Pinyin pronounciation software

December 18, 2009, 02:01 PM posted in General Discussion

Hi, I'm looking for a way to verify my pronounciation on whole sentences that I wrote down, for instance I'd like to paste in the computer: "wǒ zài měi guó", and the computer would pronounce that for me, and I would repeat the sentence.

Is there such a software package or maybe a website ?

thank you.

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December 18, 2009, 05:36 PM

What you're looking for is a text-to-speech (TTS) software for Mandarin. It's probably included in most Chinese computers, but I'm not sure where to order it from. I'm pretty sure there are many to choose from, though. However, please be aware that such a software would not be a good model for your pronounciation. While the individual phonemes would be correct, TTS software still has a long way to go when it comes to emulating prosody (the "rythm" of the language).