(2016-08-15, 12:11 am)RawrPk Wrote: This is great advice. For single words forvo is best but rhinospike is for sentences. I haven't personally used rhinospike, but I have used forvo plenty of times
Thank you! I use Forvo on my phone, you can make a list of your favorites and listen it again later! ^^
On PC, I used to save the mp3 and add it to Anki, I can't do that anymore unfortunately....T__T
Concerning Rhinospike, short paragraphs or single sentences work fine. Long paragraphs find less people motivated to answer the request..... They don't give you more credits for long records, so it's not interesting....
Anyway, the author should consider looking at sub2srs decks for drama like those done by Nukemarine, there's great to improve listening comprehension and pronunciation. Otherwise, to give others ideas,there's still the classic books (Shadowing series) or buying a good audiobook like the Harry Potter series in Japanese. The voice is clear, with intonations and acting.
TTS is great to give us an indication of how it sounds or when we're lazy to read a text, but natives never talk clearly completely and in Japanese the pitch accent change when the words are combined in a sentence...and there's emotion. TTS are unable to represent this change or emotions, and they make reading errors sometimes when a word has several readings.
At a beginner level till at an intermediate level, it could be that we aren't able to hear the pitch accent (I can't! T_____T),but if we take a bad habit to fix it later it's a nightmare.
I've learned English mainly by reading, I still need to fix some mispronunciations till the end of my life! TTS used badly could provoke bad habits for our brains. It's so easy to have access to podcasts etc with native audio nowadays..... And there's so much posts with links for those resources here that I have a hard time understanding the benefits of TTS in this context, sorry.