My practise French speaking app is now up and running with 900 utterances all taken, as mention in my previous post, from Tex’s French Grammar.
It does not run on phones/tablets and it has not been tested except on Chrome and Firefox.
You may wish to log in as a guest, that is to say anonymously, in which case you go here:
password: leave blank
A sign will come up asking for permission to access your microphone. You have to say yes. Please note that your voice is being recorded. Logging in as ‘guest’ means you are anonymous.
If you would prefer, you can ask me for a unique username and password. This would be great for the guys at Geneva uni who have developed the system as they may be able to use the data. They do things with it like try to measure how people are learning. It could be that you can also get some information back at some point if you do get a unique username.
After you sign in, you see this:
Without any ado, the course starts at the beginning with this statement, which may look boring, but is fun for me because my boyfriend is very curious as to who this Robert is 🙂
You can at this point (or at any time) go to ‘Select Lesson’ on the left. Yes, it is a bit slow to load the lesson menu. Pick one! Then start.
Please note: once you are in the course, all the tabs left and right of the screen are irrelevant except for SELECT LESSON. Ignore them all!
It is for practising pronunciation and fluency. You look at what you have to say, you listen to the audio. You practise and perhaps also play the help and speak at the same time trying to match Eric, the audio help. You do this as often as you like, without getting the guilts because you are boring a human being to death. Eric is a real person, but as we have just recorded his voice, he can happily go about his life while you listen to him as often as you like!
When you feel confident, you click the record button AND HOLD IT DOWN while you speak. Then you STOP HOLDING THE BUTTON DOWN. When you play the audio help, you do that by pressing the button but not holding it down, so it is different from one button to the other. Sorry!
For a further discussion of how the interface works, go to the previous post. (This is not a tool for practising translation. Whether or not you think that you know a way to translate the English into French, you do need to look at the help and speak the French that is provided.)
I don’t know how it goes with built in microphones, I’ve only used a headset. If you are having consistent problems with recognition, that may be why.
There is no difference in standard between the different units from a pronunciation point of view. There is no point in doing it in any particular order. I’ve been jumping around, doing a bit here and a bit there. The grammar sections are not boring, even though they have boring looking names.
If you try it out, please leave a comment, feedback would be great!