Thanks to all our users and subscribers! We’ve had a tremendously successful first few months of operation, and have gathered lots of ideas to move Pronounceology ahead. Today, I want to highlight a new feature, share our Term of the Month, and give a little peek ahead.
Microsoft Word Import
We’ve just turned on the ability to extract highlighted terms from a Word document! Just like the PDF Extract function, it will sense and sort by color so you can choose which color highlight to import. Check out the video below for a short overview
A few things to know for now:
- Unlike the PDF function, we cannot pull the corresponding page numbers 🙁 This is a limitation with how Word documents are coded.
- Your Word document must be saved in .docx format…if you have an older .doc format you’ll have to open it up in a newer version of Word and re-save as .docx.
- Next in line for this feature will be the ability to export phonetic spellings back to the Word document, in-line and with a choice of formatting!
Example: The doctor prescribed desomorphine (ˌdez-ə-ˈmȯr-ˌfēn).
Next Dictionary: Collins
We’re looking into adding the API for Collins Dictionary (if we can afford it, it doesn’t come cheap…) I’m particularly excited about this one as it features separate dictionaries for multiple languages, which should really help for all those hard-to-find foreign words.
Seeking Connections: Do You Know Any ESL Teachers?
Let me know if you have any connections in the ESL world! Particularly teachers and administrators in the college or university setting. I’m making inroads into the ESL community to see if Pronounceology can be a service for them or their students.
Term of the Month
Our users have been hard at work finding and sourcing unique search terms that don’t appear in any standard dictionaries – to the benefit of all! Here’s a especially weird one for this month:
Term: Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Phonetic Spelling: see-woo-suh-GUHR rahm-GOO-luhm
This is actually both the name of a Mauritian politician and the international airport of Mauritius. There you go. Knowledge is power!
That’s it for this update – thanks to all and enjoy your fall!