Pronunciator database helps you learn a language

The State Library has a wonderful electronic resource that can help you learn a foreign language for improved communication. The database, called Pronunciator, is always available on the State Library website so you can learn at your convenience. State employees and the staff and students of Thomas Edison State College can use Pronunciator from any computer by registering with the barcode on the back of their State Library borrower’s card.

The language learning program covers 87 languages that can be learned in any of 50 languages. Each language course has an average of 9,000 instructional phrases. It includes 10 types of drills, quizzes, audio lessons, pronunciation analysis and phrase books in PDF format. Learners can flexibly move through the courses based on their skill level and learning goals. ESL courses are included for 50 non-English languages.

Features include:

  • Speech recognition – Test your pronunciation in real time
  • Scored quizzes – Track your progress and measure your results
  • Virtual Coach – Real-time, life-like instruction
  • Downloadable audio lessons – Extend your learning offline
  • Virtual Conversations – Hop into interactive stories with native speakers

Additional features include hundreds of live, weekly conversation classes led by qualified native speakers; ProCitizen, a comprehensive citizenship prep course; and ProTour, with hundreds of cultural videos highlighting culture destinations in major world cities. Pronunciator is also accessible to blind and low-vision users on its browser-based app and its custom apps for all Android, Apple and Kindle Fire devices.

Find Pronunciator on the State Library web site www.njstatelib.org by selecting Research Library ►Electronic Resources ►Databases and then looking under the letter “P”. If you need help, call the Reference Desk at 609-278-2640 ext. 103 or email them at refdesk@njstatelib.org.