Language Learning Software

Video Playback – Watch Video and Practice Your Pronunciation

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Get started in 3 easy steps:

1. Install Java on your computer

You can download the latest version of Java here.

2. Download Pronunciation Player

pronunciation-player-3.3.jar

(compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux)

File size: 9.06 MB

Release date: 24-07-2017

 

After you download Pronunciation Player on your computer and start the program, click the button "Test!". You will see the list of courses available for you to download and watch.

3. Start learning pronunciation!

Check our Online Tutorial that will guide you through all the above steps.

Are you experiencing problems with the software? Check our troubleshooting guide or contact us directly!

 

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.

You can also move this file to any folder that you want (when the program is not launched). It will not ffect the program, even if you have already downloaded some courses.

The same thing applies, if you forgot where you put this jar file. You can simply download it again and start the program (double-click the file). You will not need to reinstall the courses.

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 or 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 may enter the email address and password that you used when you signed up on this site (this is only necessary if you want to download the full courses). If you haven't registered yet, click here to create your free account right now! All it takes is a valid email address.

Alternatively, you can click the button "Test", if you don't have an account on EasyPronunciation.com.

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

 

Select a Pronunciation Course

Select a Pronunciation Course

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On this screen, all available courses are listed. The courses are all 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 a licensed course, you will see a button "Buy" next to its title. 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 next to 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 there are several options; some of them are unique for each language, including:

  • "Consonant sounds at the beginning of a word"
  • "Vowel letters"
  • "Double consonant letters"

Selecting each option will display 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.:

  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: "ou" will find any word containing this letter combination.
    • Letter combination at the beginning of a word. Add an asterisk at the end of your query. Example: "ou*" will find all words containing more than two letters that start with "ou".
    • Letter combination at the end of a word. Add an asterisk at the beginning of your query. Example: "*ir" will find all words containing more than two letters that end with "ir".
    • Letter combination in the middle of a word. Ad one asterisk at the beginning and one at the end of your query. Example: "*vr*" will find all words containing more than three letters that have "vr" in the middle.
  3. "Search sound combination" – allows you to search a combination of sounds. In your query, 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
  • Checkbox for normal speech rate video
  • Checkbox for video with questioning intonation
  • Word frequency rating that shows how often the word is used in the language; the color scale below will help to 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). Just 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 scree,
  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. Note that some of the settings are available only in advanced mode. To activate it in the upper menu choose: Settings → Settings mode → advanced.

  • "Play each video". This option sets the number of times each video will be played.
  • "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" (available only in advanced mode). 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" (available only in advanced mode). 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" (available only in advanced mode). 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" (available only in advanced mode). 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.

 

Reinstall/Uninstall

Pronunciation Player is very easy to reinstall or remove from your computer. Just follow these steps:

  1. If it is running, exit the program.
  2. Find the Pronunciation Player folder on your computer (see how). Delete this folder with all the files.
  3. (optional) Delete the jar file that you downloaded from here.
  4. In case you want to reinstall the software, download the latest version.

Windows users: Note that you don't need to uninstall Pronunciation Player as you would normally do with any other program. For example:

  • Settings → System → Apps & features (on Windows 10)
  • Control Panel → Programs → Uninstall a program (on Windows 7)

You will not find Pronunciation Player in the list of your installed programs. Just follow the steps described above and all traces of the program will be permanently removed from your computer.

 

Troubleshooting Guide

On February 22, 2017 we installed SSL certificate on EasyPronunciation.com to make the connection with the site more secure (HTTPS instead of HTTP). Unfortunately, it affected the functioning of Pronunciation Player. The only solution is to install the latest version of the program (see the instructions here). We apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused you!

After you download the jar file to your computer and double-click it, you will likely 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".

You may want to check the list of Linux distributions that support the latest version of Java 8. Note, for example, that the support for Ubuntu 16.04 is not yet implemented.

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, you may want to reinstall Pronunciation Player (see the instructions here).

If you can't see the list of available courses, probably something went wrong during the first launch of the software. To solve this problem, you will need to reinstall Pronunciation Player – follow this instruction.

First of all, make sure that you have installed the latest version of Java. Java releases updates every three months.

On Windows make sure that the default program that opens jar files is Java and not something else:

If your computer doesn't have a font that supports the full set of Unicode characters, the phonetic transcription may be displayed incorrectly (you may see black boxes instead of phonetic symbols). To solve this issue you will need to do the following:

  1. Download the font Arial Unicode MS on your computer.
  2. Install the font – check this guide on how to install a font (Windows, Mac, Linux).
  3. Open Pronunciation Player. After you log in, click in the upper menu "Settings" → "Change subtitles font" and choose this newly installed font.

 

Version 3.3

Release date: 22-07-2017

  • We fixed a bug when phonetic transcription symbols were not displayed correctly. The FAQ now explains how to fix this issue.

 

Version 3.2

Release date: 19-06-2017

  • There's an update for the video playback mode. The list of words on the left side is now clickable and scrollable.
  • bug fixes

 

Version 3.1

Release date: 26-02-2017

  • bug fixes

 

Version 3.0

Release date: 24-02-2017

  • significant increase in download speed,
  • download integrity check,
  • user interface improvements,
  • testing mode (no login is necessary),
  • bug fixes.

 

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

 

 

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