Learn English through PRONUNCIATOR!
Pronunciator is one of the library’s fantastic new online language-learning databases. Thanks to a very generous grant from the IMLS and New Jersey State Library, Plainsboro residents can now use it in the library or from home to learn up to 80 languages, including American English!
Pronunciator offers English lessons IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE (includes up to 51 languages) and provides an amazing amount of content.
It also provides LIVE, TEACHER-LED CONVERSATION CLASSES online, organized by skill level. (You will need a microphone to attend these.)
To start using Pronunciator, click on the Pronunciator logo. It will take you to the Pronunciator website.
Once you are in the Pronunciator website, put in your Plainsboro library card number. (If you live in Plainsboro but don’t have a Plainsboro library card yet, you can get one at our 1st floor front desk!)
Pronunciator will take you to a page where you select 1) your native language, and 2) the language that you want to learn.
Under “I speak”: If you are a beginning English as a Second Language learner, select your native language and finish that course first!
However, once you are more comfortable with English, select “English (US)”, as it will give you access to much more ESL content in a structured system.
Under “I want to learn”: Select “English – American”
Once you are on the main page for your native language, you have 3 options:
MAIN COURSE will take you to self-paced English learning lessons, taught in your native language.
LIVE CONVERSATION will take you to a schedule for all of Pronunciator’s live English conversation classes.
LEARNING GUIDES & MORE will take you to structured lessons that may provide up to two years’ worth of content. Please note that, for ESL learners, you will find more content here if you selected “ENGLISH (US)” under “I speak” on the main page.
NOTE: Make sure you navigate using the back arrow in the upper left corner of the screen. Don’t use your browser’s back button, as it will take you back to the front page.
There are drop-down menus on the upper left corner of the screen, which you can use to change the LEVEL and the CONTENT of your lesson.
You can also choose between different types of lessons: flashcards, drills, quizzes, short dialogues and music.
NOTE: For lessons that test and correct your pronunciation, make sure you have the MICROPHONE enabled. You can change your microphone settings through the microphone icon on the upper right corner of the screen.
When the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen flashes red, it means that the program is waiting for you to speak.
Feel free to play around with everything!
Pronunciator provides live conversation classes of various levels for up to 5 students at a time. Once you click into the Live Conversation page, it will show you the schedule of past and upcoming classes:
Look for any sessions you want to join. Click on it.
You will see an option to install GoToMeeting. If you haven’t installed it yet, do so.
You also have the option to get a reminder about the class when it’s about to start.
You can join a class 5 minutes before it starts. Make sure you have GoToMeeting installed, and that your headphones and microphone are enabled.
If you want to exit out of the schedule, click the X in the upper right corner of the screen. Again, don’t use your browser’s back button, as it will take you back to the front page.
If you selected English in both “I speak” and “I want to learn”, you will find many structured lessons available under Learning Guides:
They will look like this:
Each course spans multiple weeks. In total, it provides over two years of content.
To access Pronunciator on a phone or a tablet, you must first create an account with Pronunciator:
This still requires your library card number. It will ask you to input your email address, a password, and your full name. Your full name is OPTIONAL – you do not have to enter it. However, if you enter It, it will appear on course certificates you receive after you complete a course.
After you have an account, download the Pronunciator app through the App store, if you’re using an iPhone or iPad, or through Google Play, if you’re using an Android device.
I have gone through the basics of Pronunciator here, but if you have any other questions, you can try Pronunciator’s own help page under the question mark icon:
You can also always email me at email@example.com, and I will do my best to assist you! J
– Joyce Huang, Special Populations Librarian at the Plainsboro Public Library