Learn a new language through Stillwater Public Library

pronunciator flyer(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 7, 2014) – The Stillwater Public Library has just made it much easier to learn languages from across the globe with the introduction of Pronunciator, an online language learning service available for free to all library card holders. Pronunciator offers courses in 80 different languages including popular ones like English, Chinese, Arabic and French to ones not offered as often like Polish, Swedish and Hebrew.

“Pronunciator offers a huge number of languages and it provides more instructional content in more instructional styles than any other service we tested,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “It is an exceptional tool for our diverse community.”

Pronunciator builds conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, streaming video, music, downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks. Each of the 80 language courses includes instruction on vocabulary, verbs, grammar, pronunciation and conversation. 

The service also offers an extensive course in English as a second language.

“This is a beneficial service for ESL students,” said Reynolds. “Pronunciator teaches English in 50 different languages, which means that people who are struggling to learn English can get instruction in their native language.”

The program provides a wide range of instructional levels from beginning to expert. Tourists will appreciate the easy, guided course which concentrates on travel specific phrases and cultural notes.

Pronunciator can be accessed from the library’s website at http://library.stillwater.org.   Users will register with their name, email address and library card number.  From there, the service can be used on a personal or library computer or mobile device. iPhone, iPad and Android users can download the free Pronunicator app from their respective online stores.  The app contains all of the material available to computer users and is especially handy to take on trips. It is not yet available for Kindle Fire users.

Pronunciator will be available through June 2015. If it receives enough usage, the service will be renewed for an additional year.

“The more we explore, the more we are getting excited about Pronunciator,” said Reynolds.  “I urge anyone who has been thinking about learning another language to check it out on the website.  There is a ton of content, so if you start to feel overwhelmed, come in and let us walk you through the service.”

For more information, contact the Help Desk at askalibrraian@stillwater.org or (405) 372-3633 x8106.

Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.