Specific word pronunciation


I’ve just started using lingQ and was wondering if it is possible to hear a specific word only? For example, in these first lessons the audio is the entire phrase. As words are in russian i do not know exactly what a single word sounds like as i cannot distinguish the beginning and end of each one.

Can i play back single words at a time?

Thanks for your time,

At the moment it’s not possible to listen to words in isolation unless you experiment with the pause button in your media player (and possibly use some repeat function). However, I think I’ve read about an upcoming feature like this (for the vocabulary section).

I’m sure that things will be a lot clearer if you listen to same content several times, especially if you read along. Following the written text at the same time can be very useful. Even if you don’t read Cyrillic fluently, you will start noticing where the written words begin and end, and the more you listen and read at the same time, the more pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.

You can’t play it back, but you can hear what the individual word(s) sound like.

Here is one way.

Make a LingQ.
When the box comes up, capture the word or phrase you want with your mouse.
Copy the phrase.
Go to the google translate option on the right on the box.
Google now has pronunciation both ways.
Hit the blue button for sound. If you get the English word(s) hit the button with the arrow, so the Russian appears on the right.

The other way is to act as if you are going to print out the lesson and copy the text you need. If you leave a tab open with Google translate you can listen to lots of copied texts.

I hope this helps. I don’t think you’ll need it for long. Jeff is right. If you listen, you’ll be able to discern the words soon enough.

I just checked this again, and it works. I suggest using it for single words. It’s a computerized voice.

This is a good suggestion Mait, however, I just tried for Russian and the quality of the voice to text is terrible. I gues it will get better, meanwhile you have to test out the quality of the sound for the language you are studying.

We are planning to add voice to text to our LingQ widgets but I also think that more and more dictionaries will also offer this. We live in interesting times.


Please try the sound quality at “reverso”. In Russian, it’s clear.

I tried Reverso with an individual word, then with a phrase from a podcast here and it worked beautifully. The sound quality was very, very good.

Reverso has several languages now: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese

It’s a free on-line translation service. Just google “Reverso”. It’s the first listing.

Looks promising and they are also developing conjugations of verbs etc. We live in interesting times.

wow, thanks for all of the replies, and so quickly!

Mait, your suggestion was very helpful and this will really assist me as im a complete beginner at the moment.

thanks again!

You’re welcome, creative, and welcome to LingQ.

I may have helped myself by helping you. I checked Reverso today. It took a few seconds before the sound became available, but I was able to listen (I used Russian) repeatedly and the sound was clear.

It’s a great tool.

For people who wonder what the accent is in English, I was surprised, but it sounded North American. I was expecting a British accent. I’ll have to test it on Canadian shibboleths in order to see if it is American or Canadian.

Words I tested:

adult, composite, project, herb, khaki, bin, and about

They sound American rather than Canadian at Reverso.

I mention this because the flag is British, not American, so I wondered about the accent.