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How to record a sample of your pronunciation and attach it to a post

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Meng Lelan

Merci beaucoup!

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roddy

Gimmie a green point then! Meanie.

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Meng Lelan

Voila! Un point vert.

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roddy

Enthused as I am by my extra green point, here are some more hints.

1) Audacity makes it extremely easy to edit audio files. Here's a waveform of me recording 'Mary had a little lamb', but being afflicted by a coughing fit halfway through. The coughing fit is quite easy to spot.

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2) Lets see if we can get rid of that. Select that section the same way you'd select text in a Word document - click on one side of it and drag to the other before releasing the mouse button. Now hit 'delete'.

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3) Easy. One cough-free poetry recital.

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You can do this very easily for any audio file - not just those you record yourself. Got a podcast with five minutes of music and pointless chatter either side of three minutes of useful content? Use Audacity to save only the sections you want.

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roddy

And another thing - instant and easy repeating of any section of audio you want. Don't think we even need pictures for this one.

1) Select the section of audio you want to listen to over and over again - it could be a mistake your teacher says you made, but that sounds fine to you, or a rushed pronunciation of something in a news show you're trying to decipher.

2) Press and hold the shift key. Notice how the Play button changed. Click it.

And another thing - under the effects menu, the Change Speed and Change Tempo options allow you to slow down a section of a recording. This is done digitally and does have an effect on quality, but it's still useful. Use Change Tempo to retain the original pitch.

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Meng Lelan

Gimme a green point for inspiring you! meanie.

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