18 Pronunciation Sites and Apps for Language Learners

youth-314462_1280Pronunciation is an important of being understood. Learning to pronounce words correctly takes drilling and constant practice. Students need to know how words are pronounced and the way to pronounce them. Below is a list of 18 web tools and sites we recommend for language learners to improve their pronunciation. For more teaching tips, check out the American TESOL Youtube video channel with over 100 video recordings!

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Recommended Tools and Apps

  • Sounds of Speech is an interactive site with various sounds and videos of people making these sounds. Find this also in German and Spanish.
  • Text2Phonetics is a web application that transcribes small English texts into broad phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
  • Sounds is a free app based on Adrian Underhill’s work. Language learners study, practice and play with pronunciation.
  • Pronunciation Power is another free app to learn all 52 sounds.
  • The Speech Flip Book is a free iOS app, which can be used for phonological awareness, apraxia, and articulation. It is interactive and visual.
  • Fun Easy English has videos with characters showing mouth movements.
  • English Central has many courses to master sounds and pronunciation.
  • HowJSay is a free online talking dictionary of English pronunciation.
  • Forvo is the pronunciation dictionary.
  • BBC Voices is no longer updated, but has many authentic voices using real English.

Kids Pronunciation Resources

  • Starfall is one of the best sites with games, stories, songs, and activities for children to practice pronunciation.
  • Dream English is a site with videos, songs, touch and say audio lesson mp3s, matching worksheets, and flashcards free to download.
  • Phonics Studio is a free iOS app that has 2500 visual flashcards with sounds.
  • M & M Lite is a free iOS app for creating phonic mix and match activities for young learners.
  • English Raven, Jason Renshaw, offers free downloads of phonics starter kits for kids.
  • ABC Fast Phonics has phonics tutorials and cartoons for children.
  • Neo K12 has several songs, games, and quizzes.
  • Reading Bear is a free site with videos, quizzes, and reviews for children to learn phonics.

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