- Find pronunciation of terms using an online dictionary.
Use an Online Audio Pronunciation Aid
One of the problems with learning a new vocabulary in an online class is that you do not get to hear the instructor pronounce the terms. If the pronunciation is not obvious from the spelling, it can be embarrassing if you say the word incorrectly. Fortunately, several online dictionaries have features that say the word. You must have speakers or headphones attached to the computer, and they must be enabled.
How to Use an Online Audio Pronunciation Aid
- Obtain speakers or headphones and plug them into the audio output jack on your computer. The location of this jack on computers varies greatly, but it is usually green as shown in Figure 1.10 “Audio Output Ports on Two Computers”.
- Enable the speaker output. In Windows computers, look for a speaker icon in the lower right corner of the screen. If the speakers/headphone jack is turned off, it will have the universal symbol for “No” on it. If that is the case, double-click the icon and remove the check mark next to Mute to enable the speaker output. The icon displays without the “No” symbol.
- Use your web browser to go to http://www.thefreedictionary.com.
- In the Search box, type synchronous and then click the Search button.
- The term is displayed with a phonetic spelling and a speaker icon, as shown in Figure 1.11 “Pronunciation Option in an Online Dictionary”.
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