Now there's an easy way to listen to every phoneme composing an English
word! By positioning the pointer on any IPA symbol within the phonetic
transcription and holding down the left mouse button, the selected IPA
symbol is shown in a small pop-up and the corresponding phoneme is
played. The pop-up is closed when the button is released.
Previous WikSpeak versions required an Internet connection to access
all features, but beginning with WikSpeak 1.0, the program only
requires an Internet connection to retrieve pronunciations (when the
"Sound" checkbox is enabled). Phonetic transcriptions are now
built into the program and they can be displayed at any time, even if
the program is offline.
Wikspeak works in two modes: Manual and Automatic. Manual is the
Type an english word
in the text
box and click the "Enter" button. The
phonetic transcription will be shown in the field below. WikSpeak will
only show phonetic transcriptions when the "Sound" checkbox is disabled.
WikSpeak works in automatic mode by placing a checkmark in the "Auto"
In this mode, the
instantly display a word that has been selected and copied within the
text of any application. The phonetic transcription will also be
displayed, and a sample of the word's pronunciation will be given if
the "Sound" checkbox is enabled.
The automatic mode
is appropriate when reading text from any application such as a web
browser, word processing program, etc.
IPA chart for English
the "Chart" button is pressed a second window is opened showing the IPA
Chart for English. This
window is a cross-reference between IPA symbols and English phonemes.
Actually each symbol is a button to play the sound from the
corresponding IPA symbol.
Users must be aware
program provides phonetic transcriptions in British English (Received
Pronunciation) while the pronunciations are given in American English;
therefore, some transcriptions don't match exactly with their
pronunciations. Even in these cases, the phonetic transcriptions are
useful given the difference is often subtle. This issue will be fixed
in a future WikSpeak release.
There is an article
for users worried about this issue, with a chart comparing British,
American and other English pronunciations showing the differences using
IPA symbols. See Chart
comparing British, American and other English pronunciations.