A huge thanks to everyone who subscribed and tried Pronounceology for our first month, free! Since the free trial extends through 30 days after your subscription, there’s still a few people enjoying the benefits of free research 🙂
In our first month our users searched almost 11,00 terms! Merriam Webster and ForVO led the pack in amount of terms searched, followed by Oxford.
Our users also added almost 100 new terms to our own internal Pronounceology dictionary. These are terms not found in any of the dictionaries we use. When a user adds a custom source to their search report the entry gets flagged for review, and if the source is authoritative and/or reliable, we make sure there is a standard phonetic spelling, professionally recorded audio, and even an explanation or notes if needed. Most of these, of course, will end up being obscure people or place names. Over time this database will grow and perhaps become the most valuable part of Pronounceology!
I thought I’d feature one of these every now and then as an example of our growing dictionary: Our Term of the Month!
Term: Schillebeeckx (Edward)
Phonetic spelling: SKIHL-uh-bayks
Wikipedia came to the rescue for this one – he’s a Belgian Roman Catholic theologian born in Antwerp. He taught at the Catholic University in Nijmegen (Nijmegen…how the heck do you pronounce that?).
So now, any time a user enters his name for a future search, this information will be provided straight from our own database!
We’ve got a huge list of new and cool features to add, not to mention new dictionaries and sources to implement. Here’s a quick peek:
- American Heritage Dictionary: this database is already implemented, just a bit more testing!
- Microsoft Word document import – pull highlighted terms right out of your Word doc.
- Search a single term again: by popular demand, the option to “re-search” a single term in a different dictionary or database.
- Split Term: Within the term detail view, split a multi-word term up into it’s parts and search those again.
- Export audio to PDF: we’re looking into the possibility of exporting your audio pronunciation (or at least a link to it) back to your source PDF.
Just send us an email if you think of any other new features or ideas! Thanks again and happy researching!