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Google Search and elocution

November 15, 2019.

How do you pronounce anemone?

How do you pronounce anemone? © Google.

Google has added a useful little feature to its search engine. Just type “How do you pronounce” in the query bar, followed by the word you’ve been wondering about, and Google Search will say it out loud for you, in American or British English (and soon in Spanish!). It can also pronounce extra-slowly so you can fully appreciate every nuance of every syllable. And if your phone is Google Assistant-enabled, you can say the word in your phone’s microphone and “receive feedback on what, if anything, can be adjusted in your pronunciation.” Unfortunately, a lot of words are still missing, and of course, they’re the ones we needed most: “otorhinolaryngological”, “antidisestablishmentarianism”, and even “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”!

YouTube, “How do you pronounce anemone? Practice with Google Search.”

Mashable, Marcus Gilmer, “Google will now tell you how you've been mispronouncing words your entire life.”

Tke Keyword, Tal Snir, “How do you pronounce quokka? Practice with Search.”