Way back in December of 2010 we introduced you to EmbedPlus, a cool tool that lets you add extra functionality to embedded YouTube videos, from annotations to instant replay, slo-mo, and more. Now, EmbedPlus is using their technology for something entirely new and exciting—language learning. Users that want to learn how to pronounce a specific word can search for that word and then hear it said in real life situations…in YouTube videos. It certainly beats the dry, monotone examples you’ll find on typical dictionary sites.
Co-Founder Shola “Tay” Omojokun told me via email that, “Millions of word pronunciation requests are made on the web each day – they come from new language learners to fluent speakers having a hard time with a certain word. Typical dictionaries handle these requests by providing short and isolated audio snippets of spoken words for learners to play, hear, and attempt to reproduce. Our service breaks this convention by combining YouTube’s immense pool of real life situations and real speakers to give learners more authentic and less mechanical pronunciations.”
When you search for a word in the EmbedPlus pronunciation dictionary, the result consists of number of YouTube videos that contain that word in real situations. Click on one and the video starts playing from just around the point where the word is said. Users can use the EmbedPlus controls to replay and loop the word so they can hear it pronounced as many times as they need.
Tay explained, “To efficiently produce a dictionary of diverse examples and fill more words, we’ve adopted a crowd-sourcing model that allows any video producer to participate in the submission of video examples. The goal is that, in return, many of those learners that make up the millions of the pronunciation requests will watch these videos and provide significant boosts in video view counts as the dictionary grows in popularity.”
If you’d like to submit your YouTube channel link to be a part of EmbedPlus’ dictionary send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.