Description: - Saundz is an online educational software that helps non-native speakers of American English learn the 40 sounds of the language. Students can practice their pronunciation anytime via the Internet to improve it and reduce their accent.
Platform: - iOS, Web
Usability:- For a majority of ESL (English as a Second Language) learners around the globe, the most common area of language inadequacy, as observed by industry experts is pronunciation or speaking ability. Saundz was developed to help people out of this issue.
Saundz has a comprehensive yet achievable curriculum which is not inclusive of several videos or unstructured lessons. Rather, it has various chapters, words, pronunciation exercises, animated visual representations of sound articulation, dictionary definitions, a personal virtual assistant named, Simone who works with you in private to make you learn and practice and three additional professionally recorded native speakers. You can utilize these resources altogether, for the betterment of your American English speaking skills and with this enough curriculum, in about 40 hours you will be, regardless of your language proficiency, well on your way to speaking like a pro.
Walk-Through: - You can register to Saundz by filling up a form or connect via Facebook. This provides you access to its Trial Version, you can also go ahead and buy the Saundz software.
Once you successfully login, you can start with a lesson, by selecting it from the Chapter tab, followed by a click on the first lesson item. You will now hear the correct pronunciation of the vowel sound and learn how to accurately pronounce it. You may switch to the side view by clicking on the Profile Switcher and advance through the lesson until you reach the last lesson item.
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Now, you will be automatically redirected to the recording mode, where you can start recording your pronunciation, a maximum of three of these can be sent for assessment. You can listen to your practice recordings and when satisfied you can drag them to your best results field and upload them to the server. After upload, you can review your recordings and compare your pronunciation with the original correct one. After the system scores your results you will automatically get the Lesson Summary window, which shows a menu of the attempts made by you. Record and upload at least 2 recordings to be able to advance to the next lesson.
Saundz features a number of chapters, lessons, words and pictures to learn from, 4 native speakers, a virtual assistant, which altogether provide you with advanced and innovative approaches to learn. It requires no installation and runs within a browser.
Prices: - Free trial of Saundz software lasts for 7 days or 7 chapters (whichever comes first).
All lessons for $9.99
Our Review:- Saundz is meant for anyone who has learned English as a second language and wishes to improve his/her vitally important pronunciation skills. It significantly improves the verbal communication skills of its users by giving them the ability toproduce clear, correct and confidently delivered English speech.
It teaches you how to position your mouth and tongue so you can form the unique sounds of English language appropriately, all with its easy-to-use curriculum. In as little as 5 lessons, it literally helps reshape the way you pronounce. One feature of Saundz that’s really impressive is its virtual teacher, Simone which seems absolutely realistic and provides a completely different approach to teaching American English phonetic pronunciation.
We feel that Saundz is a fun and effective way to help you improve your pronunciation, and we also believe that you will notice a significant improvement in your pronunciation skills as early as the first month, regardless of your current level of English. After you complete a course, you can use Saundz as your own reference guide. So, please go ahead and try it out yourself.
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