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How to record your voice to improve pronunciation using our online lessons

Recording yourself speaking words and sentences of the language you are trying to learn and then playing the recording back can help most people improve their pronunciation.  First, verify your computer can play the audio in our lessons.  Click on the word or sentence you want to practice saying.  If you don't hear the audio, see these tips.

To record yourself using your computer 

For Windows 95/NT4 users, click on Start > Programs > Accessories > Multimedia > Sound Recorder.

For Windows 98/2000/ME/XP users, click on Start > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder.

Other computers have similar applications that will record your speech with a microphone.

Your recorder will look something like this:

First, make sure your recording settings are properly set.  Try recording yourself by clicking on the "start recording" button (in this case the red circle).  Then try to play it back.  If you don't hear anything, you may need to adjust your recording settings.  To do this in Windows, right click on the speaker icon in the system tray, then select Open Volume Controls, then click on Options > Properties, then click on the Recording radio button, then make sure the Microphone has a check mark on it.

Once you have your computer recording your voice, you can then play the native speaker saying a word or sentence and then record yourself saying the same utterance. 

Many computers allow simultaneous playback and recording.  If your computer supports this, try 1) starting the recorder application, 2) playing the native speaker, 3) saying the utterance yourself, and 4) playing back the recording.  In this approach, you may be able to better compare the native speaker to your own voice since both utterances will be recorded.