Learning a new language is something that doesn’t happen overnight. Like many other things in life, you have to figure out what works best for you, not necessarily what works best for everyone else.
Utterize is an amazing language learning tool that helps users perfect their foreign language speaking skills.
Developed by Alexey Zamiatin, this tool allows users to break up audio files into bits that repeat, helping them practice their accent.
Concept and Functionality:
A prior version of Utterize was reviewed on TheiPhoneAppReview.com back in August 2014. The goal of Utterize is to make repetition as easy as possible.
In order to take advantage of the app, you’ll have to download media to your iPhone or iPad via iTunes. The app uses your device’s music library, so be sure you have a lesson or song preloaded before using it.
Once your song or lesson is picked out, Utterize opens it and allows you to select bits of the file to repeat. You can easily navigate the audio file and customize the repeating sections for optimal learning.
The ability to easily repeat selected audio bits can also be very helpful for someone trying to learn a music riff, lines in a play, or an upcoming speech.
The interface is a little tricky to get used to at first, but you won’t have any issues once you’re acquainted with settings.
As you’re speaking, a timer triggers and it tracks how much time you’ve spent working on an audio clip. One thing I want to stress about Utterize is that it doesn’t actually analyze your voice.
Instead, it provides an environment for you to easily repeat a section of audio and practice on your own.
The best advice I can give when it comes to Utterize is to use it in a very quiet environment with little or no ambient noise. The microphone is very sensitive and will begin tracking your practice time as soon as the slightest noise is heard.
When it comes to features, Utterize is pretty simple and straightforward. The app gives plenty of control over dissecting audio clips, which is perfect for those who decide to download audio language lessons.
Also, Utterize provides users with a handy graph that shows how much time they’ve spent on an audio file. This is perfect for those who want to visualize their progress.
One major drawback of Utterize is that it requires media from your device’s library, which means you either have to import media to your device via iTunes or purchase media from iTunes. This can get tricky if you find the perfect clip to use, but you don’t have your computer handy.
Utterize is available to download from the App Store for $5.99, which is a steep price to pay. However, when you factor in the fact that it’s a universal app AND it doesn’t limit users to any particular language, the price becomes a bit more reasonable.
Overall, Utterize is an incredibly flexible learning tool for iOS.
Heck, you don’t even have to use it for languages. As mentioned, you could use Utterize to repeat and memorize lines, lyrics, speeches, music passages and much more. The possibilities are endless.
Utterize requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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